THE FUTURE 50

Each year Restaurant Business, in partnership with Technomic, singles out restaurant chains on the rise—concepts on the brink of breaking out on a broader scale. With the exception of a few that have shown slow and steady expansion to earn their spot in the rankings, The Future 50 chains are on a rapid growth path and have the potential to take on the big brands.

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FUTURE 50: THE RANKING

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Ranksort descending Chain U.S. Systemwide Sales % Change in Sales Total U.S. Units % Change in Units Average Unit Volume
1 Pie Five Pizza Co. $40,028,000 151.3% 82 164.5% $751,000
2 Modern Market $30,000,000* 85.2% 20 100.0% $2,000,000*
3 SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza $26,000,000* 73.3% 18 80.0% $1,860,000*
4 Snap Kitchen $34,100,000* 73.1% 35 78.9% $1,285,000*
5 The Brass Tap $28,300,000* 88.7% 30 76.5% $1,205,000*
6 Slim Chickens $31,700,000* 50.2% 30 76.5% $1,350,000*
7 PizzaRev $32,900,000* 93.5% 32 68.4% $1,290,000*
8 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen $27,300,000* 58.3% 14 55.6% $2,375,000*
9 Mission BBQ $30,400,000* 85.4% 19 46.2% $1,900,000*
10 Torchy's Tacos $32,800,000* 31.2% 38 46.2% $1,025,000*
11 Pizza Studio $39,100,000* 106.9% 35 45.8% $1,325,000*
12 BonChon $29,400,000* 26.7% 35 45.8% $995,000*
13 Just Salad $25,000,000* 36.6% 20 42.9% $1,470,000*
14 Bartaco $33,200,000* 46.9% 10 42.9% $3,900,000*
15 Eureka! Restaurants $43,000,000* 40.5% 20 42.9% $2,530,000*
16 Rock & Brews $44,900,000* 39.9% 10 42.9% $5,280,000*
17 Burger 21 $25,400,000* 73.5% 21 40.0% $1,410,000*
18 Black Walnut Cafe $29,700,000* 39.4% 14 40.0% $2,475,000*
19 Nando's $44,000,000 32.5% 28 40.0% $1,950,000
20 Luke's Lobster $31,900,000* 24.6% 18 38.5% $2,060,000*
21 Pressed Juicery $25,800,000* 33.7% 58 38.1% $515,000*
22 Uncle Maddio's Pizza $28,800,000* 46.9% 41 36.7% $810,000*
23 Boiling Point $32,900,000* 26.5% 16 33.3% $2,350,000*
24 Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt $29,600,000* 22.3% 45 32.4% $750,000*
25 Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot $45,800,000* 29.4% 21 31.3% $2,475,000*
26 Lemonade $46,300,000* 28.6% 21 31.3% $2,500,000*
27 Caffebene $32,500,000* 33.7% 40 29.0% $1,000,000*
28 b $25,600,000* 24.9% 9 28.6% $3,200,000*
29 The Matador $28,800,000* 11.6% 9 28.6% $3,600,000*
30 NoRTH Italia $36,800,000* 20.7% 9 28.6% $4,600,000*
31 Wings Etc. Grill & Pub $40,200,000* 22.2% 41 28.1% $1,100,000*
32 Salata $39,400,000* 18.3% 52 26.8% $820,000*
33 Andy's Frozen Custard $30,900,000* 26.6% 29 26.1% $1,190,000*
34 Panini Cafe $25,200,000* 10.5% 10 25.0% $2,800,000*
35 The Original Gino's East of Chicago $29,300,000* 25.8% 15 25.0% $2,170,000*
36 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue $28,300,000* 11.0% 5 25.0% $6,300,000*
37 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que $32,200,000* 18.4% 10 25.0% $3,575,000*
38 Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern $49,000,000 12.4% 21 23.5% $2,800,000
39 Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar $27,424,000 29.4% 11 22.2% $2,697,000
40 Blackfinn Ameripub $27,300,000* 16.7% 11 22.2% $2,730,000*
41 Tupelo Honey Café $40,500,000* 28.2% 11 22.2% $4,100,000*
42 Patxi's Pizza $25,900,000* 21.0% 17 21.4% $1,700,000*
43 Graeter's Ice Cream $30,400,000* 13.9% 52 20.9% $640,000*
44 5 Napkin Burger $25,200,000* 4.6% 6 20.0% $4,580,000*
45 Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar $37,900,000* 18.8% 7 16.7% $5,825,000*
46 Pinstripes $42,000,000* 12.3% 7 16.7% $6,460,000*
47 Dos Caminos $45,800,000* 6.5% 7 16.7% $7,050,000*
48 Russo's New York Pizzeria $41,209,000 18.0% 36 12.5% $1,130,000
49 Jimmy's Egg $33,225,000 18.9% 46 15.0% $788,000
50 Matchbox $23,100,000* 25.5% 9 50.0% $3,080,000*

METHODOLOGY

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest-growing restaurant concepts with annual sales between $25 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Restaurant Business’ sister company Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in systemwide sales from 2014 to 2015; chains must have opened new units in 2015 to qualify. All unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2015. Information was collected via mail, phone and email. When data was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public information, comparable concepts, market and other factors.