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Ex-McDonald’s execs cook up casual concept

From Advertising Age | Two former McDonald’s executives plan to launch a chain of casual dining restaurants emphasizing healthy fair including steel-cut oats and pita pockets starting next year.

Head of Flat Out Crazy looks to expand chain

From Restaurant News | Greg Carey, president and chief operating officer of Chicago-based Flat Out Crazy Restaurant Group, says his company plans to start growing again over the next 18 months and has secured $8 million from U.S. Bank and HillStreet Fund IV to do it. The company owns Rainforest Cafe and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and is now targeting Texas, the Rocky Mountain states and the mid-Atlantic region for developing about six Stir Crazy casual-dining restaurants and about nine fast-casual Flat Top Grills, where guests create their own stir-frys.

TGI Friday’s sues to block Rosemont Tilted Kilt

The casual restaurant chain TGI Friday’s Inc. has sued to stop the owner of a Rosemont development from entering into a lease with another eatery in the plaza.

Fulcrum Asset Advisors LLC’s plan to rent space to the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery would violate the terms of TGI Friday’s lease, the restaurant chain said in a suit filed Monday in Cook County. TGI Friday’s opened a restaurant in Rosemont in 2008 in a development known as Northwest Plaza on Higgins Road. Get the full story »