Ground Round is returning again in markets where the brand is known, including at Airport View Drive SW next to Americ Inn in Rochester, MN. The former 331 Bar & Grill has undergone major renovations and property improvements, including a new private dining room, sports bar lounge, an expanded menu with over 80 of your favorite Ground Round offerings, and a grand outdoor patio. “Ground Round is a brand that’s well known here in Rochester and we’re very excited to bring this brand back to the area,” says Jason Windsor, General Manager of the locally owned restaurant which will employ more than 90 employees. Local owners of this Rochester Ground Round franchise are Andy Chafoulias, Joe Powers and Todd Klees, who also own and operate the Americ Inn Hotel, Rochester Event Center and Canadian Honker restaurant in the area. “Rochester is our 5th Ground Round to open here in Minnesota, with other locations in nearby Winona, Worthington, Bemidji, and Grand Rapids, and we are under construction and opening later this year in Waconia, MN as well,” adds Jack Crawford, President & CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC (Ground Round IOC).
The Rochester restaurant is the 3rd Ground Round location to open in 2012, with three more locations under development and expected to open later this year in Waconia MN, East Windsor NJ, and Oshkosh WI. “We continue to find success in targeting our growth into markets where the brand is known, and attracting experienced franchisees to join a brand owned by and led by the experience of all our Franchise Owners, who always enjoy having direct input in our direction and a vested interest in our continued growth,” offers Crawford.
Ground Round IOC represents a group of independent franchise owners who purchased the Ground Round Franchise Rights and Trademarks, and have owned and led their own brand since 2004. They offer two distinctive brands for development and a unique franchise model whereby franchisees can own their own restaurant and an ownership/membership share in the overall future and growth of the brand. Ground Round IOC operates restaurants in 12 states spread across the Midwest and Northeast areas of the United States, with headquarters based in Freeport, Maine. For more information, visit www.groundround.com.
Jason Windsor, General Manager
Jack Crawford, CEO
Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative (IOC)