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Restaurant Business identified the 20 fastest-growing small chains that have fewer than 20 units, at least 20% sales growth from 2015 to 2016, and under $25 million in total sales.

Arizona-based Fox Restaurant Concepts knows how to open small restaurants that attract notice from big chains. Such is the case with this health-focused fast casual that received a cash infusion from The Cheesecake Factory.

It’s all about innovation at this experimental, data-driven vegetarian fast casual.

This farm-to-table fast-casual chain has raised more than $50 million in recent rounds of funding, allowing it to further its expansion throughout New York and Massachusetts.

This Florida-based fast-casual breakfast-and-lunch concept specializes in creative biscuit sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and Southern specialties like grits and fried green tomatoes.

Giving a modern twist to the midscale segment, this breakfast-and-lunch-only chain offers upscale takes on breakfast staples.

This European-style coffee cafe chain keeps it simple with small-footprint units and a limited, beverage-focused menu.

The big dog of the Australian coffee concepts, the chain made its U.S. debut in New York City in 2013 with limited-service shops with a small food menu as well as full-service cafes that offer beer and wine.

Billed as “farm-to-box street food,” this concept emphasizes sustainability through compostable packaging, limited water and electricity consumption, pesticide- and hormone-free ingredients, and stores built with reclaimed materials.

Tacos, tequila and whiskey—these three things have proved a winning combination for this Ohio-based casual Mexican restaurant chain.