Restaurant Chain Growth Report 10/09/12






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

Calabasas Hills, CA-based CHEESECAKE FACTORY (NASDAQ: CAKE; founded 1972) has increased by 7 units for the Cheesecake Factory concept, from 151 to 158 (5% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Grand Lux Café, from 13 to 14 (8% concept growth).  The company also operates a 1 unit concept called Rocksugar Pan Asian Kitchen.  Overall company increase was from 165 to 173 (5% company growth).  These are family/casual restaurants, serving American cuisine.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30 per person check average.  Locations have full bar and average seating for about 450.  Catering and private party services are available.  Trading areas are AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI.

Houston, TX-based FUDDRUCKERS (founded 1980) has increased by 5 units, from 178 to 183 (3% growth).  This is a family/casual burger concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $8-$20.  The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 200.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, VA, WI, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  Fuddruckers is a subsidiary of Luby’s Restaurants.

Kennesaw, GA-based CHEESEBURGER BOBBY’S (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10 per person price range.  Units seat about 60.  All locations are in GA.

Nashville, TN-based CHEESEBURGER CHARLEY’S (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth).  These quick serve burger restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  The restaurants have limited seating and offer catering and online ordering services.  All locations are in TN.

BOUDIN SOURDOUGH BAKERY based in San Francisco, CA (founded 1849) has increased by 1 unit for Boudin SF, from 7 to 8 (14% concept growth).  These are fast casual bakery/cafés open for breakfast and lunch.  Per person check average is around $4-$10.  Catering is available.  Other company concepts are Bakers Hall (1), Bistro Boudin (1) and Boudin Sourdough Bakery Café (14).  Overall company increase is from 23 to 24 (4% growth).  All locations are in CA.

AUNTIE ANNE’S PRETZELS based in Lancaster, PA (founded 1988) has increased by 86 units, from 976 to 1062 (9% growth).  These are take-out shops with a per person check average of around $3-$8.  Service is during lunch and dinner hours.  Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, 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, WV and multiple international sites.

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

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ-based CHEF’S INTERNATIONAL INC (founded 1975) has increased by 2 units, from 8 to 10 (25% growth) with the addition of 2 new concepts called Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille and 9th Ave Pier.  Other concepts are Baker’s American Bar And Grillle (1), Escondido’s (1), Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty (3), Jack Baker’s Wharfside Restaurant (1), Moore’s Tavern & Sports Bar (1), and Mr Manatee’s A Casual Grille (1).  The restaurants are upscale seafood concepts, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with full bar and seating for about 250.  Banquet services are available.  Trading areas are FL and NJ.

New York, NY-based COYOTE UGLY SALOON (founded 1993) has increased by 4 units, from 16 to 20 (25% growth).  These bars are open for lunch and dinner hours, serving snacks and bar foods.  Per person price range is $8-$20.  Locations have full bar and seat around 200.  Trading areas are CO, FL, LA, NV, NY, OK, TN, TX, WI, Germany, and Russia.

BLAZING ONION BURGER COMPANY based in Mill Creek, WA (founded 2007) has increased by 2 units, from 3 to 5 (67% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 90.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20.  All locations are in WA.

BONEHEADS GRILLED FISH & PIRI PIRI CHICKEN of Atlanta, GA has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth).  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 90.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$12.  Catering is offered.  Locations are franchised and are in CA, GA, NC, TN and TX.

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

New York, NY-based LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (founded 1994) has increased by 6 units, from 148 to 154 (4% growth).  These fast casual bakery/cafes are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$12 per person price range.  Seating is for about 50.  Beer and wine are served at select locations.  Catering and delivery services are offered.  Locations are franchised and trade in CA, CT, DC, MD, NY, PA, VA, and 14 other countries worldwide.  We last wrote about this concept on 11/8/11 (6% growth).

Vancouver, BC-based CACTUS CLUB CAFÉ (founded 1988) has increased by 1 unit, from 24 to 25 (4% growth).  This an upscale concept with a $15-$50+ per person check average, serving multiple cuisines.  These restaurants have full bar service and seating for around 200.  Locations are in AB and BC.  We last wrote about this concept on 8/2/11 (14% growth).

Atlanta, GA-based WING ZONE (founded 1991) has increased by 11 units, from 59 to 70 (19% growth) and entered into CO, IL, KS, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, and the UAE.  These take-out chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Catering, delivery, and online ordering services are available.  Units are franchised and trade in AL, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, Panama, Bahamas, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, and the UAE.  We featured this concept on 3/14/12 (4% growth).

BOJANGLES’ FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS headquartered in Charlotte, NC (founded 1977) has increased by 13 units, from 525 to 538 (2% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $3-$8.  Drive-thru services are offered.  Locations are more than 60% franchised and are in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, TN and VA.  We last wrote about this company on 3/27/12 (4% growth).

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