In November, the barbecue chain with a biker-bar-meets-honky-tonk atmosphere formed a back-office partnership with Alabama-based Jim ’N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q. It’s a deal the chains say won’t change either brand but will help strengthen purchasing power and lower labor and other employee-related costs. With that newfound strength, Dinosaur has its eye on expansion into new markets; it opened its first Chicago spot a few months ago and plans to launch its 10th restaurant this summer in Baltimore. For site selection, the chain targets buildings with history that also can serve as stages for live music on the weekends. Lunch delivery began in February.

LocationSyracuse, N.Y.
2014 Systemwide Sales$27,200,000*
% Change in Sales18.3%
2014 U.S. Units8
% Change in Units14.3%
2014 Average Unit Volume$3,600,000*
% Change in AUV2.5%
Future 50 Year2015
FranchisingNo