The Future 50

Restaurant Business Magazine's annual ranking of the fastest growing small chains in America.

Published in Restaurant Business July 2014

The Future 50, our annual ranking of the fastestgrowing small chains in the U.S., offers a snapshot of restaurant concepts on the rise: the up-and-comers that are the ones to watch, invest in or be inspired by.

Compiled by our partners at Technomic, The Future 50 spotlights chains with annual sales between $25 million and $50 million and unit growth of at least 10 percent in 2013, a milestone signaling chains on the brink of national recognition and remarkable growth.

Ranksort descending Chain name Systemwide Sales % Change in Sales Average Unit Volume Total Units
1 PDQ $28,500,000 280.00 $2,500,000 18
2 BurgerFi $44,500,000 178.10 $2,000,000 33
3 Hakkasan $32,000,000 100.00 $8,000,000 5
4 Del Frisco’s Grille $44,100,000 83.90 $5,500,000 11
5 Umami Burger $37,400,000 70.00 $2,100,000 22
6 Bareburger $33,400,000 62.90 $2,500,000 17
7 Veggie Grill $26,600,000 60.70 $1,400,000 22
8 Bowlmor Lanes $37,600,000 49.20 $3,600,000 14
9 Lime Fresh Mexican Grill $42,500,000 47.20 $1,700,000 27
10 Tender Greens $40,500,000 44.60 $3,900,000 12
11 PepperJax Grill $31,200,000 44.40 $1,200,000 34
12 Pinstripes $30,800,000 42.60 $6,200,000 6
13 Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe $28,800,000 41.90 $1,100,000 31
14 The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. $30,500,000 38.60 $1,900,000 19
15 16 handles $32,400,000 37.90 $875,000 43
16 Bobby’s Burger Palace $38,600,000 36.90 $2,700,000 17
17 Marlow’s Tavern $41,000,000 34.00 $3,400,000 13
18 Chop't Creative Salad Company $44,000,000 33.30 $2,000,000 24
19 Native Foods Café $33,200,000 30.20 $2,100,000 17
20 Roti Mediterranean Grill $27,000,000 29.80 $1,500,000 20
21 Freshii $31,600,000 29.00 $890,000 42
22 Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill $33,600,000 25.40 $1,600,000 21
23 Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar $33,800,000 25.20 $4,500,000 9
24 Elevation Burger $30,000,000 25.00 $980,000 32
25 MacKenzie River Pizza Co. $25,700,000 22.90 $1,400,000 19
26 Bob’s Steak & Chop House $30,600,000 22.40 $3,600,000 10
27 Pita Jungle $30,600,000 22.40 $1,700,000 20
28 Boloco $26,700,000 22.10 $1,200,000 23
29 Crave $30,000,000 20.00 $3,500,000 9
30 Becks Prime $25,700,000 19.50 $1,800,000 15
31 Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant $47,800,000 19.50 $4,800,000 14
32 Eddie Merlot’s $43,000,000 19.40 $4,800,000 9
33 Wings Etc. Grill & Pub $27,200,000 17.40 $1,100,000 26
34 Gigi’s Cupcakes $35,000,000 17.20 $400,000 95
35 Karl Strauss Brewing Company $26,900,000 17.00 $3,600,000 8
36 Zoup! Fresh Soup Company $39,600,000 16.50 $785,000 55
37 Lee’s Sandwiches $26,200,000 16.40 $530,000 53
38 Tokyo Joe’s $25,600,000 16.40 $1,000,000 26
39 Pancheros Mexican Grill $48,800,000 16.20 $855,000 65
40 Pluckers Wing Bar $30,200,000 16.20 $2,000,000 16
41 Taco Casa $31,300,000 15.90 $545,000 16
42 Stanford’s Restaurant & Bar $34,200,000 14.00 $3,600,000 10
43 Alonti Catering Cafe $35,900,000 14.00 $970,000 42
44 Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria $31,900,000 13.90 $1,000,000 33
45 Roberto’s Taco Shop $34,800,000 13.70 $605,000 63
46 WaBa Grill $45,800,000 13.60 $945,000 53
47 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant $26,700,000 13.60 $2,800,000 10
48 East Coast Wings & Grill $32,600,000 12.40 $1,300,000 27
49 Roosters $41,300,000 11.60 $1,400,000 31
50 Crumbs Bake Shop $48,000,000 11.60 $701,000 78

Published in Restaurant Business Magazine

Editor's note: Perhaps as evidence of too much growth too fast, Crumbs announced on July 7 (after The Future 50 article went to press) the abrupt closure of all of its stores. A week later, it filed bankrupty in accordance with a deal it struck with Dippin' Dots founder Marcus Lemonis to takeover the cupcake chain. The plan: Reinvent the concept with a slightly broader focus on sweets and snacks.


Methodology (2014)

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest growing restaurant concepts between $25 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Chicago research firm Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in systemwide sales from 2012 to 2013; chains must have opened new units in 2013 to qualify. All unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2013. Information was collected via mail, phone and email. When data was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public information, comparable concepts, market and other factors.

Advertisement