Restaurant Chain Growth Report 1/22/13



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

Maryland-based FOUNTAIN ROCK MANAGEMENT GROUP (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth) with the addition of a new concept called Ayse Meze Lounge.  Other concepts are Acacia (1), Brewer’s Alley (1), and Isabella’s Taverna (1).  These are family/casual restaurant concepts, serving multiple cuisine types.  Per person check average is $8-$20.  The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in MD.

Florida-based LINDBURGERS (founded 1983) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  These family/casual burger restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range.  Locations serve beer and wine and seat about 150.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in FL and NY.

Billings, MT-based MOUNTAIN MUDD ESPRESSO (founded 1994) has increased by 6 units, from 29 to 35 (21% growth).  These take-out coffee shops are open for breakfast and lunch hours, with a $3-$6 per person price range.  Drive-in service is available.  Stores are about 50% franchised and trade in AR, MN, MT, OH, WI, WY, and Lebanon.

Raleigh, NC-based LM RESTAURANTS (founded 1999) has increased by 6 units for the Carolina Ale House concepts, from 14 to 20 (43% concept growth) and added a new concept called Hops Supply Co.  Other concepts include Bluewater Waterfront Grill (1), Eddie Romanelli’s (1), Henry’s (1), New Bern Subs (1), Oceanic Oceanfront Dining (1), and Taverna Agora (1).  Overall company increase was from 20 to 27 (35% growth).  The restaurants are mostly family/casual, with an $8-$20 per person check average.  There is full bar service and seating for around 300.  Catering is available.  Trading areas are FL, GA, NC, and SC.

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

California-based THE TIN FISH (founded 1989) has increased by 5 units, from 7 to 12 (71% growth).  This is a family/casual seafood concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $8-$20.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 100.  Catering is available.  Locations are individually owned and operated and trade in CA, FL, IN, and MN.

LA PARRILLA MEXICAN RESTAURANTS of Marietta, GA (founded 1994) has increased by 3 units, from 15 to 18 (20% growth).  These are family/casual Mexican restaurants with full bar and seating for around 200.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $8-$20.  Catering is offered.  Locations are in AL and GA.

Spokane, WA-based TWIGS BISTRO & MARTINI BAR has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth).  The restaurants are upscale, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Full bar is available and seating is for about 80.  Catering and private party services are available.  All locations are in WA.

BURGERFI based in North Palm Beach, FL has increased by 8 units, from 4 to 12 (200% growth).  These are fast casual burger restaurants with seating for around 60.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$12.  Franchising is offered.  Locations are in FL, NC and TX with plans to open new locations in GA, VA, NY, OH and MA.

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

Atlanta, GA-based CHICK-FIL-A (founded 1967) has increased by 76 units, from 1607 to 1683 (5% growth).  These quick serve chicken restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Most units are located in mall food courts.  Catering and online ordering services are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY.  We last featured this concept on 8/2/11 (2% growth) and on 3/14/12 (3% growth).

JASON’S DELI of Beaumont, TX (founded 1976) has increased by 15 units, from 228 to 243 (7% growth).  These are fast casual delis with seating for around 100.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$12.  Catering and delivery services are available.  Locations are more than 30% franchised and are in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, UT and VA.  We last reported on this concept on 9/6/11 when they had 2% growth.

Bronx, NY-based SARABETH’S KITCHEN (founded 1981) has increased by 1 unit for the Sarabeth’s concept, from 10 to 11 (10% concept growth) and entered into Tokyo.  The company also operates Docks Oyster Bar (1).  Overall company increase was from 11 to 12 (9% company growth).  These are both upscale concepts, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $15-$30+.  Sarabeth’s is mostly American cuisine, Docks is seafood.  The restaurants have full bar and seat around 150.  Catering, banquet, delivery, and online services are all available.  The restaurants are located in FL, NY and Japan.  We last featured this company on 1/10/12 (25% growth).

ST LOUIS WINGS AND RIBS headquartered in Toronto, ON (founded 1992) has increased by 2 units, from 28 to 30 (7% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 90.  Lunch and dinner are served.  Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in ON.  We wrote about this concept on 10/11/11 when they had 4% growth.

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