Restaurant Trends - Growing And Emerging Concepts - Data reflects change and activity from June 22, 2009 to July 6, 2009

Update from Restaurantchains.net on growing and emerging restaurant concepts

Jul 14, 2009 - 11:06
Growing Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Toronto, ON-based NEW YORK FRIES (founded 1984) has increased by 3 units for the New York Fries concept, from 185 to 188 (2% concept growth) and by 2 units for South St Burger, from 7 to 9 (29% concept growth). Overall company increase was from 192 to 197 (3% company growth). These are both quick serve concepts, with New York fries specializing in french fries with a variety of different toppings. Most locations are in theaters and mall food courts. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Trading areas are AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, ON, PQ, SK, Asia and the Middle East. More than 90% of stores are franchised.

TOPPERS PIZZA based in Whitewater, WI (founded 1991) has increased by 2 units, from 25 to 27 (8% growth). These are quick serve pizza restaurants with seating for about 50. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Catering is offered. Locations are more than 30% franchised and are in IL, IN, MI, MN, NC and WI.

Vestavia Hills, AL-based DREAMLAND BBQ (founded 1958) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). These are family/casual restaurants, open for lunch and dinner, with a $6-$15+ per person check average. Beer and wine are served. Seating is for about 125. Catering, delivery, banquet and online ordering services are available. Units are in AL and GA. Between 10% and 20% of the locations are franchised.

LE PEEP headquartered in Littleton, CO (founded 1981) has increased by 1 unit, from 60 to 61 (2% growth). These are family/casual restaurants with seating for about 80. Units are open for breakfast and lunch. Catering and banquets are offered. The per person check average is around $4-$10. Locations are in AZ, CA, CO, IL, IN, KS, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, SC, TN and TX.

Berwyn, IL-based BUONA RESTAURANTS (founded 1981) has increased by 1 unit for the Buona Beef concept, from 11 to 12 (9% concept growth). The company also operates Joey Buona's Pizzeria (1) and Brett Favre's Steakhouse (1), both in WI. All Buona Beef restaurants are located in IL. Overall company growth was from 13 to 14 (8% company growth). This is a fast casual Italian, pizza, and sandwich concept. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10 per person check average. Beer and wine are served at some locations. Seating is for about 50. Catering, delivery, and online ordering are available.
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Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.
Burlington, ON-based TURTLE JACK'S MUSKOKA GRILL (founded 1992) has increased by 2 units, from 12 to 14 (17% growth). These are family/casual restaurants, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20 per person check average. All locations have a full bar and average seating for about 300. Catering is available. Between 40% and 50% of the restaurants are franchised. All are located in ON.

D'LITES EMPORIUM of Coral Springs, FL (founded 1982) has increased by 4 units, from 14 to 18 (29% growth) and expanded into NV. These are take-out ice cream shops. The check average is around $2-$6 per person. Locations are in FL, NV and VA.

LE BIFTHEQUE based in Ville St-Laurent, PQ (founded 1981) has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth). These are family/casual restaurants with full bar and seating for about 300. The check average is around $10-$30 per person. Banquets are offered. Locations are more than 80% franchised. All are in PQ.

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Tacoma, WA-based RAM INTERNATIONAL (founded 1971) has increased by 1 unit for the Ram Restaurant & Brewery concept, from 16 to 17 (6% concept growth). Other concepts are C. I. Shenanigan's (2), Cb & Potts (6), Murphy's Steak & Seafood (1), and Sonrisa (1). Overall company increase was from 26 to 27 (4% company growth). These are mostly family/casual restaurant/bars, serving American cuisine (Sonrisa is Mexican). Per person check average is $10-$30. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. Average seating is for about 300. Catering and banquet facilities are available. Trading areas are CO, ID, IL, IN, OR, and WA. We featured this company on 2/26/08 (12% growth).

NOODLES & CO based in Broomfield, IL (founded 1995) has increased by 5 units, from 208 to 213 (2% growth). These are fast casual restaurants serving beer and wine. Seating is for about 90. The check average is around $6-$12 per person. Locations are in CA, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, OH, OR, UT, VA and WI. We reported on this concept on 7/15/2008 (6% growth), 10/14/2008 (8% growth) & 3/10/09 (6% growth).

New York, NY-based THE DINEX GROUP (founded 1993) has added a new concept called DBGB Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant is upscale, serving a variety of French and American cuisines. Per person check average is $32. Meal periods are lunch and dinner. The company also operates Bar Boulud (1), Café Boulud (2), Daniel (1), Daniel Boulud Brasserie (1), Db Bistro Moderne (2), Lumiere (1), and Maison Boulud Beijing (1). Company growth was from 9 to 10 (11% growth). All concepts are upscale. Trading areas are BC, FL, NV, NY, and China. We previously featured this company on 3/3/09 (29% growth).

MONICAL'S PIZZA headquartered in Bradley, IL (founded 1959) has increased by 1 unit, from 62 to 63 (2% growth). These are quick serve Italian/Pizza restaurants with seating for about 100. Beer and wine are served. Catering is offered. The check average is around $4-$10. Locations are more than 40% franchised and are in IL, IN and WI. We wrote about this concept on 6/17/08 (5% growth).

Ridgeland, MS-based MCALISTER'S DELI (founded 1989) has increased by 8 units, from 280 to 288 (3% growth). These fast casual sandwich restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$10 per person check average. Seating is for about 150. Catering and online ordering are available. Units are franchised and located in AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NM, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WY. We wrote about this concept on 3/12/08 (6% growth) and on 7/22/08 (4% growth).

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