Sweet Chow: Fast-casual restaurant in North Loop has right feel, food and, most importantly, profit centers

I am always intrigued by “polished fast-casual” concepts— restaurants with counter service but a little more personal service and also higher price points that can attract customers with the ability to generate higher check averages. Sweet Chow is an example of one of these great, new, polished fast-casual concepts. It has a great location in […]

Real Estate and the New Tax Law: Great Opportunities Abound

One of the biggest winners under the new tax law is real estate, particularly restaurant real estate. Purchasing sites, making improvements, entering into sale-leasebacks, making renovations and remodels are all constant themes in our industry and stand to benefit under the new tax law. Let’s look at some opportunities in restaurant real estate sites. I’m […]

Fig + Farro: Can a fifth eatery make it in the Figlio space? This plant-forward comfort food concept says yes

The third time wasn’t the charm, so now we have what amounts to the fifth try at the Calhoun Square restaurant space in Uptown. Figlio, a Parasole restaurant, had a 20-plus-year run in this spot, but when it was time to rebrand, the new restaurant ll Gato didn’t crack the fickle Uptown diners’ code. The […]