Columbus, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms will explore alternatives including finding a buyer for Mimi's Cafe, the 145-unit casual dining chain it acquired eight years ago, said CEO Steve Davis. The decision comes after several years of declining same-store sales at the French-cottage-style chain.
Restaurateur Danny Meyer's New York City-based burger joint Shake Shack will open its first U.K. eatery next year, in London's Covent Garden. The concept, which began as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, now boasts restaurants in four states, Washington, D.C., Kuwait City and Dubai.
Twenty Whole Foods stores in New England are now carrying MissionRoot, a beverage with fruits and herbs used in the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. "Even though I'm Indian and grew up in an Indian home, I ignored my heritage and didn't realize all the goodness that came from my Indian roots until I was in my early twenties," said MissionRoot founder Soham Patel. "I started MissionRoot because I wanted to incorporate that goodness into everyday living in America."
Companies selling bottled water are pushing the category in new directions, such as GoodBelly, which sells water with probiotics, and Dasani's recent launch of its Dasani Drops water enhancer. Functional and enhanced drinks continue to gain popularity with consumers who "realize there's more to drinking plain water than just hydration," said Michael Salaman, CEO and founder of Skinny Nutritional Corp.
Portola Coffee is opening its first Seventh Tea Bar in December, with the goal of turning the concept into a national chain. The tea bar will sell hot and cold teas from around the world, food that pairs well with tea, and loose-leaf tea.