The slowdown “is essential to help us realize our organizational objectives, as it enables us to devote more time and resources to existing restaurants,” CEO Mark Mednansky said in a statement, noting that Del Frisco’s is currently working on a less expensive, more efficient prototype for future Grille units.
The new units will open in New York and Tennessee, the restaurant group said.
Comps at Del Frisco’s Grille continued to decline during Q4, falling 4.5 percent.
Same-store sales at the group’s Sullivan’s and Double Eagle brands slipped year over year as well, by 1.8 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.
Execs have said that although Del Frisco’s Grille is designed to be an approachable eatery, the concept suffers from misconceptions that it’s a pricey steakhouse.
Del Frisco’s shuttered two underperforming Grille units late last year: one in Palm Beach, Fla., and another in Phoenix.