Restaurant Chain Growth Report 12/11/12



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

Colorado Springs, CO-based CONCEPT RESTAURANTS (founded 1974) has increased by 1 unit for the Jose Muldoon’s concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth).  Other concepts include Flatiron’s American Bar And Grill (1), Mackenzie’s Chop House (1), Ritz Grill (1), and Southside Johnny’s (1).  Overall company increase was from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  The concepts are mostly upscale, open for lunch and dinner, serving multiple cuisine types.  Per person check average is $15-$50+, offering full bar service.  Seating is for about 150.  Banquet services are available.  All the restaurants are in CO.

Laguna Beach, CA-based CULINARY ADVENTURES (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 2 to 3 (50% growth), with the addition of a new concept called Brasserie Pascal.  Other concepts are called French 75 (1) and Savannah Chophouse (1).  These upscale French restaurant and steakhouse concepts are open for dinner only, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 300.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in CA.

Kansas City, MO-based PLANET SUB (founded 1998) has increased by 4 units, from 30 to 34 (13% growth) and entered into GA.  These quick serve sandwich shops are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10 per person price range.  Units seat about 70 and offer catering and online ordering options.  Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, GA, IA, KS, MO, and OK.

Farmers Branch, TX-based CONSOLIDATED RESTAURANT OPERATIONS has increased by 2 units for the Catina Laredo concept, from 35 to 37 (6% concept growth) and entered into NV and NY. There was also a 1 unit increase for the 3 Forks concept, from 6 to 7 (17% concept growth).  Other concepts are Cool River Café (3), El Chico Mexican Café (58), Good Eats (2), Lucky’s Café (1), and Silver Fox Steakhouse (4).  Overall company increase was from 111 to 112 (1% growth) due to a 2 unit closure for El Chico.  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner (some concepts open for breakfast).  Per person check average is $8-$20.  The restaurants have full bar and seat about 200.  Catering and banquet services are available.  Between 30% and 40% of El Chico locations are franchised.  Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, IL, KY, LA, MO, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

FIRE & ICE of Boston, MA (founded 1997) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 250.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30.  Locations are in CA, MA and RI.

HOSPITALITY USA headquartered in Houston, TX (founded 1995) has increased by 2 units, from 21 to 23 (10% growth) due to adding new concepts called British Beverage Company, D’Amico’s Italian Market Café and Local Pour.  At the same time they decreased 1 unit for Sherlock’s Baker St Pub & Grill, from 6 to 5.  Other company concepts are Baker Street Pub (12), Sherlock’s Baker St Pub (2) and Watson’s House of Ale (1).  Units tend to be family/casual with full bar and seating for around 250.  Banquet services are available.  Locations are in CO, OK and TX.

EDDIE’S BBQ based in Alexandria, LA has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  These are fast casual BBQ restaurants with seating for around 50.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$12.  Catering and franchising are offered.  All locations are in LA.

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

Illinois-based ZOE RESTAURANT GROUP has increased by 2 units for the Elly’s Pancake House concept, from 3 to 5 (67% concept growth).  The company also operates Opa Estiatorio (1).  Overall company increase was from 4 to 6 (50% growth).  Elly’s is a family/casual breakfast concept, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. Per person check average is $6-$15+.  Opa Estiatorio is an upscale Greek concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Beer and wine are served.  All restaurants have average seating for about 200.  Catering and private party services are available. All locations are in IL.

LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL of Miami, FL (founded 2004) has increased by 5 units, from 18 to 23 (28% growth) and expanded into DC, NC and MD.  These are fast casual Mexican restaurants with seating for around 70.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$12.  Catering is offered.  Locations are more than 80% franchised and are in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC and VA.

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

Coralville, IA-based PANCHERO’S MEXICAN GRILL (founded 1992) has increased by 4 units, from 52 to 56 (8% growth) and entered into MO and NY.  This is a fast casual Mexican concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $6-$12.  Locations serve beer and wine and seat about 80.  Between 70% and 80% of units are franchised.  Trading areas are AZ, CO, CT, FL, IA, IL, MD, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NJ, NY, PA, SD, VA, and WI.  We last featured this concept on 5/8/12 (11% growth).

Milford, OH-based PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS (founded 1985) has increased by 12 units, from 243 to 255 (5% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10 per person price range.  Locations have seating for about 50.  Units are franchised and trade in IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV.  We last wrote about this concept on 5/1/12 (5% growth).

MOOYAH BURGERS & FRIES of Plano, TX (founded 2005) has increased by 14 units, from 36 to 50 (39% growth) and expanded into AL, MT and TX.  These are fast casual burger restaurants with seating for around 60.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $3-$8.  Catering is available.  Franchising is available.  Locations are also in AR, CA, CT, KS, TN, TX and VA.  We reported on this concept on 2/28/12 (44% growth) and on 6/26/12 (38% growth).

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