CEO Maria Rivera weighs in on how this upstart brand is leaning into efficiencies and discipline ahead of exponential growth. Smalls Sliders is only about 4 years old. The brainchild of Brandon Landry, founder of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, Smalls was spun off that Baton Rouge, La.-based sports-bar concept and is laser-focused on high-quality sliders served in drive-thru and carryout-only locations. Still, in those four short years, Smalls has already grown to eight locations across Louisiana and has inked franchise deals for dozens more units. The investment firm behind Walk-On’s, 10 Point Capital, has thrown its support behind Smalls, as has legendary NFL quarterback Drew Brees, who is on the board for both brands. Smalls recently moved its headquarters to Atlanta to prepare for massive expansion across the U.S.
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The secret to this impressive success? Smalls Sliders locations are modular shipping container units that are manufactured elsewhere and then shipped to their permanent location. Once a plot is secured, Smalls can open a restaurant on top of it in 8-10 weeks. It only takes 27 minutes to get the restaurant from the truck to being fully operational.