In-store entertainment is a more common feature among this year’s Future 50 chains than it has been in the past, ranging from celebrity-watching (Hakkasan, No. 3) to games steeped in nostalgia, such as bowling. One of two alley operators on the list (including Pinstripes, No. 12), Bowlmor stresses that it’s as much a restaurant, sports bar and arcade as it is a place to knock down pins. And don’t forget the transformation late at night into an activities-rich nightclub, complete with music and dancing.

LocationNew York City, N.Y.
2013 Systemwide Sales$37,600,000*
% Change in Sales49.2%
2013 U.S. Units14
% Change in Units100.0%
2013 Average Unit Volume$3,600,000*
% Change in AUV-0.6%
Future 50 Year2014