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Booming restaurant franchise growth evident in Huddle House expansion

Part of Huddle House's appeal is its recently updated menu and new Evolutions store design, which gives the restaurant a fresher, more contemporary look. The new store design accommodates more guests, helping to generate higher sales numbers than older designs. It features an open kitchen, inviting more interaction with customers, who love to watch their meals being made fresh-to-order. The menu of home style dishes includes breakfast classics; burgers, fries and milkshakes; and favorite entrees such as chopped steak dinners and country-fried steak.

Huddle House was founded in 1964 in Decatur, Ga., as a place for the community to gather and "huddle up" for a great meal. With its branded Southern hospitality and 24-hour service that offers any meal, any time, Huddle House franchises work anywhere. The company has locations in travel centers and convenience sites as well as large metropolitan markets — but its focus is small towns and mid-sized markets that other brands tend to pass up. Huddle House thrives in place where there's a lot of demand for full-service dining but little competition. As one of the least expensive breakfast franchises to own, Huddle House is highly ranked by the SBA, making it easier for franchisees to get business loans.

Huddle House, with 400-plus units nationwide, signed deals for eight new restaurants in Georgia, Alabama and Illinois and is looking to expand further.