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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

The unlikely rise of The Halal Guys

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.

Future 50: Emerging Brands

10 things growth chains know

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

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

The only sandwich chain to make the list, Ike’s Place peddles pop culture-themed handhelds such as the Bad Santa, Desperate Housewives and Tony Soprano creations. Some feature halal meats, as well as ...

The only sandwich chain to make the list, Ike’s Place peddles pop culture-themed handhelds such as the Bad Santa, Desperate Housewives and Tony Soprano creations. Some feature halal meats, as well as ...

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...

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...

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...

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