Bar Louie Announces U.S. Expansion Plans

Nov 05, 2012, 15:12 ET from Bar Louie

ADDISON, Texas, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bar Louie, the eclectic bar and restaurant made famous for its handcrafted signature martinis, announced today they will be increasing the rate of growth by expanding rapidly in the U.S. in 2013 and beyond. Growth of 20+ locations will come from a combination of company units and franchise territories, according to CEO, John Neitzel. These new locations will complement the 17 units added in 2011.


Founded in 1991, in Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood Bar Louie expanded throughout the Chicago area becoming a neighborhood favorite for its comfortable urban environment and delicious menu served until last call. Given the strong demand for a unique neighborhood bar and restaurant, Bar Louie has expanded to markets nationwide including Austin, Tampa, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.

The chain that hates to be called a chain will not compromise the individuality of their units as they continue to grow. "No two Bar Louie's are the same, they each have their own unique local architectural touches and personality, while maintaining a familiar look and feel," says Neitzel. "We will continue to seek second generation spaces and avoid a standard prototype."

As part of their growth and development plans, Bar Louie is pleased to announce the addition of P.J. Evans as Vice President of Franchise Development. Evans has more than 30 years experience running franchise development for some of the country's best restaurant brands, including Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Corner Bakery and most recently Go Roma. "P.J. brings a wealth of experience to our development team," says Neitzel. "We're elated for him to launch and manage growth in our franchise territories."

Bar Louie is dedicated to remaining a local bar that delivers unforgettable experiences to every guest. Whether gathering with friends or unwinding with a cocktail, Bar Louie guests have come to expect remarkable service and reliable experiences that keep them coming back over and over again. Bar Louie features an exceptional selection of freshly prepared menu items such as small plates, salads, sandwiches, burgers and large plates. While beer and wine connoisseurs will be impressed with the extensive selection of imports, microbrews and over 20 wines by the glass, cocktail drinkers will revel in signature martinis, mojitos and margaritas made from the highest quality ingredients, fresh fruit and hand squeezed juices.

For more information regarding franchise opportunities please contact, P.J. Evans at For more information about Bar Louie visit

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