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April 04, 2014

Watch out Fast Casual, the most recent Top 10, displays 6 companies with sit down service. Whereas the landscape might be changed forever, there is a slow creep back towards full service that has been going un-detected. Chains like Bareburger (in future top tens) with smaller footprints and full service options are making strong unit growth forays.

March 06, 2014

See the new  TOP 10, 1st quarter 2014

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February 25, 2014

 

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100 MONTADITOS FL 2/17/2014 New location to open in Boca Raton, FL, 2014.
ALBERTO'S MEXICAN FOOD CA 2/17/2014 New location to open in Perris, CA, 2014.
AMERICAN DELI GA 2/19/2014 New location to open in Dallas, TX, 2014.
AMICI'S EAST COAST PIZZERIA CA 2/17/2014 New location to open in San Diego, CA, 2014.
ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE FL 1/10/2014 2 new locations to open in New Orleans, LA, 2014.
ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE FL 1/27/2014 New location to open in Baton Rouge, LA, March '14.
ANTHONY'S COAL FIRED PIZZA FL 1/22/2014 New location to open in Cranberry Twp, PA, 2014.
APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR MO 1/6/2014 New location to oepn in El Paso, TX, 2013.
APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR MO 1/22/2014 New location to open in Athens, PA, 2014.
APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR MO 1/27/2014 New location to open in Calhoun, GA, 2014.
APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR MO 2/9/2014 New location to open in Mt. Laurel, NJ, 2014.
AROMA JOE'S ME 2/5/2014 New location to open in Waterville, ME, 2014.
BAD BOB'S BARBEQUE RESTAURANT TN 2/24/2014 New location to open in Paris, TN, 2014.
BANDANA'S BAR-B-Q MO 2/3/2014 New location to open in Lebanon, MO, 2014.
BARRO'S PIZZA AZ 2/12/2014 New location to open in Glendale, AZ, 2014.
BASKIN ROBBINS MA 1/10/2014 New location to open in Conway, SC, 2014.
BASKIN ROBBINS MA 1/20/2014 New location to open in Cockeysville, MD, 2014.
BASKIN ROBBINS MA 1/20/2014 New location to open in Meridian, MS, 2014.
BASKIN ROBBINS MA 1/27/2014 New location to open in Cordova, TN, 2014.
BASKIN ROBBINS MA 2/17/2014 New location to open in Sedona, AZ, 2014.
BEEF O'BRADY'S FL 2/17/2014 New location to open in Pensacola, FL, 2014.
BEEF O'BRADY'S FL 2/24/2014 New location to open in Bradenton, FL, 2014.
BENIHANA INC FL 1/9/2014 New location to open in Arcadia, CA, 2013.
BIG BURRITO RESTAURANT GROUP PA 2/5/2014 New location (Mad Mex) to open in Wynnewood, PA, 2014.
BJ'S RESTAURANTS CA 1/15/2014 New location to open in Katy, TX, 2014.
BJ'S RESTAURANTS CA 2/17/2014 New location to open in Oviedo, FL, 2014.
BLACK BEAR DINER CA 1/21/2014 New location to open in Visalia, CA, Spring 2014.
BLIMPIE AZ 2/3/2014 New location to open in Ankeny, Iowa, 2014.
BLU BURGER GRILL AZ 2/24/2014 New location to open in Scottsdale, AZ, 2014.
BOARDWALK FRESH BURGERS & FRIES MD 1/2/2014 New location to open in Austin, TX, 2013.
BOB'S BURGERS & BREW WA 2/3/2014 New location to open in Puyallup, WA, 2014.
BOJANGLES' FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS NC 1/10/2014 New location to open in Pendleton, SC, 2014.
BOJANGLES' FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS NC 1/20/2014 New location to open in Birmingham, AL, 2014.
BOJANGLES' FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS NC 1/27/2014 New location to open in Roanoke, VA, 2014.
BOJANGLES' FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS NC 2/3/2014 New location to open in Myrtle Beach, SC, 2014.
BOJANGLES' FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS NC 2/10/2014 New location to open in Pittsboro, NC, 2014.
BOJANGLES' FAMOUS CHICKEN & BISCUITS NC 2/17/2014 New location to open in Smyrna, TN, 2014.
BONEFISH GRILL FL 1/8/2014 New location to open in Spring, TX, 2014.
BONEFISH GRILL FL 1/20/2014 New location to open in Rockville Centre, NY, 2014.
BRUSTER'S REAL ICE CREAM PA 2/9/2014 New location to open in Gainsville, GA, 2014.
BUCA DI BEPPO FL 2/5/2014 New location to open in Greendale, WI, 2014.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS MN 1/22/2014 New location to open in Parsippany, NJ, 2014.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS MN 1/29/2014 New location to open in Warwick, RI, 2014.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS MN 1/29/2014 New location to open in Mchenry, IL, 2014.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS MN 1/29/2014 New location to open in Whittier, CA, 2014.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS MN 2/3/2014 New location to open in Ann Arbor Michigan, 2014.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS MN 2/5/2014 New location to open in Chula Vista, CA, 2014.
BUFFALO'S SOUTHWEST CAFE GA 2/24/2014 New location to open in Kennesaw, GA, 2014.
BURGER KING FL 1/15/2014 New location to open in Houston, TX, 2014.
BURGER KING FL 1/27/2014 New location to open in Medford, NJ, 2014.
BURGERFI FL 12/30/2013 New location to open in Miami Beach, FL, 2013.
BURGERFI FL 1/13/2014 New location to open in Tallahassee, FL, 2014.
BURGERFI FL 1/27/2014 New location to open in Coral Springs, FL, 2014.
BURGERFI FL 2/3/2014 New location to open in West Palm Beach, FL, 2014.
BURGERFI FL 2/24/2014 New location to open in Deerfield Beach, FL, 2014.
CAFE RIO UT 1/9/2014 New location to open in Valencia, CA, 2013.
CAPITAL GRILLE FL 1/22/2014 New location to open in Austin, TX, 2014.
CAPITAL GRILLE FL 2/24/2014 New location to open in Sarasota, FL, 2014.
CAPRIOTTI'S SANDWICH SHOP NV 2/17/2014 New location to open in Concord, Ca, 2014.
CARBONE'S PIZZA MN 12/30/2013 New location to open in Prescott, WI, 2013.
CARBONE'S PIZZA MN 12/30/2013 New location to open in New York, NY, 2013.
CARIBOU COFFEE MN 1/29/2014 New location to open in Prior Lake, MN, 2014.
CARIBOU COFFEE MN 1/29/2014 New location to open in Minneapolis, MN, 2014.
CARL'S JR. CA 1/3/2014 New location to open in Tempe, AZ, 2014.
CARL'S JR. CA 2/10/2014 New location to open in Shreveport, LA, 2014.
CARL'S JR. CA 2/12/2014 New location to open in Los Angeles, CA, 2014.
CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL FL 1/15/2014 New location to oprn in Houston, TX, 2014.
CARVEL GA 2/24/2014 New location to open in Miami, FL, 2014.
CASEY'S CARRY-OUT PIZZA IA 1/27/2014 New location to open in Wichita, KS, 2014.
CASEY'S CARRY-OUT PIZZA IA 2/3/2014 New location to open in Valley Center, KS, 2014.
CHA CHA CHA TAQUERIA OR 1/9/2014 New location to open in Portland, OR, 2014.
CHARLEY'S GRILLED SUBS OH 1/3/2014 New location to open in Woodstock, GA, 2014.
CHARLEY'S GRILLED SUBS OH 2/3/2014 New location to open in Towson, MD, 2014.
CHARLEY'S GRILLED SUBS OH 2/9/2014 New location to open in Columbus, GA, 2014.
CHECKERS/RALLY'S DRIVE-THRU RESTAURANT FL 1/27/2014 New location to open in Cleveland, OH, 2014.
CHECKERS/RALLY'S DRIVE-THRU RESTAURANT FL 2/5/2014 New location to open in Allentown, PA, 2014.
CHEDDAR'S CASUAL CAFE TX 1/24/2014 New location to open in Chandler, AZ, 2014.
CHEDDAR'S CASUAL CAFE TX 2/17/2014 New location to open in Cedar Rapids, IOWA, 2014.
CHEDDAR'S CASUAL CAFE TX 2/17/2014 New location to open in Slidell, La, 2014.
CHESTER'S CHICKEN AL 2/9/2014 New location to open in Springville, UT, 2014.
CHICKEN EXPRESS TX 2/5/2014 New location to open in Plano, TX, 2014.
CHICKEN SALAD CHICK AL 2/3/2014 New location to open in Marietta, GA, 2014.
CHICKEN SALAD CHICK AL 2/17/2014 New location to open in Tucaloosa, AL, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/8/2014 New location to open in Elmhurst, IL, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/8/2014 New location to open in Rockford, IL, 2013.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/9/2014 New location to open in Laguna Niguel, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/20/2014 New location open in Jefferson City, MO, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/27/2014 New location to open in Voorhees, NJ, 2014
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/27/2014 New location to open in Centerville, UT, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/29/2014 New location to open in Lansdale, PA, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 1/29/2014 New location to open in Webster, TX, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 2/9/2014 New location to open in Riverside, IL, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 2/19/2014 New location to open in Westborough, MA, 2014.
CHICK-FIL-A GA 2/24/2014 New location to open in Middleburg, FL, 2014.
CHILI'S GRILL & BAR TX 1/3/2014 New location to open in Covington, LA, 2014.
CHILI'S GRILL & BAR TX 1/6/2014 New location to open in Wellington, FL, 2013.
CHILI'S GRILL & BAR TX 1/9/2014 New location to open in Anchorage, AK, 2014.
CHILI'S GRILL & BAR TX 1/27/2014 New location to open in Pooler, GA, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/2/2014 New location to open in Torrance, CA, 2013.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/3/2014 New location to open in Knoxville, TN, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/3/2014 New location to open in Brooklyn, NY, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/3/2014 New location to open in Indianapolis, IN, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/10/2014 New location to open in Gastoria, NC, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/15/2014 New location to open in West Orange, NJ, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/15/2014 New location to open in Vacaville, CA, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/22/2014 New location to open in Torrance, CA, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/27/2014 New location to open in Pittsburgh, PA, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/27/2014 New location to open in Durham, NC, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/27/2014 New location to open in Tulsa, OK, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 1/29/2014 New location to open in Baytown, TX, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/3/2014 New location to open in Prattville, AL, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/3/2014 New location to open in Cedar Rapids, IA, 2014
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/4/2014 New location to open in New York, NY, 2014
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/5/2014 New location to open in Indianapolis, IN, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/19/2014 New location to open in San Diego, CA, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/20/2014 New location to open in Granada Hills, CA, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/20/2014 New location to open in Las Veags, NV, 2014.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL CO 2/24/2014 New location to open in Saint Augustine, FL, 2014.
CHOP'T CREATIVE SALAD COMPANY NY 2/15/2014 New location to open in New York, NY, 2014.
CHUCK E CHEESE'S TX 1/6/2014 New location to open in Pompano Beach, FL, 2013.
CHUCK E CHEESE'S TX 1/6/2014 New location to open in Port Orange, FL, 2013.
CHUCK E CHEESE'S TX 2/10/2014 New location to open in West Palm Beach, FL, 2014.
CHUCK E CHEESE'S TX 2/17/2014 New location to open in Little Rock AR, 2014.
CHUCK E CHEESE'S TX 2/17/2014 New location to open in Oklahoma City, OK, 2014.
CHURCH'S CHICKEN GA 1/20/2014 New location to open in Charlotte, NC, 2014.
CHURCH'S CHICKEN GA 2/17/2014 New location to open in Little Rock, AR, 2014.
CHUY'S TX 1/27/2014 New location to open in Orlando, FL, 2014.
CHUY'S TX 2/17/2014 New location to open in Orlando, FL, 2014.
CICI'S PIZZA TX 1/8/2014 New location to open in Houston, TX, 2014.
CICI'S PIZZA TX 2/10/2014 New location to open in Joplin, MO, 2014.
CODY'S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE FL 2/24/2014 New location to open in Tampa, FL, 2014.
COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF CA 1/9/2014 New location to open in Santa Clara, CA, 2013.
COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF CA 2/3/2014 New location to open in Santa Monica, CA, 2014.
COOK OUT NC 1/3/2014 New location to open in Milledgeville, GA, 2014.
COOK OUT NC 1/3/2014 New location to open in Richmond, KY, 2014.
COSTA VIDA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL UT 1/22/2014 New location to open in Reno, NV, 2014.
COUNTER BURGER CA 2/10/2014 New location to open in Aventura, FL, 2014.
CROWN FRIED CHICKEN NY 1/24/2014 New location to open in Brooklyn, NY, 2014.
DAIRY QUEEN MN 1/6/2014 New location to open in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2013.
DAIRY QUEEN MN 2/3/2014 New location to open in Lafayette, LA, 2014.
DAIRY QUEEN MN 2/3/2014 New location to open in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 2014.
DAIRY QUEEN MN 2/24/2014 New location to open in Sanford, NC, 2014.
DAVE & BUSTER'S TX 1/2/2014 New location to open in Livonia, MI, 2013.
DEL TACO CA 1/22/2014 New location to open in Grand Junction, CO, 2014.
DENNY'S SC 1/8/2014 New location to open in Jacksonville, TX, 2014.
DENNY'S SC 1/29/2014 New location to open in Rochester, MN, 2014.
DICKEY'S BBQ PIT TX 1/9/2014 New location to open in Kent, WA, 2014.
DICKEY'S BBQ PIT TX 2/5/2014 New location to open in Falls City, NE, 2014.
DICKEY'S BBQ PIT TX 2/9/2014 New location to open in Kent, WA, 2014.
DICKEY'S BBQ PIT TX 2/19/2014 New location to open in Vernon, TX, 2014.
DICKEY'S BBQ PIT TX 2/24/2014 New location to open in Northport, AL, 2014.
DICK'S LAST RESORT TN 1/3/2014 New location to open in San Francisco, CA, 2014.

 

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January 6, 2014

See the new Top 20 lists of growing restaurant chain companies.

Top 20, click here.

In order to be on the Top 20 list companies must have more than 50 units.

December 16, 2013

New openings and chain developments continue opening at a similar count regarding type and style as they have for the previous 8 years. However, there has been a slow evolve back towards full service sit-down restaurants. Lately QSR openings are  63/37 compared to full service sit-down restaurants opening each week in the US.  Multi-unit openings are 77/23 QSR/Sit down.

 

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April 19, 2013

New restaurant chain growth in the frozen yogurt category has hit new heights. We believe it's driven by the $5 trend that began (and has remained) in 2007. Three chains have grown to more than 200 operating units each. We will be announcing those companies shortly.

February 19, 2013

Restaurants are continuing their crusade in blurring the lines between food consumed inside the home versus outside as supermarket food costs continue to spiral upward. Openings of casual and fast casual units are displaying abnormal regional growth in regions such as NY, MO and VA.

Other symptoms are displayed in regional menu variation with an "up-classing" of menus items in casual and even quick service restaurants. Those that used to serve chicken finger centric menus are now serving smoked salmon and exotic dishes with nouveau names.

January 15, 2013

The new year brings continued growth of fast casual and QSR as dominant sector leaders. On the other hand family/casual and upscale sectors have experienced a rebound and now count for 25-30% of rapid, recent growers. Prior three years percentages were in the mid teens. 

 

October 16, 2012


Next week we will be publishing the latest Top 10 list. The restaurant landscape is much the same as fast casual dominates the landscape in continuum. A couple of casual restaurant growers are proving that good food at a reasonable price with friendly table service still works: The Greene Turtle and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. They have increased unit growth consistently over the past three years and are experiencing rapid expansion.

 

 April 17, 2012


We recently released our latest TOP growing restaurant chain list of companies with between 50-100 units. Typically our list is comprised of 20 companies. There were 10 companies in the preceding quarter who fit the parameters. Chain growth has slowed in the past 6-8 months for companies of this unit count size.

March 19, 2012

Growth remains strong in QSR and fast casual restaurant activity. Family/Casual restaurant chains are still maintaining counts of locations. New independent openings have recently displayed some new growth in cafes with more highly regarded food and food service.

So far overall counts of new activity is the same as last year within 1-2%. Contrary to widely published research calls regarding the casual sector, casual store chain locations remain in business and are improving.

January 25, 2012

We are forecasting the following for this year:


1) The number of food outlets will remain steady for another year. Type and style of growers in staunchly in the QSR/Quick Casual sector. Casual and upscale development of new restaurants will total less than 10%.

2) Technology will continue to improve operations. We expect rapid adaption of FOH technology services that lean towards customer interaction tools such as electronic menus, self and waiter assisted POS systems and improved feedback tools for management.

3) Customer service at chef driven restaurants is on red alert.

4) Snacks as meals continue. Food items/meals between $3-$8 will continue to be the common denominator pricing range.

January 3, 2012

Legal filings of new restaurant openings had a good end of year finish with a 3% increase over last year. We will be displaying our full list of predictions for 2012 and the results of last years predictions next week. As for the current state in the industry, we anticipate little change regarding type and style of foodservice operations that are growing and succeeding.

A sneak peek into two of our predictions from our list are: 1) Low cost menu item outlets combined with speed of service and genuine (customer concern) touches will continue to win. 2) The key word of the survivors is "culture."

October 6, 2011

Restaurant multi-unit operators in the lower per person check range continue to thrive. Growth marches on in this segment as low check averages collide with super market costs regarding day-part meal consumption. The few upscale and family/casual sector restaurants who are growing or maintaining year over year average unit volume continue to push FOH service as their vehicle to retain customers. Franchisors in the QSR and quick/casual sector continue to enjoy strong unit growth.

 

Additionally online ordering has made strides in relation to the Monday-Friday, 7AM-midnight office market helping their customers manage meal allowances. All in all, new filings and growth continues. We continue to see almost no discernible difference in new activity during the entirety of the recession period.

 

June 2, 2011

New restaurant filings have improved and increased in net numbers in the first six months of 2011 vs. 2010. Percentage increases are nearing 4% overall. The type and style of new openings continue to mirror the prior three years. $3-$8 per person check average foodservice outlets are the concrete standard of rapid growers. However late to the current call of today's business climate, other restaurant research firms in recent months have been echoing this fact we began to display in June of 2008. We see no reason to believe the majority of type and style regarding new openings will change into 2012.

March 11, 2011

New BBQ restaurant openings grew by 10% in 2010 and are currently tracking a 20% increase in 2011 from 2010. Watch for continued development in this cuisine type as multi-unit operators emulate their efforts.

February 08, 2011

In the prior year restaurants grew at an overall rate of 1.01% according to new opening data. There was a 12% greater number of single-unit independent openings versus chain openings. Currently QSR remain the dominant category of growth.

November 23, 2010

Drinkable food and juice chains are hot as check averages have hit bottom. Companies who are replicating units are in the sub $5 PPA. A large percentage of chains who are expanding are juice or yogurt based. Our recent November Top 20 list and other recent Top 20 lists reveal this certain trend. All in all, restaurants have continued to open in similar amounts as in the past five years.

 

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