As of Mar 29, 2017, the company operated 172 restaurants in the US, and franchisees operated 1,559 restaurants in the US and 11 foreign countries.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 50 restaurants and closed 27 restaurants, systemwide. During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company opened 8 restaurants and closed 10 restaurants, systemwide. The company expects 45 to 50 new restaurant openings, with net restaurant growth of 10 to 20 restaurants in fiscal 2017.

At year-end, the company owned 93 properties, including 57 restaurants operated by franchisees, and leased 370 properties, including 237 restaurants operated by franchisees.

Most restaurants are free-standing facilities with property sizes averaging approximately 1 acre and restaurant buildings between 3,800 - 5,000 square feet, with accommodations for 110-170 guests. In late 2013, the company launched a remodeling campaign in which the new "Heritage" image reflects a more contemporary diner feel.

TTM20162015201420132012
Company-operated restaurants172169164161163164
Company-operated restaurant growth6.2%3.0%1.9%-1.2%-0.6%-20.4%
Franchised restaurants1,5591,5641,5461,5411,5371,524
Franchised restaurant growth0.5%1.2%0.3%0.3%0.9%3.0%
Systemwide restaurants1,7311,7331,7101,7021,7001,688
Systemwide restaurant growth1.1%1.3%0.5%0.1%0.7%0.2%
Avg restaurant gross sq ft4,5004,5004,5004,5004,5004,500
Avg restaurant gross sq ft growth0.1%-0.0%0.0%-0.0%-0.0%-0.4%