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Are strong minded independent, multi-concept operators taking over?

The short answer:  NO.

The staff here reads a steady diet of google news and specifically the “restaurant news” section on the web. We also  watch shows like CNBC that provide the financial angle of things. An outfit called business insider tends to walk the line of sensational hard to pin opinion and facts (or at least per their headlines).

Recent across the board consensus is about a (supposed) burgeoning success ratio of independent minded operators who own multiple concept types.

ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS  things haven’t changed that much at all. In our office we began the effort in 2004.

We began tracking small independent multi-concept operators with less than 30 units, the numbers are about the same.

More than 1100 companies are of the type.

Growth and decay is in constant flux.  There’s no “instant” growth system available.

Many  operators who are upscale in nature have large footprints and can take many months (or years) to open a new location with large investments and highly seasoned management. It’s all super hard to procure and bring to life quickly.

It seems to us, general media wants there to be some sort of new age happening but there is not much significance either way.

June 27, 2017

 
 

 

 

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators…. 

Maryland-based RAMS HEAD GROUP (founded 1989) has added a new concept called Ram’s Head Dockside (1). Other company concepts include Pier Six Pavilion (1), Rams Head Live (1), Rams Head On Stage (1), Rams Head Roadhouse (1), Rams Head Shore House (1) and Rams Head Tavern (2). Overall company increase was from 7 to 8 (14% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for around 150. Private party rooms are available. All the restaurants are located in MD.

Los Lunas, NM-based BURRITOS ALINSTANTE (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). The restaurants are quick serve, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have limited seating and offer catering and drive-thru services. All the locations are in NM.

Lake Forest, CA-based DEL TACO (founded 1964) has increased by 22 units, from 554 to 576 (4% growth) and entered into SC. This quick serve Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 80. About half the locations are franchised. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, MI, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, TX, UT and WA.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Nashville, TN-based JHS HOLDINGS (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit for the Amerigo concept, from 4 to 5 (25% concept growth), 1 unit for Sombra Mexican Grill, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) and by 1 unit for Char, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). The company also added 2 new concepts called Etc (1) and Saltine (1). Other company concepts are Anjou Restaurant (1) and Etch (1). Overall company increase was from 8 to 13 (63% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, with a $10-$30+ per person check average, serving Mexican, French, Italian and American cuisines. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. Locations trade in MS and TN.

New York, NY-based BLUESTONE LANE (founded 2013) has increased by 5 units, from 14 to 19 (36% growth) and entered into CA and NJ. The restaurants are fast casual, open for breakfast and lunch, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 40. Catering is available. Trading areas are CA, NJ, NY and PA.

San Diego, CA–based BRIGANTINE FAMILY RESTAURANTS (founded 1969) has increased by 2 units for their Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar concept, from 6 to 8 (33% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 12 to 14 (17% company growth). Their other concept is called Miguel’s Cucina (6). These restaurants are upscale, serving seafood and Mexican cuisine. Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $15–$50+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 200. Catering and banquet services are also available. All the locations are in CA.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Countryside, IL-based COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT (founded 2005) has increased by 4 units, from 24 to 28 (17% growth). This upscale wine bar concept serves American cuisine, open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants serve full bar and seat around 300. Catering and banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are FL, IL, IN, MD, MO, OH, VA and WI. We last wrote about this concept on 12/6/16 (26% growth).

New York, NY–based CHOP’T CREATIVE SALAD COMPANY (founded 2001) has increased by 12 units, from 33 to 45 (36% growth) and entered into NJ. These fast casual salad restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20 and catering and online ordering are available. Trading areas are CT, DC, MD, NC, NJ, NY and VA. We last featured this company on 1/12/16 (22% growth).

 

 

June 20, 2017

 
 

 

 

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators….

Nashville, TN-based BRICKTOPS (founded 2005) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 200. Trading areas are FL, GA, MO, NC and TN.

Fresno, CA–based DELI DELICIOUS (founded 1995) has increased by 18 units, from 33 to 51 (55% growth). This fast casual deli is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. Catering and delivery services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in CA.

Fort Worth, TX–based DIXIE HOUSE CAFE (founded 1983) has increased by 1 unit from 4 to 5 (25% growth). These family style American restaurants are open for breakfast and lunch, with a $4-$12+ plus per person check average. Seating is for about 200. Catering and banquet rooms are available. All the restaurants are in TX.

Seattle, WA–based BLUE WATER TACO GRILL (founded 2005) has increased by 1 unit for their Blue Water Taco Grill concept, from 7 to 8 (14% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 10 to 11 (10% company growth). Their other company concepts include: Chez Dave (1), Fresh Table (2). These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Full bar service is available at select locations. Average seating is for about 50. Catering is available. All locations are in WA.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

New York, NY–based CAFE HABANA (founded 1997) has increased by two units, from 4 to 6 (50% growth). These family style Cuban 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 60. Catering is and delivery services are available. Trading areas are CA and NY.

Miami, FL-based CHILL N’NITROGEN ICE CREAM has increased by 4 units, from 3 to 7 (133% growth). This quick serve ice cream concept open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40 and catering is available. All the locations are in FL.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Cincinnati, OH-based DEWEY’S PIZZA (founded 1998) has increased by 2 units, from 22 to 24 (9% growth). These family style pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 90. Private pary rooms are available. Trading areas are in IL, KY, MO and OH. We last featured this concept on 1/5/16 (10% growth).

Houston, TX-based PERRY’S RESTAURANT GROUP has increased by 2 units for the Perry’s Steakhouse concept, from 12 to 14 (17% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 14 to 16 (14% growth). Their other company concept is Perry & Sons Market & Grille (2). These upscale steakhouse concepts are open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are CO, IL and TX. We last wrote about this company on 1/12/16 (8% growth).

Upland, CA–based BRANDON’S DINER (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth). These family style American restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and catering is available. All are located in CA. We last featured this concept on 3/15/16 (14% growth).

 

 

 

June 13, 2017

 
 

 

 

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators….

Austin, TX-based GATTI’S PIZZA (founded 1969) has increased by 6 units, from 93 to 99 (6% growth). These buffet style pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 200 and catering and delivery options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in FL, IL, KY, LA, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

Oakland, CA-based JJ FISH & CHICKEN has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17 % growth). These quick serve chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 40. All locations are in CA.

Southlake, TX-based JOE’S PIZZA PASTA & SUBS (founded 2004) has increased by 1 unit, from 44 to 45 (2% growth). These quick serve Italian & pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30 and catering is available. All the restaurants are in TX.

Roslyn Heights, NY-based MATTEO’S (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). These upscale Italian restaurants are open for dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seat about 200. Catering and banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are FL and NY.

Bellevue, WA-based MOD SUPER FAST PIZZA (founded 2008) has increased by 123 units, from 125 to 248 (98% growth) and entered into GA, IN, KS, KY, NV, OH and UT. These fast casual pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine service is sold and seating is for about 60. Locations are franchised and trade 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.

Tampa, FL-based SENOR TEQUILA MEXICAN GRILL has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). These family casual 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 300. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in FL.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Newton, MA-based SKIPJACK’S SEAFOOD EMPORIUM (founded 1988) has increased by 2 units, from 2 to 4 (100% growth). These upscale seafood restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Locations have full bar service and seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. All the restaurants are located in MA.

New York, NY-based DYLAN’S CANDY BAR (founded 2001) has increased by 5 units, from 15 to 20 (33% growth). These family/casual ice cream and candy shops are open for lunch and dinner hours, with an $8-$20+ per person price range. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 50. Private party rooms are available. Trading areas are CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, MI, NY and TX.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Newark, DE-based SEASONS PIZZA & RESTAURANT (founded 2003) has increased by 2 units, from 26 to 28 (8% growth). These family style Italian & pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine is offered and seating is for about 60. Catering, delivery and private party services are available. Trading areas are DE, MD, NJ and PA. We last featured this concept on 2/16/16 (4% growth).

Lake Worth, FL-based DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL (founded 1985) has increased by 4 units, from 31 to 35 (13% growth). These family style 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 250. Catering and private party services are available. All the restaurants are located in FL. We last wrote about this company on 2/23/16 (29% growth).

New York, NY-based SOPHIE’S CUBAN CUISINE (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 9 to 10 (11% growth). These fast casual Cuban restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering and delivery services are available. Trading areas are DC and NY. Franchising is available. We last wrote about this company on 2/16/16 (13% growth).

 

 

 

 

June 6, 2017

 

 

 

 

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators….

Baton Rouge, LA-based MI PADRE’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA has added a new concept called Shawarma Greek Xpress (1). Other company concepts are Mi Padre’s Mexican Grill & Cantina (2) and Roman’s Café (3). Overall company increase was from 5 to 6 (20% company growth). These family/casual concepts serve Mexican and Greek cuisines, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for around 100. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in LA.

Nashua, NH-based LA CARRETA MEXICAN RESTAURANT has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). This family/casual Mexican concept is 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 restaurants are in NH.

New York, NY-based LENWICH (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit, from 18 to 19 (6% growth). This fast casual sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30 and catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants trade in NY. Franchise opportunities are available.

Florida-based PRAWNBROKER RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1978) has increased by 1 unit with the addition of a new concept called Magic Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill. Other company concepts include Black Marlin (1), Matzaluna Craft Beer Pizza Pasta (1), Palm City Grill (1), Prawnbroker (2), Sanibel Grill (1), Shrimpers Grill & Raw Bar (1), The Timbers (1) and University Grill (1). Overall company increase was from 9 to 10 (11% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, serving seafood, pizza and American cuisines. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with full bar and average seating for around 80. Banquet rooms are available. All the concepts are located in FL.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Dallas, TX-based TWISTED ROOT BURGER CO (founded 2005) has increased by 4 units for the Twisted Root concept, from 15 to 19 (27% concept growth). The company also operates Bowlounge (1), Tacos & Avocados (1) and Truck Yard (1). Overall company increase was from 18 to 22 (22% company growth). The restaurants are fast casual, serving burgers and American cuisine. Locations have full bar service and average seating for about 90. Franchising is available. The restaurants trade in AL, LA and TX.

 

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Washington-based BOB’S BURGERS & BREW (founded 1982) has increased by 1 unit, from 12 to 13 (8% growth). This family/casual burger concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 150. Catering and private party services are available. Between 10% and 20% of the restaurants are franchised. All the locations are in WA. We last featured this concept on 12/1/15 (8% growth).

 

 

May 23, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators….

Camp Pendleton, CA-based ROBERTO’S VERY MEXICAN FOOD (founded 1964) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). These quick serve Mexican 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. All the locations are in CA.

New Berlin, WI-based THE CHARCOAL GRILL & ROTISSERIE (founded 1993) has increased by 2 units, from 8 to 10 (25% growth). These family style American restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. The restaurants are located in WI.

Palm City, FL-based MANERO’S RESTAURANT (founded 1945) has increased by 1 unit for the J Arthur’s concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 2 to 3 (50% company growth. The company also operates the 1-unit Manero’s. These upscale restaurants serve American cuisine and are open for dinner. Per person check average is $15-50+. Full bar service is offered and seating is for about 200. Catering is and banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are FL and NC.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Portland, OR-based LAUGHING PLANET CAFE (founded 1995) has increased by 2 units, from 14 to 16 (14% growth). These fast casual vegetarian restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Beer is served and seating is for about 90. Catering service is offered. Trading areas are NV and OR.

Chandler, AZ-based THE BURRITO EXPRESS (founded 1995) has increased by 2 units, from 3 to 5 (67% growth). This quick serve Mexican concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20 and catering and delivery options are available. All the restaurants are located in AZ.

 

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

Sandy, UT-based BEANS & BREWS COFFEE HOUSE (founded 1993) has increased by 11 units, from 34 to 45 (32% growth) and entered into ID. These quick serve coffee restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 10. Online ordering is available. Trading areas are ID, NV and UT. We last featured this concept on 1/19/16 (21% growth).

Addison, TX-based BAR LOUIE (founded 1990) has increased by 14 units, from 110 to 124 (13% growth) and entered into CA, CT and NJ. These family style bar and grill restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Seating is for about 200. Private party services are available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA and WI. We last featured this company on 2/9/16 (20% growth).

Sandy, UT-based RODIZIO GRILL (founded 1995) has increased by 5 units, from 19 to 24 (26% growth). These upscale South American restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 200. Banquet services are offered. Trading areas are CO, FL, LA, MN, NE, NJ, OH, PA, TN, TX, UT and WI. We last wrote about this concept on 1/12/16 (19% growth).

 

 

May 16, 2017

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators….

Racine, WI-based O & H DANISH BAKERY (founded 1949) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). This quick serve bakery/cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 30 and offer online ordering and delivery services. All the locations are in WI.

Saskatchewan-based TRIFON’S PIZZA & SPAGHETTI HOUSE (founded 1972) has increased by 1 unit, from 19 to 20 (5% 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 seating is for around 125. Catering, delivery and banquet services are available. All the locations are in SK.

Tulsa, OK-based BILLY SIMS BBQ (founded 2004) has increased by 6 units, from 45 to 51 (13% growth). This fast casual BBQ concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Units seat about 60 and offer catering service. The restaurants are franchised and trade in IA, KS, MI, MO and OK.

 

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Illinois-based GUIDOS (founded 1999) has added 2 new concepts called Barrelhouse 34 and Mike N Molly’s. Other company concepts include Cowboy Monkey (1), Guidos (1), Jupiter’s Pizza & Billiards (2), Seven Saints (1) and The Accord (1). Overall company increase was from 6 to 8 (33% company growth). These family/casual concepts serve pizza, Italian and American cuisines. Per person check average is $8-$20+, open for lunch and dinner. Locations have full bar and average seating for about 200. All the restaurants are located in IL.

Harrisburg, PA-based AROOGA’S GRILLE HOUSE & SPORTS BAR (founded 2008) has increased by 2 units, from 11 to 13 (18% growth) and entered into NY and RI. This family/casual sports bar is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Units seat about 300 and offer catering and online ordering options. Trading areas are CT, NY, PA and RI. Franchise opportunities are now available.

 

 

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months. 

St Paul, MN-based PUNCH NEAPOLITAN PIZZA (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 9 to 10 (11% growth). These fast casual pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Locations serve beer and wine and seat about 60. All the units are located in MN. We last featured this concept on 11/17/15 (29% growth).

Richardson, TX-based NESTLE TOLLHOUSE CAFE BY CHIP (founded 1998) has increased by 28 units, from 136 to 164 (21% growth) and entered into BC, KY, NH, OH, VA and Puerto Rico. These quick serve cookie cafes are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Most locations are mall shops with no seating. Limited seating is available in select stand alone locations. Catering and online ordering options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NM, NV, NY, OK, ON, PA, SC, TX, Puerto Rico and the Middle East. We last wrote about this company on 2/16/16 (5% growth).

 

 

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….

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….

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).

 

 

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