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Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).
Hoboken, NJ-based PITA GRILL (founded 1993) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This fast casual Mediterranean concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations seat about 20 and offer catering, delivery and online ordering services. Units are in NJ and NY.
Montana-based PICKLE BARREL (founded 1974) has increased by 1 unit, from 4 to 5 (25% growth). These fast casual sandwich shops are open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Beer and wine are served and seating is for about 30. Catering service is available. Online ordering is offered at select locations. Stores are in MT and SD.
PIERRE LOTI of New York, NY has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). These are upscale Mediterranean restaurants with full bar and seating for around 70. Per person check average is around $15-$50+. Locations are open for dinner. Banquet services are offered. All locations are in NY.
Venice, CA-based PITFIRE ARTISAN PIZZA (founded 1996) has increased by 1 unit, from 8 to 9 (13% company growth), with the addition of a new concept called Superba Food & Bread. Other company concepts are Pitfire Artisan Pizza (7) and Superba Snack Bar (1). The Pitfire restaurants are family/casual pizzerias, open for lunch and dinner. Per person check average is $10-$30+, serving beer and wine. Online ordering, catering, delivery and private party services are all available. Superba Snack Bar is an upscale Italian concept, open for dinner only, with a $15-$50+ per person check average. Superba Food & Bread is a fast casual bakery/cafe, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. All the restaurants are in CA.
Emerging and Re-emerging Concepts
Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.
San Francisco, CA-based PHILZ COFFEE (founded 2003) has increased by 3 units, from 13 to 16 (23% growth). This quick serve coffee shop concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a $4-$12+ per person price range. Locations seat about 30. All stores are located in CA.
Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.
Orlando, FL-based OLIVE GARDEN (founded 1982) has increased by 12 units, from 828 to 840 (1% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for lunch and dinner, with a per person check average of $8-$20+. Locations have full bar and seating for around 250. Catering is available. We last featured this concept on 7/31/13 (5% growth). Olive Garden is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants.
Redding, CA-based BLACK BEAR DINER (founded 1995) has increased by 4 units, from 63 to 67 (6% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine. Per person check average is $6-$15+, with beer and wine service. Units seat around 150. Locations are franchised and trade in AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, UT and WA. We wrote about this concept on 6/25/13 (5% growth) and on 4/29/14 (9% growth).
Charlotte, NC-based FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL (founded 2000) has increased by 6 units, from 30 to 36 (20% growth) and entered into FL, KS, NJ and SC. The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine. Meal periods are lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Locations have full bar service and average seating for about 200. Trading areas are AL, AZ, DE, FL, KS, NC, NE, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN and VA. We last featured this concept on 2/11/14 (30% growth).