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December 18, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

New York, NY-based BLT RESTAURANTS E SQUARED HOSPITALITY (founded 2004) has added a new concept called Dez (1) and increased by 1 unit for the BLT Burger concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth), 1 unit for the Casa Nona concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) and by 5 units for the By Chloe concept, from 9 to 14 (56% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 31 to 38 (23% growth). The other company concepts include: Blt Prime (2), Blt Prime By David Burke (1), Blt Steak (12) Horchata (1), Grand Tavern 62 (1), The Florentine (1) and The Wayfarer (1). These upscale steak and seafood restaurants are open for 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 CA, DC, FL, IL, MA, NC, NV and NY.

Orlando, FL-based BAHAMA BREEZE has increased by 4 units, from 36 to 40 (11% growth). This family/casual Caribbean restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and the average unit has seating for around 250. Catering is available. Trading areas are DE, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA and WA. Bahama Breeze is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.

Orlando, FL-based EARL OF SANDWICH (founded 2004) has increased by 6 units, from 25 to 31 (24% growth). This fast casual sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit has seating for about 50. Catering and online ordering services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in CA, FL, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NV, NY, PA and TX.

Scottsdale, AZ-based PICAZZO’S HEALTHY ITALIAN KITCHEN (founded 2002) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). This family/casual Italian and pizza concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 100. Catering, delivery, online ordering and private party services are available. All the restaurants are located in AZ.

Maryland-based MEXICO RESTAURANT (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit for the Plaza Mexico concept, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth) and entered into DE. The company also operates Mexico Restaurant (2 units). Overall company increase was from 4 to 5 (25% company growth). These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available. Average seating is for about 150. Catering and banquet services are offered. Trading areas are DE and MD.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Flagstaff, AZ-based PLATED PROJECTS LLC has increased by 2 units for the Over Easy concept, from 2 to 4 (100% concept growth) and added new concepts called Citizen Pie (1) and Whiskey and Whiskey (1). Other company concepts are Oakmont|Marquee (1), Taverna (1) and The Mayor Kitchen Bar Patio (1). Overall company increase was from 6 to 9 (50% growth). The concepts are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Multiple cuisines are served, including American, Greek, pizza and Mediterranean. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200. All the restaurants are located in AZ.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Washington, DC-based &PIZZA (founded 2012) has increased by 9 units, from 24 to 33 (38% growth). These fast casual pizza restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served. Seating is for about 60. Trading areas are DC, MD, NY, PA and VA. We wrote about this concept on 11/29/17 (41% growth).

Grapevine, TX-based COTTON PATCH CAFE (founded 1989) has increased by 2 units, from 53 to 55 (4% growth). These family/casual cafes serve American cuisine and are open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $6-$15+, serving beer and wine. Seating is for about 100. Catering is available. Trading areas are AR, NM, OK and TX. We last featured this concept on 3/26/18 (13% growth).

December 11, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Orlando, FL-based LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE (founded 1981) has increased by 23 units, from 483 to 506 (5% growth). This family/casual steakhouse concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 250. Trading areas are AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI and WV. Longhorn Steakhouse is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.

Houston, TX-based AVALON DINER (founded 1938) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast and lunch, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Units have seating for about 100. Catering and online ordering are available. All the restaurants trade in TX.

Cincinnati, OH-based BUFFALO WINGS & RINGS (founded 1984) has increased by 2 units, from 55 to 57 (4% growth) and entered into KS and MN. The restaurants are family/casual, specializing in chicken entrees. Locations have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Per person check average is $8-$20+, offering catering and online ordering options. All units are franchised and trade in CA, FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MN, NC, ND, NE, OH, SD and TX.

Tampa, FL-based NORI JAPAN has increased by 2 units, from 31 to 33 (6% growth). This fast casual Japanese concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. The restaurants are located in mall food courts. All the stores are franchised and trade in AL, AR, CO, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, TN, TX, VA, WA and WI. Nori Japan is a subsidiary of Innovated Restaurant Group.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Virginia-based CHEF GEOFF’S has added a new concept called Tortilla Coast (1) and a 4-unit concept called Cafe Deluxe. Other company concepts are Chef Geoff’s (2) and Lia’s (1). Overall company increase was from 3 to 8 (167% company growth). The restaurant concepts are upscale, serving American and Mexican cuisines. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and average seating for around 250. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are DC, MD and VA.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Utah-based CAFE ZUPAS (founded 2004) has increased by 7 units, from 51 to 58 (14% growth). This fast casual cafe serves sandwiches, soups and salads, with seating for about 50. Catering and private party services are available. Trading areas are AZ, ID, IL, MN, NV, OH, UT and WI. We last featured this concept on 4/3/18 (13% growth).

Yorba Linda, CA-based CREAMISTRY (founded 2013) has increased by 21 units, from 43 to 64 (49% growth) and entered into GA, NV, NY and China. These quick serve ice cream shops are open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 40. Catering is available. Stores are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, GA, LA, NV, NY, TX and China. We featured this concept on 3/6/18 (48% growth).

December 4, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Orlando, FL-based OLIVE GARDEN (founded 1982) has increased by 15 units, from 843 to 858 (2% growth). This family/casual Italian concept 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 online ordering are available. Trading areas are AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MB, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY. Olive Garden is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.

Myrtle Beach, SC-based DIVINE DINING GROUP (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit for the Ultimate California Pizza concept, from 5 to 6 (20% concept growth). Other company concepts are Bubba’s Fish Shack (1), Divine Prime/Wine & Tapas Bar (1), Nacho Hippo (2), Pawley’s Raw Bar (1) and River City Cafe (7). Overall company increase was from 17 to 18 (6% growth). These family/casual concepts serve steak, seafood and Mexican cuisines. 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 125. Delivery and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants are located in SC.

Tampa, FL-based RUBY THAI KITCHEN has increased by 13 units, from 52 to 65 (25% growth) and entered into IN, NB, NC, NH, OK, PA, RI and TN. This fast casual Thai concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations are mostly located in mall food courts. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AB, CA, DE, FL, IL, IN, MA, MD, MN, NB, NC, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX and WA. Ruby Thai Kitchen is a subsidiary of Innovated Restaurant Group.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Chattanooga, TN-based YELLOW DELI (founded 1973) has increased by 3 units, from 12 to 15 (25% growth). This family/casual deli and bakery/cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Average unit has seating for about 200. Catering is available. Trading areas are BC, CA, CO, NC, NY, ON, TN and VT.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Eugene, OR-based CAFE YUMM (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 21 to 22 (5% growth). This fast casual cafe and sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and average seating is for about 90. Catering service is available. Locations are franchised and trade in OR and WA. We last featured this concept on 7/26/17 (11% growth).

Seattle, WA-based CALIBURGER (founded 2011) has increased by 20 units, from 23 to 43 (87% growth) and entered into DC and FL. This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 80. Online ordering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in BC, CA, DC, FL, MD and WA. We featured this company on 10/10/17 (5% growth).

November 27, 2018

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Phoenix, AZ-based NYPD PIZZA (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% 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 70. Catering, delivery and online ordering services are available. All the restaurants trade in AZ.

New York, NY-based NEW YORK CITY RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1990) has added a new concept called Scopa. Other company concepts are Arte Café (1), Bocca Di Bacco (3) and Il Bastardo (1). Overall company increase was from 5 to 6 (20% growth). The restaurants are upscale Italian concepts, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and average seating for about 125. Catering, delivery, banquet and online ordering services are available. All the restaurants trade in NY.

Orlando, FL-based SEASONS 52 (founded 2003) has increased by 2 units, from 40 to 42 (5% growth) and entered into MI, NC and NM. This family/casual concept serves American cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with full bar and seating for about 250. Catering is available. Trading areas are AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX and VA. Seasons 52 is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.

Ocean City, MD-based DUMSER’S ICE CREAM (founded 1939) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). This quick serve ice cream shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 30. All the shops are in MD.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

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

Chicago, IL-based DOC B’S FRESH KITCHEN (founded 2013) has increased by 3 units, from 5 to 8 (60% growth) and entered into TX. This fast casual concept serves American cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, with full bar and seating for about 100. Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available. Trading areas are FL, IL and TX.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

New York, NY-based GERBER GROUP (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit with the addition of a new concept called Taco Electrico. Other company concepts are Irvington (1), Kingside (1), Max Bar (1), Mr. Purple (1), Red21 (1), The Campbell (1), The Roof (1), W Lounge (1) and Whiskey Blue (2). Overall company increase was from 10 to 11 (10% growth). The restaurants are upscale, serving mostly American cuisine. Per person price range is $15-$50+, open for lunch and dinner. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Banquet rooms are available. We last featured this company on 3/21/18 (11% growth).

Little Rock, AR-based US PIZZA CO (founded 1972) has increased by 1 unit, from 14 to 15 (7% growth). This quick serve pizzeria 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 80. Online ordering and delivery services are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AR and TX. We wrote about this concept on 5/2/17 (21% growth).

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).

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