Among growth chains, lots of optimism

January 10, 2017

Time was, not all that long ago, the “private day” at the annual ICR investors conference was the forgotten part of the three-day event. Relatively few investors attended, choosing instead to use it as a travel day.

That certainly wasn’t the case Monday, when investors crowded the room, standing three rows deep in the back, to get a look at concepts like Blaze Pizza and Bobby’s Burger Palace, the latter of which was founded by the celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

These concepts not only got investors’ attention, they presented a far rosier picture of the restaurant operating environment than many