As the $34.5 billion fast-casual segment evolves, some players are carving out a new niche within the space that pushes the boundary closer to casual and fine dining. These players tend to refer to their brands as “premium fast casual,” or “fast fine,” and they’re taking steps to further distance their concepts from what has traditionally been known as fast food. The fast-casual segment is still small, representing about 15 percent of the $231 billion ...

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