Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Orlando, FL-based OLIVE GARDEN (founded 1982) has increased by 12 units, from 828 to 840 (1% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a per person check average of $8-$20+. Locations have full bar and seating for around 250. Catering is available. We last featured this concept on 7/31/13 (5% growth). Olive Garden is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.
Redding, CA-based BLACK BEAR DINER (founded 1995) has increased by 4 units, from 63 to 67 (6% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $6-$15+, with beer and wine service. Units seat around 150. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, UT and WA. We wrote about this concept on 6/25/13 (5% growth) and on 4/29/14 (9% growth).
Charlotte, NC-based FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL (founded 2000) has increased by 6 units, from 30 to 36 (20% growth) and entered into FL, KS, NJ and SC. 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 service and average seating for about 200. Trading areas are AL, AZ, DE, FL, KS, NC, NE, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN and VA. We last featured this concept on 2/11/14 (30% growth).