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Harwood Hospitality Set to Expand With Two New Restaurant Concepts

Plus: Propelled Brands acquires national doggy day care company Camp Bow Wow, Dallas-based raises $7.5 million, and more.
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A rendering of NDA Brasserie's outdoor patio entrance Harwood Hospitality

Harwood Hospitality Group is expanding its culinary market with two new restaurants in the company’s newest tower, Harwood 14. NDA Brassiere will open this spring, located at the base of the Harwood 14 tower. The second location is an upscale Japanese-inspired restaurant scheduled to open this summer.  

NDA Brassiere, which takes inspiration for its name from the building’s anchor tenant Haynes and Boone, will be open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. The space will be available to rent for private events during the evenings. The restaurant’s themes of confidentiality and exclusivity will be seen in its ambiance and decor with leather and gold accents. The menu will serve classic American cuisine such as club sandwiches and burgers, with generous portions and seasonal ingredients.   

Details for the Japanese restaurant are still being ironed out.

Harwood Hospitality Group is a division of the global real estate firm, Harwood International. The division’s current collection of restaurants in the Harwood District of Dallas includes Dolce Riviera, Elephant East, Harwood Arms, and Happiest Hour. The newest project for the group is Hotel Swěxan which is home to four restaurants: Stillwell’s, Leonie’s, Isabelle’s, and Babou’s.  

Propelled Brands Adds to Portfolio With Camp Bow Wow Acquisition 

Franchisor Propelled Brands has acquired  doggy day care and boarding franchise Camp Bow Wow, with support of private equity owners, LightBay Capital and Freeman Spogli. Camp Bow Wow was founded in 2000 and currently has more than 200 locations in 40 states and Canada. Propelled Brands now operates more than 1,300 franchise locations across its portfolio of brands.

“Camp Bow Wow is a proven franchise organization in the pet services industry, and it is a welcome addition into our family of brands,” said Catherine Monson, president and CEO of Propelled Brands. “Camp Bow Wow and its dedication to aiding entrepreneurs in realizing their aspirations of small business ownership align seamlessly with the objectives of Propelled Brands. We look forward to cultivating the rapid growth and continued development that will benefit Camp Bow Wow customers, franchise owners and team members—and continue their mission of Making Dogs Happy.”  

In 2022, the average Camp Bow Wow location generated more than $1 million in revenue, and its top 25 percent of franchise owners generated more than $1.4 million.

The camp provides an open-space play environment and sleeping cabins for the dogs. In addition to daycare and boarding, the company offers grooming services and training programs. The brand also includes the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care funds to dogs and owners in need.  

 Propelled Brands is a multi-brand platform company focused on the growth of service-oriented businesses. The company has acquired nearly 115 franchises in the last year and plans to continue this portfolio growth in 2023. The company’s brand portfolio also includes FASTSIGNS, MY SALON Suite, and NerdsToGo. Raises $7.5 Million Seed Round

Dallas-based roofing technology AI startup has raised a seed fund of $7.5 million led by Mucker Capital, alongside Soma Capital, HF0, Asymmetric Capital Partners, Alumni Ventures, HustleFund, The Council, GoAhead Ventures, and Mirada Capital. In conjuction, the founders and CEOs of Mercury and ParkHub, respectively, will also have a vested interest in the startup. Based in Dallas, now plans to use this funding to launch operations in Austin. conducts roof scans using AI and drone technology. Drones are used to photograph the roof, and a computer analysis follows to find information such as the damage, life expectancy and determine the need for repairs and re-roofings. The company focuses on residential consumer homes, multifamily, and commercial buildings.  By using this technology, aims to give homeowners and operators access to roofing data and a lower cost of roof repairs and replacements.

“The team you build is the company you build and we’ve built an incredible team,” Founder and CEO Nathan Mathews said. “Our leadership has extensive experience in early to later-stage startups, as well as helping those startups exit successfully for nine figures. With the combination of our team, technology, and streamlined processes, I believe is uniquely positioned to deliver the premiere roofing experience everyone will love.”  

The company recently acquired one of the largest roofing companies in the state, Bearded Brothers Roofing & Restoration, known for its work on the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk and homes local to the area. The company plans to improve its systems, hire more core team employees, and enter new markets in 2024, though the markets have yet to be announced.  

The Learning Experience Increases Its DFW Footprint 

National daycare franchise The Learning Experience plans to open 11 locations in the DFW area in the next two years. Each location will be a 10,000-square-foot building with 5,000-square foot playgrounds. The average cost of construction is projected to be between $3.2 million to $3.5 million. Each of the new locations will employ up to 39 staff members and teachers and enroll up to 180 children.   

The Learning Experience caters to children from 6 weeks to 6 years old, offering daycare and early childhood education and learning programs. The Learning Experience was founded in 1979 and began franchising in 2003.

The Learning Experience is based in Florida and currently operates 20 locations in DFW and has opened more than 80 locations in the nation in the past two years. With more than 370 locations in the U.S. and two locations in the U.K., the franchise plans to expand with over 100 new locations in the next two years.  

The company plans to expand its market by operating franchise and corporate locations in major metropolitan markets. The company’s real estate team analyzes potential marketplaces based on daytime populations, traffic patterns, population of children ages 6 and under and average household incomes. Once a market is identified, new locations are established in surrounding suburban areas and franchisees sign a 15-year agreement with the company.  


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