In 1985, Harry Rose founded The Rose Group with the purchase of five Roy Roger’s restaurants from the Marriott Corporation. By late 1985, the Company purchased an additional two Roy Roger’s and built two additional restaurants.
By the mid-nineties, The Rose Group was managing an additional eighty-four Roy Roger’s restaurants, along with owning and operating twelve Boston Market restaurants. By late 1996, the Boston Market units were sold to the Boston Market Corporation and the eighty-four Roy Roger’s were converted into Boston Market units.
By 1995, the Company started developing casual-dining atmosphere restaurants and opened its first Applebee’s restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. To-date, The Rose Group owns and operates fifty-eight Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The Company had also developed and sold twenty-three Einstein Bros Bagel restaurants.
In 2006, The Rose Group along with Doherty Enterprises also developed The Shannon Rose Irish Pub with three locations currently operating in New Jersey. With its 19 beers on tap, malt scotches, live bands and entertainment, The Shannon Rose creates an environment to make you feel you have stepped in a pub in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2007, The Rose Group became the first restaurant management company in the United States to franchise the Corner Bakery Cafe concept. The Company now owns and operates six Corner Bakery Cafe’s, with two in development for 2013.
In January of 2014 The Rose Group opened its seventh Corner Bakery Cafe, entering into NJ for the first time with this concept at Princeton Market Fair. The second NJ location will open in the spring at the Moorestown Mall.
2015 began with the opening of a new Corner Bakery Cafe at 38th & Market in Center City Philadelphia marking the 8th bakery unit for The Rose Group. A new Applebee’s at LaSalle University in Philadelphia and around the Whitemarsh Maryland area are in the planning stages with projected opening dates targeted sometime between the 2015 fourth and 2016 second quarters.
Headquartered in Newtown, PA, The Rose Group is the 45th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States by the Restaurant Finance Monitor in its 2015 Top 200 Restaurant Franchisees report and has over 5,000 employees.
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