Food and Beverage

Restaurant Trends - Growing And Emerging Concepts - Data reflects change and activity from August 14, 2009 to December 14, 2009

Update from Restaurantchains.net on growing and emerging restaurant concepts

Restaurantchains.net Growing Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).
New York, NY-based ALICART GROUP (founded 1990) has increased by 1 unit for the Carmine's concept, from 4 to 5 (25% concept growth). Other restaurant concepts are Artie's Deli (1), Gabriella's (1), and Virgil's Real Bbq (1). Overall company increase is from 7 to 8 (14% company growth). These are upscale restaurants, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with full bar and seating for about 250. Catering and banquet services are available. The restaurants are located in DC, NJ, NY, and the Bahamas.

ZIO'S ITALIAN KITCHEN based in San Antonio, TX has increased by 1 unit, from 15 to 16 (7% growth). These are family/casual Italian restaurants with full bar and seating for around 200. Lunch and dinner are served. The check average is around $10-$30 per person. Catering is offered. Locations are franchised and are in CO, KS, MO, NM, OK and TX.

Denver, CO-based CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL (NYSE: CMG; founded 1993) has increased by 25 units, from 886 to 911 (3% growth) and entered into AR and TN. The restaurants are fast casual, serving lunch and dinner, with a $6-$12 per person check average. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 90. Catering and online ordering are available. Trading areas are AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WY.

HOMEMADE PIZZA CO based in Chicago, IL has increased by 2 units, from 24 to 26 (8% growth). These are take-out units serving dinner. Delivery and catering are available. Locations are in DC, IL, MN and VA.

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

Culver City, CA-based THE COUNTER (founded 2003) has increased by 2 units, from 20 to 22 (10% growth) and entered into WA. These are family/casual burger restaurants, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $6-$15+, with full bar or beer/wine available at some locations. Average seating is for 100. Units are franchised and trade in the states of CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, IL, NC, VA, and WA.

B.R. GUEST RESTAURANTS based in New York, NY (founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit for Wildwood BBQ concept, from 1 to 2 (100% concept growth) and expanded into FL. The company also opened two new concepts, Bill's Bar and Burger and Post Card Inn. Overall company growth is from 15 to 18 (20% company growth). Other concepts are 675 Bar (1), Atlantic Grill (1), Blue Fin (1), Blue Water Grill (1), Dos Caminos (4), Fiamma Trattoria (1), Isabella's (1), Ocean Grill (1), Primehouse New York (1), Ruby Foo's (1) and Vento (1). Most units tend to be upscale with full bar and seating for around 250. Catering and banquets are available. Post Card Inn is the first hotel concept for this company. Locations are in FL, NV and NY.

YAYA'S FLAME BROILED CHICKEN of Flint, MI (founded 1985) has increased by 2 units, from 16 to 18 (13% growth). These are fast casual chicken restaurants with seating for around 90. Lunch and dinner are offered. Catering is offered. The check average is around $3-$8 per person. Locations are more than 30% franchised and are in FL and MI.

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Broomfield, CO-based NOODLES & CO (founded 1995) has increased by 16 units, from 213 to 229 (8% growth). These fast casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$12 per person check average. Some locations have a full bar, most are beer and wine. Average unit has seating for about 90. Trading areas are CA, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, OH, OR, UT, VA, and WI. We featured this concept on 7/15/08 (6% growth), 10/14/08 (8% growth), 3/10/09 (6% growth), and 7/14/09 (2% growth).

NEWK'S EXPRESS CAFÉ of Jackson, MS has increased by 4 units, from 23 to 27 (17% growth) and expanded into NC. These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 150. Beer and wine are served. The check average is around $6-$12 per person. Catering is offered. Locations are more than 70% franchised and are in AL, FL, LA, MS, NC, TN and TX. We last reported on this concept on 7/28/09 when they had 10% growth.

Calgary, AB-based MOXIE'S CLASSIC GRILL (founded 1986) has increased by 1 unit for the Moxie's concept, from 59 to 60 (2% concept growth) and by 1 unit for Shark Club, from 8 to 9 (13% concept growth). The company also operates a 3-unit upscale steakhouse concept called Chops. Overall company increase from 70 to 72 (3% company growth). These are mostly family/casual restaurants, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30 per person check average. Catering is available. Between 60% and 70% of the restaurants are franchised and are located in the provinces of AB, BC, MB, NS, ON, and SK. We previously featured this company on 12/23/08 (11% company growth).

RAISING CANE'S based in Baton Rouge, LA (founded 1996) has increased by 7 units, from 79 to 86 (9% growth) and expanded into MA. These are quick serve chicken restaurants with seating for around 70. Locations are open for lunch and dinner. Drive-thru and catering are available. Locations are franchised and are in AL, CO, GA, KY, LA, MA, MN, MS, NE, NV, OH, OK, TX and VA. We wrote about this concept on 2/24/09 (9% growth and on 7/21/09 (4% growth).

Greensboro, NC-based BISCUITVILLE (founded 1966) has increased by 4 units, from 55 to 59 (7% growth). These quick serve restaurants are open for breakfast and lunch, with a $2-$6 per person price range. Units have seating for about 50 and are located in NC and VA. We last reported on Biscuitville on 6/16/09 (8% growth).

COLTON'S STEAK HOUSE & GRILL based in Little Rock, AR (founded 1996) has increased by 2 units, from 22 to 24 (9% growth). These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for around 200. The per person check average is around $10-$30 per person. Locations are more than 90% franchised and are in AR, KY, MO, MS and TN. We reported on this concept on 7/21/09 (5% growth).

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