March 20, 2013 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Twin Peaks Restaurants today announced the ultimate man-cave sports restaurant has awarded it’s second largest franchise commitment to expand its presence into Southern Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio with 16 stores.
GT Hospitality Restaurant, LLC, signed a 16-store agreement to develop Twin Peaks throughout the Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati areas over the next seven years.
With 31 locations open in 15 states, Twin Peaks is a sports restaurant known for its rugged mountain lodge atmosphere, homemade comfort food, 29-degree draft beer, high-definition televisions and – its signature assets – the Twin Peaks Girls.
The GT Hospitality group is compromised of a team of skilled entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, including Aaron Plaunty and Frank Chopski, who combined have more than 35 years of experience in business management and restaurant operations. Chopski, who will be responsible for the restaurants’ operations and management, previously spent 20+ years in corporate management at Hooters and most recently oversaw development of fast casual startup Frankie Boy’s in Charlotte, N.C.
“Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio are completely untapped for Twin Peaks,” said Plaunty, the group’s spokesperson. “Guests are hungry for a fresh, updated sports restaurant with great food and an exceptional experience, and this is exactly what Twin Peaks brings to the table.”
The GT Hospitality team is currently scouting sites in Norfolk and Louisville for its first Twin Peaks location, and plans to open by the end of the year.
“We’ve been big fans of the Twin Peaks brand for the past few years and once the opportunity came around, we jumped at it,” added Plaunty. “The concept has it all, from the awesome menu to the emphasis on super cold beer, and most importantly, the energetic atmosphere and amazing service provided by the Twin Peaks Girls. Twin Peaks is well on its way to being a new household name throughout the East and we are excited to be a part of that growth.”
More information on Twin Peaks, including locations and franchise information, is available at www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com.
Founded in 2005 in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville by successful restaurant veterans Randy DeWitt and Scott Gordon to meet the needs of an untapped market, Twin Peaks features quality food and ice cold draft beer served by friendly and attractive Twin Peaks Girls in a mountain sports lodge setting. Twin Peaks was named a "2010 Hot Concept!" by Nation's Restaurant News and among Restaurant Business magazine’s 2011 “Future 50” concepts and 2013’s Top “Social Media 50” brands. The national chain has more than 30 locations throughout Arizona, Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
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