Show-Me’s is a chain of traditional casual-dining restaurants that promotes itself as a sports-focused wing, burger and seafood establishment, and features friendly waitresses wearing midriff-baring tank tops and tight black short shorts. The concept is operated by Show-Me’s Franchises Inc. Ron Cote opened the first Show-Me’s in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis in 1990. Cote developed the Show-Me’s concept—a play on Missouri’s nickname as the “Show Me” State—for the St. Louis area. Ten months later, a second unit opened on the Missouri side of the border in St. Louis. A franchising program was developed a few years later and continues to be the concept’s primary growth vehicle. Show-Me’s is open for lunch and dinner, offering a menu of starters, soups, salads, pizza, wings, ribs, sandwiches, seafood and chicken entrees.

LocationCarbondale, Ill.
2011 Systemwide Sales ($000)$25,800,000*
YOY Sales Change7.5%
2011 U.S. Units17
2011 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,660,000
Future 50 Year2012

*Technomic estimate

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