2016 Top 500: Family-dining chains


The family-dining or midscale segment has been struggling for years as consumer preferences have steered them away from generalists and toward niche players. This year among the Top 500 chains, the segment grew sales by 3.2% to about $15 billion, buoyed by gains from leaders IHOP, Denny’s and Cracker Barrel, each of which has a concerted effort toward attracting millennials and other value-minded guests.

2016 Rank

Chain Name

2015 U.S. Sales ($000)

2015 U.S. Units

30Cracker Barrel Old Country Store2,248,000635
47Waffle House1,030,700*1,805*
48Bob Evans946,205548
67Perkins Restaurant & Bakery644,152386
104Village Inn359,000213
113Big Boy330,400*220*
142Sonny's BBQ249,000*122
150Huddle House237,114368
176Black Bear Diner197,67675
195Eat'n Park167,59369
202Shari's Cafe and Pies160,500*96
203First Watch158,300*137
212Original Pancake House, The148,500*130*
213Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery148,23168*
216LaRosa's Pizzeria145,50566
218Country Pride Restaurant143,300*148*
225Coco's Bakery Restaurant137,700*71
248Iron Skillet122,000*70*

*Technomic estimate


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