Mediterranean fast casual is the segment to watch, with four such chains on the list. This Maryland-based concept recently secured $30 million in funding to expand to NYC and Boston. Cava is known for its better-for-you, build-your-own-bowl vibe. And it uses tech to improve the guest experience: For example, motion sensors in the ordering line showed traffic jams near the menu board, which led to a redesign.
|2016 Systemwide Sales||$26,800,000*|
|% Change in Sales||76.3%|
|2016 U.S. Units||25|
|% Change in Units||92.3%|
|2016 Average Unit Volume||$1,410,000*|
|% Change in AUV||2.2%|
|Future 50 Year||2017|