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With A Name Like Lazy Dog, Why Exactly Is This Restaurant Chain Thriving?

Why exactly would restaurateur Chris Simms call his casual dining restaurant, specializing in what he calls “elevated comfort food,” Lazy Dog? Asked why, Simms replied that he wanted to create an environment where guests “could leave everything at the door, come on in, relax, and connect with family and friends. I want people to come…

Veggie Grill Expanding Despite The Scarcity Of People Who Are Vegetarians and Vegans

A Gallup poll taken in August 2018 reported that only 5% of Americans considered themselves vegetarians and only 3% vegans. Yet millennials aged 18-29 are slightly higher with 7% vegetarians. But Veggie Grill, a chain of veggie-centric and plant-based food, has defied those small numbers and recently opened its 33rd location including two new stores…

And the winners are: Chain Store Age’s 2019 Breakout Retailers Awards

Chain Store Age is proud to announce the winners of its Breakout Retailers Awards of 2019. The annual awards, selected by the editorial board of Chain Store Age, honor retail, restaurant and specialty concepts that are innovative and have a clear pathway for growth. Past winners include such companies as Warby Parker, Shinola, Sweetgreen, UNTUCKit, Indochino and…

Wpromote Announces First-Ever Private Equity Case Study with Facebook

Wpromote, the nation’s leading independent digital marketing agency, announced the launch of the first-ever Facebook case study focused for the private equity industry. The case study demonstrates the success that Brentwood Associates, an LA-based private equity firm, has seen with two of their portfolio companies. An innovative combination of advanced Facebook strategies and customer lifetime value…

The Power List 2019: Lauren Bailey

Lauren Bailey, CEO and co-founder, Upward Projects Known for: Upward Projects is a Phoenix-based hospitality group with strong ties to the communities its restaurants are located in. Each unit has been built in an historically and architecturally significant building with the intent of preserving the building’s purpose in the neighborhood. Lauren Bailey, along with three others,…