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December 3, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Boston, MA-based UNO CHICAGO GRILL (founded 1943) has increased by 2 units, from 90 to 92 (2% growth). These family/casual pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. Online ordering and private party services are available. About half the restaurants are franchised. Trading areas are CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WI, Saudia Arabia, Honduras and India.

Irving, TX-based UNCLE JULIO’S MEXICAN FROM SCRATCH (founded 1986) has increased by 8 units, from 28 to 36 (29% growth) and entered into WI. This family/casual Mexican restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and seating for about 300. Catering is available. Trading areas are located in FL, GA, IL, MD, PA, TN, TX, VA and WI.

Lincoln, NE-based VALENTINO’S PIZZA (founded 1957) has increased by 1 unit, from 36 to 37 (3% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are all available. Trading areas are MN and NE. 

Portland, OR-based CHA CHA CHA TAQUERIA has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). This family/casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 70. Catering is available. All the locations are in OR.

Atlanta, GA-based TWISTED TACO (founded 2002) has increased by 1 unit, from 17 to 18 (6% growth). This family/casual Mexican restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 250. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are GA, KY, NY, OK, PA, SC and TN.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

New York, NY-based UNION SQUARE HOSPITALITY GROUP (founded 1985) has added 8 new concepts called Vini E Fritti (1), Tacocina (1), Manhatta (1), Anchovy Social (1). Cedric’s At The Shed (1), Maialino Mare (1), Intersect (1), Café Marchia (1) and increased by 1 unit for the Daily Provisions concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 13 to 22 (69% growth). The other company concepts are Blue Smoke (2), Café 2 & Terrace 5 (1), Gramercy Tavern (1), Jazz Standard (1), Maialino (1), Marta (1), Porchlight (1), Studio Café (1), The Modern (1), Union Square Café (1) and Untitled (1). These upscale concepts are open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Locations have full bar service and seating for about 200. Cuisines served are American, Italian and BBQ. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in NY.

Toledo, OH-based TONY PACKO’S CAFE (founded 1932) has increased by 2 units, from 3 to 5 (67% growth). This family/casual restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants serve Eastern European and American cuisines. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 150. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are available. All the locations are in OH.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Columbia, MD-based BOARDWALK FRIES BURGERS SHAKES (founded 1981) has increased by 1 unit, from 26 to 27 (4% growth). This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 70. Online ordering is available. Trading areas are AB, CA, DC, GA, MD, MI, VA, Saudia Arabia, Iraq and Qatar. Franchise opportunities are available. We last featured this concept on 6/26/18 (13% growth).

November 19, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Greenfield, IN-based CHICAGO’S PIZZA (founded 1979) has increased by 1 unit, from 16 to 17 (6% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 50. Delivery is available. All locations trade in IN.

Austin, TX-based TORCHY’S TACOS (founded 2006) has increased by 22 units, from 55 to 77 (40% growth) and entered into AR and OK. This fast casual Mexican restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served. Seating is for about 50. Catering and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are AR, CO, OK and TX.

Lafayette, LA-based YOBE FROZEN YOGURT (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 33 to 34 (3% growth). This quick serve yogurt shop is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Stores have limited seating. Locations are franchised and trade in FL, GA, LA and NJ.

Maitland, FL-based TIJUANA FLATS BURRITO COMPANY (founded 1995) has increased by 7 units, from 130 to 137 (5% growth). The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 80. Catering and online ordering services are available. Between 30% and 40% of the restaurants are franchised. Trading areas are FL, GA, IN, NC and VA.

Edina, MN-based PARASOLE RESTAURANT HOLDINGS (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit for Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth). THe company also operates Burger Jones (2), Chino Latino (1), Good Earth (2) Libertine’s Uptown Rec Room (1) Living Room (1), Manny’s Steakhouse (1), Prohibition (1) and Salut Bar Americain (2). Overall company increase was from 13 to 14 (8% growth). The restaurants are mostly upscale steakhouse concepts, open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and average seating for about 300. Catering, banquet and online ordering options are available. 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.

San Jose, CA-based UNA MAS MEXICAN GRILL (founded 1991) has increased by 5 units, from 15 to 20 (33% growth). The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. The restaurants have full bar serve and seating for about 70. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are all available. Locations are franchised and trade in CA.

San Diego, CA-based CRACK SHACK (founded 2015) has increased by 3 units, from 3 to 6 (100% growth) and entered into NV. This fast casual chicken concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person price range. Locations have full bar service and average seating for about 100. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. Locations are in CA and NV.

Florida-based TOASTED (founded 2013) has increased by 2 units, from 2 to 4 (100% growth). The restaurants are fast casual, serving burgers and sandwiches. Per person price range is $4-$12+ and seating is for about 40. Catering and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants trade in FL.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Sandy, UT-based BEANS & BREWS COFFEE HOUSE (founded 1993) has increased by 2 units, from 50 to 52 (4% growth). This quick serve coffee shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations have limited seating and do have drive-thru service. Online ordering is available. Trading areas are ID, NV and UT. We last featured this concept on 6/26/18 (11% growth).

New York, NY-based BLUESTONE LANE COFFEE (founded 2013) has increased by 16 units, from 30 to 46 (53% growth) and entered into MA, ON and the Cayman Islands. This fast casual coffee cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and the average unit has seating for about 40. Catering is available. Trading areas are CA, DC, MA,NJ, NY, ON, PA and the Cayman Islands. We last wrote about this concept on 8/28/18 (58% growth).

November 12, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Burlington, ON-based SIR CORP (founded 1992) has increased by 4 units for Scaddabush Italian Kitchen, from 5 to 9 (80% concept growth), 1 unit for Reds, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth), 1 unit for Duke’s Refresher Bar, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) and added a new concept called Abbey’s Bakehouse (1). The company also operates Canyon Creek Chophouse (7), Jack Astor’s (40) and Loose Moose (1). The restaurants serve American, Italian and steakhouse cuisines, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with full bar and average seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are AB, NL, NS, NY, ON and PQ.

Texas-based SMOKEY MO’S BBQ (founded 2000) has increased by 1 unit, from 15 to 16 (7% growth). This quick serve bbq concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 60. Catering and private party services are available. All the locations trade in TX.

Auburn, CA-based MR PICKLE’S SANDWICH SHOP (founded 1995) has increased by 7 units, from 42 to 49 (17% growth). This fast casual sandwich, soup and salad shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. Online ordering is available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

Houston, TX-based MAMBO SEAFOOD (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% 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 average seating for about 150. Catering is available. All the restaurants are in TX.

Washington, DC-based BUSBOYS AND POETS (founded 2005) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, serving American and Mediterranean cuisines. Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and seating for about 200. Catering, banquet and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are DC, MD and VA.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Scottsdale, AZ-based COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS (founded 2011) has increased by 2 units, from 10 to 12 (20% growth). This family/casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 150. Catering is available. Trading areas are AZ and CA.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Dallas, TX-based TEXAS DE BRAZIL CHURRASCARIA (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 56 to 57 (2% growth). This Brazilian steakhouse concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are AL, CO, DC, FL, IL, LA, MI, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, Aruba, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. We last featured this concept on 3/26/19 (12% growth).

November 5, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

New York, NY-based BOCCA DI BACCO (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit for Arte Cafe, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). The company also operates Bocca Di Bacco (3). Overall company increase was from 4 to 5 (25% company growth). These upscale Italian 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 125. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are available. All the restaurants trade in NY.

Arlington, TX-based SPRING CREEK BARBEQUE (founded 1980) has increased by 2 units for the Spring Creek Barbeque concept, from 31 to 33 (6% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Casa Rita’s Mexican Grill concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). The company also operates Mexican Inn (9) and Shady Oak Bbq (1). Overall company increase was from 42 to 45 (7% company growth). The restaurants are family/casual, serving BBQ and Mexican cuisines. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and average seating for about 250. Catering and banquet services are available. All the restaurants trade in TX.

New York-based TAI SHOW has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth). This family/casual Japanese restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 200. Banquet rooms are available. All locations are in NY.

Austin, TX-based CASA GARCIA MEXICAN RESTAURANT has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% 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 about 200. Catering and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants trade in TX.

Baltimore, MD-based HIP HOP FISH & CHICKEN has increased by 2 units, from 22 to 24 (9% growth). This quick serve chicken and seafood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. Locations are in DC and MD.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Iowa-based CABIN COFFEE COMPANY (founded 2002) has increased by 3 units, from 15 to 18 (20% growth). This fast casual coffee shop is open for breakfast and lunch hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. Drive-thru service is available. Trading areas are CO, GA, IA, IN, MN and WI.

Brooklyn, NY-based CAFE GRUMPY (founded 2005) has increased by 2 units, from 9 to 11 (22% growth) and entered into NJ. This quick serve coffee cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20. Trading areas are FL, NJ and NY.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Orlando, FL-based BAHAMA BREEZE (founded 1996) has increased by 3 units, from 40 to 43 (8% growth). This family/casual Caribbean concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 250. Catering is available. Trading areas are DE, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA and WA. We last featured this concept on 12/18/18 (11% growth).

Phoenix, AZ-based BARRO’S PIZZA (founded 1980) has increased by 4 units, from 40 to 44 (10% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 50. Delivery service is available. All the locations are in AZ. We last wrote about this concept on 5/29/18 (8% growth).

October 29, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Cincinnati, OH-based DEWEY’S PIZZA (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 24 to 25 (4% growth). This family/casual pizzeria is 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 party services are available. Trading areas are IL, KY, MO and OH.

Winnipeg, MB-based CHICKEN DELIGHT (founded 1952) has increased by 1 unit, from 19 to 20 (5% growth). The restaurants are quick serve, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is limited. Catering and drive-thru services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in MB, ON and SK.

Atlanta, GA-based YOGLI MOGLI (founded 2009) has increased by 10 units for the Kale Me Crazy concept, from 15 to 25 (67% concept growth). The company also operates the 10-unit Yogli Mogli concept. Overall company increase was from 25 to 35 (40% company growth). The restaurant concepts are fast casual, serving salads, sandwiches, smoothies and frozen yogurt. Per person price range is $4-$12+. Seating is for about 40. Catering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, CO, GA, MS and NC.

Oregon-based MO’S SEAFOOD & CHOWDER (founded 1946) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth). This family/casual soup and seafood concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 70. Catering is available. All the restaurants are located in OR.

North Vancouver, BC-based EARLS (founded 1982) has increased by 1 unit, from 69 to 70 (1% growth). These family/casual restaurants serve American cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with full bar and seating for about 250. Trading areas are AB, AZ, BC, CO, FL, MA, MB, ON, SK, VA, WA and YT.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Louisville, KY-based BUBBA’S 33 (founded 2013) has increased by 9 units, from 20 to 29 (45% growth) and entered into AZ, FL, MD, NJ, OK and VA. This family/casual sports bar is open for dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Seating is for about 250. Catering is available. Trading areas are AZ, CO, FL, IN, KS, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NM, OH, OK, TX and VA.

Illinois-based BUTTERFIELD’S PANCAKE HOUSE & RESTAURANT (founded 2000) has increased by 1 unit for Butterfield’s Pancake House, from 4 to 5 (25% concept growth) and by 1 unit for Butters Pancakes and Cafe, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth). Overall company increase was from 5 to 7 (40% company growth). This family/casual concept specializes in breakfast foods, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 250. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are AZ and IL.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

North Charleston, SC-based EAST BAY DELI (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth). This family/casual deli is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 50. Locations sell beer and offer catering, delivery and online ordering services. All the restaurants are in SC. We last featured this concept on 9/18/18 (60% growth).

October 22, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Roseville, MI-based THE ORIGINAL BUSCEMIS (founded 1976) has increased by 1 unit, from 44 to 45 (2% growth). These fast casual 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 50. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. Stores are franchised and trade in MI.

Los Angeles, CA-based THE PIZZA STUDIO (founded 2012) has increased by 7 units, from 32 to 39 (22% growth). These fast casual pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering and online ordering are available. Stores are franchised and located in AK, AR, CA, CO, IL, KS, MD, MN, MO, NY, ON, UT and WA.

Markham, ON-based WIMPY’S DINER (founded 1961) has increased by 6 units, from 56 to 62 (11% growth). This family/casual restaurant serves American cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+. Seating is for about 70. Full bar service is available at select locations. Locations are franchised and all are located in ON.

Lincoln, NE- based RUNZA (founded 1949) has increased by 6 units for the Runza concept, from 80 to 86 (8% concept growth). The company also operates Braeda Fresh Express Cafe (3). Overall company increase was from 80 to 87 (9% company growth). These quick serve sandwich restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is available for about 80. Drive-thru, online ordering and catering services are available. Trading areas CO, IA, KS and NE. Franchising is available.

Athens, GA-based YOUR PIE (founded 2008) has increased by 37 units, from 45 to 82 (82% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 60. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, MD, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX and VA.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Florida-based HUEY MAGOO’S RESTAURANTS (founded 2004) has increased by 3 units, from 7 to 10 (43% growth). This fast casual chicken concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in FL.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Encino, CA-based GRANVILLE CAFE has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). This family/casual concept serves American cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $8-$20+, with full bar service and average seating for about 150. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. All the locations are in CA. We last featured this concept on 9/18/18 (33% growth).

October 15, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Westlake Village, CA-based SHARKY’S WOODFIRED MEXICAN GRILL (founded 1992) has increased by 1 unit, from 28 to 29 (4% growth). These family/casual Mexican restaurants are 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 and private party services are available. Trading areas are CA, NV and OR.

Fayetteville, AR-based SLIM CHICKENS (founded 2003) has increased by 15 units, from 71 to 86 (21% growth). These fast casual chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 90. Locations are franchised and trade in AR, AZ, IL, KS, LA, MO, NE, OK, TN and TX.

Fort Worth, TX-based TACO CASA TEXAS has increased by 11 units, from 78 to 89 (14% growth). This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Drive-thru service is available. Locations are franchised and trade in OK and TX.

Astoria, NY-based THE HALAL GUYS (founded 1990) has increased 10 units, from 70 to 80 (14% growth). This fast casual Middle Eastern concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. All locations are franchised and are located in AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, ON, PA, PQ, TN, TX, VA, WA and WI. 

Dallas, TX-based RESTAURANTWORKS (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit for the Cru Wine Bar concept, from 14 to 15 (7% concept growth). The company also operates Princi Italia (3) and Victory Tavern City Grille (1). Overall company increase was from 18 to 19 (6% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving American and Italian cuisines. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and seating for about 250. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are CO, GA, KY and TX.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Denver, CO-based BROTHERS BBQ (founded 1998) has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth). These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100. Catering, online ordering and delivery services are available. All locations are in CO.

Wall, NJ-based BUBBAKOOS BURRITOS (founded 2008) has increased by 11 units, from 20 to 31 (55% growth) and entered into CA, GA and PA. This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery, online ordering, private party and drive-thru services are all available. Trading areas are CA, GA, NJ and PA. Franchising is available.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Vestavia Hills, AL-based TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE (founded 1998) has increased by 4 units for the Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe concept, from 89 to 93 (4% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 89 to 94 (6% company growth). The company also operates Petit And Keet (1). These fast/casual Mediterranean restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100. Catering, online ordering and private party services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, ID, KY, LA, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV. We last featured this concept on 3/13/18 (20% growth).

October 8, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Columbus, OH-based PURDUM RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit for the Old Bag Of Nails Pub concept, from 13 to 14 (8% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 14 to 15 (7% growth). The company also operates Pour House Tavern (1). These family/casual American bar and grill restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Seating is for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. All the restaurants are in OH.

Richmond, VA-based RICHMOND RESTAURANT GROUP 1 (founded 1995) has added a new concept called West Coast Provisions (1). The company also operates East Coast Provisions (1), Pearl Raw Bar (1), The Daily Kitchen & Bar (2), The Hard Shell (2) and The Hill Café (1). Overall company increase was from 7 to 8 (14% growth). These upscale restaurant concepts serve seafood and American cuisines, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and seating for about 80. Catering and banquet rooms are available. All the restaurants are located in VA.

Los Angeles, CA-based SBE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (founded 2002) has increased by 3 units for Cleo from 4 to 7 (75% concept growth), 1 unit for Fi’lia, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth) and added 4 new concepts called Kumi Japanese Restaurant & Bar (1), Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge (1), Carna (1) and Diez Y Sies (1). Other company concepts are Doheny Room (1), Double Barrel Roadhouse (1), Farmspoke (1), Hyde (1), K Ramen (2), Katsuya (7), Leynia (1), The Bazaar (4), The Library (1), The Restaurant At The Raleigh (1), Tres (1) and Umami Burger (26). Overall company increase was from 53 to 61 (15% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, serving American, Mexican and Asian cuisines. Per person check average is $10-$30+, open for lunch and dinner. Average unit has seating for 50. Trading areas are CA, FL, IL, NV, NY, Japan, The Bahamas and the Middle East.

Charlotte, NC-based SHOWMAR’S RESTAURANT (founded 1982) has increased by 1 unit, from 30 to 31 (3% growth). This family/casual American restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 100. Catering is available. Locations are in NC and SC.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Michigan-based SWEETWATERS COFFEE & TEA (founded 1993) has increased by 28 units, from 7 to 35 (400% growth) and entered into CO, IA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN and TX. This quick serve coffee and bakery concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 20. Catering service is available. Trading areas are CO, IA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN and TX.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Minneapolis, MN-based BLUE PLATE RESTAURANT CO (founded 1993) has added a new concept called Shindig Event Space. Other company concepts are 3 Squares Restaurant (1), Edina Grill (1), Groveland Tap (1), Highland Grill (1), Longfellow Grill (1), Mercury Dining Room And Rail (1), The Freehouse (1) and The Lowry (1). Overall company increase was from 8 to 9 (13% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants serve American bar and grill type cuisine. Average unit has seating for about 150. Banquet services are available. All locations are in MN. We last featured this company on 3/13/18 (14% growth).

Athens, GA-based BARBERITOS (founded 2000) has increased by 3 units, from 48 to 51 (6% growth) and entered into VA. This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 90. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN and VA. We last wrote about this concept on 5/15/18 (2% growth).

October 1, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Chicago, IL-based ROTI MODERN MEDITERRANEAN (founded 2007) has increased by 10 units, from 33 to 43 (30% growth). These fast casual Mediterranean restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 50 and catering is available. Trading areas are DC, IL, MD, MN, NY, TX and VA.

Carlsbad, CA-based RUBIO’S COASTAL GRILL (founded 1983) has increased by 4 units, from 196 to 200 (2% growth). This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 150. Catering is available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, NV and UT.

Conshohocken, PA-based SALADWORKS (founded 1986) has increased by 14 units, from 86 to 100 (16% growth). This fast casual salad restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 70. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. Locations are franchised and trade in DE, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TN, TX, VA and WV.

Provo, UT-based SUB ZERO ICE CREAM (founded 2004) has increased by 8 units, from 46 to 54 (17% growth). This quick serve ice cream shop is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30 and catering is available. Stores are franchised and located in AZ, CA, FL, GA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, NC, NH, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT and WA.

Indianapolis, IN-based PUCCINI’S SMILING TEETH PIZZA PASTA (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit for the Puccini’s Smiling Teeth concept, from 10 to 11 (10% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 13 to 14 (8% company growth). The company also operates Bucceto’s Pizza Pasta (3). These family/casual Italian & 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 80. Catering, delivery and private party services are available. Trading areas are IN and KY.

Brooklyn Center, MN-based CARIBOU COFFEE (founded 1992) has increased by 24 units, from 723 to 747 (3% growth) and entered into FL and WY. 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 20. Cateringa and drive-thru services are available. Trading areas are CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, VA, WI, WY, Asia and the Middle East.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Carolina Beach, NC-based SHUCKIN SHACK OYSTER BAR (founded 2007) has increased by 5 units, from 12 to 17 (42% growth) and entered into FL and GA. This family/casual seafood restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average unit seats about 90. Trading areas are FL, GA, MD, NC and SC. Franchising is available.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Boston, MA-based B.GOOD (founded 2004) has increased by 11 units, from 68 to 79 (16% growth) and entered into IL and Germany. The restaurants are fast casual, serving sandwiches, burgers, salads and American cuisine. Per person price range is $6-$15+. Seating is for about 60. Catering and online ordering services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in CT, IL, MA, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, ON, PA, RI, TX, VA, VA, Germany and Switzerland. We last featured this concept on 7/17/18 (17% growth).

September 24, 2019

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Atlanta, GA-based CHICK-FIL-A (founded 1967) has increased by 306 units, from 1904 to 2210 (16% growth). This fast casual chicken concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average location has seating for about 50. Catering, online ordering and drive-thru services are available. All locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV and WY.

Minnesota-based DINO’S GYROS (founded 1984) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). This fast casual Greek sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. Catering is available. Stores are franchised and all located in MN.

Atlanta, GA-based MELLOW MUSHROOM (founded 1974) has increased by 13 units, from 196 to 209 (7% growth). This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served (full bar available at select locations). Average unit seats about 60. Catering is available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IN, KY, LA, MS, NC, NE, OH, SC, TN, TX, UT and VA.

San Francisco, CA-based MEL’S DRIVE IN (founded 1947) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This family/casual diner concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 50. Online ordering is available. All the restaurants trade in CA.

Chicago, IL-based ALOHA POKE CO (founded 2016) has increased by 1 unit, from 15 to 16 (7% growth). This fast casual Hawaiian seafood concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. Catering and online ordering options are available. Trading areas are DC, FL, IL, MN and WI.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Prospect, CT-based SENOR PANCHO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT has increased by 2 units, from 2 to 4 (100% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 100. Catering and banquet services are available. All locations are in CT.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Lakewood, OH-based ALADDIN’S EATERY (founded 1994) has increased by 3 units, from 30 to 33 (10% growth). This family/casual Mediterranean concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 50. Catering and online ordering options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in IN, NC, OH and PA. We last wrote about this concept on 1/29/19 (3% growth).

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