Ground Round prototype
A rendering of the new prototype to debut in Waconia, Minn.

Ground Round pursues aggressive growth, overhaul

President and CEO Jack Crawford said the brand will begin to open in nontraditional locations.

Nearly 10 years after being purchased out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by its franchisees, casual-dining chain Ground Round once again is plotting a growth trajectory that could boost its unit count by almost 50 percent over the next several years.

The 27-unit chain also is rolling out a new prototype, as well as a smaller sports-themed concept, that will allow it to open in nontraditional sites, according to Jack Crawford, president and chief executive of the Freeport, Maine-based

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