This midscale chain offers Southern-style barbecue finished in a live pit. The smoked meats are served family-style on platters. All the restaurants are freestanding, designed to resemble barbecue shacks, with interiors that boast a down-home country look and feel. Branded sauces and merchandise are sold online. Bono’s also operates a fast-casual spinoff, Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q.

LocationJacksonville, Fla.
2014 Systemwide Sales ($000)$30,300,000*
YOY Sales Change11.8%
2014 U.S. Units22
YOY Unit Change15.8%
2014 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,500,000*
Future 50 Year2015
FranchisingYes
*Technomic estimate

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