Restaurant Chain Growth Report 4/2/13



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

Austin, TX-based EL POLLO RICO has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth).  These quick serve Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Units have limited seating and offer catering service.  All locations are in TX.

MULLIGAN’S GRILL & RAW BAR of Stuart, FL (founded 1998) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 150.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  All locations are in FL.

NANOOSH based in New York, NY has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  These are fast casual Mediterranean restaurants with seating for around 30.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$12.  Catering and delivery are offered.  All locations are in NY.

Basking Ridge, NJ-based GROWTH RESTAURANTS INC (founded 1972) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth), with the addition of a new concept called The Thirsty Turtle.  Other company concepts include Bamboo Grille (1), Famished Frog (1) and Meadow Wood Manor (1).  These are family/casual concepts, open for lunch and dinner hours, serving multiple cuisine types.  Locations have full bar service and seating for around 200.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in NJ.

PITT GRILL based in Sulphur, LA (founded 1950) has increased by 1 unit for Pitt Grill, from 3 to 4 (33% concept growth).  There is a second company concept called PG’s Diner (1 unit).  Overall company growth is from 4 to 5 (25% company growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with seating for around 90.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  All locations are in LA.

Kirkland, WA-based MAD ANTHONY’S INC (founded 1972) has increased by 1 unit for the Anthony’s concept, from 21 to 22 (5% concept growth).  Other concepts are Chinook’s (1) and Harbor Lights (1).  Overall company increase was from 23 to 24 (4% growth).  These are family/casual seafood restaurants, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $10-$30, with a full bar and seating for about 200.  Banquet facilities are available.  The restaurants are in OR and WA.

PUCCINI’S SMILING TEETH of Indianapolis, IN (founded 1991) has increased by 3 units for Puccini’s, from 11 to 14 (27% growth).  These are family/casual Italian and pizza restaurants with seating for around 75.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  Catering and banquet services are available.  There is a second company concept called Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth (2 units).  Overall company growth is from 13 to 16 (23% company growth).  Locations are in IN and KY.

Montreal, PQ-based VAN HOUTTE (founded 1919) has increased by 2 units, from 59 to 61 (3% growth).  This is a fast casual bakery/café concept, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$10 and seating is for about 40.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in PQ.

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

Hattiesburg, MS-based MUGSHOTS GRILL & BAR (founded 2004) has increased by 3 units, from 6 to 9 (50% growth).  This family/casual concept is open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $6-$15+, with full bar and seating for about 125.  Trading areas are AL, LA, and MS.

CAPTAIN TONY’S PIZZA PASTA EMPORIUM of Rochester, NY (founded 1972) has increased by 4 units, from 8 to 12 (50% growth).  These are quick serve Italian and pizza restaurants with seating for around 50.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $2-$15+.  Catering and delivery services are offered.  Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in AZ, CA, NY and OH.

CHAPEL HILL RESTAURANT GROUP of Chapel Hill, NC (founded 1977) has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth) adding new concepts – Page Road Grill and Spanky’s Restaurant.  Other company concepts are 411 Italian Café (1), 518 West Italian Café (1), Mez Contemporary Mexican (1), Spanky’s Restaurant & Bar (1) and Squid’s (1).  These tend to be upscale restaurants with full bar and seating for around 125.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  All locations are in NC.

Washington-based AMANTE PIZZA & PASTA has increased by 2 units, from 13 to 15 (15% growth) and entered into CA.  The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average.  Locations have mostly have full bar, some beer and wine only.  Average seating is for around 100.  Online ordering, delivery, catering, and private party services are all available.  Locations are franchised and trade in CA, MD, and WA.

Florida-based YOU SAY WHEN YOGURT SHOPPE (founded 2008) has increased by 9 units, from 12 to 21 (75% growth).  This self-serve frozen yogurt chain is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Limited seating is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in FL.

Milwaukee, WI-based BARTOLOTTA RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1993) has increased by 1 unit for the Northpoint concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) and added a 2-unit concept called Joey Gerard’s.  Other concepts include Bacchus (1), Boerner Botanical Garden (1), Grain Exchange (1), Harbor House (1), Lake Park Bistro (1), Mr B’s (1), Pier Wisconsin (1), Pizzeria Piccola (1), Ristorante Bartolotta (1), and The Rumpus Room (1).  Overall company increase was from 11 to 14 (27% growth).  These are upscale concepts, serving multiple cuisines.  Per person check average is $15-$50+, with full bar and seating for about 200.  Catering and banquet services are available.  All locations are in WI.

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

West Palm Beach, FL-based HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS (founded 1995) has increased by 6 units, from 45 to 51 (13% growth) and entered into LA, MD, MN, and NC.  This family/casual restaurant specializes in chicken entrees and is open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $6-$15+, with full bar.  Seating is for about 100.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and trade in AL, AZ, FL, IN, MD, MI, MN, NC, NY, PA, and TX.  We last featured this concept on 5/1/12 (5% growth).

Arlington, TX-based PIRANHA KILLER SUSHI (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  This upscale sushi concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seat about 90.  Catering and private party services are available.  All locations are in TX.  We last wrote about this concept on 11/29/11 (25% growth).

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