Restaurant Chain Growth Report 1/08/13



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

Dallas, TX-based PACIUGO ITALIAN GELATO (founded 2000) has increased by 5 units, from 40 to 45 (13% growth) and entered into MA, MD, OK, and VA.  This quick serve concept is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Units have limited seating.  Catering services are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in CA, CO, DE, FL, IL, KS, MA, MD, MN, NY, OH, OK, TX, VA, WI, and the Grand Cayman.

San Diego, CA-based O’S AMERICAN KITCHEN (founded 1991) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% growth).  This is a fast casual concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $6-$15+.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 250.  Catering and online ordering services are available.  All locations are in CA.

Tacoma, WA-based RAM INTERNATIONAL (founded 1971) has increased by 3 units for the Ram Restaurant concept, from 17 to 20 (18% concept growth).  Other company concepts are C. I. Shenanigan’s (2), Cb & Potts (6), Murphy’s Steak & Seafood (1), and Sonrisa (1).  Overall company increase was from 27 to 30 (11% growth).  These are family/casual restaurant concepts, serving mostly American cuisine.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30 per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 300.  Catering and private party facilities are available.  Trading areas are CO, ID, IL, IN, OR, and WA.

Sonoma, CA-based MARY’S PIZZA SHACK (founded 1959) has increased by 1 unit, from 18 to 19 (6% growth).  This is a family/casual Italian and pizza concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $6-$15+, with full bar service.  Seating is for about 150 and catering, delivery and banquet options are available.  All locations are in CA.

LITTLE JOE’S FAMOUS CHICAGO PIZZA & RESTAURANT of New Lenox, IL (founded 1958) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 175.  Locations are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$10.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  All locations are in IL.

FLAT OUT CRAZY of Chicago, IL (founded 1995) has increased by 1 unit, from 33 to 34 (3% growth) adding a new concept called SC Asian.  Other company concepts are Flat Top Grill (16) and Stir Crazy (17).  These tend to be family casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 250.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30.  Banquet services are offered.  Locations are in FL, GA, IL, IN, MI, MO, NY, OH, TX and WI.

HALSTED’S BAR & GRILL of Chicago, IL has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth) adding a new concept called Elixir Lounge.  Other company concepts are Halsted’s Bar & Grill (1) and Hydrate (1).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 100.  Locations are open for dinner with a per person check average of around $6-$15.  Banquet services are offered.  All locations are in IL.

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

Burbank, CA-based KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT (founded 1991) has increased by 2 units, from 14 to 16 (14% growth).  These upscale Japanese restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 125.  Catering is available.  Locations are in CA, AZ, and NV.

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

Richmond, BC-based NANDO’S CANADA (founded 1994) has increased by 11 units, from 30 to 41 (37% growth).  These fast casual chicken restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20 per person price range.  Units seat about 60 and offer catering.  Locations are franchised and trade in AB, BC, and ON.  We last featured this company on 7/19/11 (3% growth).

Destin, FL-based ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFÉ (founded 1996) has increased by 5 units, from 21 to 26 (24% growth).  These family/casual restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in breakfast foods.  The restaurants have a full bar and seating for about 100.  Catering and private party services are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AL, CA, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, and TX.  We wrote about this concept on 7/26/11 (13% growth) and on 2/28/12 (17% growth).

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