It is all about choice at this Montana-born chain. The restaurant’s guests choose from a varied selection of freshly prepared meat, seafood, noodles, vegetables and sauce and then watch as cooks sizzle their creations on flat Mongolian-style grills. The HuHot chain has “captured territories” in 14 states and has garnered international interest from Dubai and Mongolia. They ask their franchisees to “fight against mediocrity in casual dining” so as to lend an inspired experience to guests.

LocationMissoula, Mont.
2008 Systemwide Sales$48,000,000*
% Change in Sales27.3%
2008 U.S. Units31
% Change in Units24.0%
2008 Average Unit Volume$1,700,000*
% Change in AUV1.5%
Future 50 Year2009