Gina LaVecchia Ragone

LaVecchia Ragone
Meet four game-changing concepts 
Independents innovate, chains imitate. The great ideas start small, then build momentum and spark knockoffs. We surveyed the landscape and put the spotlight on four concepts that have potential to alter the dining scene in a variety of ways.
Philadelphia's Double Knot packs plenty in small space

Making the most of multiple dayparts and coming up with something new and buzz-worthy are two essential elements of restaurant success.

In Philadelphia, Michael Schulson is succeeding on both fronts with his new restaurant Double Knot, positioned as a café by day and cocktail lounge/sushi bar/izakaya by night.

Stephen Kalt reinvents his NYC concept for L.A.
Stephen Kalt recreated his successful New York Mediterranean restaurant for 2016 Los Angeles.
Next-gen Stefani makes her mark with MAD Social
Gina Stefani opens up about MAD Social, Stefani's Signature Restaurants' first new restaurant in 14 years.
Wesburger: San Francisco’s newest burger hot spot

Wes Rowe couldn’t be having a better time with his first restaurant. When we caught up with him on a Wednesday night in April, he was laughing and relaxing with guests at his brand new San Francisco restaurant, WesBurger n’ More, in the city’s Mission District. The line was literally out the door.

Bathrooms make important brand statement
Morimoto Asia restaurant in Orlando carries its dramatic contemporary design into the restroom.
Inside L.A.'s Spartina
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Stephen Kalt reinvents his 1990s New York restaurant for 2016 Los Angeles.
The Stand, Northridge, CA
Fast-casual concept The Stand poised for growth
How does a sudden influx of funding change a small restaurant business? That’s what The Stand is in the process of finding out.
Family at restaurant
Hispanics continue to grow restaurant visits
How U.S. restaurants can appeal to the growing Hispanic demographic.
Macarons at La Table
Houston space reborn as French destination, La Table
A Houston restaurant is reborn as a collection of French concepts.
5 menu trends driven by millennials
Restaurants can cultivate the demanding, opinion-leading millennial generation as culinary consumers by focusing on these five key food trends.
8 more restaurants we're dying to try
8 new spots on our radar this spring.
Strategic facelift creates a contemporary oasis
A shuttered Chevy's Fresh Mex unit in San Jose, CA, is now a contemporary, comfortable and sophisticated restaurant called The Blue Door.
Natural approaches to reducing food waste
Most restaurants are aware of how much plastic or aluminum waste they produce, but is there a greener way to deal with unused food?
AAA alters ratings standards to reflect current trends
AAA adjusts its restaurant diamond rating standards to reflect customers' increased interest in food.
Penton Restaurant Group

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