Francesca’s Expands Beyond Chicagoland

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It’s hard to get more than a stone’s throw away from one of Chicagoland’s nineteen Francesca restaurants (an even twenty with Francesca’s on Chestnut, scheduled for a January open), and now it’ll get even harder to escape: come March, the mini-empire is planning on expanding into new markets including Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Scottsdale, Arizona — not coincidentally, the spring training home of the Cubs. [Chicago Business Insider; Crain’s]