Skip navigation

On the growth path: 5 restaurant concepts to watch

Here are five small concepts that are entering a new phase of growth, from Detroit-style pizza to Korean tacos

There is a point when a restaurant concept steps onto a growth path. They may have one or two, or even a handful of locations open. But the shift into growth mode takes strategic thinking, a need to build awareness and often new infrastructure.

We want to highlight five under-the-radar restaurant concepts that are poised for new growth.

These concepts are all on a growth path, whether they are securing investor funding, laying out ambitious plans for new stores, franchising or expanding into new markets. They’re not big chains and they may never be. But they are worth watching as they take various approaches to new growth.

In this installment, we are highlighting out-of-the-box concepts like a New York City-based Detroit-style pizzeria, a build-your-own hot dog concept, a better-chicken chain, fusion tacos and an upscale coffee shop that promises no long lines.

Here are five growth concepts to watch.

Contact Joanna Fantozzi at [email protected] 

Follow her on Twitter: @joannafantozzi

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.