Over the dozen years that Restaurant Business has presented the Future 50, simple, easy-to-understand food—pizza, tacos—has dominated the list of fastest-growing small concepts. This year, new cuisines are rising to the top, signaling increasing acceptance of different ingredients, flavors and formats.

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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 The Halal Guys $25,200,000* 740.0% 35 775.0% $1,215,000*
2 Bubba's 33 $43,700,000 133.7% 16 128.6% $3,800,000*
3 Cava Grill $26,800,000* 76.3% 25 92.3% $1,410,000*
4 HopCat $30,200,000* 57.3% 13 85.7% $3,020,000*
5 Luna Grill $36,900,000* 58.4% 35 75.0% $1,340,000*
6 Ike's Place $32,400,000* 42.7% 34 70.0% $1,200,000*
7 Jinya Ramen Bar $39,400,000* 42.8% 20 66.7% $2,460,000*
8 Vitality Bowls $32,400,000* 58.1% 33 65.0% $1,220,000*
9 Kung Fu Tea $35,200,000* 51.1% 90 63.6% $485,000*
10 California Fish Grill $34,000,000 25.9% 17 54.6% $2,430,000*
11 Snooze, an A.M. Eatery $27,500,000* 45.5% 20 53.9% $1,665,000*
12 &pizza $26,100,000* 69.5% 20 53.9% $1,580,000*
13 Piada Italian Street Food $33,400,000* 49.8% 38 52.0% $1,060,000*
14 Pies & Pints $30,300,000* 46.4% 12 50.0% $3,030,000*
15 Burger Lounge $28,800,000* 33.3% 21 50.0% $1,645,000*
16 Pressed Juicery $37,700,000* 46.1% 87 50.0% $520,000*
17 Keke's Breakfast Cafe $32,800,000* 49.8% 25 47.1% $1,560,000*
18 85C Bakery Cafe $29,200,000* 40.4% 25 47.1% $1,390,000*
19 Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken $33,900,000* 44.9% 19 46.2% $2,120,000*
20 Your Pie $30,800,000* 38.7% 35 45.8% $1,045,000*
21 True Food Kitchen $39,700,000* 28.1% 16 45.5% $2,940,000*
22 b.good $36,000,000* 55.2% 40 42.9% $1,060,000*
23 hopdoddy Burger Bar $36,300,000* 55.8% 17 41.7% $2,500,000*
24 Andy's Frozen Custard $42,400,000* 36.8% 40 37.9% $1,230,000*
25 Kula Revolving Sushi Bar $25,300,000* 33.9% 11 37.5% $2,580,000*
26 Cowboy Chicken $29,500,000* 39.8% 22 37.5% $1,550,000*
27 Sauce Pizza & Wine $25,500,000* 26.9% 15 36.4% $1,960,000*
28 Fresh Brothers $26,200,000* 29.1% 19 35.7% $1,585,000*
29 Public School $25,500,000* 57.4% 8 33.3% $3,645,000*
30 The Brass Tap $43,800,000* 54.8% 40 33.3% $1,250,000*
31 Chicken Salad Chick $45,500,000* 24.7% 63 31.3% $820,000*
32 Tin Lizzy's Cantina $30,800,000* 40.6% 13 30.0% $2,680,000*
33 Just Salad $27,100,000* 38.3% 26 30.0% $1,180,000*
34 Bone Daddy's House of Smoke $32,800,000* 14.7% 9 28.6% $4,100,000*
35 Wokcano Asian Restaurant & Lounge $26,400,000* 25.1% 9 28.6% $3,300,000*
36 Moe's Original Bar B Que $33,900,000* 27.0% 51 27.5% $745,000*
37 Karl Strauss Brewing Company $39,105,000 10.9% 10 25.0% $4,345,000
38 III Forks $36,900,000* 21.4% 10 25.0% $4,100,000*
39 Blue Sushi Sake Grill $27,900,000* 32.9% 10 25.0% $3,100,000*
40 Caffebene $45,200,000* 39.1% 50 25.0% $1,015,000*
41 Atomic Wings $31,400,000* 18.9% 27 22.7% $1,280,000*
42 Paul Martin's American Grill $47,200,000* 20.4% 11 22.2% $4,715,000*
43 The Matador $37,600,000* 27.0% 11 22.2% $3,760,000*
44 Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar $32,000,000* 12.3% 11 22.2% $3,200,000*
45 Scotty's Brewhouse $48,700,000* 28.8% 17 21.4% $3,140,000*
46 Burtons Grill $49,700,000* 10.9% 12 20.0% $4,520,000*
47 bartaco $40,700,000* 32.1% 12 20.0% $3,700,000*
48 City BBQ $39,900,000* 15.7% 31 19.2% $1,400,000*
49 Roti Modern Mediterranean $39,700,000* 17.5% 25 19.1% $1,725,000*
50 Verts Mediterranean Grill $28,100,000* 28.3% 28 16.7% $1,080,000*

HOW THE RESEARCH WORKS

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest-growing concepts with annual sales between $25 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in units from 2015 to 2016. Unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2016. When information was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public data, comparable concepts, market and other factors. Visit Technomic's Digital Resource Library.

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