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Trending this week: What consumer behaviors can tell us about restaurant spending

This week on, the most popular story was about an emerging brand planning to nearly quadruple in size in just one year. Indian fast-casual chain Tulsi is 20 years in the making, though only opened during COVID. Learn more in the article.

Also popular this week, the 12 cleanest restaurant chains. At the beginning of the pandemic, cleanliness became one of the most important — if not the most important — qualities in a chain. Market research firm Datassential polls consumers on this quality and others for our annual Consumer Picks report, and one company became a clear winner on cleanliness this year.

Other highlights include consumers sending mixed signals on discretionary spending, an analysis of how TikTok is changing the restaurant landscape, an interview with the first Black chef in New York City to helm a Michelin-starred restaurant, and much more.

Click through this gallery to read the week’s most popular stories from Nation’s Restaurant News.

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