Restaurant Chain Growth Report 01/07/14



Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Santa Monica, CA-based MARMALADE CAFE (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit, from 9 to 10 (11% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar service and seating for around 200.  Catering, delivery and private party services are all available.  All locations are in CA.

Denver, CO-based LITTLE PUB COMPANY (founded 1994) has added 3 new concepts called The Classic Tavern, Rocko’s Cantina and The Whittier Pub.  Other concepts include British Bulldog (1), College Inn (1), Doghouse Tavern (1), Don’s Club Tavern (1), Gibby’s (1), Icehouse (1), Irish Hound (1), Patrick Carroll’s Irish Pub (1), Pifler’s (1), Salty Rita’s (1), Spot Bar & Grill (2), The Cooler (1), The Elm (1), The Old Man (1), The Pioneer (1), Three Dogs Tavern (1), Three Lion’s (1), Varity Inn (1), and Wyman’s No 5 (1).  Overall company increase was from 20 to 23 (15% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual bar and grill concepts, serving mostly American cuisine.  Seating is for around 100.  Private party facilities are available.  All the restaurants are in CO.

Aliso Viejo, CA-based JOHNNY ROCKETS (founded 1986) has increased by 22 units, from 252 to 274 (9% growth) and entered into WI, Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Russia.  This is a family/casual burger concept, open for lunch and dinner (select locations serve breakfast).  Most locations have no alcohol service, some offer beer and wine.  Average seating is for about 100.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and 18 other countries worldwide.

RIC’S GRILL of Kelowna, BC (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit for Ric’s Grill, from 18 to 19 (6% concept growth).  These are upscale steak and seafood restaurants with full bar and seating for around 100.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  There is a second company concept called The Mix (3 units).  Overall company growth is from 21 to 22 (5% company growth).  Locations are in AB and BC.

PANERA BREAD headquartered in St Louis, MO (founded 1981) has increased by Increased 104 units for Panera Bread, from 1565 to 1669 (7% concept growth).  These are fast casual bakery/cafes with seating for around 100.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is available.  There is another company concept called Paradise Bakery & Café (67 units).  Overall company growth is from 1632 to 1736 (6% company growth).  Locations are franchised and are in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI and WV.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts
Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Denver, CO-based SNOOZE (founded 2006) has increased by 2 units, from 6 to 8 (33% growth).  This family/casual breakfast concept is open for breakfast and lunch hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations have full bar service and seating for about 50.  Catering is available.  Trading areas are CA and CO.

Repeat Growers
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Little Rock, AR-based COLTON’S STEAK HOUSE & GRILL (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 29 to 30 (3% growth).  This family/casual steakhouse concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar service and seat about 200.  Locations are franchised and trade in AR, KY, MO, MS, and TN.  We last featured this concept on 6/11/13 (4% growth).

BOJANGLES’ FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS based in Charlotte, NC (founded 1977) has increased by 20 units, from 538 to 558 (4% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-12+.  Locations are in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, TN and VA.  Franchising is offered.  We last reported on this concept on 10/9/12 (2% growth).

AUNTIE ANNE’S PRETZELS based in Lancaster, PA has increased by 338 units, from 1062 to 1400 (32% growth).  These are quick serve shops with a per person check average of around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI and WV. This concept had 9% growth on 10/9/12.

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