Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).
Wilmington, DE-based IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth). The restaurants are family/casual bar & grills, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $10-$30+, serving lunch and dinner. Average seating is for about 225. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are DE, NJ and PA.
Baton Rouge, LA-based MONJUNIS ITALIAN CAFE & GROCERY (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth). This family/casual Italian concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Average seating is for about 75. Catering, online ordering and private party services are available.
Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts
Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.
Tampa, FL-based MR EMPANADA (founded 2003) has increased by 2 units, from 6 to 8 (33% growth). These quick serve restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit seats about 30. Catering is available. Locations are franchised and trade in FL.
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Costa Mesa, CA-based EL POLLO LOCO (founded 1975) has increased by 11 units, from 407 to 418 (3% growth). The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner. Per person price range is $4-$12+, with seating for about 60. Catering and drive-thru options are available. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, NV, TX and UT. We last featured this concept on 6/10/14 (1% growth).
Omaha, NE-based PEPPERJAX GRILL (founded 2002) has increased by 6 units, from 25 to 31 (24% growth) and entered into MN. This fast casual sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. The restaurants serve beer and seat about 100. Trading areas are IA, KS, MN, MO, NE and SD. We last wrote about this concept on 12/2/14 (47% growth).