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Restaurant News 04-22-14

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

 

Cabot, AR-based PIZZA PRO (founded 1985) has increased by 3 units, from 466 to 469 (1% growth).  These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Beer is served and limited seating is available.  Catering, delivery and drive-thru services are available.  Stores are franchised and trade in AL, AR, CO, GA, IL, KY, LA, MO, MS, MT, NC, NM, OK, SC, TN, and TX.

 

Prairie Du Sac, WI-based CULVER’S FROZEN CUSTARD & BUTTERBURGERS (founded 1984) has increased by 42 units, from 461 to 503 (9% growth) and entered into FL, ID, and SC.  This fast casual burger concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 90.  Drive-thru service is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WI, and WY.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

 

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

 

Miami, FL-based GRILLIT (OTC: GRLT; founded 2011) has increased by 2 units, from 2 to 4 (100% growth) and entered into KY and TN.  This fast casual chicken concept is open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $6-15+, with seating for around 60.  Catering and delivery options are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in FL, KY, and TN.
 

 

Repeat Growers

 
 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Orlando, FL-based NATURE’S TABLE CAFE (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit, from 72 to 73 (1% growth) and entered into DC.  The restaurants are fast casual, serving American cuisine.  Units seat about 40 and offer catering and online ordering services.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in CA, CO, DC, FL,GA, MD, OK, TN, TX, and VA.  We last featured this concept on 2/5/13 (4% growth).

 

Cheshire, CT-based WAYBACK BURGERS (founded 1991) has increased by 10 units, from 68 to 78 (15% growth) and entered into CO, MN, TX, and VA.  This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 60.  Catering and online ordering services are available.  All stores are franchised and trade in CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, and VA.  We last wrote about this concept on 8/13/13 (39% growth).

 

West Palm Beach, FL-based HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS (founded 1995) has increased by 4 units, from 56 to 60 (7% growth) and entered into IA.  This family/casual concept specializes in chicken and serves other American cuisine.  The restaurants have full bar and seat about 100.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NY, and TX.  We featured this concept on 4/2/13 (13% growth) and on 12/3/13 (10% growth).

Restaurant News 04-16-14

Restaurantdata.com News 4-16-14

 

 

Our popular weekly newsletter has been renamed the Restaurantdata.com weekly newsletter.

 

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Austin, TX-based CHUY’S (NASDAQ:CHUY; founded 1982) has increased by 5 units, from 46 to 51 (11% growth) and entered into MO, NC, OH, SC, and VA.  This family/casual Mexican restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar and seat around 200.  Catering and delivery services are available.  Trading areas are AL, AR, FL, GA, IN, KY, MO, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, and VA.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

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

 

Indiana-based GELSOSOMO’S PIZZERIA (founded 1979) has increased by 2 units, from 7 to 9 (29% growth).  This fast casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, serving beer and wine.  Per person price range is $4-$12+.  Seating is for about 100.  Catering, delivery and private party services are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in IN and MI.

San Diego, CA-based GRAB N GO SUBS (founded 1973) has increased by 3 units for the Grab N Go concept, from 8 to 11 (38% concept growth).  The company also operates Mimmo’s Italian Village (1).  Overall company increase was from 9 to 12 (33% company growth).  Grab N Go is a quick serve sandwich shop concept, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+, with seating for about 30.  Mimmo’s is family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average.  Mimmo’s serves beer and wine and offers catering and banquet services.  All the restaurants are in CA.

 

Repeat Growers

 

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Centennial, CO-based THE EGG & I (founded 1987) has increased by 17 units, from 81 to 98 (21% growth) and entered into GA, IN, TN, and VA.  This is a family/casual concept, specializing in breakfast foods.  Meal periods are breakfast and lunch, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units have seating for about 125.  Private party spaces are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, ME, MO, NE, NM, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, and WY.  We last featured this concept on 10/2/12 (23% growth).

Emeryville, CA-based FREEBIRD’S WORLD BURRITO (founded 1987) has increased by 8 units, from 100 to 108 (8% growth) and entered into UT.  This fast casual Mexican 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 100.  Catering and online ordering options are offered.  Trading areas are CA, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX, and UT.  We last wrote about this concept on 5/14/13 (10% growth).  Freebird’s is a subsidiary of Tavistock Restaurants.

 

Restaurant News 04-08-14

Restaurantdata.com News 4-08-14

 

Our popular weekly newsletter has been renamed the Restaurantdata.com weekly newsletter.

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

 

Lorton, VA-based FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES (founded 1986) has increased by 63 units, from 1149 to 1212 (5% growth) and entered into SD.  This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units have seating for about 50.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in AB, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, 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, ON, OR, PA, PQ, RI, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

 

El Paso, TX-based GREAT AMERICAN LAND & CATTLE RESTAURANT (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual steakhouses, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $10-$30+, serving beer and wine.  Average seating is for about 250.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in TX.

 

LATIN CAFE 2000 based in Miami, FL (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  These are family/casual Cuban restaurants with seating for around 150.  Beer and wine are served.  Locations are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20+.  Catering and delivery are offered.  All locations are in FL.

 

MIO’S PIZZERIA of Cincinnati, OH (founded 1975) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 150.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  Locations are franchised and are in KY and OH.

 

HAPPY’S PIZZA of Farmington Hills, MI (founded 1994) has increased by 20 units, from 80 to 100 (25% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with limited seating.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are more than 50% franchised and are in CA, GA, IN, MI, NV, OH and TX.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

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

 
San Rafael, CA-based MOANA RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit for the Piatti’s concept, from 8 to 9 (13% concept growth) and added 2 new concepts called Molina and The Farmer’s Union.  Other company concepts include Corner’s Tavern (1), El Dorado Kitchen (1), Hacienda Cocina Y Cantina (1), Irving Street Kitchen (1), Paragon (3), Plantation Gardens (1), Redd (1), Redd Wood (1), and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (1).  Overall company increase was from 19 to 22 (16% growth).  The restaurant concepts are upscale, serving mostly Italian cuisine.  The restaurants serve dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  There is full bar service and average seating is for around 175.  Catering and private party services are available.  Trading areas are CA, CO, HI, OR, TX, and WA.
 

Repeat Growers

 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Dallas, TX-based PACIUGO ITALIAN GELATO (founded 2000) has increased by 2 units, from 44 to 46 (5% growth) and entered into LA and NV.  This quick serve gelato concept is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 30.  Catering is available.  Stores are franchised and trade in CA, CO, DE, FL, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MN, NV, NY, OH, OK, TX, and WA.  We last featured this concept on 1/2/13 (13% growth).

 

Plano, TX-based ZOE’S KITCHEN (founded 1995) has increased by 33 units, from 87 to 120 (38% growth).  This is a fast casual Mediterranean concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $6-$15+.  Beer and wine are served at select locations.  Seating is for about 60.  Catering is available.  Trading areas are AL, AZ, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, NC, NJ, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA.  We wrote about this concept on 10/2/12 (15% growth) and on 10/22/13 (26% growth).  

 

NATION’S GIANT HAMBURGERS of El Cerrito, CA (founded 1952) has increased by 1 unit, from 26 to 27 (4% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 20.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  All locations are in CA.  We last wrote about this concept on 4/9/13 (4% growth).

Restaurant News 04-01-14

Restaurantdata.com News 04-01-14

 

Our popular weekly newsletter has been renamed the Restaurantdata.com weekly newsletter.

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New combo packages available: Weekly new restaurant opening leads, restaurant multi-unit companies and contacts and existing single unit independent and multi-unit locations with contacts.

 

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

 

Toronto, ON-based PIZZA PIZZA (TXS: PZA.UN; founded 1967) has increased by 24 units for the Pizza Pizza concept, from 605 to 629 (4% concept growth) and by 4 units for the Pizza 73 concept, from 89 to 93 (4% concept growth).  Overall company increase was from 694 to 722 (4% company growth).  These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units have seating for about 40 and offer catering, delivery and online ordering services.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in AB, BC, MB, NS, ON, PQ, and SK.

 

Addison, TX-based BAR LOUIE (founded 1990) has increased by 15 units, from 70 to 85 (21% growth) and entered into AL, IA, LA, MN, and NC.  This family/casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $10-$30+.  The restaurants have full bar service and seat around 200.  Private party services are available.  Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CO, DC, FL, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, and WI.

 

MEXICALI BORDER CAFE based in Tulsa, OK (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 150.   Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-15+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  Locations are in FL and OK.

 

COOK OUT of Archdale, NC has increased by 33 units, from 94 to 127 (35% growth).  These are quick serve, drive-thru restaurants with limited patio seating.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Locations are in GA, NC, SC, TN and VA.

 

PEET’S COFFEE & TEA of Emeryville, CA (founded 1966) has increased by 35 units, from 197 to 232 (18% growth).  These are fast casual shops open for breakfast and lunch.  Per person check average is around $4-$12.  The company is no longer public.  Locations are in CA, CO, IL, MA, MI, OH, OR, PA and WA.

 

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 has increased by 1 unit for the Twisted Root concept, from 9 to 10 (11% concept growth) and entered into LA.  The company has also opened a new concept called Truck Yard (1 unit).  Overall company increase was from 9 to 11 (22% company growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, specializing in burgers.  Per person check average is $8-$20+, with full bar service.  Average seating is for about 90.  Locations are in LA and TX.  Franchising is now available.

 

AL’S ITALIAN BEEF based in Mokena, IL (founded 1938) has increased by 3 units, from 14 to 17 (21% growth).  These are quick serve sandwich restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are in CA, IL and NV.

 

Repeat Growers

 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Washington-based BLAZING ONION BURGER COMPANY (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  This fast causal burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar and seating for about 90.  All units are in WA.  We last featured this concept on 10/9/12 (67% growth).

 

Pittsburgh, PA-based PRIMANTI BROTHERS RESTAURANT & BAR (founded 1933) has increased by 1 unit, from 20 to 21 (5% growth) and entered into WV.  The restaurants are open for lunch and dinner (one location open for breakfast), with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  The restaurants serve a variety of sandwiches, burgers and pizza.  One restaurant has full bar service, the rest serve beer and wine.  Average seating is for about 100.  Catering and delivery services are available.  Locations are in FL, PA and WV.  We featured this company on 10/16/12 (5% growth).

 

Houston, TX-based RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA (founded 1992) has increased by 7 units, from 31 to 38 (23% growth) and entered into HI.  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar and seating for around 100.  Catering, delivery and online ordering services are available.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in AR, FL, HI, OK, TN, and TX.  We last wrote about this concept on 4/23/13 (7% growth).

Restaurant News 03-25-14

Restaurantdata.com News 03-25-14

 

Our popular weekly newsletter has been renamed the Restaurantdata.com weekly newsletter.

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New combo packages available: Weekly new restaurant opening leads, restaurant multi-unit companies and contacts and existing single unit independent and multi-unit locations with contacts.

 

 

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

 

 

Orlando, FL-based HARD ROCK CAFE (founded 1971) has increased by 4 units, from 141 to 145 (3% growth).  This family/casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $10-$30+.  The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 400.  Catering and banquet facilities are available.  About half the restaurants are franchised.  Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NJ, NV, NY, OH, ON, PA, SC, TN, TX, WA, and 54 other countries worldwide.

 

MAINSTAY HOSPITALITY of Chicago, IL (founded 2000) has increased by increased 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth), adding a new concept called City Tavern. Other company concepts are Chicago Firehouse (1) and Wabash Tap (1).  Locations are upscale with full bar and seating for around 150.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  Locations are in IL.

 

LEONI’S PIZZERIA based in Fort Myers, FL (founded 1956) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50%) growth and expanded into NC.  These are family/casual restaurants with seating for around 70.  Beer and wine are offered.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20+.  Locations are in FL and NC.

 

AMERICAN DELI based in Riverdale, GA (founded 1989) has increased by 9 units, from 80 to 89 (11% growth) and expanded into SC and TX.  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Franchising is available.  Locations are in AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC and TX.

 

Boston, MA-based AU BON PAIN (founded 1978) has increased by 6 units, from 317 to 323 (2% growth) and entered into CA and GA.  This fast casual bakery/cafe concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a per person price range of $4-$12+.  Average seating is for about 30.  Catering and online ordering options are available.  About half the units are franchised.  Trading areas are AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, India, Kuwait, South Korea, Thailand, and the UAE.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

 

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

 
 
San Francisco, CA-based THE MELT (founded 2011) has increased by 9 units, from 14 to 23 (64% growth).  This fast casual sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person.  The shops serve beer and wine and seat around 50.  Online ordering is available.  All locations are in CA.
 

Repeat Growers

 
 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Fort Wayne, IN-based WINGS ETC (founded 1994) has increased by 3 units, from 24 to 27 (13% growth).  The restaurant is family/casual, specializing in chicken wings.  Per person price range is $4-$10, serving beer.  Seating is for around 150.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in IL, IN, MI, MO, and NC.  We last featured this concept on 9/4/12 (10% growth) and again on 7/9/13 (9% growth).

 

Spokane, WA-based TWIGS BISTRO & MARTINI BAR (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 9 to 10 (11% growth).  The restaurants are upscale, serving European cuisine.  Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar and seating for about 80.  Catering and private party services are available.  Trading areas are ID, OR, UT, and WA.  We wrote about this concept on 1/22/13 (40% growth) and on 9/4/13 (29% growth).

Restaurant News 03-18-14

Restaurantdata.com News 03-18-14

 

Our popular weekly newsletter has been renamed the Restaurantdata.com weekly newsletter.

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New this week!!  Our Top 10 Fastest Growing Concepts list…Click here

 

New combo packages available: Weekly new restaurant opening leads, restaurant multi-unit companies and contacts and existing single unit independent and multi-unit locations with contacts.

 

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

 

Tulsa, OK-based BILLY SIMS BBQ (founded 2004) has increased by 7 units, from 32 to 39 (22% 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 services.  Stores are franchised and trade in MI, MO, OK, and TX, with a Bentonville, AR location to open in April.

 

Orange, CA-based BRUXIE GOURMET WAFFLE SANDWICHES (founded 2006) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  This fast casual sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average.  Units seat about 70.  All locations are in CA.

 

HEART OF AMERICA RESTAURANTS & INNS of Moline, IL (founded 1978) has increased by 1 unit for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, from 7 to 8 (14% growth).  These are upscale restaurants with full bar and seating for around 250.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Banquets are offered.  Other company concepts are Checkered Flag (1), Gramma’s Kitchen (1), Machine Shed Restaurant (6) and Thunder Bay Grille (3).   Overall company increase is from 18 to 19 (6% growth).  Locations are in IA, IL, KS, MN, NE and WI.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

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

 
Houston, TX-based BRICK HOUSE TAVERN & TAP (founded 2008) has increased by 4 units, from 16 to 20 (25% growth).  This family/casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $10-$30, with full bar service.  The restaurants seat about 200 and offer private party services.  Trading areas are CO, FL, IL, KY, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, and TX.  Brick House Tavern is a subsidiary of Ignite Restaurant Group.

 

FRESH BROTHERS PIZZA based in Manhattan Beach, CA (founded 1985) has increased by 5 units, from 6 to 11 (83% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  All locations are in CA.

 

Repeat Growers

 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Burlington, ON-based JACK ASTOR’S BAR & GRILL (founded 1990) has increased by 3 units, from 35 to 38 (9% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $8-$20+, with full bar and seating for about 200.  Trading areas are AB, NS, NY, ON, and PQ.  Jack Astor’s is a subsidiary of Sir Corp.  We last featured this concept on 10/30/12 (9% growth).

 

Atlanta, GA-based TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE (founded 1997) has increased by 14 units, from 370 to 384 (4% growth) and entered into ND.  This fast casual juice/smoothie concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations have seating for around 50.  Catering, delivery and drive-thru services are available.  All stores are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WV.  We last wrote about this company on 9/24/13 (14% growth).

 

LEO’S CONEY ISLAND of Dearborn, MI (founded 1972) has increased by 2 units, from 49 to 51 (4% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with seating for around 100.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are franchised and are in MI.  We wrote about this company on 9/10/13 (17% growth).

 

LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL of Maryville, TN has increased by 2 units, from 26 to 28 (8% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 70.  Beer and wine are served.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are in AL, DC, FL, NC, OH and VA.  We last featured this company on 12/11/12 (28% growth) and on 7/17/13 (13% growth).

Restaurant News 03-11-14

Restaurantdata.com News 03-11-14

Our popular weekly newsletter has been renamed the Restaurantdata.com weekly newsletter.

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New combo packages available: Weekly new restaurant opening leads, restaurant multi-unit companies and contacts and existing single unit independent and multi-unit locations with contacts.

 

 

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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
 
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

 

 

Fayetteville, GA-based JOHNNY BRUSCO’S NY STYLE PIZZA (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit, from 68 to 69 (1% growth).  This fast casual pizzeria concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average. Locations serve beer and wine and seat around 90.  Catering and delivery services are available.  All locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, GA, KS, KY, NC, TN, and TX.

 

Houston, TX-based JOE’S CRAB SHACK (founded 1991) has increased by 5 units, from 131 to 136 (4% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, serving seafood.  Per person check average is $10-$30, open for lunch and dinner.  Locations have full bar service and seating for around 200.  Private party facilities are available.  Trading areas are AL, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WA.  Joe’s Crab Shack is a subsidiary of Ignite Restarant Group.

 

HOT HEAD BURRITOS based in Kettering, OH (founded 2007) has increased by 8 units, from 50 to 58 (16% growth) expanding into FL and MI.  These are fast casual Mexican restaurants with seating for around 60.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12.  Franchising is offered.  The company also operates 7 Subway restaurants which decreased by 3 units, from 10 to 7.  Overall company growth is from 60 to 65 (8% company growth).  Trading areas are FL, IN, KY, and MI.

 

JUST SALAD of New York, NY (founded 2006) has increased by 1 unit, from 14 to 15 (7% growth) and expanded into NJ.  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are in NY and NJ.

 

HERO CERTIFIED BURGERS based in Toronto, ON (founded 2003) has increased by 7 units for Hero Certified Burgers, from 51 to 58 (14% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 30.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  There is a second company concept called Lettieri Espresso & Bar (8 units).   Overall company increase is from 59 to 66 (12% company growth).  Locations are franchised and are in ON.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

 

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

 
 
Seattle, WA-based ETHAN STOWELL RESTAURANTS has added 2 new concepts (MKT and Red Cow).  Other company concepts are Anchovies & Olives (1), Bar Cotto (1), How To Cook A Wolf (1), Rione Xiii (1), Staple & Fancy Mercantile (1), and Tavolata (1).  Overall company increase was from 6 to 8 (33% growth).  The restaurants are upscale, serving mostly Italian cuisine.  The restaurants are open for dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar and offer catering services.  All the restaurants are in WA.
 

Repeat Growers

 
 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Milford, OH-based PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS (founded 1985) has increased by 13 units, from 255 to 268 (5% growth).  This fast casual sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations seat about 50.  Stores are franchised and trade in IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV.  We last wrote about this company on 12/11/12 (5% growth).

 

Honolulu, HI-based TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 13 to 14 (8% growth) and entered into IA.  This quick serve burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 70.  About half of locations are franchised.  We last featured this concept on 6/4/13 (63% growth).  

 

JIM ‘N NICK’S BAR-B-Q based in Vestavia Hills, AL (founded 1985) has increased by 2 units, from 31 to 33 (6% growth).  These are family/casual BBQ restaurants with full bar and seating for around 100.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  Locations are in AL, CO, FL, GA, NC, SC and TN.  We reported on this concept on 8/3/13 (7% growth).

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

 

Orange County, CA-based TACOS & CO (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations serve beer and wine and seat about 30.  Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available.  All locations are in CA.

 

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY of St Louis Park, MN (founded 1999) has increased by 3 units, from 27 to 30 (11% growth) and expanded into TN.  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 250.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20.  Locations are in IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, TN and WI.

 

SHULA’S based in Fort Lauderdale, FL (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit for Shula’s 2, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth). These are upscale steakhouses with full bar and seating for around 200 serving dinner.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  Other concepts are Shula Burger (5), Shula’s 347 (8), Shula’s Bar & Grill (4), Shula’s On The Beach (1) and Shula’s Steakhouse (14).  Overall company increase is from 34 to 35 (3% growth).  Locations are in AL, AZ, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, NC, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

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

 
Chicago, IL-based ROTI MEDITERRANEAN GRILL (founded 2007) has increased by 5 units, from 17 to 22 (29% growth).  This fast casual concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 50 and offer catering, delivery and online ordering services.  Trading areas are DC, IL, MD, NY, and VA.

 

Dallas, TX-based SNAPPY SALADS (founded 2005) has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $4-$12+, with seating for around 50.  Catering and online ordering are available.  All locations are in TX.

 

FS FOOD GROUP of Charlotte, NC has increased by 3 units for Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, from 4 to 7 (75% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 100.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30+.  Other company concepts are Mama Ricotta’s Restaurant (1), Midwood Smokehouse (1) and Paco’s Tacos & Tequila (1).  Overall company increase from 7 to 10 (43% growth).  All locations are in NC.

 

Repeat Growers

 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Jupiter, FL-based MILLER’S ALE HOUSE (founded 1988) has increased by 4 units, from 63 to 67 (6% growth) and entered into OH.  This family/casual concept serves American cuisine, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $8-$20+, with full bar and seating for about 300.  Catering is available.  The restaurants trade in FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OH, and PA.  We last featured this concept on 5/7/13 (9% growth).

 

Prairieville, LA-based VOO DOO BBQ & GRILL (founded 2002) has increased by 1 unit, from 17 to 18 (6% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for around 80.  Catering and delivery options are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in FL, LA, and SC.  We featured this concept on 11/27/12 (15% growth) and on 10/15/13 (13% growth).

 

HABIT BURGER GRILL based in Irvine, CA (founded 1969) has increased by 24 units, from 70 to 94 (34% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 40.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Online ordering and franchising are offered.  Locations are in AZ, CA and UT.  We last reported on this concept on 9/10/13 (3% growth).

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The following chains have expanded into the following new states:

 

BUFFALO’S SOUTHWEST CAFE – CA

CHICK-FIL-A -SD

EAST COAST WINGS -SC & TN

ELEVATION BURGER- DC & MI

FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS- FL, KY & PA

WINGSTOP – PA & UT

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY -TN

KOJI OSAKAYA JAPANESE RESTAURANT- WA

FOX’S PIZZA DEN- IL

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

 

L & L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE based in Honolulu, HI (founded 1976) has increased by 4 units, from 180 to 184 (2% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering and online ordering are offered.  Locations are franchised and are in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, NV, NY, OR, TX, UT, WA, Japan, New Zealand and China

 

KOJI OSAKAYA JAPANESE RESTAURANT based in Portland, OR (founded 1981) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth) and expanded into WA.  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 70.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30+.  Catering is available.  Locations are in OR and WA.

 

Santa Fe, NM-based SANTA FE DINING has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth), with the addition of a new concept called Maria’s New Mexico.  The restaurants are family/casual, serving mostly Mexican cuisine.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average.  The concepts have full bar and average seating for 200.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in NM.

 

Maple Ridge, BC-based SANDWICH TREE (founded 1978) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth).  This quick serve sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations have seating for around 20.  Catering service is available.  All units are franchised and trade in BC and ON.

 

KER’S WINGHOUSE headquartered in Largo, FL (founded 1994) has increased by 2 units, from 21 to 23 (10% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 300.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  Online ordering is available.  All locations are in FL.

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

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

 
Kansas City, MO-based SPIN NEAPOLITAN PIZZA (founded 2005) has increased by 7 units, from 5 to 12 (140% growth) and entered into CA.  This is a family/casual pizzeria, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $6-$15+.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100.  Trading areas are CA, KS, and MO.  Franchising is available.

 

GREENBERRY’S COFFEE & TEA based in Charlottesville, VA (founded 1992) has increased by 2 units, from 12 to 14 (17% growth).  These are quick serve shops with seating for around 30.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+. Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in LA, NJ and VA.

 

Repeat Growers

 
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

Richardson, TX-based WINGSTOP (founded 1994) has increased by 52 units, from 563 to 615 (9% growth) and entered into PA and UT.  This fast casual chicken wings concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range.  Locations serve beer and wine and seat around 60.  Catering and online ordering are available.  Units are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and Mexico.  We last wrote about this concept on 2/26/13 (6% growth).

 

GENGHIS GRILL based in Dallas, TX (founded 1998) has increased by 5 units from 107 to 112 (5% concept growth). These are fast casual Asian restaurants with seating for around 125.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20. Franchising is offered.  Other company concepts are Baker Bros American Deli (12) and Taco Bell/KFC/Long John Silver’s (120).  Overall company increase is from 235 to 244 (4% company growth).  Locations are in AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, NM, NV, OK, SC, TN, TX and VA.  We reported on this concept on 8/20/13 (13% growth).

 

Rochester, NY-based SALVATORE’S OLD FASHIONED PIZZERIA (founded 1978) has increased by 3 units, from 26 to 29 (12% growth).  The restaurants are quick serve, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+.  Units have seating for around 30.  Online ordering, delivery, catering and drive-thru services are all offered.  All the strores are located in NY.  We last featured this concept on 4/30/13 (18% growth).

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The following closing/failure counts of SINGLE UNIT INDEPENDENT restaurants year over year January 2013 to January 2014:

AZ: 589

CO: 528

ID: 165

IN: 1003

MT: 44

NJ: 815

NM: 320

NV: 386

UT: 197

WY: 41

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

 

Arkansas-based DAMGOODE PIES (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth).  This family/casual pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Locations serve beer and wine and seat about 80.  Delivery and online ordering services are available.  One location is franchised.  All stores are located in AR.

 

Chicago, IL-based POTBELLY SANDWICH WORKS (NASDAQ: PBPB; founded 1977) has increased by 61 units, from 250 to 311 (24% growth) and entered into AZ, CT, KS, NJ, OR, and TN.  The restaurants are fast casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+.  The restaurants offer catering, delivery and online ordering services.  Seating is for around 40.  Trading areas are AZ, CT, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI.  Franchising opportunities are now available.  

 

FRESHII based in Toronto, ON (founded 2012) has increased by 26 units, from 53 to 79 (49% growth).  These are fast casual sandwich restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Locations are in AB , BC, CA, CO, DC, IL, MA, MD, OH, ON, OR, PA, TN, TX, Vienna, Dubai, Sweden and Switzerland.  Franchising is offered.

 

 

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

 

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

 
Santa Monica, CA-based THE VEGGIE GRILL (founded 2005) has increased by 4 units, from 19 to 23 (21% growth).  This fast casual vegetarian concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Locations seat around 80 and serve beer and wine.  Trading areas are CA, OR, and WA.
 

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Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
 

University Park, FL-based FIRST WATCH RESTAURANTS (founded 1983) has increased by 7 units for the First Watch concept, from 110 to 117 (6% concept growth) and entered into NE.  The company has added 1 unit for the J. Christopher’s concept, from 21 to 22 (5% concept growth).  Overall company increase was from 131 to 139 (6% company growth).  Both restaurant concepts are family/casual, serving American cuisine.  Meal periods are breakfast and lunch, with a $4-12+ per person check average.  Average seating is for about 150.  Private party services are available.  Trading areas are AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, WI, and WV.  Franchising is available.  We last wrote about this company on 11/20/12 (2% growth).

 

Madison, WI-based MILIO’S SANDWICHES (founded 1989) has increased by 1 unit, from 47 to 48 (2% growth).  This fast casual sandwich concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units have limited seating.  Catering, delivery and online ordering services are available.  Thirty-seven percent of the stores are franchised.  Trading areas are IA, MN, NE, and WI.  We last featured this concept on 8/28/12 (15% growth).

 

Minnetonka, MN-based FAMOUS DAVE’S (NASDAQ: DAVE; founded 1995) has increased by 8 units, from 188 to 196 (4% growth) and entered into MB and WY.  This is a family/casual bbq concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $10-$30, with full bar service and seating for about 250.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MB, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WY.  We most recently featured this concept on 5/14/13 (1% growth).

 

EAST COAST WINGS based in Winston Salem, NC (founded 1995) has increased by 5 units, from 23 to 28 (22% growth) and entered into SC and TN.  These are family/casual restaurants with seating for around 100.  Beer is served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are franchised and are in NC, SC, TN, and TX.  We reported on this concept on 10/22/13 (10% growth).

 

ELEVATION BURGER of Arlington, VA has increased by 10 units, from 36 to 46 (28% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 70.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Locations are franchised and are in DC, FL, IN, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TX and VA.  We reported on this concept on 7/9/13 (6% growth).

 

FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS based in Wichita, KS (founded 2002) has increased by 26 units, from 88 to 114 (30% growth) and expanded into FL, KY and PA.  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 60.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Banquets are offered.   Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, IL, KS, KY, MO, NE, NM, NV, OK, PA, TX, UT and VA.  We last wrote about this concept on 5/21/13 when they had 21% growth.

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