Bennigan’s is looking to ramp up in Texas, and it has tapped Daniel Harris, senior vice president of Henry S. Miller Brokerage’s retail division, to exclusively represent it in the state. The casual dining chain is looking for a flagship restaurant and training facility space in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as restaurant sites in major Texas markets.
Plans call for up to 10 eateries each in Dallas and Houston, five each in San Antonio and Austin, and single restaurants in secondary markets throughout Texas.
Bennigan’s, which goes for an Irish pub ambiance, was the brainchild of casual-dining pioneer Norman Brinker. The chain’s parent, S&A Restaurant Corp., filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2008 and later was acquired by Bennigan’s Franchising Co. Paul Mangiamele was named CEO of the company this past spring.
Its new restaurant prototype made its debut last November in Wisconsin. The new stores in Texas will follow the same, smaller format, which are designed to be flexible and fit different site options, from end-caps and in-line spaces to free-standing pad sites. According to a press release, the company also is developing a fast-casual “Bennigan’s On the Fly” format for airports, colleges, and other non-traditional locations.
“Henry S. Miller is a first class company that will help us reintroduce Bennigan’s throughout the state where it all began 35 years ago,” said Mangiamele in a statement.
Harris is searching for a 4,000- to 6,000-square-foot sites in middle- to upper-income urban and suburban areas. Locally, he’s looking in North Dallas, Addison, Plano, and Las Colinas submarkets for the flagship restaurant and training facility, which the company aims to open during the fourth quarter of 2011.
Here are photos of the Bennigan’s prototype introduced in November 2010 in Appleton, Wisc. Click on photos for larger images.