About - Bar Louie

Jill Szymanski, Director of Franchise & Real Estate
4550 Beltway Drive | Addison, Illinois, 75001

Bar Louie presents a collection of 109 local social, casual gathering spots neighborhood bars and eateries that feature hand-crafted cocktails, spirits and delectable food in an inviting, urban atmosphere. Each Bar Louie has a modern, relaxed vibe that expresses the brands identity, but no two locations are alike.

Some are a cozy 4,000 square feet, while another boasts a roomy 11,000 square feet, with many other locations somewhere between. Layouts vary, as do local food and drink specials.

Each individual Bar Louie contains its own set of diverse characteristics, yet we offer operational systems and a roadmap to set up franchisees for success, said Bar Louie CEO John Neitzel. Our franchisees experience the best of both worlds they benefit from proven operating systems and home office support, but also have the flexibility to cater to the local neighborhood flavor.

While the unfranchise gains momentum with multi-unit operators seeking to expand their traditional restaurant portfolios with something different, Bar Louie continues to grow at a pace of about 20 corporate-owned locations per year and a goal of 30 new franchises. Each Bar Louie creates, on average, 75-100 jobs.

Last years system wide sales were at $237 million.

Founded in Chicagos River North neighborhood in 1991, Bar Louie emerged from local restaurants and sandwich shops opened by its founders, Ted Kasmir and Roger Greenfield. When Bar Louie was first established, its two founders set out with a goal to continue the tradition of these shops while also giving local residents dining and beverage options for each part of the day.

The Louie sandwich was a staple of the early restaurants and is still served at Bar Louie establishments across the country. In 2010 Bar Louie was purchased by Sun Capital, helping the brand to build infrastructure to grow in new neighborhoods.

Eat. Drink. Be Happy.



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