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Joe Carbonara

Listen … You Smell Something?

Lately I’ve been watching some movies from the ’80s with my daughters. And luckily for us, the hit “Ghostbusters” has been almost omnipresent on cable. (No, I have not yet cut the cord.) This family-friendly movie is rife with one-liners that I can now toss around with the hope that my children might actually find me funny. (Not holding my breath on that one.)

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Juan Martinez

Keep Foodservice Design Simple, Silly

The Foodservice industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, as it has been for the last 5 to 10 years. From companies trying robotics and other forms of automation, to well-established chains trying to branch out into new areas (e.g. delivery, adding alcohol, etc.), these forms of rapid restaurant evolution sometimes drive the need to develop ground-breaking solutions to complex problems that may arise.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. will pilot two small-format locations in the Minneapolis metro market this summer. Known as B-Dubs Express, the stores will measure 2,500 square feet. Buffalo Wild WingsB-Dubs Express, a new small-format version of Buffalo Wild Wings concept. Photo courtesy of Businesswire

Each location will feature counter service and seating for 35 to 50 guests. Customers will have the option of dining in or taking their orders to go. True to the concept’s roots, the locations will feature televisions showing sports and adult beverages will be available, including draft and bottled beers, and wine. Delivery will also be available through a partnership with DoorDash.

In addition to wings — traditional and boneless — B-Dubs Express’ menu will feature chicken tenders, a chicken sandwich, burger, salad, buffalo mac and cheese, along with select sharables and sides.

“These first two locations in Minnesota will provide a great opportunity for us to test an alternative format and gain learnings as we continue to look for ways to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers,” said Todd Kronebusch, vice president of market development for Buffalo Wild Wings.

The pilot, company-owned locations, scheduled to open in late summer 2017, will be located in Edina and Hopkins, Minn. Buffalo Wild Wings is looking for future sites for B-Dubs Express in multiple markets across the country.


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