Restaurant Chain Growth Report 10/15/13



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

Monrovia, CA-based ORIGINAL TOMMY’S HAMBURGERS (founded 1946) has increased by 1 unit, from 33 to 34 (3% growth).  This quick serve burger concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10+ per person check average.  Catering and delivery services are available.  Locations are in CA and NV.

Kansas-based MINSKY’S PIZZA (founded 1976) has increased by 1 unit, from 16 to 17 (6% company growth) with the addition of a new concept called Osteria Il Centro.  The company also operates a breakfast and lunch concept called Eggtc (2).  Minksy’s and Eggtc restaurants are family/casual, specializing in pizza and breakfast cuisines, respectively.  Osteria Il Centro is an upscale Italian restaurant, with full bar service.  Average seating at the restaurants is for around 80.  Per person check average is $6-$15+ (Osteria Il Centro is $15-$50+).  The company offers online ordering, catering, delivery and banquet options.  The restaurants are located in KS and MO.

Tampa, FL-based OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE (founded 1988) has increased by 11 units, from 953 to 964 (1% growth) and entered into China, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.  The restaurants are family/casual, with a $10-$30+ per person check average.  Most are open for dinner only, lunch is offered at select locations.  The restaurants have full bar service and seat about 200.  Catering is available.  Trading areas are AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, and 19 other countries worldwide.  Outback is a subsidiary of Bloomin Brands Inc.

Arizona-based NELLO’S PIZZA (founded 1984) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth).  This family/casual Italian and pizza concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 100.  Catering is available.  All locations are in AZ.

LAUGHING PLANET CAFE based in Portland, OR (founded 1995) has increased by 1 unit for Laughing Planet Café, from 10 to 11 (10% growth).  These are family/casual Mexican restaurants with seating for around 90.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Patio seating is available.  There’s a second company concept called Dick’s Kitchen (2 units).  Overall company growth is from 12 to 13 (8% growth).  All locations are in OR.

SWEET TOMATOES based in San Diego, CA has increased by 44 units, from 84 to 128 (52% growth).  These are buffet restaurants with seating for around 250.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.   Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is offered.  Locations are in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, MO, NC, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT and WA.

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

Prairieville, LA-based VOO DOO BBQ & GRILL (founded 2002) has increased by 2 units, from 15 to 17 (13% growth).  This fast casual bbq concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for around 80.  Catering and delivery services are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in FL, LA, and SC.

Michigan-based TOARMINA’S PIZZA (founded 1987) has increased by 3 units, from 15 to 18 (20% growth) and entered into MS.  These take-out/delivery pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+.  Catering is available.  Stores are franchised and trade in MI and MS.

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

Burbank, CA-based KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit, from 16 to 17 (6% growth).  The restaurants are upscale, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner and seating is for around 125.  The restaurants have full bar and catering service.  Trading areas are AZ, CA, and NV.  We last featured this concept on 1/2/13 (14% growth).

Toronto, ON-based ST LOUIS WINGS AND RIBS (founded 1992) has increased by 9 units, from 30 to 39 (30% growth) and entered into NB.  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range.  Locations have full bar and seating for about 90.  Units are franchised and trade in NB and ON.  We last featured this concept on 1/22/13 (7% growth).

Kennesaw, GA-based CHEESEBURGER BOBBY’S (founded 2007) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+ and seating is for around 60.  All units are in GA.  We wrote about this concept on 10/9/12 (20% growth).

BEEF O’BRADY’S of Tampa, FL (founded 1985) has increased by 3 units, from 215 to 218 (1% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 150.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20+.  Catering and banquets are offered.  Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX and VA.  We last reported on this concept on 4/24/12 when they had 1% growth.

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