Restaurant Chain Growth Report 09/23/14



Restaurant Chain Growth Report 09/23/14RestaurantData.com has released its latest Restaurant Chain Growth Report.

Restaurant Chain Growth Report 09/23/14Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Alpharetta, GA-based TACO MAC (founded 1979) has increased by 1 unit, from 29 to 30 (3% growth).  This family/casual Mexican restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 150.  Catering and private party services are available.  Trading areas are GA, NC, and TN.

Spartanburg, SC-based DENNY’S (NASDAQ:DENN; founded 1953) has increased by 13 units, from 1686 to 1699 (1% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $6-$15+ and seating is for about 150.  Beer and wine are served at select locations.  Units are franchised and trade in AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MB, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, and 11 other countries worldwide.

Atlanta, GA-based TED’S MONTANA GRILL (founded 2002) has increased by 2 units, from 44 to 46 (5% 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 and seat about 200.  Trading areas are CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MT, NC, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, and VA.

ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER of Houston, TX (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth).  These are fast casual Cajun restaurants with full bar and seating for around 90. Locations are open for lunch.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in TX.

PAPPAS BAR-B-Q based in Houston, TX (founded 1976) has increased by 1 unit, from 17 to 18 (6% growth).  These are family/casual BBQ restaurants with seating for around 150.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  All locations are in TX.

Jacksonville, FL-based FIREHOUSE SUBS (founded 1994) has increased by 177 units, from 695 to 872 (25% growth) and entered into ME, MT, ND, NH, OR, and WA.  This fast casual sandwich shop is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Units seat about 20 and offer catering and online ordering services.  Stores are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, and Puerto Rico.

New Canaan, CT-based GARELICK & HERBS (founded 1992) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, specializing in catering and take-out. Per person price range is $6-$15+, serving mostly American cuisine.  Units have limited seating.  All locations are in CT.

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

San Leandro, CA-based GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE (founded 1852) has increased by 2 units, from 18 to 20 (11% growth) and entered into GA and KY.  This quick serve concept sells ice cream and chocolate desserts, open for lunch and dinner hours.  Per person price range is $4-$12+.  Limited seating is available.  Stores trade in CA, FL, GA, IL, KY, NV, and WI.

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

Tulsa, OK-based BILLY SIMS BBQ (founded 2004) has increased by 5 units, from 39 to 44 (13% growth) and entered into AR.  This is a fast casual BBQ concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $6-$15+, with average seating for about 60.  Catering services are available.  Trading areas are AR, MI, MO, OK, and TX.  We last wrote about this concept on 11/26/13 (38% growth).

Addison, TX-based BONE DADDY’S (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth).  This family/casual BBQ concept is open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 250.  Catering is available.  All locations are in TX.  We last wrote about this concept on 7/23/13 (20% growth).

Whitefish, MT-based GLACIER RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 2007) has increased by 3 units for Mackenzie River Pizza Co, from 18 to 21 (17% concept growth).  Other company concepts are Ciao Mambo (3), Latitude 48/Red Room (1), and The Craggy Range Bar & Grill (1).  Overall company increase was from 24 to 26 (8% growth), due to a 1-unit closure for the Ciao Mambo concept.  The restaurants are fast casual, serving pizza and American cuisine.  Most of the restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 150.  Catering, delivery and private party services are available.  Trading areas are ID, IN, MT, ND, and WA.  We featured this company on 9/17/13 (9% growth).

ROMEO’S PIZZA of Medina, OH (founded 2000) has increased by 3 units, from 33 to 36 (9% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with limited seating.  Beer and wine are offered.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering and delivery services are available.  Locations are franchised and are in OH.  We last reported on this concept on 10/29/13 when they had 6% growth.

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