Houlihan’s remodels emphasize individuality

January 20, 2017

HRI Inc. is updating its Houlihan’s brand with two recent remodels, and is eyeing growth for its J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steakhouse concept, CEO Mike Archer said this week.

Archer, who partnered with private-equity firm York Capital Management to buy the 90-unit Kansas City, Mo.-based company in late 2015, said both brands occupy strong positions in their segments.

Houlihan’s CEO Mike Archer. Photo: Houlihan’s

“We really stopped to take a hard look at where we fit into the competitive environment and where our role was in casual dining,” Archer told Nation’s Restaurant News Wednesday. “My family and I have been customers