Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Norcross, GA-based WAFFLE HOUSE (founded 1955) has increased by 78 units, from 1683 to 1761 (5% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $4-$12+ and seating is for about 80. Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX,VA and WV. About half the stores are franchised. We last wrote about this concept on 11/5/13 (3% growth).
ST LOUIS WINGS AND RIBS of Toronto, ON (founded 1992) has increased by 3 units, from 39 to 42 (8% growth). These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 90. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $6-$15+. Locations are franchised and are in NB and ON. We last reported on this concept on 10/15/13 (30% growth).
TAZIKI\’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE of Vestavia Hills, AL (founded 1998) has increased by 12 units, from 27 to 39 (44% growth) and expanded into KY and TX. These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 100. Beer and wine are served. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $6-$15+. Catering and banquet services are offered. Locations are in AL, AR, CO, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV. We wrote about this concept on 10/29/14 (35% growth).
Scottsdale, AZ-based GRIMALDI\’S COAL BRICK-OVEN PIZZERIA (founded 1931) has increased by 4 units, from 38 to 42 (11% growth) and entered into CA, CO, ID and LA. These family/casual pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Most locations have full bar service, some have only beer and wine. Average seating is for about 125. Catering, delivery and private party services are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, LA, NJ, NV, NY, SC and TX. We last featured this concept on 6/4/13 (9% growth).
Missoula, MT-based HUHOT MONGOLIAN GRILL (founded 1999) has increased by 2 units, from 54 to 56 (4% growth). This fast casual Asian concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Locations serve beer and wine and seat around 150. Catering and online ordering options are available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in CO, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, OK, SC, SD, TX, UT, WA and WI. We last wrote about this concept on 10/1/13 (11% growth).