La Madeleine Unveils New Prototype with First Drive-Thru

Dallas — La Madeleine French Bakery & Café will make its highly anticipated return to Addison, Texas, on Feb. 8 with a new look. The remodeled restaurant features the brand’s all-new prototype, including la Madeleine’s first-ever drive-thru and a featured

What’s In Store

— By Kenneth Gruskin, AIA — Coronavirus as a catalyst for innovation in stores and restaurants.   The coronavirus has resulted in a cosmic shift in retail and hospitality. Customers have moved from seeking high-touch retail experiences, extensive product/service selection,

FoodMaxx Reopens Newly Renovated Store in Oakland, Calif.

Modesto, Calif. — FoodMaxx officially welcomed shoppers to its newly renovated Oakland, Calif., store on Feb. 3. “With shoppers facing ever-tighter budgets during the pandemic, our Number 1 goal at FoodMaxx is to provide this community with the very best

QDOBA Mexican Eats Opens 400th Franchise Location

San Diego — QDOBA Mexican Eats® (QDOBA), the largest franchise opportunity in the fast-casual Mexican segment, has opened its 400th franchise location (pictured). The landmark opening underscores the brand’s dynamic development strategy to expand to 2,000 units. QDOBA’s growth will

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