Restaurant Chain Growth Report 5/8/12



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

Coeur D’Alene, ID-based SAN FRANCISCO SOURDOUGH EATERY (founded 1999) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth).  These fast casual sandwich shops are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$12 per person price range.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 60.  Catering and online ordering options are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in CA, ID, NV, UT, and WA.

SHIKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT based Statesville, NC has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  These are family/casual Japanese restaurants with seating for around 100.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $6-$15+.  All locations are in NC.

PANCHERO’S MEXICAN GRILL based in Coralville, IA (founded 1992) has increased by 5 units, from 47 to 52 (11% growth).  These are fast casual Mexican restaurants serving beer and wine.  Seating is for around 80.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  There is a per person check average of about $6-$12.  Locations are more than 70% franchised and are in AZ, CO, CT, FL, IA, IL, MD, MI, MN, NC, ND, NE, NJ, PA, SD, VA and WI.

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

San Francisco, CA-based SAN FRANCISCO SOUP COMPANY (founded 1999) has increased by 2 units, from 17 to 19 (12% growth) and entered into CO.  These are fast casual soup and sandwich shops, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$10.  Seating is for about 20.  Catering is available.  Locations are in CA and CO.

Louisville, KY-based J. GUMBO’S DOWN-HOME CAJUN COOKIN has increased by 5 units, from 19 to 24 (26% growth) and entered into IL, IN, SC, and TN.  This is a fast casual Cajun concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $4-$10, serving beer.  Units seat about 40 and offer catering service.  Locations are franchised and trade in GA, IL, IN, KY, OH, SC, and TN.

TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS of Honolulu, HI (founded 1998) has increased by 2 units, from 6 to 8 (33% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 70.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $3-$8.  Locations are more than 40% franchised and are in HI, WA and Japan.

SUSHI SAKE of Miami, FL has increased by 2 units, from 3 to 5 (67% growth).  These are family/casual sushi restaurants with seating for around 100, serving beer and wine.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  All locations are in FL.

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

Southfield, MI-based ZOUP FRESH SOUP CO (founded 1998) has increased by 8 units, from 35 to 43 (23% growth) and entered into KY.  This is a fast casual concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $3-$8 and seating is for about 50.  Catering and online ordering services are offered.  Stores are franchised and trade in CO, CT, DC, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, OH, ON, and PA.  We last featured this concept on 6/21/11 (40% growth).

Chicago, IL-based POTBELLY SANDWICH WORKS (founded 1977) has increased by 16 units, from 234 to 250 (7% growth) and entered into MA, MO, NY, and WA.  These quick serve sandwich shops are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Units seat about 40 and offer catering, delivery and online ordering services.  Trading areas are DC, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, WA, and WI.  We wrote about this concept on 11/16/10 (1% growth) and on 3/29/11 (3% growth).

Santa Ana, CA-based WAHOO’S FISH TACO (founded 1988) has increased by 4 units, from 56 to 60 (7% growth) and entered into NV and NY.  These fast casual Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10 per person price range.  Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 80.  Catering and delivery options are available.  Locations are franchised and trade in CA, CO, HI, NY, NY, and TX.  We wrote about this concept on 1/11/11 (13% growth) and on 10/25/11 (4% growth).

Lancaster, PA-based ISAAC’S RESTAURANT & DELI (founded 1983) has increased by 1 unit, from 19 to 20 (5% growth).  The restaurants are fast casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$12 per person price range.  American cuisine is served and seating is for about 100.  Catering and online ordering are available.  All locations are in PA.  We featured this concept on 12/21/10 (5% growth).

DUTCH BROS COFFEE of Grants Pass, OR (founded 1992) has increased by 8 units, from 165 to 173 (5% growth).  These are take-out coffee shops open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Drive thru and patio seating are available.  Per person check average is around $2-$6.  Locations are more than 80% franchised and are in CA, CO, ID, NV, OR and WA.  We last reported on this concept on 9/27/11 (4% growth).

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