14 Restaurant Chains Ready for Lift-Off in 2018

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Raymond Griffin hardly expected this when he opened his 15-seat, 850-square-foot restaurant in Frisco, Colorado. Griffin left a six-figure job in Lafitte, Louisiana, a town about 25 miles south of New Orleans, and began road tripping to Durango, Colorado. He only made it Frisco, a city that averages 175 inches of snow a year. Griffin stuck around and opened his Cajun restaurant in 2010 without any real experience. It was a quick hit. And the ability to figure out a way to make gumbo travel has been key. In November, The Lost Cajun announced new ownership for Texas locations in Midland and Odessa. The restaurants will be owned and operated by Blaine and Lori Law, who less than four months ago signed a development agreement for a total of five restaurants throughout west Houston. This new agreement brings the couples’ total commitment to seven stores. New agreements across Texas have been popping up all year, everywhere from San Antonio to Houston. Its first metro Denver location was announced last November. There are currently 12 stores open in four states (Colorado, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) with six more units coming soon. The goal back in 2016 was to hit the 50 mark by 2021. “When I opened this store I didn’t know what food cost was. I didn’t know what labor cost was. I didn’t know anything about operating a restaurant,” he says. “The only things I knew was how to produce good food and how to give great service. Those two things right there I truly believe with all my heart if you do those two things first, all the other things will fall in place,” Griffin said.

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