The school-themed gastropub offers craft beers and trendy American comfort food such as quinoa-stuffed peppers and poke. It lures patrons with brunch, weekly trivia and twice-daily “recess” (happy hour). Playing to locals, each unit’s area code is used in its name (PS303 is in Denver), and each runs its own social media, including promoting its entries to a monthly chainwide Burger Smackdown.

2016 Systemwide Sales$25,500,000*
% Change in Sales57.4%
2016 U.S. Units8
% Change in Units33.3%
2016 Average Unit Volume$3,645,000*
% Change in AUV1.3%
Future 50 Year2017