Brands | Rich History, Promising Future

As the franchisor of AmericInn® hotels and a leading franchisee of Houlihan's® and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, Northcott Hospitality possesses a diverse and growing portfolio.

The company's rich, 55-year history of success in the hospitality business began with Wyman Nelson, a young Minneapolis entrepreneur who invested in a Perkins Pancake House restaurant in the late 1950s. After developing a national reputation for creativity and business ingenuity within the Perkins system, Wyman ultimately acquired and later sold the chain of successful restaurants.

Another Minnesota entrepreneur, Jim Graves, began building the first AmericInn hotel locations in the 1980s. After owning and operating successful AmericInn properties as a franchisee, Northcott Hospitality acquired the AmericInn brand along with 35 franchised properties in 1994. AmericInn now has more than 240 locations open and under development nationwide.

Today, Northcott Hospitality also owns and operates three Houlihan’s restaurants as well as 22 Perkins locations, making it the family dining chain’s third-largest franchisee. In addition, the company offers full design, procurement and general contracting services through its Nelscott Development Services division, and comprehensive property management services through Three Rivers Hospitality.