Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
California-based BLUEWATER GRILL SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). This family/casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200. Private party services are available. Trading areas are AZ and CA. We last featured this company on 3/19/13 (25% growth).
Salt Lake City, UT-based CAFE RIO (founded 1997) has increased by 7 units, from 63 to 70 (11% growth). This is a fast casual Mexican concept, open for lunch and dinner. Per person price range is $4-$12+, with seating for about 100. Catering and online ordering options are offered. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, ID, MD, MT, NV, UT, VA, WA, and WY. We wrote about this concept on 5/21/13 (28% growth) and on 1/7/14 (7% growth).
MOOYAH BURGERS & FRIES based in Plano, TX (founded 2005) has increased by 7 units for Mooyah Burgers, from 56 to 63 (13% growth) and expanded into IL and NJ. These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 60. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $4-$12+. Catering is offered. There is a second company concept called Ojos Locos Sports Cantina (5 units). Overall company increase is from 61 to 68 (11% company growth). Locations are franchised and are in AL, AR, CA, CT, IL, KS, MT, NJ, OK, TN, TX, VA and WA. We last reported on this concept on 1/14/14 (7% growth).