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Commentary- The restaurant industry is doing just fine, thank you.

If you’ve read the multiple and now almost daily articles you would think the restaurant industry is falling to pieces.

It’s far from the case. 

Certainly some full service chains that have been stalwarts over the decades have closed some stores and same store sales have been slipping for some time, but others have taken their place.  Fast Casual and QSR locations have taken their places (mostly) as well as ANY operator  (especially sit-down) who understands and executes a “high touch” service aspect to their business- they  thrive!

In addition each week our system processes more than 750 new openings per week and they are always new and different.

May 9, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Washington, DC-based GOOD STUFF EATERY (founded 2008) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). These fast casual burger restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is offered and seating is for about 80. Trading areas are located in DC, IL and VA.

Ann Arbor, MI-based ESPRESSO ROYALE CAFE (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit, from 22 to 23 (5% growth). These quick serve coffee shops are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40 and catering is available. Trading areas are located in IL, MI, MN and WI.

Phoenix, AZ-based FILIBERTO’S MEXICAN FOOD (founded 1986) has increased by 3 units, from 78 to 81 (4% growth). These quick serve Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50 and locations are in AZ, CA, NM and TN.

New York, NY-based THE ONE GROUP INC (founded 2006) has increased by 4 units for the STK concept, from 16 to 20 (25% concept growth), by 6 units for the Bagatelle concept, from 2 to 8 (300% concept growth) and added a new concept called Radio (2 units) for an overall company increase from 21 to 33 (57% growth). Other company concepts include: Asellina (1), Gansevoort Park Roof Top (1) and Hellot Steakhouse (1). These upscale steak & seafood restaurants are open for dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Restaurants have full bar service and seating is for about 200. Catering is also available. Trading areas are CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, NV, NY and TX.

St. Louis, MO-based PASTA HOUSE (founded 1974) has added a new concept called Pronto (1 unit) for an overall company increase from 16 to 17 (6% company growth). Their other company concept is The Pasta House Co (16 units). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 250. Catering and banquet optiosn are offered. Units are franchised and trade in IL and MO.

Washington, DC-based LAS PLACITAS RESTAURANT (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit for the Las Placitas concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). The company also operates La Cabana Restaurante (1) and La Gran Villa (1). Overall company increase was from 3 to 4 (33% company growth). These family/casual Mexican/Latin restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations have full bar service and average seating is for about 150. Catering is available. All the locations are in DC.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Tacoma, WA-based FARRELLI’S PIZZA & POOL (founded 1995) has increased by 3 units for their Farelli’s concept, from 7 to 10 (43% concept growth). The company also operates Mcnamara’s (1 unit). Overall company increase was from 8 to 11 (38% company growth). These family style pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 225. Catering and banquet rooms are available. All the locations are in WA.

Miami-FL based GIARDINO GOURMET SALADS (founded 2004) has increased by 2 units, from 11 to 13 (17% growth). These fast casual salad shops are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 30 and catering is offered. Catering and delivery options are available. All the stores are in FL.

New Mexico-based RANGE CAFE (founded 1992) has increased by 1 unit for the Range Cafe concept, from 3 to 4 (33% concept growth) and added a new concept called Freight House Kitchen & Tap (1 unit). Overall company increase was from 4 to 6 (50% company growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 150. Catering is available. All the restaurants are in NM.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Newport Beach, CA-based PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth). These family casual American restaurants are open for lunch and dinner with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seat about 300. Catering and banquet options are also available. The restaurants are located in AZ, CA and TX. We last featured this concept on 2/23/16 (25% growth).

Dallas, Tx-based WINGSTOP (founded 1994) has increased by 195 units, from 810 to 1005 (24% growth) and entered into AK and MA. This fast casual chicken restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. The restaurants serve beer and wine and the average location seats about 60. Catering is available. All locations are franchised and trade in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI. We last featured this concept on 11/17/15 (22% growth).

Frisco, TX-based JAMBA JUICE (founded 1990) has increased by 24 units, from 885 to 909 (3% growth) and entered into DE, IA and MI. This fast casual smoothie shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have limited seating and offer catering service. All the stores are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI. We last wrote about this company on 7/26/16 (4% growth).

 

 

May 2, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

San Jose, CA-based PHO HOA NOODLE SOUP (founded 1983) has increased by 12 units, from 60 to 72 (20% growth). These quick serve Vietnamese restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Online ordering and delivery are available. Trading areas are AB, BC, CA, FL, MA, MN, NC, UT and WA.

Northville, MI-based SENATE CONEY ISLAND (founded 2005) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (20% growth). These family style American restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a $6-$15+ per person check average. One location has full bar service, other locations serve no alcohol. Seating is for about 200. Catering is available. All the locations are in MI.

Norwalk, CT-based SIERRA GRILLE (founded 2005) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Beer and wine is served and seating is for about 80. Catering is also available. Trading areas are located in CT.

Alameda, CA-based TOMATINA (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). These family style Italian restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is offered and seating is for about 70. Catering, banquet and online ordering options are offered. All the locations are in CA.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Little Rock, AR-based US PIZZA CO (founded 1972) has increased by 3 units, from 14 to 17 (21% growth). These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 80. Online ordering is available. The restaurants are all located in AR.

New York, NY based SAMBA BRANDS MANAGEMENT (founded 1999) has increased by 2 units for the Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill concept, from 1 to 3 (200% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 8 to 10 (25% growth). Other company concepts include: Bocce (1), Duck & Waffle (1) and Sushisamba (5). These upscale sushi restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 125. Catering and banquet options are available. Trading areas are located in FL, IL, NV and NY.

Chicago, IL-based BACCI PIZZERIA (founded 1996) has increased by 3 units, from 8 to 11 (38% growth). These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 20 and offer catering, private party, delivery and online ordering services. All the locations are in IL.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Rockville, MD-based CALIFORNIA TORTILLA (founded 1995) has increased by 8 units, from 43 to 51 (19% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine service are served and seating is for about 60. Catering is available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in DC, DE, FL, MD, NJ, PA, VA and WV. We last featured this concept on 12/15/15 (5% growth).

Salt Lake City, UT-based CAFE RIO (founded 1997) has increased by 3 units, from 88 to 91 (3% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 100 and catering and online ordering are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, ID, MD, MY, NV, UT, VA, WA and WY. We last wrote about this concept on 12/8/15 (26% growth).

Cincinnati, OH-based BUFFALO WINGS & RINGS (founded 1984) has increased by 2 units, from 53 to 55 (4% growth). These family style restaurants specialize in chicken and are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 200. Catering and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in CA, FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, NC, ND, NE, OH, SD and TX. We last wrote about this concept on 12/15/15 (18% growth).

 

 

April 25, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

California-based STEFANO’S SOLAR POWERED PIZZA has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 40 and offer beer and wine service. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. All the locations are in CA.

Westlake Village, CA-based STONEFIRE GRILL (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit for the Stonefire Grill concept, from 7 to 8 (14% concept growth). The company also operates a 1-unit concept called Rattlers. Overall company increase was from 8 to 9 (13% company growth). The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 300. Catering and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

Gold River, CA-based STRINGS ITALIAN CAFE (founded 1999) has increased by 1 unit for the Strings Italian Cafe concept, from 19 to 20 (5% concept growth). The company also operates Strings Urban Kitchen (1). Overall company increase was from 20 to 21 (5% company growth). The concepts are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100. Catering, delivery and private party options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in CA.

Austin, TX-based ZEN JAPANESE FAST FOOD (founded 1999) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth) and entered into MO. The restaurants serve beer and wine and seat about 60. Per person check average is $4-$12+, with catering, online ordering and private party facilities. Trading areas are MO and TX.

West Des Moines, IA-based B BOPS (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This quick serve burger restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations have limited seating and offer drive-thru service. Between 10% and 20% of the units are franchised. All are located in IA.

Minneapolis, MN-based BAJA SOL TORTILLA GRILL (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations seat around 50 and serve beer. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. About half the locations are franchised. All the restaurants are located in MN.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

New York, NY-based WHISKEY TOWN (founded 2007) has added 2 new concepts called The Big Whiskey and Tom And Joan’s Whiskey Bar. Other company concepts are The Little Whiskey (1), Whiskey Annex (1), Whiskey Brooklyn (1), Whiskey Tavern (1) and Whiskey Town (1). Overall company increase was from 5 to 7 (40% growth). The restaurants are family/casual bar & grills, open for dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with seating for about 60. All the restaurants are located in NY.

Philadelphia, PA-based LA COLOMBE COFFEE (founded 1994) has increased by 9 units, from 14 to 23 (64% growth) and entered into MA. 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 60. Trading areas are DC, IL, MA, NY and PA.

Andover, MA-based BURTON’S GRILL (founded 2005) has increased by 2 units for the Burton’s Grill concept, from 10 to 12 (20% concept growth). The company also operates Red Heat Tavern (2). Overall company increase was from 12 to 14 (17% company growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $15-$50+, open for lunch and dinner. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. Catering is available. Trading areas are CT, MA, NH, SC and VA.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Indianapolis, IN-based YATS CAJUN CREOLE (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 14 to 15 (7% growth) and entered into TN. This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 60 and offer catering and private party services. Trading areas are IN, OH and TN. We wrote about this concept on 12/1/15 (27% growth).

Rochester, NY-based DIBELLA’S SUBS (founded 1918) has increased by 3 units, from 43 to 46 (7% growth). This fast casual sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 30 and offer catering. Trading areas are CT, IN, MI, NY, OH and PA. We last featured this concept on 12/8/15 (19% growth).

Sarasota, FL-based LINKSTERS MANAGEMENT (founded 2001) has increased by 3 units for the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub concept, from 10 to 13 (30% concept growth) and added a new concept called Tap 72 (1). Other company concepts are Central Tavern (1), Legends Sports Pub (1), Linksters Tap Room (10) and The Old Venice Pub (1). Overall company increase was from 23 to 27 (17% growth). These family/casual bar & grill restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for around 150. All the restaurants are located in FL. We last featured this company on 12/15/15 (21% growth).

 

 

April 18, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Austin, TX-based PLUCKERS WING BAR (founded 1995) has increased by 1 unit for the Pluckers Wing Bar concept, from 17 to 18 (6% concept growth). The company also operates Dang Kitchen (1). Overall company increase was from 18 to 19 (6% company growth). The restaurants are family/casual, specializing in chicken wings. Per person check average is $6-$15+, with seating for about 100. Beer is served. Catering, delivery and private party services are available. Trading areas are LA and TX. Franchise opportunities are available.

San Antonio, TX-based BILL MILLER BAR-B-Q (founded 1950) has increased by 2 units for the Bill Miller’s Bar-b-q concept, from 69 to 71 (3% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Bill Miller’s Laguna Madre Seafood Company concept, from 4 to 5 (25% concept growth). Overall company increase was from 73 to 76 (4% company growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 150. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in TX.

South Carolina-based LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT has increased by 1 unit, from 9 to 10 (11% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $6-$15+, with beer and wine service and seating for around 80. Catering is available. Trading areas are FL, GA and SC.

Albany, NY-based RECOVERY SPORTS GRILL (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% growth). This family/casual sports bar concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for about 200. Trading areas are NJ, NY, VA and WA.

California-based SELMA’S CHICAGO PIZZERIA & TAP ROOM has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. Catering is available. All the locations are in CA.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Los Angeles, CA-based SPRINKLES CUPCAKES (founded 2005) has increased by 4 units, from 19 to 23 (21% growth) and entered into FL and TN. These quick serve cupcake cafes are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have limited seating and offer catering and online ordering options. Trading areas are AZ, CA, DC, GA, IL, NY, NY and TX.

Jackson, MS-based EAT HERE BRANDS (founded 2012) has increased by 2 units for the Babalu Tacos & Tapas concept, from 3 to 5 (67% concept growth) and entered into NC. The company also operates Interim Restaurant & Bar (1), Table 100 Restaurant & Bar (1) and is a franchisee of 7 Five Guys Burgers & Fries locations. The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The concepts have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Banquet services are available. Trading areas are AL, MS, NC and TN.

Fort Collins, CO-based CHEBA HUT TOASTED SUBS (founded 1998) has increased by 3 units for the Cheba Hut concept, from 16 to 19 (19% concept growth). The company also operates Steak Burgers @ The Forks (1) and The Forks Deli (1). Overall company increase was from 18 to 21 (17% company growth). This fast casual sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and average seating is for around 40. Catering and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, NM, OR and WI.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.  Redding,

CA-based BLACK BEAR DINER (founded 1995) has increased by 14 units, from 79 to 93 (17% growth). These family/casual diners are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. The restaurants serve beer and wine and average seating is for about 150. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, UT and WA. We featured this concept on 11/17/15 (15% growth) and on 6/21/16 (3% growth).

Dallas, TX-based MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit, from 51 to 52 (2% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Locations have full bar service and seating for about 300. Catering and banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA and WI. Maggiano’s is a subsidiary of Brinker International. We last featured this concept on 3/29/16 (4% growth).

 

 

April 11, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Olyphant, PA-based WALL STREET DELI (founded 2002) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). These fast casual sandwich restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, DC, KY, OH and PA.

Colville, WA-based WESTSIDE PIZZA (founded 1996) has increased by 2 units, from 27 to 29 (7% growth). These fast casual pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20. Catering, delivery, drive-thru and online ordering options are available. Stores are franchised and trade in CA, ID and WA.

Orlando, FL-based RESTAURANT PARTNERS (founded 1992) has increased by 1 unit for the Grille 29 concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). The company also operates a concept called Sloppy Joe’s Daytona Beach (1). Overall company increase was from 2 to 3 (50% growth).The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 250. Banquet rooms are available. All the locations are in FL.

Addison, TX-based TACO CABANA (founded 1978) has increased by 5 units, from 168 to 173 (3% growth). This fast casual Mexican concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 150. Catering and drive-thru services are available. Trading areas are OK and TX. Franchise opportunities are available.

Seattle, WA-based 509 MANAGEMENT CO (founded 1996) has added a new concept called Green Lake Alehouse (1 unit). The company also operates El 42 Cantina (1), Jak’s Grill (3) and Sunset Alehouse (1). Overall company increase was from 5 to 6 (20% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving American cuisine and open for dinner. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and average seating for about 80. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in WA.

San Leandro, CA-based LOARD’S ICE CREAM AND CANDY (founded 1950) has increased by 1 unit, from 38 to 39 (3% growth). This quick serve ice cream shop is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations have limited seating. All the stores are located in CA.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Fayetteville, GA-based THIS IS IT BBQ & SEAFOOD (founded 1983) has increased by 2 units, from 9 to 11 (22% growth). These family style BBQ concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 80. Catering, online ordering and private party services are available. All the locations are in GA.

Boston, MA-based THE UPPER CRUST (founded 2001) has increased by 3 units, from 7 to 10 (43% growth). These fast casual pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Beer and wine is served and seating is for about 50. Catering and delivery options are available. Trading areas are MA and VA.

Wichita, KS-based DOG N SHAKE (founded 1954) has increased by 2 units, from 4 to 6 (50% growth). These quick serve sandwich restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 50. All locations are in KS.

Phoenix, AZ-based FIRED PIE has increased by 7 units, from 11 to 18 (64% growth). This fast casual pizza 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 70. Catering is available. All the locations are in AZ.

New York, NY-based LUKE’S LOBSTER (founded 2009) has increased by 10 units, from 18 to 28 (56% growth) and entered into FL and ME. These family casual seafood restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 20. Catering is available. Delivery is also available at select locations. Trading areas are DC, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NV, NY , PA and Japan.

Oklahoma City, OK-based TED’S CAFE ESCONDIDO (founded 1991) has increased by 2 units, from 10 to 12 (20% growth). This family/casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and average seating for about 225. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are KS, MO and OK.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Frisco, CO-based THE LOST CAJUN RESTAURANT has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth). These family casual Cajun/Creole restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is available and seating is for about 50. Catering is also available. Trading areas are CO, MN, SC, TN and TX. We wrote about this concept on 12/8/15 (150% growth).

Lehi, UT-based COSTA VIDA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL (founded 2003) has increased by 4 units, from 76 to 80 (5% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 50 and catering and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AB, AZ, CA, CO, GA, ID, IL, MO, NM, NV, TX, UT, WA and WY. We last featured this concept on 12/15/15 (7% growth).

Pleasanton, CA-based FAZ RESTAURANTS (founded 1986) has added a new concept called Bakery & Coffee Bar (1) for an overall company increase from 6 to 7 (17% growth). Other company concepts are Faz Restaurants (5) and Macarthur Park (1). These family style Mediterranean restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 300. Catering and banquet services are available. All the restaurants are located in CA. We featured this company on 12/1/5 (20% growth).

Dallas, TX-based CHILI’S GRILL & BAR (founded 1975) has increased by 11 units, from 1595 to 1606 (1% growth). This family/casual concept serves mostly American cuisine, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 200. Catering and online ordering options are available. About half of locations are franchised. Trading areas are AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, 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, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY. Chili’s is a subsidiary of Brinker International. We last featured this concept on 3/22/16 (1% growth).

Plano, TX-based ZOE’S KITCHEN (founded 1995) has increased by 39 units, from 175 to 214 (22% growth) and entered into CO, DE and KS. This fast casual Mediterranean concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Locations serve beer and wine and seat about 60. Catering is available. Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, NC, NJ, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX and VA. Between 30% and 40% of units are franchised. We wrote about this concept on 1/19/16 (22% growth).

 

 

April 4, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Charlotte, NC-based SHOWMAR’S RESTAURANT (founded 1982) has increased by 2 units, from 30 to 32 (7% growth). These family style American restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 100. Catering is also available. Trading areas are NC and SC.

Little Rock, AR-based COLTON’S STEAK HOUSE & GRILL (founded 1996) has increased by 4 units, from 30 to 34 (13% growth). This family/casual steakhouse concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AR, KY, MO, MS and TN.

Addison, TX-based POLLO TROPICAL (founded 1988) has increased by 22 units, from 190 to 212 (12% growth). The restaurants are fast casual, specializing in chicken. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have seating for about 50 and offer catering, online ordering and drive-thru services. Between 20% and 30% of the stores are franchised. Trading areas are FL, GA, TN and TX.

Sugar Land, TX-based TWISTERS BURGERS & BURRITOS (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 18 to 19 (6% growth). This fast casual concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations seat about 100 and offer catering, private party, online ordering and drive-thru services. Trading areas are CO and NM.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Seattle, WA-based TOP POT DOUGHNUTS (founded 2002) has increased by 4 units, from 20 to 24 (20% growth). These quick serve donut shops are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Locations are franchised and trade in TX and WA.

New York, NY-based ARTICHOKE BASILLE’S PIZZA (founded 2008) has increased by 2 units, from 7 to 9 (29% growth). These fast casual pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 50. Online ordering and delivery options are available. Trading areas are CA and NY.

Encino, CA-based GRANVILLE CAFE has increased by 2 units, from 3 to 5 (67% growth). These family casual American restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have a full bar and seat about 150. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

El Paso, TX-based WING DADDY’S SAUCE HOUSE (founded 2008) has increased by 4 units, from 16 to 20 (25% growth). These family style chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 100. Catering is also available. The restaurants are located in TX.

New York, NY-based CORNER TABLE RESTAURANTS (founded 2001) has increased by 2 units for The Smith restaurant, from 3 to 5 (67% growth) and entered into DC. The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 100. Locations are in DC and NY.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Portage, IN-based GELSOSOMO’S PIZZERIA (founded 1979) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth). These fast casual pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100. Catering, delivery and private party options are available. Locations are franchised and are located in IL, IN and MI. We last featured this concept on 1/12/16 (11% growth).

Washington, DC-based SWEETGREEN (founded 2007) has increased by 33 units, from 33 to 66 (100% growth). These fast casual salad restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 20. Online ordering and private party services are available. Trading areas are CA, DC, IL, MA, MD, NY, PA and VA.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA-based PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA (founded 2011) has increased by 38 units, from 102 to 140 (37% growth) and entered into AR, FL, IN, MD, MI, MO, NC, SC, TN and UT. This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and average seating is for about 100. Online ordering is available. Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NV, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, and UT. We featured this concept on 3/29/16 (62% growth).

 

 

 

March 28, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Converse, TX-based BAYSEAS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (founded 2004) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). These family style seafood restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Seating is for about 60. All the locations are in TX.

Huntsville, AL-based BEAUREGARD’S (founded 1995) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). These family style restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $6-$15+. Beer and wine service is available and seating is for about 80. Catering and banquet services are also available. All the locations are in AL.

Columbus, OH-based PIADA ITALIAN STREET FOOD (founded 2010) has increased by 20 units, from 23 to 43 (87% growth). These fast casual Italian restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine is served and seating is for about 90. Catering is available. Trading areas are IN, MI, MN, OH and TX.

Austin, TX-based TORCHY’S TACOS (founded 2006) has increased by 18 units, from 37 to 55 (49% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is offered and seating is for about 50. Catering is available. Trading areas are CO and TX.

Milwaukee, WI-based VECCHIO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (founded 2004) has added a new concept called Milwaukee Beer Bistro (1) for an overall company increase from 3 to 4 (25% growth). Other company concepts include: Hubbard Park Beer Garden (1), Hubbard Park River View Restaurant (1) and Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack (1). These family style restaurants serve multiple cuisine types and are open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 60. Catering and banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are located in WI.

Atlanta, GA-based TED’S MONTANA GRILL (founded 2002) has increased by 3 units, from 45 to 48 (7% growth) and entered into DE and VA. This family/casual steakhouse concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. Locations are franchised and trade in CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MT, NC, NY, OH, PA, TN and VA.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Bowling Green, OH-based PISANELLO’S PIZZA has increased by 4 units, from 16 to 20 (25% growth). These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20. Catering and delivery are available. Trading areas are located in MI and OH.

Dallas, TX-based R TACO (founded 2010) has increased by 10 units, from 9 to 19 (111% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 90. Catering is available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in CO, MN and TX.

West Palm Beach, FL-based SLOAN’S ICE CREAM (founded 1999) has increased by 4 units, from 7 to 11 (57% growth). These quick serve ice cream shops are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Stores are franchised and trade in CA and FL.

Miami, FL-based SUSHI SAKE (founded 2010) had increased by 3 units, from 10 to 13 (30% growth). These family style sushi restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-30+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is offered and seating is for about 100. Catering and banquet services are available. Units are located in FL.

Savannah, GA-based WET WILLIES (founded 1990) has increased by 2 units, from 14 to 16 (14% growth). These family/casual American restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 100. Banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are FL, GA, NC, NJ, SC and TN.

Burlington, MA-based UFOOD GRILL (founded 1999) has increased by 5 units, from 14 to 19 (36% growth) and entered into MD, ND and VA. This fast casual concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine. Per person price range is $6-$15+, serving beer and wine. Seating is for about 80. Catering and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are CA, DE, FL, IL, LA, MA, MD, ND, NY, SD, TX, UT, VA and WY.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Austin, TX-based CHUY’S (founded 1982) has increased by 18 units, from 64 to 82 (28% growth). These family style Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 200. Catering and delivery are available. Trading areas are AL, AR, FL, GA, IN, KY, MO, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX and VA. We last wrote about this company on 9/8/15 (25% growth).

Pleasanton, CA-based SPECIALTY’S CAFE & BAKERY (founded 1987) has increased by 3 units, from 53 to 56 (6% growth). This fast casual bakery/cafe concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Units seat about 70 and offer catering, delivery and online ordering options. Trading areas are CA, IL and WA. We last wrote about this concept on 9/1/15 (13% growth).

Ann Arbor, MI-based COTTAGE INN PIZZA (founded 1948) has increased by 3 units for their Cottage Inn Pizza concept, from 56 to 59 (5% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 57 to 60 (5% company growth). The company also operates The Quarter Bistro And Tavern (1). These quick serve pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. The Quarter Bistro is an upscale Cajun/Creole concept, with full bar and catering and banquet options. Average seating is for about 200. Company trading areas are FL, MI and OH. We wrote about this company on 10/27/15 (19% company growth)

Overland Parks, KS-based SMALLCAKES A CUPCAKERY (founded 2009) has increased by 4 units, from 86 to 90 (5% growth). These quick serve bakery/cafes are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20. The locations are franchised and trade in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NC, NE, NM, OK, SC, SD, TX and VA.

West Palm Beach, FL-based TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI (founded 1981) has increased by 2 units, from 26 to 28 (8% growth). These family/casual deli restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is available and seating is for about 100. Catering, banquet and delivery options are available. All locations are in FL. We last wrote about this concept on 9/22/15 (4% growth).

Denver, CO-based SNARF’S SANDWICHES (founded 1996) has increased by 2 units, from 21 to 23 (10% growth). This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Units seat about 50 and offer catering, delivery and online ordering options. Trading areas are CO, IL, MO and TX. We last featured this concept on 9/22/15 (11% growth).

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Millbrae, CA-based CREAM (founded 2010) has increased by 5 units, from 25 to 30 (20% growth) and entered into FL. These quick serve ice cream shops are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40 and catering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in CA, FL and NV.

Plano, TX-based MAIN EVENT (founded 1998) has increased by 9 units, from 25 to 34 (36% growth) and entered into FL, IN, KS, NM and OH. These family/casual American restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants are bowling alley/entertainment bar concepts. Seating is for about 750. Trading areas are AZ, IN, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MO, NM, OH, OK, TN and TX.

Austin, TX-based MAUDIE’S CAFE (founded 1992) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). These family style Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 150. Catering and delivery are available. All the restaurants are located in TX.

Duncansville, PA-based MEADOWS ORIGINAL FROZEN CUSTARD (founded 1950) has increased by 1 unit, from 25 to 26 (4% growth). These quick serve ice cream shops are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Stores have limited seating and drive-thru service. Locations are franchised and trade in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA and VA.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Thibodaux, LA-based EL PASO MEXICAN GRILL has increased by 11 units, from 11 to 22 (100% growth). These family/casual Mexican 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. All the locations are in LA.

San Antonio, TX-based LAS PALAPAS (founded 1981) has increased by 3 units, from 10 to 13 (30% growth). These family style Mexican restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is offered and seating is for about 100. Catering is also available. The restaurants are all located in TX.

Huntington Beach, CA-based LAZY DOG RESTAURANT & BAR (founded 2003) has increased by 4 units, from 18 to 22 (22% growth). These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average, serving American cuisine. Seating is for about 300. Catering is available. Trading areas are CA and NV.

Golden, CO-based MAD GREENS (founded 2004) has increased by 18 units, from 17 to 35 (106% growth) and entered into TX and UT. These fast casual salad restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine is served and seating is for about 60. Catering and delivery services are available. Trading areas are AZ, CO, TX and UT.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Dallas, TX-based DAVE & BUSTER’S (NASDAQ:PLAY; founded 1982) has increased by 17 units, from 80 to 97 (21% growth). These family style arcade-themed restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 450, serving American cuisine. Catering and private party services available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA and WI. We last featured this concept on 9/22/15 (14% growth).

Dearborn, MI-based LEO’S CONEY ISLAND (founded 1972) has increased by 2 units, from 56 to 58 (4% growth). These family style sandwich restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is offered and seating is for about 100. Catering is also available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in MI.

Orlando, FL-based MILLER’S ALE HOUSE (founded 1988) has increased by 7 units, from 71 to 78 (10% growth). The family/casual bar and grill concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 300. Catering is also available. Trading areas are located in FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OH and PA. We last wrote about this company on 9/29/15 (6% growth).

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

New York, NY-based PAPAYA KING (founded 1932) has increased by 2 units, from 2 to 4 (100% growth) and entered into NV. These quick serve hot dog restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 30 and catering is available. Trading areas are NY and NV.

American Fork, UT-based ROXBERRY JUICE CO (founded 2008) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth). These fast casual smoothie shops are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Limited seating is available. Locations are franchised and trade in UT.

San Diego, CA-based WINE STEALS (founded 2003) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). This upscale wine bar concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is served and seating is for about 60. Banquet services are available. The restaurants are in CA.

Brentwood, TN-based BAR-B-CUTIE (founded 1950) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% growth). These quick serve BBQ restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 90 and catering is available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in GA, OH, TN and TX.

Oakland, CA-based BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE (founded 2015) has increased by 11 units, from 22 to 33 (50% growth) and entered into Japan. These quick serve coffee shops are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. Trading areas are CA and NY.

San Francisco, CA-based PAT KULETO RESTAURANTS (founded 1985) has added a new concept called Prospect, for an overall company increase from 4 to 5 (25% growth). Other company concepts include: Boulevard (1), Epic Steak (1), Farallon (1) and Waterbar (1). The concepts are upscale, offering multiple cuisine types and are open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and seating for about 150. Catering and banquet services are available. All the restaurants are in CA.

 

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Portland, OR-based SALT & STRAW (founded 2011) has increased by 5 units, from 4 to 9 (125% growth). These quick serve ice cream/yogurt shops are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40 and catering service is available. Stores are in CA and OR.

Mesa, AZ-based ANGRY CRAB & BBQ RESTAURANT has increased by 3 units, from 3 to 6 (100% growth). These family casual Cajun/Creole restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 200. Locations are in AZ.

Ventura, CA-based YOLANDA’S MEXICAN CAFE (founded 1982) has increased by 2 units for the Snapper Jack’s Taco Shack, from 2 to 4 (100% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 6 to 8 (33% company growth). The company also operates Yolanda’s Mexican Cafe (4). These family style Mexican 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 200. Catering and private party services are available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Northbrook, IL-based LOU MALNATI’S PIZZA (founded 1971) has increased by 4 units, from 43 to 47 (9% growth) and entered into AZ. These Italian/pizza restaurants are mostly family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Full bar is available and seating is for about 200. Some locations are take-out/delivery service only. Catering, banquet and online ordering options are also available. The restaurants trade in AZ and IL. We last featured this concept on 9/8/15 (19% growth).

 

 

 

 

 

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