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Future 50: Emerging Brands

Restaurant Business magazine's annual ranking of the fastest-growing small chains in America

Future 50: Emerging Brands Articles

It’s an unlikely success story—a Cinderella saga of how a concept transformed from a New York City hot dog cart to the country’s fastest-growing small chain.

With every class of up-and-coming concepts comes a fresh crop of common threads that tie them together.

An entrepreneur’s passion can fuel growth, or get in the way.

The Future 50 uncovers industry insights around where the hot upstarts are germinating and other commonalities.

Started in 2000 in Tokyo by Tomonori Takahashi, Jinya crossed over to California a decade later. It now has units in five states, serving housemade ramen noodles and rice bowls. It opened its first Ea...

Unconventional burgers and beers rule at this fast casual from the industry vets behind the Eddie V’s seafood chain. Along with all-natural, ground-in-house burgers, its full bars feature more than a ...

Founded in 2002, the chain—part of Flagship Restaurant Group—serves what it describes as “fun” sushi to the happy hour crowd, in spaces defined by their backlit blue decor. The menu, which also offers...

This self-dubbed “superfood cafe” grew out of founder Tara Gilad’s desire to provide food for her daughter, who has severe allergies. The menu is heavy on acai bowls, smoothies, juices, panini and sal...

Using custard made in-store daily, Andy’s churns out shakes, concretes, malts and sundaes from walk-up stores. Rotating specials push in-season fruits and seasonal add-ins, like egg nog or pumpkin pie...

The South Korean bakery-cafe giant’s unit growth belies its performance. After making its U.S. debut in 2012 in NYC’s Times Square, Caffebene has ballooned to some 50 stateside units (among 1,600 glob...