Fourteen years after launching, Black Walnut Café hit 14 locations, showing steady growth in both unit count and sales. It’s a fast casual with a full-service atmosphere—bakery-cafe meets casual dining. The decor includes high-definition TVs and comfy seating for groups, as well as a full bar for evenings and a twice-daily happy hour. Striving for mass appeal, it claims “there is something for everyone” on its made-to-order menu, although checks averaging almost $16 are above the fast-casual norm.

2015 Systemwide Sales$29,700,000*
% Change in Sales39.4%
2015 U.S. Units14
% Change in Units40.0%
2015 Average Unit Volume$2,475,000*
% Change in AUV-1.0%
Future 50 Year2016