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November 1, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Calabasas Hill, CA-based CHEESECAKE FACTORY (NASDAQ:CAKE; founded 1972) has increased by 26 units for the Cheesecake Factory concept, from 173 to 199 (15% concept growth), 2 units for the Grand Lux Cafe concept, from 11 to 13 (18% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Rocksugar Pan Asian Kitchen concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 185 to 214 (16% company growth). These family-style restaurants, serving American and Asian cuisines, are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 450. Catering and banquet services are also available. Trading areas are AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI.

Florida-based KOMOON THAI SUSHI CEVICHE (founded 2011) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Units seat about 250 and offer catering services. All the restaurants are located in FL.

Westfield, MA-based WINGS OVER (founded 1999) has increased by 4 units for the Wings Over concept, from 35 to 39 (11% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Hangar Pub & Grill concept, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth). Overall company increase was from 37 to 42 (14% company growth). Wings Over is a quick serve chicken wing concept, open for lunch and dinner and serving beer. Per person price range is $4-$12+, with limited seating. Catering and online ordering are available. Hangar Pub is a family/casual bar and grill, with an $8-$20+ per person check average and seating for about 150. Company trading areas are CT, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT and WI.

Tampa, FL-based BUDDY BREW COFFEE (founded 2010) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). This fast casual coffee shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. All the stores are located in FL.

Chicago, IL-based PHIL STEFANI SIGNATURE RESTAURANTS INC (founded 1980) has added a new concept called Flamingo Rum Club (1 unit). Other company concepts are Castaways Bar & Grill (1), Mad Social (1), Miller Lite Beer Garden (1), Riva Crab House (1), Tavern On Rush (1), The Crystal Gardens (1) and Tuscany (3). Overall company increase was from 9 to 10 (11% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving Italian, steak and seafood. Per person check average is $15-$50+, open for lunch and dinner. Restaurants have full bar and average seating is for about 250. Catering service and banquet rooms are available. All the restaurants trade in IL.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

West Hollywood, CA-based HAMBURGER MARY’S BAR & GRILLE (founded 1972) has increased by 6 units, from 12 to 18 (50% growth) and entered into NV and TX. These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for about 250. Catering and private party services are available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO NV, TX and WI.

Norwalk, CT-based BARTECA RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1995) has increased by 3 units for the Barcelona Wine Bar concept, from 11 to 14 (27% concept growth) and by 11 units for Bartaco, from 4 to 15 (275% concept growth) and entered into AL, CO, FL, NC, PA and TN. Overall company increase was from 15 to 29 (93% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving Spanish and Mexican cuisines. Per person check average is $15-$50+, serving full bar. Average unit has seating for about 150. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are AL, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, MA, NC, NY, PA, TN and VA.

Coeur D’Alene, ID-based SAN FRANCISCO SOURDOUGH EATERY (founded 1999) has increased by 2 units, from 8 to 10 (25% growth). This fast casual sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. The restaurant serve beer and wine. Average seating is for about 60. Catering and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are ID, UT and WA.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Freehold, NJ-based GREAT RESTAURANTS (founded 1992) has added a new concept called The Metropolitan (1 unit) for an overall company increase from 4 to 5 (25% growth). Their other company concepts are Tre Pizza Pasta & Beer Garden (1), Rosalita’s Roadside Cantina (1), Nonna’s Citi Cucina (1) and Metropolitan Cafe (1). These upscale restaurant concepts serve Italian, American, pizza and Mexican cuisines. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 150. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in NJ. We last featured this company on 7/19/16 (33% growth).

Houston, TX-based SAM’S BOAT GULF COAST KITCHEN & SPORTS BAR (founded 1981) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person price range. The restaurants serve seafood, cajun and American cuisines. Average unit seats about 250. Banquet services are available. All the restaurants are located in TX. Franchising is available. We last wrote about this concept on 6/21/16 (25% growth).

Bedford, OH-based WINKING LIZARD TAVERN (founded 1983) has increased by 1 unit for the Winking Lizard concept, from 18 to 19 (6% concept growth). The company also operates a 4-unit concept called Lizardville. Overall company increase was from 22 to 23 (5% company growth). These family/casual sports bars are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for about 250, with catering and private party services. All the restaurants trade in OH. We last featured this company on 6/28/16 (10% company growth).

 

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October 24, 2017

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Nashville, TN-based CHICAGO STYLE GYROS (founded 2003) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). These quick serve Greek restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. All locations are in TN.

Milwaukee, WI-based CHOCOLATE FACTORY SUBS & ICE CREAM (founded 1972) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). These quick serve ice cream and sandwich shops are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price rnage. Stores have limited seating. All locations are in WI.

Baton Rouge, LA-based C C’S COFFEE HOUSE (founded 1995) has increased by 2 units, from 31 to 33 (6% growth). This quick serve coffee shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20. Catering and online ordering options are available. Trading areas are LA and MS.

Charlotte, NC-based GIORGIO’S HOSPITALITY & LIFESTYLE GROUP (founded 1987) has added a new concept called Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen. Other company concepts are Bin Fifty-four (1), Café Parizade (1), City Kitchen (1), Farm Table (1), Gatehouse Tavern (1), Georges Brasserie (1), Kid Cashew (1), Kipos (1), Local 22 (1), Nasher Museum Café (1), Village Burgers (1) and Vin Rouge (1). Overall company increase was from 12 to 13 (8% growth). The restaurants are mostly upscale, serving American, Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. Full bar service is available and average seating is for about 150. The restaurants cater and offer private party services. All the restaurants are located in NC.

Oklahoma City, OK-based CHELINO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit, from 12 to 13 (8% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and average seating for about 100. All the locations are in OK.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Miami, FL-based CHICK-N-GRILL (founded 1999) has increased by 5 units, from 14 to 19 (36% growth) and entered into CT, GA, NY, MA and TX. These fast casual chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 60. Catering and delivery services are available. Stores are franchised and trade in CT, FL, GA, LA, NY, MA and TX.

Rockville, MD-based CRISP & JUICY (founded 1989) has increased by 2 units, from 8 to 10 (25% growth). These fast casual chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 50. Trading areas are MD and VA.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

East Lansing, MI-based BIGGBY COFFEE (founded 1995) has increased by 23 units, from 233 to 256 (10% growth). The shops are fast casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. Per person price range is $4-$12+. Seating is for about 50 and offers drive-thru, catering and online ordering options. All locations are franchised and trade in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, SC, TX and WI. We featured this concept on 6/28/16 (79% growth).

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA-based JOHN’S INCREDIBLE PIZZA CO (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% growth). This pizza buffet concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for around 750. The restaurant specializes in arcade games, rides and party services. Trading areas are CA, NV and OR. We last wrote about this company on 5/17/16 (10% growth).

 

 

October 17, 2017

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Chicago, IL-based ROTI MODERN MEDITERRANEAN (founded 2007) has increased by 12 units, from 21 to 33 (57% growth) and entered into MN and TX. These fast casual Mediterranean restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50.Catering and online ordering are available. Trading areas DC, IL, MD, MN, NY, X and VA.

Brentwood, TN-based GIGI’S CUPCAKES (founded 2008) has increased by 4 units, from 96 to 100 (4% growth). These quick serve cupcake cafes are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 10 and catering and online ordering services are available. Stores are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL,GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX and WI.

Norfolk, VA-based CHANELLO’S PIZZA (founded 1987) had increased by 2 units, from 30 to 32 (7% growth). These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Online ordering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in NC and VA.

Athens, GA-based LOCOS GRILL & PUB (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit for the Keba Spitfire Grill concept, from 4 to 5 (25% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 14 to 15 (7% growth). Their other company concept is Locos Grill & Pub (10 units). These family/casual American restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 150. Catering, delivery and online ordering services are also available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AL and GA.

Marietta, GA-based LA PARRILLA MEXICAN RESTAURANTS has increased by 1 unit, from 20 to 21 (5% growth). The restaurants are family/casual with full bar, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+, with average seating for about 200. Catering is available. The restaurants are located in AL, GA and SC.

Pittsburgh, PA-based BURGATORY (founded 2011) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This family/casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar is available and seating is for about 150. All the restaurants are located in PA.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Colorado-based SALSA BRAVA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL has increased by 1 unit for the Salsa Brava concept, from 3 to 4 (33% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Over Easy concept, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth). The company also operates a 1-unit concept called Sonterra Grill. Overall company increase was from 6 to 8 (33% company growth). The restaurants serve mostly Mexican/Latin cuisine (Over Easy specializes in breakfast foods, open for breakfast and lunch hours). All concepts have full bar service and average seating for about 175. Per person price range is $8-$20+. Catering and private party services are available. All the restaurants are in CO.

 

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Phoenix, AZ-based LOLO’S CHICKEN & WAFFLES (founded 2002) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth) and entered into TX. These family/casual restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 150. Catering is also available. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, NE, NV and TX. We last featured this concept on 6/14/16 (75% growth).

Richardson, TX-based GOLDEN CHICK (founded 1978) has increased by 14 units for the Golden Chick concept from 158 to 172 (9% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 171 to 185 (8% company growth). The other company concept is a family/casual Mexican restaurant called Jalapeno Tree (13 units). Golden Chick is a quick serve chicken restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 60 and catering is available. Restaurants are franchised and are located in GA, OK, SC and TX. We last featured this company on 6/7/16 (28% growth).

Moline, IL-based HEART OF AMERICA GROUP (founded 1978) has increased by 1 unit for the Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse concept, from 10 to 11 (10% concept growth). The company also operates Checkered Flag Bar & Grille / Gramma’s Kitchen (1), Machine Shed Restaurant (6), The J Bar (2) and Thunder Bay Grille (3). Overall company increase was from 22 to 23 (5% growth). The restaurant concepts are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. American, bar & grill, Italian and steakhouse cuisines are served. Average seating is for about 250, offering catering and banquet services. Trading areas are IA, IL, MN and WI. We last wrote about this company on 5/3/16 (16% growth).

Englewood, CO-based TOKYO JOE’S (founded 1996) has increased by 4 units, from 34 to 38 (12% growth) and entered into CA. This fast casual Japanese concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Locations serve beer and have average seating for about 125. Catering and online ordering is available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO and TX. We last wrote about this concept on 6/28/16 (13% growth).

 

 

October 10, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Seattle, WA-based CALIBURGER has increased by 1 unit, from 22 to 23 (5% growth). This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15 per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 80. Online ordering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in BC, CA, MD, ON and WA.

Los Angeles, CA-based DRAGO ENTERPRISES (founded 1991) has added a new concept called Drago Ristorante. Other company concepts are Dolce Bakery (1), Drago Centro (1) and Il Pastaio (1). Overall company increase was from 3 to 4 (33% growth). The restaurants are upscale Italian concepts, open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 125. Catering and banquet services are available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

Toronto, ON-based HERO CERTIFIED BURGERS (founded 2003) has increased by 2 units for the Hero Burger concept, from 55 to 57 (4% concept growth) and entered into PQ. The company also operates a 2-unit concept called Lettieri Espresso & Bar. Overall company increase was from 57 to 59 (4% company growth). This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 30. All the locations are franchised and trade in ON and PQ.

Boca Raton, FL-based TOSSED (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). This fast casual salad and sandwich concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are offered. Stores are franchised and trade in FL, MA and NC.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Richmond, VA-based BURGER BACH has increased by 2 units, from 3 to 5 (67% growth). These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and average seating for about 100. The restaurants trade in NC and VA.

Chicago, IL-based FOUR CORNERS TAVERN GROUP (founded 2001) has added 4 new concepts (20 East, Brickhouse Tavern, Porter Kitchen & Deck and Federales. Other concepts are Benchmark (1), Fremont (1), Gaslight Bar & Grille (1), Highline/Highpointe (1), Kirkwood Bar & Grill (1), Ranalli’s (1), Schoolyard Tavern (1), Sidebar Grille (1), Steakbar (1) and Westend (1). Overall company increase was from 10 to 14 (40% growth). These family/casual concepts are open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $8-$20+, with seating for about 125. Banquet rooms are available. Online ordering service is available at select locations. All the restaurants are in IL.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Portsmouth, NH-based JUMPIN JAY’S FISH CAFE (founded 2000) has added a new concept called Railpenny Tavern. Other company concepts are Dos Amigos Burritos (4), Jumpin Jay’s Fish Café (1), Moxy Restaurant (1), Red Door (1), The Franklin House Oyster Bar (1), Vida Cantina (1) and White Heron Tea & Coffee (1). Overall company increase was from 10 to 11 (10% company growth). The restaurants are mostly upscale, serving American, Mediterranean, Latin cuisines and seafood. Per person check average is $15-$50+, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full bar is available and seating is for about 150. Banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are MA and NH. We last featured this concept on 5/31/16 (11% growth).

Irvine, CA-based HABIT BURGER GRILL (founded 1969) has increased by 46 units, from 156 to 202 (29% growth) and entered into PA. The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. Online ordering is available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, FL, ID, MD, NJ, NV, PA, UT, VA and WA. This concept was featured on 6/7/16 (18% growth).

Brampton, ON-based MANDARIN RESTAURANT (founded 1979) has increased by 1 unit, from 26 to 27 (4% growth). These Chinese buffets are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 300. Private party services are offered. All locations are franchised and trade in ON. We wrote about this concept on 6/14/16 (24% growth).

 

 

October 3, 2017

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

California-based BURGERS & BREW (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit for the Burgers & Brew concept, from 4 to 5 (25% concept growth). The company also operates a 2-unit concept called Crepeville. Overall company increase was from 6 to 7 (17% company growth). The restaurants are fast casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beer and wine are served and average seating is for about 40. All the restaurants are located in CA.

Indiana-based GREEK’S PIZZERIA (founded 1969) has increased by 1 unit, from 19 to 20 (5% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 40. Delivery is available. Locations are franchised and trade in IN.

Bensalem, PA-based PHILLY PRETZEL FACTORY (founded 1998) has increased by 38 units, from 129 to 167 (29% growth). This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30 and catering service is offered. All locations are franchised and trade in DE, IN, MD, NC, NJ, PA and TN.

Livonia, MI-based OLGA’S KITCHEN (founded 1970) has increased by 1 unit, from 25 to 26 (4% growth). This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. The restaurants serve Mediterranean and American foods. Seating is for about 60. Catering, delivery, private party and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are IL and MI.

Portsmouth, NH-based TIO JUAN’S MARGARITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT (founded 1984) has increased by 1 unit, from 25 to 26 (4% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar is available and average seating is for about 150. Banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ and PA.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

San Diego, CA-based ROCKIN BAJA LOBSTER (founded 1983) has increased by 2 units, from 4 to 6 (50% growth). These family/casual seafood restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seat about 225. Banquet rooms are available. All the restaurants are in CA.

Naperville, IL-based NAF NAF GRILL (founded 2009) has increased by 17 units, from 18 to 35 (94% growth) and entered into MI, NJ, OH and PA. This fast casual Middle Eastern concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Units seat about 80 and offer catering and online ordering services. Trading areas are IL, MI, MN, NJ, OH, PA and WI.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Pasadena, CA-based BLAZE FAST FIRE’D PIZZA (founded 2011) has increased by 73 units, from 141 to 214 (52% growth) and entered into GA, IA, KS and NM. This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Locations serve beer and wine and have seating for about 70. Online ordering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in AB, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI. We last featured this concept on 6/21/16 (9% growth).

Dublin, OH-based ROOSTERS (founded 1988) has increased by 2 units, from 36 to 38 (6% growth). These family/casual American restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 150. Trading areas are IN, KY, OH and WV. Franchising is available. We last featured this concept on 6/21/16 (13% growth).

Fort Worth, TX-based ROSA’S CAFE TORTILLA FACTORY (founded 1961) has increased by 5 units, from 40 to 45 (13% growth) and entered into NM. These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100. Catering is available. Trading areas are CA, NM and TX. We wrote about this concept on 6/21/16 (11% growth).

Culver City, CA-based TENDER GREENS (founded 2006) has increased by 2 units, from 24 to 26 (8% growth). This fast casual salad concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 60. Catering and online ordering options are available. All locations are in CA. We wrote about this concept on 5/31/16 (4% growth).

 

 

September 26, 2017

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Columbus, OH-based PURDUM RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit for the Old Bag of Nails Pub concept, from 14 to 15 (7% concept growth). The company also operates Chubby’s Sports Bar (1) and Pour House Tavern (1). Overall company increase was from 16 to 17 (6% growth). These family/casual bar and grill concepts are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Average seating is for about 200, with catering and banquet services. All the restaurants are located in OH.

San Francisco, CA-based BACCHUS MANAGEMENT GROUP (founded 2001) has added a new concept called The Saratoga (1 unit). Other company concepts are Mayfield Bakery & Café (1), Pizza Antica (4), Roastco (1), Spruce (1) and Village Pub (1). Overall company increase was from 8 to 9 (13% growth). The restaurants serve multiple cuisine types, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+, with full bar service and average seating for about 150. Catering and banquet facilities are available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

Chicago, IL-based ELLY’S PANCAKE HOUSE BRUNCH & CAFE (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth) and entered into AZ. These family/casual breakfast restaurants are open for breakfast and lunch, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Units seat about 200. Catering and banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are AZ and IL.

Jacksonville, FL-based FIREHOUSE SUBS (founded 1994) has increased by 148 units, from 967 to 1115 (15% growth). The sandwich shops are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. The stores have limited seating and offer catering and online ordering services. All locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Louisville, KY-based BEARNOS LITTLE SICILY (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit, from 13 to 14 (8% growth). This family/casual pizza/Italian restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Online ordering is available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in FL, IN and KY.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Jacksonville, FL-based LOOP PIZZA GRILL (founded 1981) has increased by 2 units, from 16 to 18 (13% growth). These family/casual pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for around 100. Locations are franchised and trade in FL and NC.

Houston, TX-based GOODE COMPANY (founded 1977) has increased by 2 units for the Texas BBQ concept, from 4 to 6 (50% concept growth). Other company concepts are Goode Co Seafood (2), Goode Co Taqueria (1), Goode’s Armadillo Palace (1) and Kitchen & Cantina (1). Overall company increase was from 9 to 11 (22% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. The restaurants serve Mexican, seafood and BBQ cuisines. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 150. Catering, delivery, banquet and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants are in TX.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Charlotte, NC-based FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL (founded 2000) has increased by 4 units, from 39 to 43 (10% growth) and entered into IN, MD and MO. The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with full bar and seating for about 200. Catering and online ordering are available. Trading areas are AL, AZ, DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, MD, MO, NC, NE, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN and VA. We last featured this concept on 5/17/16 (8% growth).

Albuquerque, NM-based DION’S PIZZA (founded 1978) has increased by 1 unit, from 22 to 23 (5% growth). This concept is family/casual, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Meal periods are lunch and dinner with average seating for about 100. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. Trading areas are CO, NM and TX. We last wrote about this company on 5/31/16 (10% growth).

Gardena, CA-based GYU-KAKU (founded 1996) has increased by 7 units, from 37 to 44 (19% growth) and entered into PQ. The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 200. Private party services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AB, BC, CA, FL, HI, IL, MA, NV, NY, ON, PQ, PQ and TX. We featured this company on 6/7/16 (23% growth).

 

 

September 19, 2017

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Florida-based HOPTINGER BIER GARDEN & SAUSAGE HOUSE has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). This family/casual German bar and restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for about 200. All the locations are in FL.

New York, NY-based COYOTE UGLY SALOON (founded 1993) has increased by 2 units, from 22 to 24 (9% growth). This casual bar concept is open for dinner, with seating for about 200. Per person check average is $10-$30+. Trading areas are CA, CO, FL, LA and NV.

Evergreen Park, IL-based BARRACO’S PIZZA (founded 1980) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). This family/casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 60. Catering, delivery, private party and online ordering services are available. All the restaurants are located in IL.

Lorton, VA-based FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES (founded 1986) has increased by 115 units, from 1275 to 1390 (9% growth). This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Units seat about 50 and trade in AB, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MB, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, PQ, RI, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY. All locations are franchised.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Bryant, AR-based LARRY’S PIZZA (founded 1992) has increased by 6 units, from 14 to 20 (43% growth) and entered into KY, LA and TX. This pizza buffet concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 100, with catering and private party options available. Trading areas are AR, KY, LA and TX.

Indiana-based SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE (founded 1996) has increased by 2 units for the Scotty’s Brew Pub concept, from 13 to 15 (15% concept growth). The company also operates a 2-unit concept called Three Wise Men. Overall company increase was from 15 to 17 (13% company growth). This family/casual bar and grill concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for about 200, with catering and banquet services. Trading areas are FL, IL, IN and OH.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Whitewater, WI-based TOPPERS PIZZA (founded 1991) has increased by 4 units, from 76 to 80 (5% growth) and entered into KS. The restaurants are quick serve, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery and online ordering services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, NC, NE, OH, TX and WI. We last featured this concept on 5/3/16 (52% growth).

Long Island, NY-based BAGEL BOSS (founded 1954) has increased by 1 unit, from 12 to 13 (8% growth). This quick serve bakery/cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations have limited seating and offer catering, delivery and online ordering options. Units are franchised and all trade in NY. We wrote about this concept on 7/12/16 (9% growth).

Flushing, MI-based COFFEE BEANERY (founded 1976) has increased by 6 units, from 139 to 145 (4% growth). This fast casual coffee shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Catering and drive-thru services are available. All stores are franchised and trade in AR, CT, DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA and TX. We wrote about this company on 5/10/16 (50% growth).

Vancouver, BC-based CACTUS CLUB CAFE (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit, from 28 to 29 (4% growth) and entered into ON. The restaurants are upscale, serving steak and American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Trading areas are AB, BC, ON and SK. We last featured this concept on 4/5/16 (8% growth).

 

 

Domino’s Employed a Steady Domestic Growth Strategy from 2011 to 2016

We track more than 850 chain concept companies including Domino’s Pizza.

The Domino’s chain for opening and closing activity in the US. Domino’s had a net location growth of 464 units during the 5 year period. Net openings grew steadily each year.

At year end 2016, Domino’s had 5,371 domestic locations. They grew domestic stores by 9.5% over the 5 year period.

Domino’s stock price has grown tremendously due to international growth. From 2011 to 2016 was the top restaurant stock performer.

We took a look at where the domestic growth took place. The domestic unit stability is the key to the company’s overall performance. We observed a broad move into lower population areas in the American heartland.

Our map shows the new openings in green and closings in red. Locations which were open in 2011 and stayed open are in yellow. Most of the closings took place in major metro areas. The less populated zones are where we find the green dots with very few red dots.

 We looked at the metro areas in the upper MidWest (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Columbus and Cincinnati). On this map, you can see the stability with plenty of continuously open locations and openings and closings roughly equal. 

The New York to Boston map shows a similar pattern of stability.

It will be interesting to see how the move to growth in the less populated areas of the heartland works for Domino’s in the next 5 years.

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