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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

Even Stevens Sandwiches

The sandwich shop is known for both what it dubs “craft-casual” fare as well as its charitable business model. For every sandwich sold, Even Stevens donates one sandwich to a local nonprofit. The chai...

Future 50: Emerging Brands

Burger & Beer Joint

This full-service spot with a rock ’n’ roll vibe has its sights set on national expansion. The chain, which pairs craft beer with a craft burger menu, offers a build-your-own option with a range of pr...

Bakersfield is a Mexican chain focused on three things: tacos, tequila and whiskey. The Mexi-Cali chain blends Mexican street food, margaritas and classic country music. The restaurant—which gained so...

The fast casual follows the build-your-own format of other Italian chains in the space, but instead of pizza, offers bowls, salads and wraps. The ever-changing menu focuses on on-trend, seasonal fare....

The health-focused chain touts an “Eat Clean” menu of fresh, prepared-to-order bowls, wraps, snacks and more that are free of preservatives, GMOs and hormones. Grabbagreen launched franchising in 2015...

Focused on supporting local farmers, Urban Cookhouse is a farm-to-fire-to-table concept that offers sandwiches, wraps and salads. In addition to sourcing from individual growers, the chain holds an an...

Straying from the typical coffee shop menu, Philz does not serve specialty espresso beverages such as lattes or cappuccinos. Instead, baristas brew one cup of coffee at a time using a pour-over method...

Clean Eatz targets busy consumers looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle with a menu of build-your-own bowls, sandwiches, flatbreads, burgers and wraps as well as on-the-go snacks and options from a smo...

Farm-to-table is more than a catchphrase for this fast casual, which grows produce on its own 12-acre farm in upstate New York as well as working with more than 100 other farmers and food producers. “...

As its name implies, Pies & Pints’ menu is centered on specialty pizza and craft beer. Consumers can stop in for weekly happy hours and special events, such as local brewery takeovers. Each locati...