In 1989, father-and-son team Paul and Craig Peden opened the first Rib City Grill in Fort Myers, Florida. Twenty-two years later, their award-winning baby back ribs can be enjoyed in 12 Rib City corporate-owned restaurants in Florida and more than a dozen franchises across the U.S. and Canada. “We’re still a family-owned operation,” says Craig Peden, Rib City Grill’s president, “and each new franchise is as important as the first.” Rib City’s menu has stayed true to its Southern roots with items such as traditional barbequed chicken, pork and beef smoked slowly over a hardwood fire.

LocationFort Myers, Fla.
2010 Systemwide Sales$33,900,000*
% Change in Sales37.3%
2010 U.S. Units28
% Change in Units40.0%
2010 Average Unit Volume$1,400,000*
% Change in AUV0.7%
Future 50 Year2011