Lucky Cat & Krafted Make the 20 Fast Casual Brands to Watch List for 2024

Fast Casual - Two of Craveworthy Brands' most exciting emerging concepts have made the list of 20 Fast Casual Brands to Watch in 2024. The list was announced December 13, 2024 and is sponsored by Lunchbox.

Krafted Burger Bar + Tap

Located in Bolingbrook and Elmhurst, Illinois, the two Krafted Burger Bar + Tap establishments bring the culinary vision of renowned chef Robert Kabakoff to life. Drawing inspiration from his global travels - from Chicago to Japan, and from San Francisco to Greece - the menu offers a tantalizing array of options. Indulge in the Southside Smokehouse burger or savor the flavors of the Lake Como pizza, both expertly crafted using high-quality ingredients. With 46 craft beers available on tap, Krafted Burger Bar + Tap provides the perfect backdrop to unwind and enjoy a meal with friends. Since opening its first location in 2022 and the second in 2023, this elevated burger joint has made a mark in the Chicago area. Chef Kabakoff and partner Gregg Majewski are even considering expanding the brand to include more locations. So, don't be fooled by its fancy pedigree - Krafted Burger Bar + Tap is the ideal spot to relax, indulge, and savor the ultimate burger experience.

Lucky Cat Poke Co.

Led by renowned chefs Becca McIntyre and Robert Kabakoff, Lucky Cat Poke Co. introduces an exciting new concept in fast-casual dining. The first location, which opened in Oak Brook, Illinois during the summer of 2023, has been met with great success. In fact, Craveworthy Brands has plans to open over 50 ghost kitchen units by the fourth quarter of 2023. The core philosophy of Lucky Cat revolves around emphasizing freshness, speed, and delightful flavors. Each item on the menu has been meticulously crafted, drawing inspiration from diverse culinary traditions around the world. Guests can enjoy a range of tantalizing options, including appetizers like toasted sesame tofu and spicy edamame, as well as main dishes such as crab salad and spicy tuna bowls. For those with specific dietary requirements, Lucky Cat offers create-your-own bowls with a variety of bases, proteins, mix-ins, and sauces. With its innovative approach and commitment to exceptional taste, Lucky Cat Poke Co. promises a truly unforgettable dining experience.

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