Restaurant Trends – Growing And Emerging Concepts – Change and Activity January 14, 2019

Update from Restaurantchains.net on growing and emerging restaurant concepts

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

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

North Palm Beach, FL-based BURGERFI (founded 2011) has increased by 31 units, from 69 to 100 (45% growth) and entered into IN, KY and NE. This fast casual burger concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served. Average seating is for about 60. Online ordering options are available. Units are franchised and trade in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, TX and VA.

Tampa, FL-based FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE (founded 1998) has increased by 3 units, from 67 to 70 (4% growth). This upscale steak and seafood concept is open for dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 250. Banquet rooms are available. Trading areas are AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA and WI. Fleming’s is a subsidiary of Bloomin Brands.

Cincinnati, OH-based GOLD STAR CHILI (founded 1965) has increased by 24 units for the Gold Star Chili concept, from 57 to 81 (42% concept growth) for an overall company increase from 77 to 101 (31% company growth). The other company concept is Tom & Chee (20). These quick serve American restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Seating is for about 50. The restaurants are franchised and located in CO, GA, IN, KY, LA, MI, OH, PA, TN, TX and UT.

Sacramento, CA-based ZOCALO has increased by 1 unit for the Zocalo concept, from 2 to 3 (50% concept growth). The company also operates Ernesto’s (1). Overall company increase was from 3 to 4 (33% company growth). These upscale Mexican restaurant concepts are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Catering, banquet and online ordering services are available. All the restaurants are located in CA.

Washington, DC-based MANNY & OLGA’S PIZZA (founded 1974) has increased by 1 unit, from 11 to 12 (9% growth). This quick serve restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Units have seating for about 40 and offer delivery and online ordering options. Trading areas are DC and MD.

Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

Geneva, NY-based CAM’S PIZZERIA (founded 1980) has increased by 4 units, from 13 to 17 (31% growth). This quick serve pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Average unit seats about 10. Delivery and online ordering options are available. All the restaurants are located in NY.

Florida-based MULLIGAN’S BEACH HOUSE BAR & GRILL (founded 1998) has increased by 2 units, from 6 to 8 (33% growth). This family/casual American and seafood concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Seating is for about 150. Catering and private party services are available. All the locations are in FL.

Irvine, CA-based CALIFORNIA FISH GRILL (founded 1998) has increased by 5 units, from 19 to 24 (26% growth). This family/casual seafood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 80. Online ordering is available. All the restaurants trade in CA.

Texas-based SOULMAN’S BBQ RESTAURANTS (founded 1974) has increased by 2 units, from 15 to 17 (13% growth). This family/casual BBQ concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Seating is for about 150, offering catering, banquet and online ordering services. All locations are in TX.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

Dallas, TX-based FRONT BURNER RESTAURANTS (founded 2005) has increased by 5 units for the Twin Peaks Restaurant concept, from 83 to 88 (6% concept growth). The company also operates Ranch At Las Colinas (1) and Ojos Locos Sports Cantina (9). These family/casual American and Mexican restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. The restaurants have full bar service and seating for about 225. Private party services are available. The restaurants are franchised and trade in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NM, NV, OK, SC, TN, TX and WA. We last featured this company on 12/5/17 (8% growth).

California-based POQUITO MAS (founded 1984) has increased by 1 unit, from 9 to 10 (11% growth). This fast casual Mexican concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and average unit has seating for about 90. Catering, delivery and online ordering are available. All the restaurants are located in CA. We last featured this concept on 9/12/17 (11% growth).

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