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NY or CA chains (Pinkberry, In-Out,etc.) coming?

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Ok, yes, we are talking chains just for fun.

So Cosi finally came to town. Do we know if they are opening more locations? I've heard a rumor that Pinkberry was a possibility also, but no info beyond that.

Anyone know of a Fatburger or other fun regional chains that may expand here?

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  1. there is something like pinkberry in the shopping center with dominican jo's... i think its called yogo berry, seems like a chain. though i am not so sure about the frozen yogurt trend with fresh fruit toppings ... seems like deja vu to me.

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    1. re: toastysweet

      I can assure you that it's not deja vu. The yogurt served at these places is not like any soft serve yogurt that's been popular before.

      As far as Yogo Berry, I don't think it's a chain--just a close enough copy that it seems like it. I have yet to catch it open. Here is a link to a review from somebody who's tried it: http://www.texasmonthly.com/blogs/eat...

      I do know that the originator of this type of yogurt, Red Mango (of which Pinkberry is a copy) is trying to enter the Austin market with several shops. Red Mango serves actual yogurt, while Pinkberry was embarrassed when they had to admit their "yogurt" contained no live cultures, that it was only "yogurt flavored." They may have changed their formula since then. In any case, both of them are quite tasty.

    2. I heard that Wahoo opened on Riverside.

      1. Cosi came, and Cosi closed. At least the only one I knew of... it was over on Brodie. It closed about 2 months ago. I liked the sandwiches, but I think they would have been more successful on the Drag or at least a location on Brodie that could be seen from the road.

        The chains I'm holding out for are Big Boy (I prefer the Frisch's variety, but...), White Castle, Graeter's and Trader Joe's...

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        1. re: shan

          I think I could survive without the White Castle, but OMG I wish they would open up a Trader Joes here.

          Also, it is most likely just Urban Legend, but I remember hearing the "legend" that the large burger chains have actually paid In and Out to stay in Cali and not expand Eastward. I am sure there is a much more realistic reason why they haven't moved Eastward. Its too bad, because I always though that an In and Out would go perfect there on the corner of Parmer and Mopac close next to that Chick Fil A.

          1. re: Homero

            just an fyi, in case you didn't already know, you can send a request for a new store location on trader joe's website. not saying it'll happen, but it can't hurt to try.

        2. I will admit I am very excited to hear that 5 Guys is opening on Guadalupe. And I'd love to see Pollo Campero come to Austin.