Check out our latest round up of international openings – everything from ‘build your own’ concepts to quirky craft breweries.
Riverside Burritos comes to Chicago
Dos Toros has announced the grand opening of its newest location in Chicago at 300 S Wacker Drive, which opened to the public earlier this month. This expansion marks the 16th location overall, and second in Chicago for this SF Bay Area-inspired taqueria. The 2,800 sq ft 300 S. Wacker Dr. location has 58 seats for eat-in dining. “We’ve been thrilled with the warm welcome we’ve received from Chicagoans with our first storefront in the Loop – on our opening day, we served over 2,000 customers,” said Leo Kremer, co-CEO of Dos Toros. “We know how serious the Windy City is about their lunch and hope to be even more accessible with our second location in town.”
Southside Market & Barbeque announces new location
Southside Market & Barbeque has announced that they will be opening a new location and is the first confirmed tenant for Hutto’s Co-Op District development. Southside Market, which originated in downtown Elgin, TX in 1882, is the oldest, continuously operating barbeque establishment in the United States. Owned by third-generation Pitmaster Bryan Bracewell and his wife Rachel, this restaurant brand has grown over the past 136 years from a one-man butcher shop to its current status as a must-visit destination for those seeking the finest sausage and smoked meats that Texas has to offer. “As Texans, we’ve had the personal privilege of enjoying Southside Market’s barbeque for decades, and we could not imagine a better match for a project with the vision and scale of The Co-Op District,” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, developer of The Co-Op District. “Southside Market has set the standard for Texas barbeque, and we are thrilled to have a nationally renowned brand with such deep roots in Texas serve as our first retail tenant.”
Tropical Smoothie Café propels franchise expansion in Indiana
Tropical Smoothie Café has signed a franchise development agreement to expand its presence in Indiana. The brand’s existing franchisees, David and Ruth Buko, alongside first-time Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee James Volpert, will be developing eight cafes throughout the Indianapolis area, with the first two locations expected to open in Hamilton and Boone counties in 2019. “We’re continuing to accelerate development in emerging markets like Indianapolis as a result of our ongoing success and even more so, our commitment to investing in our people by prioritizing the needs of our franchisees, which has helped fuel our widespread growth nationwide,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. “With existing franchisees like the Bukos expanding their relationship with us, and new franchisees like James Volpert coming onboard, we’re on track to have another stellar year. We are confident that the Bukos’ brand knowledge and James’ leadership experience will help take the brand to new heights, as we continue to grow throughout Indianapolis and beyond.”
The Pizza Press serves up new restaurants in the Orlando Community
The Pizza Press, a leading fast-casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant, has announced development plans aiming to bring 20 locations to Florida. As a new pizza concept in the market, The Pizza Press plans to ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and will open three new locations throughout the Windermere and Hamlin areas within the next year. Additional target markets throughout the state include Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Debuting the first location are multi-unit franchise owners Jose Colon and Carlos Orama, who own The Pizza Press in Celebration which recently opened. “The partners decided to open a location in Celebration because they wanted to bring the Orlando community something they had never experienced before,” said Karina. “In a town that thrives off tourism it is important to give the visitors a unique and quality dining experience, and The Pizza Press delivers.”
Jimmy’s Egg continues to crack eggs in Omaha, NE
Jimmy’s Egg, LLC will open its fifth Omaha, NE, location at 17725 Welch Plaza this week. The new 3500 square foot restaurant will accommodate 133 customers in booth and table settings, and counter seating with full view of the open kitchen concept. The award winning restaurant will feature quality breakfast and lunch entrees served every day from 6:00AM – 2:00PM. “We are excited to continue expanding Jimmy’s Egg in Nebraska,” says Kevin Burke, president of Jimmy’s Egg. “At all Jimmy’s Egg locations you’ll enjoy traditional and unique menu offerings and lighter fare for the health conscious. Our eggs are fresh cracked to order every time and our pancake batter is made fresh every day. We continue to evolve our menu to offer our customers variety and will introduce new Iced Coffees this June. It’s as fresh as breakfast gets!” said Burke.
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New Realm Brewing announces plans to open Virginia Beach Brewery and Taproom
New Realm Brewing, the Southeast-based craft brewery co-founded by Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and Mitch Steele, has announced plans to open a second brewery and taproom in Virginia Beach. New Realm has partnered with The Miller Group to lease the 58,000 square-foot facility which formerly housed the Green Flash Brewing Company. The announcement follows the recent purchase of brewing equipment located at the Virginia Beach facility. “As we looked at ways to serve our growing base of New Realm fans, it was important to us that we remain a local brewer in the Southeast, expand capacity, increase innovation and stay true to our core values,” said Carey Falcone, CEO and co-founder of New Realm Brewing. “When the opportunity came up to partner with The Miller Group to lease the Virginia Beach facility, purchase newer, high-quality brewing equipment at a great value and create jobs in Virginia Beach, we knew we needed to seize it.”