The goal: make diners feel like they are at a stylish beach resort, eating tacos and sipping tequila. Named as one of the best tacos in America by Buzzfeed.com earlier this year, Bartaco pulls inspiration from the coasts of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California. The parent company, Barteca, is used to international flair, as it also operates the Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant chain. Bartaco’s menu includes tacos as well as “not tacos”— tamales, ceviche and more. It uses social media to promote custom hot sauces and branded clothing, all available for retail purchase.

LocationNorwalk, Conn.
2015 Systemwide Sales$33,200,000*
% Change in Sales46.9%
2015 U.S. Units10
% Change in Units42.9%
2015 Average Unit Volume$3,900,000*
% Change in AUV-4.9%
Future 50 Year2016
FranchisingNo