Future 50

Restaurant Business magazine's annual ranking of the fastest-growing small chains in America

The Future 50, our annual ranking of the fastest-growing 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 last year, 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 Pieology Pizzeria $44,600,000* 230.4 $1,600,000* 42
2 Blaze Pizza $33,000,000 230.0 $1,500,000 50
3 Smallcakes A Cupcakery $38,700,000* 133.1 $600,000* 88
4 Nékter Juice Bar $26,800,000* 119.7 $775,000* 46
5 MOD Pizza $27,000,000* 107.7 $1,200,000 31
6 Salata $33,300,000 89.2 $812,000 41
7 Rock & Brews $32,100,000* 52.9 $5,300,000* 7
8 Nando’s Peri-Peri $32,600,000* 52.5 $1,900,000* 20
9 Paul Martin’s American Grill $34,500,000 45.9 $5,000,000 8
10 Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern $27,000,000* 44.9 $1,300,000 24
11 Lemonade $36,000,000 40.6 $2,500,000* 16
12 Bareburger $46,500,000* 39.2 $2,500,000* 21
13 The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. $42,100,000* 38.0 $1,900,000* 25
14 Torchy’s Tacos $25,000,000* 37.4 $1,100,000* 26
15 Billy Sims Barbecue $31,000,000* 37.2 $765,000* 44
16 Native Foods Café $45,000,000* 35.5 $2,100,000* 25
17 Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe $48,600,000* 34.6 $1,500,000* 36
18 Eureka! $30,600,000* 34.2 $2,500,000* 14
19 Veggie Grill $35,400,000* 33.1 $1,500,000* 26
20 Freshii $41,800,000* 32.3 $890,000* 52
21 Sandella’s Flatbread Café $32,300,000 31.8 $301,000 107
22 Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant $43,800,000* 29.6 $4,600,000* 10
23 Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern $43,600,000 29.4 $2,800,000 17
24 Yogen Früz $27,400,000* 28.6 $265,000* 117
25 Paris Baguette $29,400,000* 27.3 $840,000* 38
26 Bob’s Steak & Chop House $38,400,000* 25.5 $3,700,000* 11
27 Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot $35,400,000* 22.1 $2,500,000* 16
28 Wings Etc. Grill & Pub $32,900,000* 21.0 $1,100,000* 32
29 Toppers Pizza $48,800,000 20.3 $829,000 67
30 North Italia $30,500,000* 20.1 $4,700,000* 7
31 Marlow’s Tavern $48,500,000* 18.3 $3,500,000* 15
32 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que $27,200,000* 18.3 $3,600,000* 8
33 Tokyo Joe’s $30,100,000* 17.6 $1,100,000* 30
34 Taco Casa $36,600,000* 16.9 $550,000* 70
35 Zoup! Fresh Soup Company $46,300,000* 16.9 $785,000* 63
36 Barberitos $27,900,000* 16.7 $755,000* 39
37 East Coast Wings & Grill $38,000,000 16.6 $1,500,000 32
38 Ono Hawaiian BBQ $30,800,000* 16.2 $635,000* 53
39 American Deli $48,800,000* 15.4 $545,000* 96
40 The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen $47,000,000* 15.2 $2,500,000* 21
41 Jimmy’s Egg $27,900,000 14.6 $741,000 40
42 Showmars $30,500,000* 13.0 $1,100,000* 33
43 Russo’s New York Pizzeria $31,100,000* 12.7 $915,000* 36
44 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant $30,000,000* 12.4 $2,900,000* 11
45 Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q $30,300,000* 11.8 $1,500,000* 22
46 Hale and Hearty Soups $27,700,000* 11.7 $895,000* 33
47 Native Grill & Wings $43,700,000* 11.5 $1,500,000* 31
48 Leo’s Coney Island $30,400,000* 11.4 $620,000* 54
49 Another Broken Egg Cafe $42,900,000 11.0 $1,300,000* 41
50 Mackenzie River Pizza $28,400,000* 10.3 $1,400,000* 23

Methodology (2015)

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest growing restaurant concepts between $25 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Chicago research company Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in systemwide sales from 2013 to 2014; chains must have opened new units in 2014 to qualify. All unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2014. 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.

*Technomic estimate