Fast-casual Stand Restaurant headed to Dallas in Buffalo1942 licensing deal

Two Texas restaurants already in development

Fast-casual The Stand Restaurant will expand into the Texas market, adding 15 to 20 restaurants. The new licensing agreement with Norman Abdallah and Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen of Buffalo1942, LLC will mark the first new market entry for the Southern California chain. The Stand specializes in American fare “with a twist,” featuring made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, locally-made sausages salads, sides, and desserts with a focus on local sourcing.

The 8-unit fast-casual chain had been a regional player in Southern California until it brokered the new deal. “Particularly as we open the Texas market, we’re focused on working with local meat and produce suppliers, bakeries, and breweries to ensure that local connection,” said The Stand EVP and Culinary Visionary Jason Wishengrad.

Abdallah and Billingsley-Michaelsen, chairman and chief executive of Buffalo1942, respectively, have worked at length in the restaurant industry as senior executives and board members. They’ve been involved with well-known chains, including Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

“We have one of the most diverse menus in the fast-casual category giving our customers maximum flexibility in the occasions they visit and a variety of options to satisfy even the largest family or group,” said Murray Wishengrad, founder and chief executive of The Stand.

Wishengraded started The Stand Restaurant in 2003. Currently, Buffalo1942 is progressing on the development of two sites—one in Uptown Dallas and another in North Dallas.


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