This is the fourth in a series of seven articles exploring the growth cycles of some of the industry’s hottest concepts. Each story looks at a different facet of the evolution of emerging chains, from conception to financing to expansion into new territories. The series also is investigating pitfalls to avoid, ways to stay hot and operators’ quest for The Next Big Thing.Whether growing at breakneck speed or expanding more slowly, former winners of Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concepts! ...

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