Golden Chick’s First Modular Constructed Restaurant to Open in 2021

Dallas — Golden Chick is kicking off 2021 with innovation in restaurant design and development by introducing the franchise’s very first modular constructed building. The first restaurant is scheduled to be installed in Saginaw, Texas, this month with an expected

Liberty University to Redevelop Portion of Mall Near Campus

Lynchburg, Va. — The first week of January, River Ridge outlined the next phase of its redevelopment, beginning with the demolition of the former Macy’s building on the West End of the property scheduled for first quarter 2021. The revitalized West

Tijuana Flats Debuts New High-Tech Restaurant Design

Orlando, Fla. — Tijuana Flats has launched a newly designed prototype, which will soon be the norm in many of the brand’s locations. The new look includes a fresh, bright design and high-tech enhancements that will improve the guest experience.

Westwood Contractors Names New CEO

Fort Worth, Texas — Westwood Contractors has added Stefan Figley as chief executive officer, a role he officially assumed on December 7, 2020. Robert D. Benda, who has served as CEO since 2005, will continue with the company as chairman

Ruby Red’s BBQ, Designed by Oculus, to Debut in Los Angeles

Los Angeles — Ruby Red’s BBQ, a new Texas-style barbeque restaurant, will be coming to Los Angeles in April 2021. The restaurant is owned by Steve Williamson of Ruby Red’s, Majestic Retail Group and Williamson General Contracting; Oculus Inc., a

Del Taco Debuts Reimagined Store Design with “Fresh Flex” Prototype

Lake Forest, Calif. — Del Taco is debuting its highly-anticipated new store prototype: a sleek, bold, contemporary model, “Fresh Flex,” that reconceptualizes the restaurant inside and out. Striking exteriors and distinctive interiors evoke the brand’s contemporized feel. At the same

Planet Fitness Unveils New Prototypes Now Open for the New Year

St. Louis — Planet Fitness has partnered with Poettker Construction on three health fitness clubs located throughout the greater St. Louis area in 2020. Poettker served as the construction manager for the Festus, Washington and Ballwin, Mo., locations, which opened

Schlotzsky’s Testing 2 Off-Premise-Driven Prototypes

Atlanta — Schlotzsky’s has unveiled two new prototypes that will put its drive-thru front and center and enhance speed of service for delivery, to-go and catering. While driving off-premise sales has been underway for Schlotzsky’s for some time, it’s now

Knoebel Construction Building 3 New Drake’s Restaurants

St. Louis — The new Drake’s restaurant and entertainment venue in Evansville, Ind., is complete, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. This is the second location that St. Louis-based Knoebel has built for the restaurant chain. Knoebel has

Honoring History

— By Jeff Rabbitt and Ruba Younan — A case study in restaurant design authenticity.   The past couple of years have been marked by a shift in restaurant design towards authentic environments that reflect their surrounding context, people and

Foot Locker Expands Community Power Store Concept to Canada

Vancouver, B.C. — Foot Locker has opened its first Canadian community power store in Vancouver, British Columbia. A second community-based power store will open in Toronto, Ontario, in early December. The Vancouver and Toronto locations follow successful openings of power

Captain D’s Unveils New ‘Express’ Prototype With No Indoor Seating

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D’s has launched a new restaurant prototype called Express, featuring a significantly smaller footprint than its traditional models. Over the past several years, Captain D’s has developed a robust lineup of restaurant prototypes — ranging from

Curry Up Now Breaks Ground on First Indiana Location

Bloomington, Ind. — Curry Up Now, an award-winning Indian fast-casual concept, has broken ground on its first Indiana location, which is slated to open in early spring 2021 in Bloomington near Indiana University. This expansion is part of a multi-unit

Back Yard Burgers Debuts New Prototype with Plans to Expand

Nashville, Tenn. — Nashville, Tenn.-based Back Yard Burgers opened its new prototype in the greater Charlotte, N.C., area in September and plans to expand with the updated building design. The new interior design brings the outdoor backyard feel indoors with

Konover South LLC Begins Vertical Construction on Miramar Park Place

Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Konover South LLC is set to begin the vertical construction of Miramar Park Place, a 56,600-square-foot upscale retail center in Miramar, Fla., on October 19, 2020. Tenants, which include Flannigan’s, World of Beer,

Farmer Boys to Open 100th Restaurant this Month

Perris, Calif. — Farmer Boys, a Southern California-based fast-casual concept, will celebrate its 100th restaurant opening the weekend of October 23-24 in Perris, Calif. — the same city where it all began nearly 40 years ago. “We are thrilled to

Rodeo 39 Public Market to Open in October in Southern California

Orange County, Calif. — Rodeo 39 Public Market will be Southern California’s newest culinary and community experience when it opens in mid-October. Not your typical food hall, Rodeo 39 features expansive hangar doors that open up for an inside/outside setting,

Molly McShane Named Second CEO in The McShane Companies’ 35-Year History

Rosemont, Ill. — National real estate development and construction services provider The McShane Companies’ board of directors has appointed Molly McShane as chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2020. She previously held the position of chief operating officer. “During this

Touchless Tips

— By Jon Dommisse — Six ways the pandemic is transforming restroom design.   The global pandemic of COVID-19 is fast-tracking infection control technologies and products in public restrooms. While cleanliness has always been a goal in designing restrooms, coronavirus