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Mr. John Neitzel

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Bar Louie

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Bar Louie

4550 Beltway Drive

Addison, Texas 75001

United States

Company Description

Bar Louie, based in Addison, Texas, is a casual-dining restaurant and neighborhood bar located in the United States. Founded in 1990, Bar Louie has more than 99 locations across 25 states. The average unit volume for a Bar Louie is $2.5 million with an in ... more

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Employment History

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T.G.I. Friday


Board Member
Texas Restaurant Association


Bachelor of Science degree

The University of Texas

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"Each individual Bar Louie contains its ... [cached]

"Each individual Bar Louie contains its own set of diverse characteristics, yet we offer operational systems and a roadmap to set up franchisees for success," said Bar Louie CEO John Neitzel.

Bar Louie Salutes Veterans and Active Military with Free Entr´┐Że on Veterans Day and Offers 'Give [cached]

"Bar Louie is excited to help the people in our country who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting us," said John Neitzel, CEO of Bar Louie. "These individuals have given so much of themselves.

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Listen to the Bar Louie franchise interview with John Neitzel on Franchise Interviews with Host Marty McDermott on Blog Talk Radio while you are scrolling through this page.

We are meeting with John Neitzel, CEO of Bar Louie.
John: Thank you. Good to be here. Marty: Thank you John.
Marty: How is the weather there today John?
John: A little chilly but it is supposed to be in the 70s. It is supposed to be nice. Marty: Our listeners may not know it, but you have a very impressive background John.
John: I had the pleasure of growing up in the TGIFriday's system.
How is the Bar Louie experience different from your prior experiences John? John: You know it is pretty similar.
John: Yes, it is.
Marty: The old school model of franchising John is that a franchise in Portland, Oregon was really the same as a franchise in Portland, Maine; but Bar Louie is really taking a different approach when it comes to franchising.
John Neitzel CEO John: We have a huge guiding principal or really two: First and foremost is we want to remain local.
Marty: It makes a lot of sense John.
John: I don't know.
John: We think there are over 400 opportunities.
John: A typical Bar Louie is about between 6,000 and 7,000 square feet. In our current portfolio, we have our smallest Bar Louie at 2,400 square foot and our largest is 14,000. We have a ton of flexibility. I would say the vast majority are in the 6,000 to 7,000 square foot range. Marty: What types of characteristics do you look for in your franchisees John?
John: We like to have somebody that's been in the hospitality and/or retail industries. They don't necessarily have to have been in casual dining. We have a couple of our franchisees who own hotels and who have done a great job managing hotels and expanding within Bar Louie. We've got a couple of quick service franchisees who have demonstrated the ability to operate successful national brands and they kind of want to step up in terms of investment and sales and returns. So I would say people who have been experienced in the retail and/or hospitality industry is a big one for us. Marty: How does the training for new franchisees work John?
John: Yes. Training will happen and we have certified training locations. There is time spent here in the support center for a week. I would say it's different for the owners. For the owners, I would say it's a couple of weeks. If the owner is the operator, it could be six to eight weeks of training. Marty: For our listeners, how would you describe a typical day John as a franchisee?
John: You know it depends; I'll contrast.
John: I would say two things.
Marty: In following your career John, there must be something about this particular industry that you love because you've been doing it a long time.
John: I think that if you're an immediate gratification junkie, like most of us in the restaurant business are, this is the best place because guests and team members and investors will all tell you how you're doing very quickly so your ability to affect change is amazing.
Isn't it John?
John: It's interesting.
Marty: Where do you envision Bar Louie three to five years down the road John?
John: Not anywhere in the near term, no. So I think we've got enough to do to supply all of our energies in the next four to five years down the road. There could be a possibility, but in the near term we want to focus on the US.
Marty: What's the best way for our listeners John to get more information on Bar Louie and the franchise itself?
John: Yes.
Marty: I want to thank you again for coming on the show John.
John: I will take you up on that Marty and tell your wife I said hi and now you can take her to Bar Louie.
Marty: Thank you so much John for coming on the show.

Clients Testimonials | Deterministics [cached]

-- John Neitzel, CEO, Bar Louie

'It has been a real pleasure being in partnership with Deterministics over the last 6 years.

Bar Louie Inks Franchise Deal for Five Houston Locations | Business Wire [cached]

"This franchise agreement marks a significant milestone for Bar Louie as we continue to swiftly expand the brand throughout the country," said John Neitzel, Bar Louie CEO.

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