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Meet the 2023 Hot Concepts

These emerging restaurant brands are redefining what it means to be a successful restaurant chain in America.

There are plenty of safe bets in the U.S. restaurant industry. Pizza delivery, for example. Fast-food burgers and fries. Build-your-own sandwiches.

These concepts will never go out of style.

But Americans are increasingly craving newer, more adventurous foods and experiences — and more emerging restaurant chains are providing those.

For this year’s Hot Concepts, NRN’s editors considered hundreds of startup restaurant brands that have momentum to scale into massive success stories. But in this year’s five honorees, we’ve prioritized diversified concepts that are redefining what it means to be a successful chain in America, whether through a unique menu or a fresh dining experience.

Read on to meet the 2023 Hot Concepts, and join us at CREATE: The Experience in Palm Springs Oct. 1-3 to hear from the founders in a panel sponsored by The Coca-Cola company.

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