PORTLAND, OR-McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc. is ratcheting up expansion plans. New units opened in Boca Raton, FL; Cincinnati, OH and Burbank, CA during 4Q 2006, and another will open in Sacramento this week.

This year the company will open 11 new units in the US –six in existing markets and five in new ones. In addition, its $14.3-million acquisition of Vancouver, BC-based Boathouse Restaurants is expected to close in mid-March. A majority of the new domestic restaurant units will open in the final quarter of this year.

The “backloading of new openings,” Douglas Schmick, chairman and CEO, said during a conference call, “takes place in lifestyle developments in which developers may be a little behind on development. Then they try to open for the holiday season, so our units fall into the November/December scheme.”

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