More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

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Ranksort descending Chain 2015 US Sales ($000) Change from 2014 2015 US Units Change from 2014 Segment Menu Category
1 McDonald's $35,837,200 14,259 Quick Service Burger
2 Starbucks $13,936,114* 13,066 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
3 Subway $11,500,000 27,103 Quick Service Sandwich
4 Taco Bell $9,100,000* 6,121 Quick Service Mexican
5 Burger King $9,000,000* 7,086 Quick Service Burger
6 Wendy's $8,777,400* 5,722 Quick Service Burger
7 Dunkin' Donuts $7,624,140 8,431 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
8 Chick-fil-A $6,291,000* 1,950 Quick Service Chicken
9 Pizza Hut $5,510,000* 7,799 Quick Service Pizza
10 Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Co. $4,795,900 1,955 Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
11 Applebee's $4,739,442 1,878 Casual Dining Varied Menu
12 Domino's $4,708,587* 5,200 Quick Service Pizza
13 Chipotle Mexican Grill $4,419,590 1,987 Fast Casual Mexican
14 SONIC Drive-In $4,413,661 3,529 Quick Service Burger
15 KFC $4,001,490* 4,270 Quick Service Chicken
16 Olive Garden $3,743,000 841 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
17 Buffalo Wild Wings $3,567,155 1,145 Casual Dining Sports Bar
18 Dairy Queen/Orange Julius $3,531,186 4,506 Quick Service Frozen Desserts
19 Little Caesars $3,500,000* 4,250* Quick Service Pizza
20 Arby's $3,450,855 3,214 Quick Service Sandwich
21 Chili's Grill & Bar $3,405,547* 1,261 Casual Dining Varied Menu
22 Jack in the Box $3,338,150* 2,252 Quick Service Burger
23 IHOP $3,255,000 1,604 Family Dining Family Style
24 Papa John's $2,816,017* 3,290 Quick Service Pizza
25 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen $2,720,250* 1,970 Quick Service Chicken
26 Outback Steakhouse $2,566,000 755 Casual Dining Steak
27 Panda Express $2,550,184 1,790 Fast Casual Asian/Noodle
28 Denny's $2,548,000 1,599 Family Dining Family Style
29 Red Lobster $2,410,900* 662 Casual Dining Seafood
30 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $2,288,542 635 Family Dining Family Style
31 Hardee's $2,164,807 1,805 Quick Service Burger
32 Texas Roadhouse $2,145,385* 473 Casual Dining Steak
33 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches $2,018,700* 2,450* Fast Casual Sandwich
34 Whataburger $2,001,306 791 Quick Service Burger
35 The Cheesecake Factory $1,913,758 187 Casual Dining Varied Menu
36 Golden Corral $1,740,189 484 Quick Service Family Casual
37 LongHorn Steakhouse $1,570,000 487 Casual Dining Steak
38 TGI Fridays $1,567,000* 485 Casual Dining Varied Menu
39 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews $1,501,080* 510 Casual Dining Varied Menu
40 Carl's Jr. $1,496,489 1,153 Quick Service Burger
41 Zaxby's $1,478,400* 748 Fast Casual Chicken
42 Five Guys Burgers and Fries $1,319,491 1,215 Fast Casual Burger
43 Culver's $1,196,038 559 Quick Service Burger
44 Ruby Tuesday $1,179,029* 684* Casual Dining Varied Menu
45 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'N Biscuits $1,150,651 659 Quick Service Chicken
46 Steak n Shake $1,035,637* 557 Quick Service Burger
47 Waffle House $1,030,700* 1,805* Family Dining Family Style
48 Bob Evans $946,205 548 Family Dining Family Style
49 BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse $919,597 171 Casual Dining Varied Menu
50 P.F. Chang's China Bistro $892,300 214 Casual Dining Asian

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