China, glass, indirect lighting and upscale furnishings—doesn’t sound like the neighborhood pizza joint, does it? But that’s what Mike and Terry Schneider created when they launched The Loop in 1981. Customers order specialty thin-crust pizzas, burgers and salads at the counter, then enjoy them in a funky, eclectic dining room. The Schneiders, now divorced, continue to run the business together, aiming for six new units by the end of the year and 50 more by 2010.

LocationJacksonville, Fla.
2006 Systemwide Sales$33,500,000
% Change in Sales26.1%
2006 U.S. Units30
% Change in Units30.4%
2006 Average Unit Volume$1,200,000
% Change in AUV3.3%
Future 50 Year2007