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Ten Restaurant Chains to Watch

By October 13, 2008

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A sluggish economy isn’t stopping some restaurant chains from expanding. Restaurants & Institutions has put together a list of the top 10 restaurants chains to watch in the coming year. This diverse list includes a wide range of restaurant concepts, from frozen yogurt to artisan breads. According to R&I, each of these restaurant chains offer a unique dining experience coupled with excellent food and drink.

R&I Top Ten Chains to Watch

    1. YATS – Cajun-Creole menu with headquarters in Indianapolis. Currently has six locations, with 9 more in the works for the Chicago area.
    2. Bread & Company – Artisan breads and pastries with headquarters in Nashville, TN. Currently has four location with 16 more in the works, mainly in the southeastern United States.
    3. Red Mango – Frozen yogurt. A Korean chain that came stateside in 2007 and currently has 38 locations with plans to expand on both the East and West coasts and the Chicago area.
    4. Jimmy’ Egg – A full service breakfast and lunch chain. Headquarters in Okalahoma City with 13 locations and plans to three more planned to open by the end of 2008.
    5. Brixx- Pizza franchise with headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Currently has 12 units with plans for 50 -60 more units over the next five years.
    6. Boloco – A fast casual burrito concept. Headquarters in Boston, with 13 units and plans for three more by the end of 2008.
    7. Bumblefish – Neo Asian (have to look that one up) concept. Headquarters in Alexandria, VA with 12 locations and plans for in Philadelphia and Washington DC.
    8. Johnny’s Lunch – Focus on hot dogs. Seven units with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. Plans to expand more than 1000 more franchises over the next five years.
    9. Capriottis – A quick-service sandwich chain with headquarters in Las Vegas. Currently has 54 locations with plans to expand to 400 units over the next five years.
    10. Tilted Kilt – (The best name on this list, if you ask me) Has a focus on entertainment, mainly in the form of servers wearing kilts. Currently has 11 locations with headquarters in Tempe, Arizona and plans to expand to 50 units through 2009.

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