Variety may be the spice of life, but brands within the LSR/Specialty segment have found the way to heat up growth is first to find a niche and then to explore its culinary diversity. The seven members that comprise the Second 100’s LSR/Specialty group include three Asian concepts, one barbecue brand, one Italian restaurant and two concepts that focus on hot dogs and sandwiches. “Part of why fast-casual restaurants are successful is each has a niche,” said Carl ...

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