With Asian restaurant concepts popping up across the United States, HuHot Mongolian Grill continues to stay focused – and that means growth. During HuHot’s most recent planning session, the new restaurant count anticipated for 2012 landed in the double digits.

Next year’s growth will include the conquering of North Carolina by Mike Treadwell, of Treadwell Enterprises, one of HuHot’s newest franchisees. Treadwell plans to open his first North Carolina HuHot in Greenville this spring, and hopes for new HuHot openings quarterly in 2012.

Additional expansion for next year is in the works for in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Utah.

“Not only are new franchisees joining the system, our existing franchisees are opening additional restaurants as well,” CEO Andy Va says. “It is great to see satisfied franchisees excited to grow with the company.”

HuHot is finishing off the last quarter of 2011 with restaurant openings in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as a second location in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

HuHot plans to have more than 50 restaurants open by the end of 2012, which is a 25 percent increase from 2011.

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