Nation’s Restaurant News has awarded four foodservice brands with its annual Hot Concepts awards, which celebrate innovation, vitality and growth within the restaurant industry.
The 2012 Hot Concepts winners have earned recognition with their bold moves in areas like technology and social media, as well as menu development, outstanding creativity and strong sales results in a persistently sluggish economy.
The class of 2012 includes CoolHaus, a food truck fleet focused on ice cream sandwiches; Del Frisco’s Grille, the smaller, more casual offshoot of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse; Pie Five Pizza Co., a fast-casual, make-your-own pizza chain; and STACKED, a full-service brand that focuses on healthful, customized food and infuses technology into the customer experience.
“This year’s winners are moving foodservice forward by embracing today’s changing consumer landscape, from their use of technology and social media to their customer-friendly service styles and menu choices,” Randall Friedman, publisher of Nation’s Restaurant News, said. “I look forward to celebrating these Hot Concepts award winners as great examples of the restaurant industry’s innovation and strength.”
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