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November 13, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Oakhurst, CA-based PIZZA FACTORY (founded 1979) has increased by 24 units, from 112 to 136 (21% 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 60. Catering, delivery and private party options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, ID, NV, OR and WA.

Orange City, IA-based PIZZA RANCH (founded 1981) has increased 15 units, from 198 to 213 (8% growth). These buffet style pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer is served and average seating is for about 90. Locations are franchised and trade in IA, IL, KS, MI, MN, ND, NE, SD and WI.

Washington-based FUJIYAMA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). This upscale Japanese restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200. All the restaurants are located in WA.

Orlando, FL-based YARD HOUSE RESTAURANT (founded 1996) has increased by 8 units, from 65 to 73 (12% growth) and entered into DC, IN, MD, MI, MO, NJ and PA. The concept is family/casual, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and average seating is for about 300. Catering, banquet and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA and WA. Yard House is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Nashville, TN-based 4-TOP HOSPITALITY (founded 2009) has increased by 1 unit for the Char concept, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Saltine concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). Other company concepts are Amerigo (5), Anjou Restaurant (1), Etc (1), Etch (1) and Sombra Mexican Kitchen (2). Overall company increase was from 13 to 15 (15% growth). The restaurant concepts are family/casual, serving multiple cuisine types (Mexican, American, French, Italian, steak and seafood). Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. The restaurants are located in MS and TN.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Bensalem, PA-based PHILLY PRETZEL FACTORY (founded 1998) has increased by 4 units, from 167 to 171 (2% growth). These fast casual bakery/cafe restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30 and catering service is available. Trading areas are DE, IN, MD, NC, NJ, PA and TN. All units are franchised. We wrote about this concept on 10/3/17 (29% growth).

Irvine, CA-based HABIT BURGER GRILL (NASDAQ:HABT; founded 1969) has increased by 67 units, from 202 to 269 (33% growth) and expanded into China. This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. Catering and online ordering are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, FL, ID, MD, NJ, NV, PA, UT, VA and WA. Franchise opportunities are available. We last featured this concept on 10/10/17 (29% growth).

November 6, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Markham, ON-based MANCHU WOK (founded 1980) has increased by 24 units, from 106 to 130 (23% growth). These fast casual Chinese restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Catering is available. Most locations are in mall food courts. Units are franchised and trade in AB, AK, AL, AZ, BC, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MB, MD, MN, MO, MS, NB, NC, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, PQ, SC, SK, TX, UT, VA and WA.

Bloomington, MN-based LEEANN CHIN INC (founded 1980) has increased by 7 units for the Mandarin Express concept, from 39 to 46 (18% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 155 to 162 (5% growth). Their other company concepts include: Chin’s Asia Fresh (2), Leeann Chin (51) and Pick Up Stix (63). These fast casual Chinese restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Beer and wine service are served and seating is for about 80. Catering and delivery are available. Trading areas are AR, CA, FL, GA, LA, MN, MS, NC, ND, PA, TN, TX, VA and WI.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Austin, TX-based EAST SIDE PIES (founded 2006) has increased by 2 units, from 2 to 4 (100% growth). This quick serve pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery, drive-thru and online ordering services are available. All the restaurants are in TX.

Oregon-based BISCUITS CAFE (founded 1998) has increased by 4 units, from 19 to 23 (21% growth). This family/casual concept serves American food, specializing in breakfast foods. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 80. Delivery is available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AZ, OR and WA.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Bellevue, WA-based MOD SUPER FAST PIZZA (founded 2008) has increased by 93 units, from 326 to 419 (29% growth). These fast casual pizza 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 60. Trading areas are located in AZ, CA, CO, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA and WA. Franchise opportunities are available. We last featured this concept on 6/13/17 (98% growth).

Middleburg Heights, OH-based MR. HERO (founded 1965) has increased by 4 units, from 113 to 117 (4% growth). These quick serve sandwich restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. Catering, online ordering and private party services are available. Stores are franchised and trade in OH. We last featured this concept on 9/5/17 (13% growth).

October 30, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Dallas, TX-based BOSTON’S THE GOURMET PIZZA (founded 1964) has increased by 17 units, from 412 to 429 (4% growth) and entered into ND. These family/casual pizza bars are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and average seating is for about 250. Delivery and private party services are available. Units are franchised and trade in AB, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, FL, IN, MB, MD, MI, MN, MT, NB, ND, NL, NS, NT, OH, ON, PE, PQ, SK, TX, UT, WA, YT and Mexico.

Lake Forest, CA-based JOHNNY ROCKETS (founded 1986) has increased by 48 units, from 332 to 380 (14% growth). These family/casual burger and ice cream restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$5+ per person check average. Breakfast and beer and wine service are available at select locations. Seating is for about 80. Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI.

Chicago, IL-based BJ’S MARKET & BAKERY (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). This fast casual bakery/cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Average unit has seating for about 50. Catering is 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.

Indiana-based SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE (founded 1996) has increased by 2 units for the Scotty’s concept, from 15 to 17 (13% concept growth) and entered into MO. The company also added a new concept called Ncounter (3 units), entering into AZ. The company also operates a 2-unit concept called Thr3e Wise Men. Overall company increase was from 17 to 21 (24% company growth). These family/casual bar and grills are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Average unit has seating for about 200. Catering, banquet and online ordering options are available. Trading areas are AZ, FL, IL, IN, MO and OH.

New Jersey-based BUBBAKOOS BURRITOS (founded 2008) has increased by 6 units, from 14 to 20 (43% growth). This fast casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery, drive-thru, online ordering and private party services are available. All the restaurants trade in NJ.

Wilmington, NC-based PENO MEDITERRANEAN GRILL (founded 2001) has increased by 4 units, from 2 to 6 (200% growth). This fast casual Mediterranean grill is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Units seat about 40. Catering is available. All the locations are in NC.

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). This family/casual bar and grill is open for lunch and dinner, with average seating for about 300. Catering, banquet and online ordering options are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA and TX. We last featured this concept on 5/9/17 (10% growth).

October 23, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Plainville, MA-based HONEY DEW DONUTS (founded 1973) has increased by 14 units, from 131 to 145 (11% growth). These quick serve bakery/cafe restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Seating is for about 30 and drive-thur service is available. Stores are franchised and trade in CT, MA, NH and RI.

Sterling Heights, MI-based JET’S PIZZA (founded 1978) has increased by 4 units, from 372 to 376 (1% growth) and entered into AZ. These quick serve pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Delivery and online ordering options are available. Units are franchised and trade in AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA and WI.

Champaign, IL-based JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICH SHOP (founded 1983) has increased 65 units, from 2717 to 2782 (2% growth). This fast casual sandwich concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20 and catering, online ordering, delivery and drive-thru optons are available. The stores are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA,WI, WV and WY.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Phoenix, AZ-based FIRED PIE has increased by 2 units, from 18 to 20 (11% growth). This fast casual pizza place is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and average seating is for about 70. Catering is available. All the restaurants trade in AZ.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Mount Olive, NC-based HIGHWAY 55 BURGERS SHAKES AND FRIES (founded 1991) has increased by 7 units, from 132 to 139 (5% growth). These family/casual burger restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 50. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, FL, GA, IN, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV. We last featured this concept on 8/29/17 (8% growth).

October 16, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Fort Worth, TX-based FUZZY’S TACO SHOP (founded 2003) has increased by 77 units, from 103 to 180 (75% growth). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Locations serve beer and wine, with full bar service offered at select locations. Average unit has seating for about 80. Trading areas are AZ, CO, GA, KS, LA, MO, NE, OK and TX.

Omaha, NE-based GODFATHER’S PIZZA (founded 1973) has increased by 11 units, from 609 to 620 (2% growth). These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine service is available and seating is for about 50. Online ordering, catering, delivery, and drive-thru services are available. Trading areas are AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV and WY.

Greenwich, CT-based GINGER MAN (founded 1997) has added a new concept called Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen (1 unit). Other company concepts are Ginger Man (1) and The Cask Republic (3). Overall company increase was from 4 to 5 (25% company growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants serve American and Mexican foods. Locations have full bar and average seating for about 100. Banquet rooms are available. All the restaurants are located in CT.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Washington, DC-based CGD HOSPITALITY GROUP (founded 2000) has added a 4-unit concept called Cafe Delux and the 1-unit Tortilla Coast. The company also operates Chef Geoff’s (2) and Lia’s (1). Overall company increase was from 3 to 8 (166% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving American, Italian and Mexican cuisines. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar and average seating for about 80. Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are DC, MD and VA.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Austin, TX-based ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA (founded 1997) has increased by 9 units, from 38 to 47 (24% growth) and entered into MN and NC. The family/casual movie theater chain serves lunch and dinner and a movie, with a $10-$30+ per person price range. Pizza, snacks and American foods are served. The theaters have full bar and average seating for 600-700. Private party services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, MN, MO, NC, NE, NY, TX and VA. We last featured this concept on 12/5/17 (19% growth).

Pasadena, CA-based BLAZE FAST FIRE’D PIZZA (founded 2011) has increased by 78 units, from 214 to 292 (36% growth) and entered into AL, BC, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH and WV. This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. The restaurant has build your own pizza options and serves beer and wine. Average unit has seating for about 70. Online ordering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in AB, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI and WV. We last wrote about this concept on 10/3/17 (52% growth).

October 9, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

American Fork, UT-based FOUR FOODS GROUP (founded 2008) has increased by 2 units for Kneaders Bakery Cafe, from 44 to 46 (5% concept growth), entering into MO. There was also a 4-unit increase for the R&R Barbeque concept, from 2 to 6 (67% concept growth) and the addition of a 7-unit concept called Mo’ Bettahs. The company also operates a 2-unit concept called The Soda Shop and 72 Little Caesar’s locations. The restaurants are mostly fast casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 40. The concepts serve multiple cuisines, including baked goods, pizza, Hawaiian, BBQ and ice cream. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. Trading areas are AL, AZ, CO, LA, MO, MS, NV and UT.

Albuquerque, NM-based GARDUNO’S RESTAURANTS (founded 1969) has added a new concept called Cantina Nueva Garduno (1). The company also operates the 4-unit Garduno’s concept. Overall company increase was from 4 to 5 (25% growth). These family/casual Mexican concepts are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 300. Catering and banquet rooms are available. All the restaurants are located in NM.

Oak Brook, IL-based PORTILLO’S (founded 1963) has increased by 18 units, from 40 to 58 (45% growth) and entered into FL, MN and WI. This fast casual hot dog concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and average seating is for about 100. Catering, drive-thru and private party services are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, FL, IL, IN, MN and WI.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Miami, FL-based GIARDINO GOURMET SALADS (founded 2004) has increased by 4 units, from 13 to 17 (31% growth). This fast casual salad shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 30. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants trade in FL.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Norwalk, CT-based BARTECA RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1995) has increased by 1 unit for the Bartaco concept, from 15 to 16 (7% concept growth) and by 1 unit for Barcelona Wine Bar, from 14 to 15 (7% concept growth). Overall company increase was from 29 to 31 (7% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving Mexican and Spanish cuisines. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average 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. We last wrote about this company on 11/1/17 (93% growth).

Portage, MI-based BELLACINO’S PIZZA & GRINDERS (founded 1999) has increased by 1 unit for the Bellacino’s Pizza concept, from 53 to 54 (2% concept growth). The company also operates Bella Creamery (1). Overall company increase was from 54 to 55 (2% company growth). The quick serve pizza and sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. The restaurants are franchised and trade in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA and WV. We featured this company on 11/14/17 (2% growth).

October 2, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Calgary, AB-based COCO BROOKS PIZZA (founded 1999) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). This quick serve pizzeria is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have seating for about 60 and offer delivery service. All the restaurants trade in AB.

Lincolnshire, IL-based EGG HARBOR CAFE (founded 1985) has increased by 1 unit, from 19 to 20 (5% growth). This family/casual breakfast concept is open for breakfast and lunch, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 100. Trading areas are GA, IL and WI.

Whitefish, MT-based GLACIER RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 2007) has increased by 4 units for the Mackenzie River Pizza concept, from 23 to 27 (17% concept growth) and added a new concept called The Brass Rabbit (1). Other company concepts are Chalk Board (1), Ciao Mambo (3), Latitude 48 (1) and The Craggy Range Bar & Grill (1). The company also operates 32 Max & Erma’s franchises. The restaurants are family/casual, serving pizza and American cuisines. Full bar service is available and average seating is for about 150. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are available. Trading areas are CA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MT, ND, NV, OH, PA, SD, VA, WA and WV.

Scarborough, ME-based PORTLAND PIE CO (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served. Stores have limited seating and offer online ordering and delivery options. Units are franchised and trade in ME and NH.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

New York, NY-based THE KATI ROLL COMPANY (founded 2002) has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth). This fast casual Indian concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served. Average unit seats about 30. Catering and online ordering are available. All the restaurants trade in NY.

Northbrook, IL-based PINSTRIPES (founded 2006) has increased by 3 units, from 7 to 10 (43% growth) and entered into OH and TX. This family/casual sports bar and grill and bowling facility is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Units have seating for about 250 and offer catering and banquet services. Trading areas are DC, IL, KS, MD, MN, OH and TX.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Miramar Beach, FL-based ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 66 to 67 (2% growth). This family/casual concept is open for breakfast and lunch, specializing in breakfast foods. Per person check average is $6-$15+, with full bar and average seating for about 100. Catering and private party services are available. Units are franchised and trade in AL, CA, FL, GA, IN, LA, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN and TX. We last featured this concept on 12/12/17 (18% growth).

Lubbock, TX-based BAHAMA BUCK’S (founded 1990) has increased by 10 units, from 105 to 115 (10% growth) and entered into CO and LA. This quick serve shaved ice and smoothie shop is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 20, with drive-thru service. All stores are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, FL, KY, LA, MO, NM, NV, OK, TX and UT. We last featured this concept on 11/29/17 (19% growth).

September 25, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Las Vegas, NV-based TIMBERS BAR & GRILL (founded 2000) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This family/casual bar and grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. The restaurants have seating for abour 125. Banquet services are available. All the restaurants trade in NV.

Nashville, TN-based CAPTAIN D’S SEAFOOD (founded 1969) has increased by 13 units, from 518 to 531 (3% growth) and entered into KS and WI. This fast casual seafood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 100. About half the restaurants are franchised. Trading areas are AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, NM, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI and WV.

Albuquerque, NM-based GARCIA’S KITCHEN (founded 1975) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+, with full bar and seating for about 125. Catering, banquet and drive-thru services are available. All the restaurants trade in NM.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Boca Raton, FL-based NEW YORK BAGEL CAFE & DELI (founded 1994) has increased by 4 units, from 9 to 13 (44% growth) and entered into AL and TX. This fast casual deli is open for breakfast and lunch, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 40. Catering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, FL, LA, NC, PA and TX.

Frisco, CA-based THE LOST CAJUN RESTAURANT (founded 2010) has increased by 6 units, from 14 to 20 (43% growth) and entered into LA. This family/casual cajun concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and average unit seats about 50. Catering is available. Trading areas are CO, LA, SC, TN and TX. Franchise opportunities are now available.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Los Lunas, NM-based BURRITOS ALINSTANTE (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). This quick serve Mexican concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations have limited seating and offer catering and drive-thru services. All the restaurants are located in NM. We wrote about this concept on 6/27/17 (25% growth).

September 18, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Birmingham, AL-based SNEAKY PETE’S HOT DOGS (founded 1966) has increased by 7 units, from 34 to 41 (21% growth). This quick serve hot dog shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. All units are franchised and trade in AL.

Oklahoma City, OK-based SWADLEY’S BAR-B-Q has increased by 1 unit for the Swadley’s concept, from 5 to 6 (20% concept growth). The company also operates Jim’s Famous Chicken (1). Overall company increase was from 6 to 7 (17% company growth). This family/casual BBQ concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Units have seating for about 80. Catering, online ordering and private party facilities are available. All the restaurants are located in OK.

Chicago, IL-based GIORDANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZA (founded 1974) has increased by 8 units, from 60 to 68 (13% growth) and entered into AZ. This family/casual Italian and pizza concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and average seating is for about 150. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are all available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AZ, FL, IL, IN, MI, MN, NV and OH.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

North Charleston, SC-based EAST BAY DELI (founded 2001) has increased by 3 units, from 5 to 8 (60% growth). This family casual concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer is served. Seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. All the restaurants are located in SC.

Chicago, IL-based INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE (founded 1995) has increased
by 2 units, from 10 to 12 (20% growth). This coffeebar is open for
breakfast, lunch and are open until 8pm. Seating is for about 50 and
varies depending on location. Trading areas are CA, IL, MA and NY.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Encino, CA-based GRANVILLE CAFE has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). This family/casual American restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar is served and seating is for about 150. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants trade in CA. We featured this concept on 4/4/17 (67% growth).

Whitewater, WI-based TOPPERS PIZZA (founded 1991) has increased by 10 units, from 80 to 90 (13% growth) and entered into AR, CO, SC, SD, VA and WY. The restaurants are quick serve, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit seats about 50 and offers catering, delivery and online ordering options. Locations are franchised and trade in AR, CO, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, NC, NE, OH, SC, SD, TX, VA, WI and WY. We last wrote about this company on 9/19/17 (5% growth).

September 11, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Mercer, PA-based SPRINGFIELD RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1979) has increased by 1 unit for Rachel’s Roadhouse, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth). The company also operates Hickory Bar & Grille (1), Iron Bridge Inn (1), Log Cabin Inn (1) and Springfield Grille (2). Overall company increase was from 7 to 8 (14% growth). The restaurants are mostly upscale, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $15-$50+, serving American cuisine. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 150. Banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are OH and PA.

Minneapolis, MN-based BUFFALO WILD WINGS (founded 1982) has increased by 19 units, from 1202 to 1221 (2% growth) and entered into DC. This family/casual concept specializes in chicken wings and bar and grill food. Average unit has seating for about 200. Catering is available. Franchising is available. Trading areas are AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, 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, ON, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY.

Costa Mesa, CA-based EL POLLO LOCO (founded 1975) has increased by 72 units, from 418 to 490 (17% growth) and entered into LA. This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 60. Catering and drive-thru services are available. About half the units are franchised. Trading areas are AZ, CA, LA, NV, TX and UT.

Virginia Beach, VA-based BAKER’S CRUST RESTAURANT (founded 1993) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). This family/casual American/bakery/cafe concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Locations have full bar service and average seating for about 70. Catering and delivery services are available. All the locations are in VA.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Tucson, AZ-based CHARRO RESTAURANTS has increased by 1 unit for the El Charro Cafe concept, from 3 to 4 (33% concept growth) and by 2 units for Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, from 4 to 6 (50% concept growth) and entered into MD. Other company concepts are Charro Steak (1), Hecho En Vegas Mexican Grill & Cantina @MGM | Nv (1) and Pub 1922 (1). Overall company increase was from 10 to 13 (30% company growth). The restaurants are upscale Mexican steakhouses, with full bar and average seating for about 250. Per person check average is $15-$50+, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are AZ, MD and NV.

Portland, OR-based KILLER BURGER (founded 2010) has increased by 2 units, from 9 to 11 (22% growth) and entered into AZ. 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 average seating is for about 60. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, OR and WA.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Greenwood Village, CO-based RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS (NASDAQ:RRGB; founded 1969) has increased by 14 units, from 558 to 572 (3% growth). This family/casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and average seating is for about 250. Catering is available. Fifteen percent of the restaurants are franchised. Trading areas are AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI. We last featured this concept on 12/5/17 (3% growth).

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