Pappas Restaurants has several ways to please the palate. The company owns and operates more than 60 restaurants encompassing more than half a dozen different casual dining concepts, including Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, the Tex-Mex flavored Pappasito's Cantina, and Pappas Bar-B-Q. Its casual-dining spots are located primarily in Texas, with additional units operating in a half-dozen other states. Pappas Restaurants also has a couple of high-end Pappas Bros. Steakhouses, as well as Pappas Burger gourmet hamburger joints. The family-owned company was started by Chris and Harris Pappas in 1976. The brothers also own 10% of Luby's and head the executive team of the Houston-based cafeteria chain.
After several years of fairly aggressive growth, Pappas has slowed expansion of its restaurants. The chain is primarily focused on maximizing profitability at its existing locations as its various concepts compete with national chains.
In addition to its stronghold in Texas cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Pappas Restaurants operates in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, and Ohio. – less