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Meet the 2022 Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concepts

4 emerging brands that have the potential to make a lasting impact on the American dining landscape

It may seem like restaurant insiders are on a seemingly endless hunt for the next big thing. And for good reason: Identifying the businesses, trends and ideas that have the legs to go mainstream can lead to smart investments, strategic innovations and opportunities to make a lasting impact on the American dining scene.  

Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concepts list has become the industry’s premier destination for those insiders looking to identify early-stage growth brands that have potential to reach a national audience. For over two decades, we’ve recognized exciting concepts when they were just regional success stories, before they bloomed into prominent national chains — chains like The Cheesecake Factory, Raising Cane’s and Noodles & Co. 

So which brands make the list in 2022? Which four brands possess the characteristics of future major chains? Read on to find out.

Nation’s Restaurant News the Hot Concepts at CREATE in Denver Sept. 19-21.

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