Q&A: Martin O'Dowd, Hurricane Grill & Wings

Q&A: Martin O'Dowd, Hurricane Grill & Wings

Exec discusses the challenges of rebuilding the brand's franchise system

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a 40-unit casual-dining chain, said it has signed seven new area developers who have agreed to open 233 franchised units over the next several years. However, because macroeconomic pressures and a tight lending environment persist, Hurricane’s growth prospects hinge on its management team’s ability to improve unit-level economics, said Martin O’Dowd, president of the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based brand.

The current management team has

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