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The Future 50

A Restaurant Business Report sponsored by: Bush’s Best

Over the dozen years that Restaurant Business has presented the Future 50, simple, easy-to-understand food—pizza, tacos—has dominated the list of fastest-growing small concepts. This year, new cuisines are rising to the top, signaling increasing acceptance of different ingredients, flavors and formats.

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Future 50: The Ranking

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RankChainU.S. Systemwide Sales% Change in SalesTotal U.S. Units% Change in UnitsAverage Unit Volume
1The Halal Guys$25,200,000*740.0%35775.0%$1,215,000*
2Bubba's 33$43,700,000133.7%16128.6%$3,800,000*
3Cava Grill$26,800,000*76.3%2592.3%$1,410,000*
4HopCat$30,200,000*57.3%1385.7%$3,020,000*
5Luna Grill$36,900,000*58.4%3575.0%$1,340,000*
6Ike's Place$32,400,000*42.7%3470.0%$1,200,000*
7Jinya Ramen Bar$39,400,000*42.8%2066.7%$2,460,000*
8Vitality Bowls$32,400,000*58.1%3365.0%$1,220,000*
9Kung Fu Tea$35,200,000*51.1%9063.6%$485,000*
10California Fish Grill$34,000,00025.9%1754.6%$2,430,000*
11Snooze, an A.M. Eatery$27,500,000*45.5%2053.9%$1,665,000*
12&pizza$26,100,000*69.5%2053.9%$1,580,000*
13Piada Italian Street Food$33,400,000*49.8%3852.0%$1,060,000*
14Pies & Pints$30,300,000*46.4%1250.0%$3,030,000*
15Burger Lounge$28,800,000*33.3%2150.0%$1,645,000*
16Pressed Juicery$37,700,000*46.1%8750.0%$520,000*
17Keke's Breakfast Cafe$32,800,000*49.8%2547.1%$1,560,000*
1885C Bakery Cafe$29,200,000*40.4%2547.1%$1,390,000*
19Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken$33,900,000*44.9%1946.2%$2,120,000*
20Your Pie$30,800,000*38.7%3545.8%$1,045,000*
21True Food Kitchen$39,700,000*28.1%1645.5%$2,940,000*
22b.good$36,000,000*55.2%4042.9%$1,060,000*
23hopdoddy Burger Bar$36,300,000*55.8%1741.7%$2,500,000*
24Andy's Frozen Custard$42,400,000*36.8%4037.9%$1,230,000*
25Kula Revolving Sushi Bar $25,300,000*33.9%1137.5%$2,580,000*
26Cowboy Chicken$29,500,000*39.8%2237.5%$1,550,000*
27Sauce Pizza & Wine$25,500,000*26.9%1536.4%$1,960,000*
28Fresh Brothers$26,200,000*29.1%1935.7%$1,585,000*
29Public School$25,500,000*57.4%833.3%$3,645,000*
30The Brass Tap$43,800,000*54.8%4033.3%$1,250,000*
31Chicken Salad Chick$45,500,000*24.7%6331.3%$820,000*
32Tin Lizzy's Cantina$30,800,000*40.6%1330.0%$2,680,000*
33Just Salad$27,100,000*38.3%2630.0%$1,180,000*
34Bone Daddy's House of Smoke$32,800,000*14.7%928.6%$4,100,000*
35Wokcano Asian Restaurant & Lounge$26,400,000*25.1%928.6%$3,300,000*
36Moe's Original Bar B Que$33,900,000*27.0%5127.5%$745,000*
37Karl Strauss Brewing Company$39,105,00010.9%1025.0%$4,345,000
38III Forks$36,900,000*21.4%1025.0%$4,100,000*
39Blue Sushi Sake Grill$27,900,000*32.9%1025.0%$3,100,000*
40Caffebene$45,200,000*39.1%5025.0%$1,015,000*
41Atomic Wings$31,400,000*18.9%2722.7%$1,280,000*
42Paul Martin's American Grill$47,200,000*20.4%1122.2%$4,715,000*
43The Matador$37,600,000*27.0%1122.2%$3,760,000*
44Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar$32,000,000*12.3%1122.2%$3,200,000*
45Scotty's Brewhouse$48,700,000*28.8%1721.4%$3,140,000*
46Burtons Grill$49,700,000*10.9%1220.0%$4,520,000*
47bartaco$40,700,000*32.1%1220.0%$3,700,000*
48City Barbeque$39,900,000*15.7%3119.2%$1,400,000*
49Roti Modern Mediterranean$39,700,000*17.5%2519.1%$1,725,000*
50Verts Mediterranean Grill$28,100,000*28.3%2816.7%$1,080,000*

How the research works

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest-growing concepts with annual sales between $25 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in units from 2015 to 2016. Unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2016. When information was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public data, comparable concepts, market and other factors. Visit Technomic's Digital Resource Library.

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