Back in 1977 when Dick Larsen opened the first Nature’s Table Café, smoothies were a revelation to Floridians. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the mall-based, healthy QSR concept has legs. The first franchise opened in 1986, and shortly thereafter Nature’s Table ventured into the office building market with an array of breakfast treats, paninis, wraps, soups and salads. “Sensible food that tastes great” is the concept’s mantra.

LocationOrlando, Fla.
2008 Systemwide Sales$37,500,000*
% Change in Sales21.0%
2008 U.S. Units88
% Change in Units25.7%
2008 Average Unit Volume$485,000*
% Change in AUV2.1%
Future 50 Year2009