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caliburger_leftMay 5, 2017 – Cali Group announced today that its subsidiary, CaliBurger, has entered an agreement with its existing master franchisee in Mexico to expand the brand throughout Latin America. The regional brand will be managed by a newly formed entity backed by private equity investors, called Cali-LatAm.

“With the growing awareness of the CaliBurger brand and Cali Group restaurant technology innovations in the global restaurant community, we have experienced tremendous interest from restaurant operators in different parts of Latin America,” said John Miller, Chairman and CEO of Cali Group. “While we focus on building new company-owned stores in the USA, our partner in Mexico has the infrastructure, training stores, and operating team to support restaurant operators interested in developing CaliBurger units in countries throughout the region. We look forward to working with Cali-LatAm to enhance the restaurant industry in Latin America with our restaurant operating system.” Read More

Meet Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger

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Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards associated with the work. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling our collective appetite for burgers, Pasadena-based Miso Robotics is rolling out a new “robotic kitchen assistant” called Flippy. Read More


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artsdistrictvodkaHEADER_The Spirit Guild’s newer distillery neighbor is Loft & Bear, a startup by Paul Ryan Elliott that hit the neighborhood in 2014. In just a few years, the company has outgrown its 1,400 square foot headquarters and will be expanding to one with 10,000 square feet of vodka distilling potential.

Elliott decided to start a vodka company because it was the spirit he preferred drinking.

“We were selling from the trunks of our cars,” said Loft & Bear’s director of business development and hospitality Karl Steuck of the early days. “It was definitely a hard sell.” Read More

“This space was eight times less than everything else we looked at within the same five- to eight-mile radius,” said Paul Ryan, the company’s chief executive. “That’s how drastic the difference is between the Arts District and jumping outside.”


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caliburger_leftJanuary 23, 2017 – CaliBurger announced today that it will begin delivering its California-style burgers to customers in the Washington D.C. area in February 2017. The initial launch of the delivery program will be followed later in the year by openings of outlets. In certain trade areas starting in February and prior to the restaurant openings in late 2017, customers will be able to order through UberEats, PostMates, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Customers can also use the CaliBurger mobile App to order in advance and incur no delivery charges.

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Loft & Bear the Best Vodka on the West Coast

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While most of the big sellers use a continuous fully automated still that can run for months and put out the product without much human tending, for the creators of Loft & Bear, Downtown’s favorite vodka of the moment, it’s all about heads, hearts, and tails. Taking the time to produce a soft winter wheat grain which is typically used in sweets and pastries resulting in a smoother vodka with a lot more character in the taste.

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caliburger_leftWashington D.C. – October 7, 2016 – CaliBurger™ announced today that it is opening two additional stores in Maryland. The first store will open in 2016 at 1924 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093. The second unit, which will open in early 2017, will be located at Harbour Center in Annapolis. Both stores will feature CaliBurger’s signature food products, along with its mobile ordering and interactive gaming systems.

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Caliburger sees other fast-casual chains, like Shake Shack and Habit Burger, as its main competition—not In-N-Out. “…The thing is about a premium burger, these things are all pretty similar,” Miller explains. “It’s really hard to really stand out in the crowd of burger chains in the US. That’s why we’ve invested in the technology aspect, to be something really different.” – John Miller, CEO of Caliburger

Hannah An One of Four Speakers at Women Business Pioneers Symposium

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thedistrict_leftApart from the fashion-related ventures shared by the other speakers, Hannah An spoke about how she and her family became well-known figures in the restaurant industry.

When her family moved from Vietnam to San Francisco, her grandmother Diana bought a small 20-seat diner and opened Thanh Long.

“It’s her spirit, courage and entrepreneurship that I think that led my family to [where we are] today,” An said.

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“People walk in and they get to taste authentic cuisine and also they get to learn about the pepper from this area,” -Hannah An on Roots of Peace