Johnny Rockets Pitches to Entrepreneurs

Hamburger and chocolate shake, anyone?

The Johnny Rockets retro-style restaurant chain hosted a franchise presentation at the Tysons Corner Marriott on Wednesday for local entrepeneurs looking to learn more about the restaurant chain.

Johnny Rockets, which is owned by a private-equity firm under Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, is looking to increase the number of its restaurants in the Washington region from 10 to 24.

Silver Spring businessman Tony Sloan, left, chats with Johnny Rockets President Lee Sanders at the Tysons Corner Marriott on Wednesday.

About 20 would-be franchisees including Tony Sloan heard a presentation from the Johnny Rockets' team, which included Les Tarrance, an owner of three Johnny Rockets in Houston.

"I am considering it as an expansion, to do something else in the restaurant industry," said Sloan, 49, who owns a Subway franchise in Silver Spring.

And what did Sloan think?

"I was impressed," said Sloan. "I had done some research on the background of Johnny Rockets, and being a Washingtonian and knowing Snyder and what he has done with the 'Skins, I didn't expect anything less."

Johnny Rockets CEO Lee Sanders, who was hired by Snyder, plans an aggressive growth plan to triple Johnny Rockets' national presence to 1,000 locations. Currently, Johnny Rockets has 220 restaurants operating in 29 states and seven countries.

By Terri Rupar  |  August 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Retail
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