Lou Malnati’s is a midscale pizza chain offering classic Chicago-style pizza made with the restaurant’s famous buttercrust. Restaurants cater mainly to families and sports enthusiasts by maintaining friendly service and providing large TVs airing sporting events. The company is privately held. Lou Malnati began his career in the 1940s working for his father Rudy in one of Chicago’s first deep-dish pizzerias. He opened the first Lou Malnati’s with his wife, Jean, in 1971 in Lincolnwood, Illinois. The chain has since expanded throughout the Chicagoland area.

LocationNorthbrook, Ill.
2011 Systemwide Sales$30,500,000*
% Change in Sales5.9%
2011 U.S. Units34
2011 Average Unit Volume$930,000
% Change in AUV0.0%
Future 50 Year2012