Five Fast Casual Concepts That Need To Happen

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Any one of these ideas could be the next Umami Burger--right?
It seems that anyone with a bankroll and a big idea is flocking to the fast casual scene nowadays. And why not? Why go in on a fast food franchise and take orders when you can be your own Colonel, Ray Kroc, or Steve Ells rolled up into one? In the last month alone I've discovered a place that dolls up hot potatoes, a joint that hawks donut-shaped burgers, and a counter with a kitchen that offers just four types of taquitos. Starting your own fast casual place means you get to make--and break--all the rules. After scouring and getting up to speed on what excites customers, I've come up with a few ideas that are just waiting to find a home. Potential investors, you know where to find me.

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Would you dine at a place where you can get calamari any way you want?
5. Calamarvelous

The seafood space is just waiting for a competitor to knock Luke's Lobster on it's back. What better creature to do so than the squid? It's a great creature. Choose from either deep-fried or grilled to start off, then select your toppings. Keep it traditional with lemon and marinara sauce or opt for combinations like Popeye's Platter featuring a spinach and cheese sauce. Whatever you choose, you can be sure your order will come out CALAMARVELOUS!

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Brioche buns make everything taste better. Wouldn't you agree?
4. Madam Brioche

It's a known fact that some of the best burgers in New York--ahem Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger--are served on a brioche roll. So wouldn't you like a refined, sophisticated brioche-based lunch at a fair price? Well then, I present to you: MADAM BRIOCHE! A variety of proteins come served on your choice of brioche, which comes in roll, loaf, pie, or crouton form if you're opting for a salad. Gluten-free? Not to worry, the Madam caters to all type of customers and is happy to accommodate any allergy or dietary restriction.

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Get your goat
3. Billy Goat Gruff's

Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world, yet no one is jumping on the opportunity to bring the fairy tale star to American food courts. This is a gold mine just waiting to be discovered. At Billy Goat Gruff's, pair your goat burger, goat steak, or full rack of goat ribs with one of over 200 craft beers. Opt for the mountain man package and get a chance to select the actual goat that'll be fired up to your liking.

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