Restaurant Chain Growth Report 05/26/15



Restaurant Chain Growth Report 05/26/15RestaurantData.com has released its latest Restaurant Chain Growth Report.

Restaurant Chain Growth Report 05/26/15Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Addison, TX-based TACO CABANA (founded 1978) has increased by 13 units, from 158 to 171 (8% growth) and entered into FL and GA.  This fast casual Mexican concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 150.  Catering and drive-thru services are available.  Trading areas are FL, GA, OK and TX.  Taco Cabana is a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group.

San Jose, CA-based LEE’S SANDWICHES (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 56 to 57 (2% growth).  This quick serve sandwich shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 30 and offer online ordering, catering and drive-thru services.  Trading areas are AZ, CA, NV, OK, OR and TX.  Franchising is available.

Columbus, OH-based EL VAQUERO has increased by 1 unit for the El Vaquero concept, from 13 to 14 (8% concept growth).  The company also operates a 2-unit concept called Blue Agave.  Overall company increase was from 15 to 16 (7% company growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar service and seating for about 200.  The restaurants are located in MI and OH.

Baton Rouge, LA-based IZZO’S ILLEGAL BURRITOS (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 13 to 14 (8% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 200.  Catering and online ordering are available.  Trading areas are LA and MS.

Chandler, AZ-based FIESTA MEXICANA has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar service and seating for about 200.  Trading areas are AZ, CO, NM and UT.

New York, NY-based FIREMAN HOSPITALITY GROUP (founded 1974) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth) with the addition of a new concept called Florian.  Other company concepts include Bond 45 Italian Kitchen (2), Brooklyn Diner (2), Café Fiorello (1), Fiorella Pizzeria And Kitchen (1), Redeye Grill (1) and Trattoria Dell’ Arte (1).  The restaurants are upscale concepts, serving multiple cuisine types.  Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar service.  Most locations are open for lunch and dinner (select locations service breakfast).  Average seating is for about 200.  Catering, delivery and online ordering options are available.  Trading areas are MD and NY.

West Monroe, LA-based JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE (founded 1967) has increased by 3 units, from 40 to 43 (8% growth).  These restaurants are quick serve, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Beer is served and seating is for about 30.  Online ordering, delivery and drive-thru services are available.  Trading areas are AR, LA and TX.

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

Montreal, PQ-based EGGSPECTATION (founded 1993) has increased by 3 units, from 17 to 20 (18% growth) and entered into Dubai.  This family/casual concept serves American cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $6-15+, with full bar and seating for about 200.  Private party services are available.  Trading areas are MD, ON, PQ, VA, Dubai and India.  Franchise opportunities are available.

New York, NY-based JUST SALAD (founded 2006) has increased by 12 units, from 15 to 27 (80% growth) and entered into IL.  This fast casual salad concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Average seating is for about 50.  Catering and delivery services are available.  The restaurants are located in IL, NY and NJ.

Charlotte, NC-based THE HICKORY TAVERN (founded 1997) has increased by 2 units, from 16 to 18 (13% growth) and entered into AL.  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average.  Seating is for about 125.  Catering is available.  Trading areas are AL, NC and SC.

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

Culver City, CA-based TENDER GREENS (founded 2006) has increased by 2 units, from 21 to 23 (10% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, specializing in salad.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 60.  Catering and online ordering are available.  All locations are in CA.  We wrote about this concept on 1/7/14 (42% growth) and on 10/21/14 (24% growth).

West Chester, OH-based HOT HEAD BURRITOS (founded 2007) has increased by 8 units for the Hot Head Burritos concept, from 58 to 66 (14% concept growth) and added a new concept called Sumera Sushi King (1 unit).  The company is also the franchisee of 7 Subway units.  Overall company increase was from 65 to 74 (14% company growth).  Both restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range.  Seating is for about 60.  Catering and delivery options are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in FL, IN, KY, MI, OH and PA.  We last featured this company on 3/11/14 (8% growth).

Los Angeles, CA-based KOI HOSPITALITY GROUP (founded 2002) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  These upscale Japanese restaurants are open for dinner only, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 225.  Banquet facilities are available.  Locations trade in CA, NV and NY.  We last featured this company on 2/11/14 (25% growth).

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