Restaurant Chain Growth Report 9/18/12



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

DC area-based SALA THAI (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20 per person check average.  Locations have full bar and seating for about 100.  Private party services are available.  Locations are in DC and MD.

Villa Park, IL-based BROWN’S CHICKEN & PASTA (founded 1949) has increased by 1 unit, from 32 to 33 (3% growth).  This quick serve concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $3-$8 per person price range.  Units seat about 60 and offer catering service.  Stores are franchised and trade in IL and IN.

Kettering, OH-based CASSANO’S PIZZA & SUBS (founded 1953) has increased by 2 units, from 30 to 32 (7% growth).  These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$12 per person price range.  Locations serve beer and wine and offer catering, delivery and online ordering services.  All the restaurants are in OH.

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

Vancouver, BC-based DONNELLY HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT (founded 1999) has increased by 4 units, from 12 to 16 (33% growth), with the addition of four new concepts: Hooker’s Green, Clough Club, Killjoy, and The Bimini.  Other concepts include Bar None (1), Cinema (1), Granville Room (1), Library Square (1), Metropole (1), Post Modern (1), Republic (1), Smiley’s (1), The Academic (1), The Calling (1), The Lamplighter (1), and The New Oxford (1).  These are family/casual concepts, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $10-$30, offering full bar service.  Seating is for about 225.  Banquet rooms are available.  All locations are in BC.

Dallas TX-based MOVIE TAVERN (founded 2001) has increased by 2 units, from 14 to 16 (14% growth) and entered into PA.  This is a movie theater concept with family/casual dining.  Per person check average is $8-$20, serving full bar.  Private party services are available.  Trading areas are CO, GA, KY, OH, PA, TX, VA.

MIRKO PASTA of Bishop, GA has increased by 7 units, from 7 to 14 (100% growth) and expanded into AL, KY, TN and VA.  These are fast casual Italian restaurants with seating for around 60.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Beer and wine are served.  Per person check average is around $4-$10.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and are in AL, GA, KY, TN and VA.

CAFE ZUPAS of Layton, UT has increased by 4 units, from 9 to 13 (44% growth) and expanded into AZ.  These are fast casual sandwich restaurants with seating for around 50.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$10.  Catering and banquet services are offered.  Locations are in AZ and UT.

THE VARSITY of Atlanta, GA (founded 1928) has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with average seating for 150 persons.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$10.  Drive-thru service and patio seating are offered.  Major off premise catering is available.  All locations are in GA.

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

Mississauga, ON-based OBSIDIAN GROUP INC (founded 1996) has increased by 2 units for Coffee Culture, from 59 to 61 (3% concept growth) and entered into FL, MB, and NS.  There was also a 1 unit increase for the Crabby Joe’s Tap & Grill concept, from 38 to 39 (3% concept growth).  The company also operates Union Burger (12).  Overall company increase was from 109 to 112 (3% growth).  Coffee Culture is a quick serve coffee shop, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours.  Crabby Joe’s is family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a full bar and seating for about 100.  All restaurants are franchised and trade in FL, MB, NS, NY, ON, and PA.  We last featured this company on 10/18/11 (18% growth).

Dallas, TX-based TEXAS DE BRAZIL CHURRASCARIA (founded 1998) has increased by 5 units, from 22 to 27 (23% growth) and entered into OH, PA, and UT.  This upscale South American steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for about 200.  Catering and banquet services are available.  Trading areas are CO, FL, IL, LA, MI, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, Aruba, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad.  We last featured this concept on 1/3/12 (29% growth).

BAR LOUIE of Addison, TX has increased by 17 units, from 53 to 70 (32% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 200.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $10-$30.  Banquet services are available.  Locations are more than 80% franchised and are in AR, CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA and WI.  We last reported on this concept on 3/27/12 when they had 13% growth.

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