Restaurant Chain Growth Report 06/17/14



RestaurantData.com has released its latest Restaurant Chain Growth Report.

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

Illinois-based CARSON’S RIBS (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth).  This family/casual bbq restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average.  Locations have full bar service and seat around 200.  Catering, banquet and online ordering services are available.  All the locations are in IL.

CAFE BRAZIL, LLC of Allen, TX (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth).  These are family/casual Brazilian restaurants with seating for around 100.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20+.  Catering and patio seating are offered.  Locations are in TX.

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

Columbia, MD-based BOARDWALK FRESH BURGERS & FRIES (founded 1980) has increased by 2 units, from 16 to 18 (13% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+, with beer and wine service.  Units seat about 70 and offer online ordering.  Trading areas are CA, GA, MD, NJ, OR, TX, and VA.  Franchise opportunities are available.

BLAZE PIZZA based in Pasadena, CA (founded 2011) has increased by 9 units, from 8 to 17 (113% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 70.  Beer is served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  Franchising is offered.  Locations are in CA, IL, MI and WI.

MAD PIZZA based in Seattle, WA has increased by 2 units, from 4 to 6 (50% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 50.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering, delivery and patio seating are available.  All locations are in WA.

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

Atlanta, GA-based WILLY’S MEXICANA GRILL (founded 1995) has increased by 2 units, from 21 to 23 (10% growth).  This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations serve beer and wine, with seating for around 60.  Catering and online ordering services are available.  Trading areas are FL and GA.  We last featured this concept on 5/21/13 (5% growth).

Colorado-based BURGER LOUNGE (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% growth).  This is a fast casual concept, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person check average.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 40.  Online ordering is available.  All the locations are in CA.  We featured this concept on 6/18/13 (38% growth).

Dallas, TX-based DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT (founded 1941) has increased by 71 units, from 348 to 419 (20% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Most locations serve beer wine (some have full bar service).  Average seating is for around 150.  Catering and online ordering services are available.  All units are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, and WY.  We featured this company on 2/5/13 (29% growth) and on 12/10/13 (13% growth).

CAPITAL GRILLE (Darden Restaurants) based in Orlando, FL (founded 1990) has increased by 7 units, from 49 to 56 (14% growth) and expanded into OH and TN.  These are upscale steakhouses with full bar and seating for around 250.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Locations are in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, WA and WI.  We last wrote about this concept on 7/31/13 (7% growth).

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