In the highly competitive casual-dining space, Bar Louie has hit a home run by making the brand appear and feel like a stand-alone local spot. The Addison, Texas-based concept, owned by Sun Capital Partners, has grown to 68 units since 1990 by turning second-generation spaces into neighborhood bar-eateries. John Neitzel, chief executive of BL Restaurant Operations LLC, said, “The majority of our new spaces are second-generation restaurant conversions, which allows us to ...

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