Growth Chains: Thirsty Lion

Growth Chains: Thirsty Lion

Oregon pub concept leverages global menu strategy for national growth

As casual-dining chains across the country work to plump up alcohol sales, John Plew is moving out with a new pub concept that he hopes will soon be nipping at the heels of such top bar operators as BJ’s Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings and Yard House.


The Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill is a two-unit upscale “global pub” in Portland, Ore., with two more locations set to open in Arizona by 2012 and two units planned for Seattle within three years.


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