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Thirsty Lion makes the FSR Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Brands!  

The Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Brands

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Performance and potential earned restaurants a spot among this year’s FSR 50—that, and the fact that each has a portfolio of fewer than 50 units. We’re talking emergent chains, those that have a growing presence and a penchant for progress, be it defined as menu innovation, sales growth, brand expansion, or community support. You’ll discover regional brands that have been around for decades, like Elmer’s, which opened in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, and has given birth to a new concept that it plans to develop in the Southwest. Along with brands like Snooze, which got its start just 11 years ago but has already awakened the Denver region to a heightened appreciation for polished breakfast service and exceptionally sustainable processes. For performance metrics, look to the chart on Pages 48 to 49, which details total company sales, average unit volume, number of units, and areas of operation for each of the FSR 50 brands.




Opening 2019: GrandScape - The Colony, TX
Slated to open in Summer 2019, Thirsty Lion will join a variety of unique restaurants, an outdoor amphitheater, a convention center, a hotel and spa, and more. When completed, Grandscape will stretch across 400 acres, and will boast 3.9 million square feet of retail, entertainment, dining and attractions.


Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill Announces Texas Expansion
June 2016, FSR Magazine

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill announced its plan of expansion into the Texas market over the next three years. The emerging regional gastropub based in Portland, Oregon, will open its first Lone Star State location in the Dallas/Forth Worth market in 2017. Plans to expand with an additional eight locations through 2018 and 2019 in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio are also in the works.

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Thirsty Lion Opens Second Colorado Location in Cherry Creek
May 2016, Dining Out Denver

Thirsty Lion is just what Cherry Creek has been missing. Its dark interior, open kitchen, and long, beautiful bar are a dream for anyone seeking something a little different in the CC area, or just a great place to watch the game. And premium finishings like all-wood-everything and plush seating make it feel grand without losing its casual edge.

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Portland's Thirsty Lion empire continues to roll with 2nd Arizona opening
September 2014, Portland Business Journal

The Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill franchise, which counts Portland as its launching base, continues to expand in the West.  Thirsty Lion is opening a second Arizona spot, in the Scottsdale Fashion Square.

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View cooking segments featuring Thirsty Lion chefs making seasonal dishes on local NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates.   

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