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Fast casual creeps upscale
The double-fried chicken wings at ChiKo in Washington, D.C.

Fast casual creeps upscale

These category-defying restaurants borrow from fine dining

At Taco Dumbo’s location in Midtown Manhattan patrons sit in a sleek, colorful dining room, while they wait for their sliced yellowtail, grain bowls, tacos or cocktails. A staff member presents the meals — and refills drinks and buss tables. But customers order from a counter here, and the executives of Retail Worx, the parent company of Taco Dumbo, are adamant that the restaurant is a fast-casual establishment.

Correction: May 25, 2018
This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Dig Inn.

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