Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is a fast-casual bakery chain with the motto “It’s all about the bread.” It was created in the tradition of family-owned European bakeries and specializes in hand-kneaded, made-from-scratch breads as well as specialty cakes and other foods. It offers catering and gift baskets along with dine-in services. Gary and Colleen Worthington founded Kneaders in 1997 in Orem, Utah; there are now 23 franchised restaurants in the chain spanning Utah, Arizona and Idaho. The concept plans to expand into Colorado, Texas and Nevada in the coming year.

LocationOrem, Utah
2012 Systemwide Sales$26,000,000*
% Change in Sales40.5%
2012 U.S. Units21
2012 Average Unit Volume$1,400,000*
% Change in AUV2.5%
Future 50 Year2013