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Brick House Tavern + Tap

Sales: $51.5 million (+10.8%)
Headquarters: Houston
Market segment: Casual Dining
No. of units: 15 (–6.3%)
ESPU: $3.3 million (+3.6%)
Year founded: 2008

Ignite Restaurant Group Inc.’s upscale-casual brand began as a concept the company used for shuttered locations of its Joe’s Crab Shack chain. But Brick House Tavern + Tap, which sports gastropub-meets-man-cave decor, is poised to grow in its own right.  The chain will compete for growth with concepts like Twin Peaks and The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery as well as more traditional casual-dining concepts.

A major Brick House initiative is its focus on the bar, which is meant to drive traffic in between the lunch and dinner dayparts as well as during the late-night period. Its menu also provides for visits at off-peak dayparts, as snacks like sliders and soft pretzels share space with brick-oven pizzas and shareable meatballs. Executives have said that Ignite, which also acquired Romano’s Macaroni Grill and its franchising operation this year, plans to begin franchising Brick House soon.

Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet

Sales: $38.2 million (+5.2%)
Headquarters: Marietta, Ga.
Market segment: Pizza
No. of units: 47 (+4.4%)
ESPU: $830,400 (–2.8%)
Year founded: 1996

Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet is a buffet concept that distinguishes itself from the crowd by showcasing such unique pizzas as Cheeseburger, Mac & Cheese, Loaded Baked Potato and Steak Taco. The brand also allows customers to make their own pizzas, capitalizing on the trend of meal customization. In March of last year, the brand launched whole-wheat crust as a way to appeal to health-conscious consumers. And with value continuing to play an important role for consumers, Stevi B’s places a strong emphasis on the value of its products: all-you-can-eat salads, bread sticks, pizzas and desserts.

Although the chain suffered a dip in estimated sales per unit last year, the company maintained top-line growth, increasing U.S. systemwide sales by more than 5 percent. The chain is currently in eight states and is actively franchising, seeking to add units in the coming years.

Owned by private equity firm Argonne Capital Group LLC, the brand also offers flexible dining options. Locations welcome kids’ birthday parties and also run Stevi B’s to go, a pick-up option.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: Aug. 23, 2013  A previous version of this story incorrectly state the name of Twin Peaks' parent company. It is Front Burner Restaurants Inc.