Zimm, there is a thread here about Fantasy Chili Parlors. Lots of great ideas there.
In fact, I would suggest reading the entire chili section here. And, be sure to fallow all the links posted there. It may take a few weeks but you will be very knowledgeable about chili after you have done this.
Oh, and Zimm… tell us about your restaurant experience.
Edit; You may already be very knowledgeable about chili but there is always more to learn. :~)