Matchbox Setting New Standards in Casual Dining

Matchbox Setting New Standards in Casual Dining
  • As a Top 150 Emerging Brand, Matchbox brings a new standard of service to the declining casual dining segment.

  • In an era of quick-service and on-the-go dining, Matchbox combines an excellent atmosphere with premium ingredients to offer diners a place to spend time.


Matchbox isn't your typical casual dining restaurant. Matchbox uses all premium ingredients and even makes fresh mozzarella for its pizzas in-house. The design of every location is built previous locations with reclaimed barn wood, red painted iron, and awe-inspiring floating booths. But at the end of the day, the team credits the culture of the restaurant for its success. Watch this episode of the Emerging Brands series to see how Matchbox sets the bar high for casual dining.

Matchbox began in a small, matchbox-shaped building in Washington, D.C. in 2003 as a local place to have a beer and some burgers with friends. As the idea began to expand, restaurants began popping up around D.C., and then Virginia, and then Texas and now, their biggest location yet; An 8-million dollar, two-story restaurant in Sunrise, Florida.

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Breathing New Life into Napa's Oxbow Public Market

Modern-day America has swiftly adopted the public market, or so it seems.

When we look into dining trends over the past year or so, this isn't a huge shock factor: the rise of locally sourced ingredients, fresh produce and the adoption of gourmet ingredients for the at-home chef are all factors of its popularity.

Just look at the highly acclaimed Eataly in New York City, which is set to expand in Chicago next month. In New York, there are foodie-centric markets like Chinatown in Brooklyn and Union Square Greenmarket. On the emerging D.C. dining scene, there's the more recent Union Market, which has been compared to New York's Chelsea Market. 

But markets haven't always been popular, and Napa's Oxbow Public Market can vie for this. The marketplace opened in 2007 and has seen its fair share of bad days. But now, says a market tenant, business is up 15 percent in just the past year. Read More

Photo Credit: Jason Henry/SF Chronicle

Photo Credit: Jason Henry/SF Chronicle