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

Michaels Unveils 2 New Test-and-Learn Concept Stores in Texas

Irving, Texas — The Michaels Companies, Inc., North America’s largest arts and crafts retail chain, recently transformed two existing hometown retail locations as part of a larger strategy to reimagine the optimal maker shopping experience. Customers in the North Texas

Snow Peak USA Opens New U.S. Headquarters and Retail Flagship

Portland, Ore. — Built around the concept of “Dwelling Outdoors Together,” Snow Peak has opened a new U.S. headquarters and retail flagship in Portland, Ore. The grand opening will begin on September 11. In 20 years, Snow Peak has grown

Penn Station East Coast Subs Updates Restaurant Design

Milford, Ohio — Penn Station East Coast Subs is updating its 35-year-old brand with the rollout of PS 2020, which includes a restaurant redesign and certain menu changes and additions. The first restaurants with the new menu and design opened

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Debuts New Restaurant Design

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading family-style pizza chain for over 40 years, has opened its Newport Beach/Mesa, Calif., location, the first to showcase the brand’s completely updated restaurant design and refreshed guest experience. Located on the border of Costa

Rise Above the Risk

— By Justin Kissinger — Why scissor lifts rise to the top in safety.   Whether young or old, short or tall, every employee has the right to be safe while performing tasks on the jobsite, and high-reach work in

NewGround Promotes Director of Interior Design

Chesterfield, Mo. — NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design and project management firm, has promoted Susan Fischer to director of interior design, effective July 27, with Jill Schumaier’s impending retirement later this year. Fischer has 15 years of commercial

Up to the Challenge

— By Beverly Raphael Altman —   At RCC Associates, we are not strangers to adversity or challenges facing our industry.   [EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was intended to run in May 2020 but was sidelined along with many other

Williams Company Southeast Completes Vineland Pointe Retail Center

Orlando, Fla. — General contractor Williams Company Southeast has completed Phases II and III of the 450,000­square­foot Vineland Pointe retail center in Orlando, Fla. The center’s final phases include a Cheesecake Factory and a new 65,000-square-foot “small-format” Target store that

Juice It Up! to Open Flagship Location with New Prototype Design

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, is opening the brand’s flagship “new store prototype” location this summer in Costa

Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens First Kiosk-Only Restaurant

Pittsburgh — Moe’s Southweast Grill has opened its first ever kiosk-only restaurant. Located in Pittsburgh, the kiosk-only restaurant is owned and operated by Moe’s multi-unit franchisee Mike Geiger, seats 16 and features Moe’s new brand design. The build took approximately