Jan. 9, 2017
Johnny Rockets recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by entering its 30th country — Paraguay.
"2016 was a monumental year for Johnny Rockets," James Walker, president of operations and development said in a company press release. "Not only did we open in our 30th country, 2016 marked milestones of the most stores opened in one year and the most restaurants operating at one time in the history of the brand. We kicked off the year with a brand refresh that resonated strongly with our fans as well as our franchisees. Our growth is set to continue into 2017, with plans to open 60 new restaurants this year."
A key opening for 2017 will be Johnny Rockets’ first restaurant in Australia, set to open in June in Gold Coast, Queensland. Part of the brand’s recent partnership with JR Restaurants Australia Pty Ltd, to expand the brand’s footprint in Australia, includes 100 new locations in Australia and New Zealand.
All restaurants will reflect the new Johnny Rockets 2.0 technology, including self-ordering kiosks, high-efficiency kitchen equipment and table top ordering and payment systems, allowing the restaurants to offer guests the same quality Johnny Rockets food and experience at faster speeds, according to the release.
Heading into 2017, Johnny Rockets plans to open more than 60 restaurants, strengthening its current presence across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Walker said.
Johnny Rockets’ franchise partners operate more than 175 restaurants outside the U.S., and the brand plans to continue its expansion in 2017.
Walker will speak more about the brand's expansion plans at this year's Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, March 28-30 in London. Registration is now open.