Since 1992, Chicago-based chef and restaurateur Scott Harris has blurred the line between chain and independent restaurants, opening 26 Italian eateries called Francesca’s, each distinguished by some variation on the name and a different decor. That strategy has fueled Francesca Restaurant Group’s growth around Chicago, which the newest member of Harris’ executive team would like to accelerate.
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