City Barbeque has seen accelerated growth since selling part of the company to private-equity firm Freeman Spogli last year. The chain positions itself as celebrating “the craft of barbecue,” and all of the meats it menus are smoked on-site at each of its 35 locations—a process that can take upwards of 18 hours. The brand also sells its own line of barbecue sauces and apparel.

LocationDublin, Ohio
2016 Systemwide Sales$39,900,000*
% Change in Sales15.7%
2016 U.S. Units31
% Change in Units19.2%
2016 Average Unit Volume$1,400,000*
% Change in AUV1.4%
Future 50 Year2017