Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc., the owner, operator, and franchisor of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burgers Tavernand a leading franchisee for Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today that its first Bagger Dave’s franchise opened on June 10, 2012 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The new location marks the first of six franchised locations in the Midwest that are slated to open over the next five years.
“Business partners Bill Zellmer and Lonnie Griggs have a proven track record of successfully managing six Buffalo Wild Wings franchises clearly making them the right choice as Bagger Dave’s inaugural franchisee,” said T. Michael Ansley, President and CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings. “While expansion through franchising is an element of our growth strategy, the Company’s focus will continue to be primarily through Company owned locations.”
DRH has 30 restaurants (29 corporate-owned and one franchised), which includes 22 BWW and eight Bagger Dave’s locations, with plans to have a total of 35 restaurants operating by year’s end. DRH is aggressively expanding the Bagger Dave’s concept through a combination of corporate-owned and franchised locations throughout the Midwest, with plans to open three additional corporate locations in 2012. Future franchised locations are also planned for Carbondale, IL, Paducah, KY, Bowling Green, KY, Evansville, IN and Clarksville, TN. Additionally, DRH continues to expand its BWW operations in Michigan and Florida with two new stores currently under construction and another 14 locations planned over the next five years.
Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. is the owner, operator, and franchisor of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant concept, Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavernand is a leading Buffalo Wild Wingsfranchisee. Between the two concepts, the Company currently has 30 restaurants, with an additional three corporate-owned Bagger Dave’s and two BWW restaurants currently under construction. The Company routinely posts news and other important information on its website at www.diversifiedrestaurantholdings.com.
Bagger Dave’s offers a full-service, family-friendly restaurant and bar with a casual, comfortable atmosphere. The menu features freshly-made burgers (never frozen), accompanied by more than 30 toppings from which to choose, fresh-cut fries, and hand-dipped milkshakes. Guests can also enjoy a glass of wine hand selected by a Master Sommelier or choose from a wide variety of local craft beers from Michigan breweries. Signature items include Sloppy Dave’s BBQ®, Train Wreck Burger, and Bagger Dave’s Amazingly Delicious Turkey Black Bean Chili. The Bagger Dave’s concept emphasizes local flair by showcasing historical photos of the city in which each restaurant resides and features an electric train that runs above the dining room and bar areas. Currently, there are seven corporate-owned locations in the state of Michigan and one franchised restaurant in Missouri. DRH has an executed area development agreement to franchise an additional five Bagger Dave’s and is approved to franchise in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.baggerdaves.com.
DRH operates 22 BWW restaurants: 14 in Michigan and eight in Florida. The Company continues to build new BWW restaurants in fulfillment of its 32-store Area Development Agreement (“ADA”) with franchisor Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWLD). This agreement, in addition to the six BWW restaurants opened prior to the ADA, suggests that the Company will operate 38 BWW restaurants in Michigan and Florida by 2017.