Known for delivering Southern hospitality and hand-breaded chicken tenders with scratch-made dipping sauces, Slim Chickens aims to serve handmade food in a fast and relaxed shack-like setting. Its singular focus; “We do chicken, and we do chicken well,” said franchisee Dave Harris, who helped the chain build a following and get recognized as one of CNBC’s “6 hot restaurant franchises to watch in 2016.” While it’s currently at just over 30 stores, the chain has said it plans to grow to a nationwide footprint of 600 restaurants over the next decade.

LocationFayetteville, Ark.
2015 Systemwide Sales$31,700,000*
% Change in Sales50.2%
2015 U.S. Units30
% Change in Units76.5%
2015 Average Unit Volume$1,350,000*
% Change in AUV-3.9%
Future 50 Year2016
FranchisingYes