Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).
Lorton, VA-based FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES (founded 1986) has increased by 63 units, from 1149 to 1212 (5% growth) and entered into SD. This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have seating for about 50. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AB, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MB, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, ON, OR, PA, PQ, RI, SC, SD, SK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.
El Paso, TX-based GREAT AMERICAN LAND & CATTLE RESTAURANT (founded 1977) has increased by 1 unit, from 6 to 7 (17% growth). The restaurants are family/casual steakhouses, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, serving beer and wine. Average seating is for about 250. Catering and banquet services are available. All locations are in TX.
LATIN CAFE 2000 based in Miami, FL (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). These are family/casual Cuban restaurants with seating for around 150. Beer and wine are served. Locations are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $8-$20+. Catering and delivery are offered. All locations are in FL.
MIO’S PIZZERIA of Cincinnati, OH (founded 1975) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% growth). These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 150. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $4-$12+. Catering and banquet services are offered. Locations are franchised and are in KY and OH.
HAPPY’S PIZZA of Farmington Hills, MI (founded 1994) has increased by 20 units, from 80 to 100 (25% growth). These are quick serve restaurants with limited seating. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $4-$12+. Catering is offered. Locations are more than 50% franchised and are in CA, GA, IN, MI, NV, OH and TX.
Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts
Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.
San Rafael, CA-based MOANA RESTAURANT GROUP (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit for the Piatti’s concept, from 8 to 9 (13% concept growth) and added 2 new concepts called Molina and The Farmer’s Union. Other company concepts include Corner’s Tavern (1), El Dorado Kitchen (1), Hacienda Cocina Y Cantina (1), Irving Street Kitchen (1), Paragon (3), Plantation Gardens (1), Redd (1), Redd Wood (1), and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (1). Overall company increase was from 19 to 22 (16% growth). The restaurant concepts are upscale, serving mostly Italian cuisine. The restaurants serve dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. There is full bar service and average seating is for around 175. Catering and private party services are available. Trading areas are CA, CO, HI, OR, TX, and WA.
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Dallas, TX-based PACIUGO ITALIAN GELATO (founded 2000) has increased by 2 units, from 44 to 46 (5% growth) and entered into LA and NV. This quick serve gelato concept is open for lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units seat about 30. Catering is available. Stores are franchised and trade in CA, CO, DE, FL, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MN, NV, NY, OH, OK, TX, and WA. We last featured this concept on 1/2/13 (13% growth).
Plano, TX-based ZOE’S KITCHEN (founded 1995) has increased by 33 units, from 87 to 120 (38% growth). This is a fast casual Mediterranean concept, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $6-$15+. Beer and wine are served at select locations. Seating is for about 60. Catering is available. Trading areas are AL, AZ, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, NC, NJ, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA. We wrote about this concept on 10/2/12 (15% growth) and on 10/22/13 (26% growth).
NATION’S GIANT HAMBURGERS of El Cerrito, CA (founded 1952) has increased by 1 unit, from 26 to 27 (4% growth). These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 20. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Per person check average is around $4-$12+. All locations are in CA. We last wrote about this concept on 4/9/13 (4% growth).
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