7 Rapidly-Expanding Restaurant Groups And Brands

You've probably seen enough episodes of "Kitchen Nightmares" to know that making it in the restaurant world isn't easy. But there are a few success stories out there, and these brands show that with a commitment to great food and service, the marketplace is wide open. Whether you're looking for a reliable place to take the in-laws to eat or considering investing in a franchise, don't make a move without checking out these trustworthy options. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

7 Restaurant Brands and Groups You'll Be Seeing More of Soon

Name Notable Eateries
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Columbus, Ohio staples like The Guild House and The Barn At Rocky Fork Creek
Browns Restaurant Group Canadian franchises such as Browns Social House and Liberty Kitchen
Max Restaurant Group Connecticut and Massachusetts locations including Max Downtown and Max A Mia
CaliBurger Upscale fast food throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia
Lemonade Fresh salads, sandwiches, and sweet drinks that have caused a sensation across California
Roy Rogers Classic American food and a family-friendly atmosphere all over the East Coast
Bamboo Sushi Sustainable sushi restaurant from Portland that has expanded to major cities across the Western United States

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In Depth

The food industry is competitive. But when things work out, the business can be very profitable. That's one reason new restaurant chains always seem to be coming and going. This list, presented in no particular order, looks at seven restaurant groups and brands that are on the rise.

#1 on the list is Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, based in Columbus, Ohio. The company's eponymous founder began his career at the 55 Restaurant Group before setting out on his own in 1993. Since the opening of that first hometown American Bistro, the group has expanded to more than 30 restaurants in 10-plus states, while remaining independent and privately held.

Restaurant concepts include The Avenue Steakhouse, an all-occasion tavern with two Ohio locations. Martini Modern Italian blends contemporary trends with classic old country styles. The Guild House, based in Columbus, is an artisan eatery featuring creative American cuisine. Among C.M.R.'s other holdings number catering outfits, California fare, diner-style comfort food, and an Asian bistro.

Among C.M.R.'s other holdings number catering outfits, California fare, diner-style comfort food, and an Asian bistro.

At #2, Browns Restaurant Group is a Vancouver-based franchisor that currently has over 60 restaurant locations in Canada, as well as a couple in the Western United States. Wholly owned by entrepreneur Scott Morison, B.R.G.'s central offices employ more than 40 people, and manage four franchise brands.

With locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, Browns Social House, a bar and restaurant, is the primary brand of the group. Liberty kitchen is a chain of neighborhood dining eateries. The Browns Crafthouse line offers locally focused menus and a casual atmosphere. Scotty Browns represents B.R.G. in the United States.

The #3 entry is Max Restaurant Group, which maintains 10-plus distinct and independent restaurants as well as a respected catering company, all based in the Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts areas. The company boasts an uncompromising commitment to quality, service, style, and cuisine.

The company boasts an uncompromising commitment to quality, service, style, and cuisine.

Max Downtown, a flagship central Hartford outlet, offers a classic fine dining menu set against a modern, relaxed atmosphere. Trumbull Kitchen is the group's trendiest, most stylish location. Max a Mia provides a casual Italian bistro experience. Visitors to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield can dine at Max's Tavern.

For #4, we've got Caliburger. With locations on the West and East Coasts, as well as Canada, Mexico, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, this elevated fast food chain puts a priority on freshness. The signature burgers are always made with 100% beef, and ground to exacting standards.

Modeled on the famed In-N-Out Burger, the menu features the signature burgers, a variety of chicken sandwiches, french fries, and milkshakes, which can be ordered with alcohol at select locations. Outlets feature games, like Hashtag Blitz, and some host watch parties for sports fans.

Outlets feature games, like Hashtag Blitz, and some host watch parties for sports fans.

#5 is Lemonade. This growing California-based chain was founded in West Hollywood in 2008 and now has locations up and down the state. These restaurants are built around the simple allure of beautifully-prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades.

The menu changes seasonally, but each of these fast-casual locations makes a point of showcasing vibrant vegetables in a fun, creative way. In addition, they feature proteins, served fresh and adorned with simple seasoning. Alongside the grab-and-go restaurant outlets, Lemonade offers catering, with seasonal options, like holiday menus, as well as a set of picnic meals.

#6: Roy Rogers, a fast food chain in operation since 1968 that has a loyal following throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Though the company changed hands a few times over the past five decades, becoming somewhat scarce in the process, the concept was rebooted in the early 2000s, and has been expanding in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia ever since.

Though the company changed hands a few times over the past five decades, becoming somewhat scarce in the process, the concept was rebooted in the early 2000s, and has been expanding in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia ever since.

In its offerings, Roy Rogers focuses on the so-called big three: hamburgers, chicken and roast beef. In keeping with its cowboy theme, the brand is famous for its Fixin's Bar, which houses an unusually large variety of condiments. Sides include baked apples, fruit cups, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and side salads, among other options.

Concluding the list at #7, we've got Bamboo Sushi, which pledges to serve sustainably-caught, humanely-raised, and naturally-grown food, without compromise. It is the world's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant, taking seriously its mission to change the way people eat, hoping to inspire a shift within the restaurant industry and beyond.

Each Bamboo Sushi location serves a menu of signature sushi rolls, traditional nigiri, and Japanese-inspired plates to share. The restaurants showcase a full cocktail program as well as an exciting selection of Japanese rice wine. There are outlets in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, the Rocky Mountains, and Southwest.