In 1985, Harry Rose founded The Rose Group with the purchase of five Roy Roger’s restaurants from Marriott Corporation. By late 1985, our company purchased two additional Roy Roger’s and built two more restaurants.
By 1995, we started developing casual-dining atmosphere restaurants and opened our first Applebee’s restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. To-date, The Rose Group owns and operates fifty-six Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
By the mid-nineties, The Rose Group managed eighty-four Roy Roger’s restaurants, along with owning and operating twelve Boston Market restaurants. In 1995 The Company had also developed and sold twenty-three Einstein Bros. Bagel 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.
In 2002 The Rose Group partnered with Doherty Enterprises to develop a chain of traditional Italian cuisine eateries known as Johnny Carino’s Country Italian Restaurants. After opening four restaurants with a fifth under construction, Johnny Carino’s was sold in 2005.
In 2006, The Rose Group and Doherty Enterprises developed The Shannon Rose Irish Pub. We currently have two locations operating in New Jersey. The Shannon Rose creates an environment to make you feel as though you have stepped into a pub in Dublin, Ireland. We have 19 beers on tap, malt scotches, live bands and entertainment several nights a week.
In 2007, The Rose Group became the first franchisee for the Corner Bakery Cafe concept. We acquired three units from our parent company.
In January of 2014 The Rose Group opened its seventh Corner Bakery Cafe, entering into New Jersey for the first time with this concept in Princeton Market Fair. The second New Jersey location opened outside the Moorestown Mall in May 2014.
2015 began with the opening of a new Corner Bakery Cafe at 38th & Market in Center City Philadelphia marking the 8th cafe for The Rose Group. Later this same year the 9th location opened in Abington, PA.
2016 will be a year of growth for the Rose Group. We plan to open two Applebee’s. One located near Whitemarsh, Maryland and the other near LaSalle University in Philadelphia. The Rose Group will also continue to expand Corner Bakery Cafe into Trexlertown and Newtown Square neighborhoods in PA.
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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