As the New Year inches near, multi-unit restaurants are looking to step up their game and impress customers. In this blog post, we reveal the biggest 2016 multi-unit restaurant trends we expect to see.

Fresh

Restaurants are wise to talk-up their fresh and focused fare. Menus are not all things to all people.

Local

Is it nearby? Multi-unit restaurants try to source locally and want to be considered locavores, too.

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They try to source from specific farms. Many restaurants now highlight their farming partners.

Veggies

Veggies take the focus–even White Castle has vegan items.

Never heard of it before?

Unusual fare (like acai bowls) is popping up.

Think small

Expect to see more and more small plates and  snack portions.

Brinner

Brinner—breakfast for dinner— and it is good.

Asian food

Asian food! If you are anywhere near Dallas, stop by the Banh Shop (Yum Brand).

Drinks

Look for interesting alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks joining a variety of fast-casual restaurant menus.

 

For more 2016 food trends, check out these posts from FDR.

2016 Packaged Food Trends

2016 Food, Drink, and Cooking Trends