Captain D's Propels Franchise Expansion in Central Florida

Fast Casual Seafood Franchise Seeks Candidates to Open New Restaurants and Exhibits at Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Sept. 27-29

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2016 // PRNewswire // - Captain D's LLC, the leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today it has accelerated franchise development expansion in Central Florida. Mark Levis, senior director of franchise development for Captain D's, will be at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in Orlando from September 27-29 to meet with prospective franchisees. The company currently has 29 restaurants located throughout the state of Florida and is targeting theCentral Florida region to further expand its presence in the state.   

Captain D's aggressive growth plans for Central Florida are part of the brand's overall franchise development plans for this year. This expansion is further driving Captain D's ongoing success, with the second quarter of 2016 signifying the company's 19th consecutive quarter of system-wide growth, generating a 3.1 percent system-wide same store sales increase for franchisees. Fueling the company's compounding success is its ongoing menu innovation and new restaurant beach design. To date, 50 percent of all restaurants have been reimaged to the brand's new vibrant, coastal design, with another 50 locations to be remodeled by the end of this year. 

"Central Florida has proven to be a successful region for Captain D's, with existing restaurants in the area consistently performing well," said Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer for Captain D's. "There is tremendous potential to catapult our presence through franchise development, and we encourage qualified and experienced franchise candidates interested in joining a nationally recognized brand with a proven record of success to visit us during the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show."

Those interested in developing Captain D's restaurants are encouraged to contact Mark Levis, senior director of franchise development, at (615) 603-8373 to discuss opportunities. Levis will be at booth 1329 at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show on September 27-28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and September 29 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, located at 9899 International Drive. Additionally, Levis will be hosting a continental breakfast for candidates on September 29from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando located at 6001 Destination Parkway. Those interested in attending can RSVP by contacting Maria Huffstead at (615) 231-2067 or

With 513 restaurants in 21 states, Captain D's is the fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. The company is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand's rapid expansion. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit or call 800-550-4877.

About Captain D's

Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Captain D's has 513 restaurants in 21 states, plus military bases around the world. Captain D's is the nation's leading fast casual seafood restaurant and was named the #1 seafood chain in the QSR 50, ranked by AUV. Founded in 1969, Captain D's has been offering its customers high-quality seafood at reasonable prices in a welcoming atmosphere for more than 46 years. Captain D's serves a wide variety of seafood that includes freshly prepared entrees and the company's signature hand-battered fish, which is cooked to order. The restaurants also offer premium-quality, grilled items such as shrimp, and surf and turf, as well as hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, Southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite. For more information, please visit 

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