National Bar and Eatery Fills Key Position to Support Strategic Franchise Growth
Bar Louie, a bar and eatery known for its handcrafted cocktails, local brews and craveable food, announced today it has hired Jill Szymanski as director of franchise and real estate to support the company’s strategic franchise growth plans in markets across the United States.
In her new role, Szymanski will be responsible for driving franchise sales in Bar Louie’s existing and emerging markets throughout the country. Szymanski will also lead corporate real estate development for the central division of the business.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome such strong talent to Bar Louie’s management team,” said John Neitzel, chief executive officer of Bar Louie. “We believe that Jill’s background and expertise will play a key role in strengthening our organization’s overall strategies and are confident that Jill’s fresh approach to corporate and franchise real estate will help to further develop our aggressive goals of expansion.”
With 20 years of corporate and franchise real estate experience, Szymanski is a results-driven industry veteran and former business owner. Prior to joining Bar Louie, Szymanski worked for international retail companies and emerging concepts, such as Applebee’s, Burger King, Haagen Dazs, and TITLE Boxing Club, among others. During that time, Jill also owned a retail flower shop and restaurant.
Bar Louie currently has 99 locations across the country, and the brand is dedicated to maintaining its local appeal by delivering an unforgettable experience to every guest. Bar Louie features an exceptional selection of distinctly prepared food such as small plates, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, burgers and large plates. While beer and wine connoisseurs enjoy a wide selection of imports, microbrews and over 20 wines by the glass, cocktail drinkers revel in signature martinis, mojitos and margaritas made from the highest quality ingredients, fresh fruit and hand squeezed juices.
To further fuel growth, the company is seeking experienced single and multi-unit foodservice and retail operators with a passion for the industry who demonstrate community involvement and will be committed to day-to-day operations. Qualified franchisee candidates should possess a minimum net worth of $3 million and liquid assets of at least $1 million. Bar Louie franchisees can expect their initial investment to range from approximately $410,000 – $3 million.
Bar Louie, based in Addison, Texas, is a casual-dining restaurant and neighborhood bar located in the United States. Founded in 1990, Bar Louie has more than 99 locations across 25 states. The average unit volume for a Bar Louie is $2.5 million with an industry high average gross profit margin. The company was named to Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2013 Breakout Brands and Top 10 Newcomers lists. In addition, the company was awarded the 2011 Cheers Beverage Excellence Award for “Best Chain Overall Beverage Program”. For more information, visit barlouieamerica.com.