This 13-year-old casual steakhouse chain with an American West theme prides itself on food quality, in spite of encouraging peanut lovers to discard shells on the floor. Signature dishes such as the Del Rio ribeye with chipotle butter and the marinated Hawaiian ribeye help to boost check averages to $15 at dinner and $11 at lunch. Growth goals are opening three to five units a year in the central states with multi-unit developers. Bobby Fain, president and founder, has been in the casual steakhouse business since he became a Bonanza franchisee in 1966.

LocationLittle Rock, Ark.
2008 Systemwide Sales$46,000,000*
% Change in Sales15.0%
2008 U.S. Units21
% Change in Units16.7%
2008 Average Unit Volume$2,400,000*
% Change in AUV3.2%
Future 50 Year2009