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$30,300,000*
% Change in Sales11.8%
2014 U.S. Units22
% Change in Units15.8%
2014 Average Unit Volume$1,500,000*
% Change in AUV1.0%
Future 50 Year2015