BREAKOUT FACTORS • Hot culinary niche • Funding/ownership change Take a closer look at the factors that make these concepts breakout brands >> Just as Wendy’s opened its first location in an old car dealership and Papa John’s Pizza started in the closet of a tavern, Tom + Chee had humble beginnings, debuting in a tent on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The fast-casual grilled cheese and soup concept first opened its tent flaps in the ...

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