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Red Robin Founder Plans 20 Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que Openings

Red Robin founder plans 20 Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que openings before going global

It took Gerry Kingen about a decade, but he is on his way to building a second national restaurant chain.  Kingen, who created Seattle-based restaurant chain Salty’s and founded Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, on Friday opened a Kent headquarters and central kitchen for Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que. He opened the West Seattle Pecos restaurant in 2016 and plans to open 19 to 24 more locations in the Northwest that he expects will bring in about $40 million a year in sales.  After the Northwest is the U.S. and then the world, Kingen said.  If anyone can execute such an ambitious growth plan, it is probably Kingen. He created the Red Robin chain after buying the original Seattle Red Robin tavern in 1969. He took that brand around the country…..read more