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SLIDE SHOW: Hot Concepts celebrated at MUFSO

SLIDE SHOW: Hot Concepts celebrated at MUFSO

DALLAS Five emerging restaurant brands were the center of attention Sunday night at Nation’s Restaurant News’ 50th annual Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators conference here.

At a reception on MUFSO's opening night, this year's class of Hot Concepts! winners offered samples of their food for conference attendees to try. The 2009 winners include the Lazy Dog Cafe of Westminster, Calif.; Smashburger of Denver; Red Mango of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Tutta Bella of Seattle; and Vino Volo of San Francisco.

Click here to see photos from the party.

The Hot Concepts award program, which is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, was created in 1995 to recognize the industry's most creative and innovative emerging concepts. Read more about this year's winners.

MUFSO kicked off Sunday and continues through Tuesday. For the latest updates from the show, stay tuned to, visit NRN's blog, Show News by NRN, or follow us on Twitter.

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