Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Washington, DC-based PASSION FOOD LLC (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth), with the addition of a new concept called Burger Tap & Shake. Other concepts are Acadiana (1), Ceiba (1), DC Coast (1), District Commons (1), Fuego Cocina Y Tequileria (1), and Passion Fish (1). The restaurants are upscale, serving various types of cuisines. Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service and seating for about 225. The restaurants have banquet facilities. Locations are in DC and VA. We featured this company on 4/9/13 (50% growth).
Huntington Beach, CA-based BJ\’S RESTAURANTS (NASDAQ:BJRI; founded 1978) has increased by 17 units, from 121 to 138 (14% growth) and entered into KS and NM. The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Locations have full bar and seating for about 300. Private party and online ordering services are available. Trading areas are AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, KS, KY, LA, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, TX, and WA. We last featured this concept on 6/26/12 (6% growth).
Orlando, FL-based EARL OF SANDWICH (founded 2004) has increased by 5 units, from 21 to 26 (24% growth) and entered into MD. This fast casual sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 50 and offer catering and online ordering options. Locations are franchised and trade in CA, FL, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NV, NY, PA, TX, London, and Paris. We wrote about this concept on 7/10/12 (24% growth) and on 3/19/13 (5% growth). Earl of Sandwich is a subsidiary of Planet Hollywood restaurants.
FATBURGER of Santa Monica, CA (founded 1952) has increased by 13 units, from 112 to 125 (12% growth). These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 50. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $4-$12+. Drive-thru, online ordering and patio seating are available. Locations are more than 60% franchised and are in AB, AZ, BC, CA, FL, GA, MD, NE, NJ, NV, SK and WA. We last wrote about this concept on 6/12/12 when they had 9% growth.
COSTA VIDA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL based in Lehi, UT (founded 2003) has increased by 9 units, from 50 to 59 (18% growth). These are fast casual Mexican 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 more than 90% franchised and are in AB, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MO, NM, OK, TX, UT and WA. We reported on this concept on 3/19/16 (16% growth).