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The Back Porch with locations in Destin and Panama City Beach FL
<p>The Back Porch, with locations in Destin and Panama City Beach, FL</p>

2014 RH 25: Southern Restaurant Group

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Headquarters: Destin, FL

Annual Sales: $38 million

Units: 8

Key Personnel:
• John Comer, CEO

• Café Grazie (Italian seafood)
• Fisherman’s Wharf (fresh seafood)

• The Back Porch (seafood and oyster houses in Destin and Panama City Beach, FL)
• Louisiana Lagniappe (seafood and steak houses in Destin and Orange Beach, FL)
• Pompano Joe’s (seafood with a Caribbean flavor in Destin and Panama City, FL)

WHY IT’S COOL: Location, location, location. While the adage might apply to the real estate industry as a whole, its adoption and consequent success are no more apparent than with the Southern Restaurant Group. The company does $38 million in annual sales while owning and operating eight restaurants. How are the locations such a success? They’re all waterfront. From the Back Porch in Destin, FL, to Pompano Joe’s in Panama City, to the Café Grazie in Orange Beach, AL, all Southern Restaurant Group locations use local, fresh seafood. Customers know these restaurateurs go to great lengths to serve fresh fish native to their local waters. Southern Restaurant Group also creates fun restaurants. The company wants its customers to relax and have a good time, so executives try to create restaurants that project tons of energy. They target clientele looking for a really good meal on the water, and their restaurants are family friendly and casual.

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