While 2016 was a rough year for chain restaurants, more than half of the industry’s $521.9 billion still comes from the Top 500 chains—and nearly 94% of those dollars and 93% of those units are represented in the Top 250. Here, we rank those concepts by U.S. systemwide sales and dive into Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report with insights from the wins and losses of these giants.
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TOP 250: THE RANKING

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Ranksort ascending Chain 2016 US Sales ($000)sort descending Change from 2015sort descending 2016 US Unitssort descending Change from 2015sort descending Segmentsort descending Menu Categorysort descending
250 Chart House $122,000* 28 Casual Dining Seafood
249 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza $123,100* 62 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
248 Abuelo's $123,200* 39 Casual Dining Mexican
247 Wild Wing Cafe $124,000* 44 Casual Dining Sports Bar
246 Houston's $124,100* 16 Casual Dining Varied Menu
245 Rosati's Pizza $125,100* 195 Quick Service Pizza
244 Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen $126,000* 220 Quick Service Pizza
243 WaBa Grill $127,900* 160 Fast Casual Asian/Noodle
242 El Torito $128,700* 45 Casual Dining Mexican
241 Tijuana Flats $129,300* 120 Fast Casual Mexican
240 Duffy's Sports Grill $129,500 33 Casual Dining Sports Bar
239 Biggby Coffee $130,000* 260 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
238 Great American Cookies $130,300* 345 Quick Service Specialty
237 PDQ $130,500* 54 Fast Casual Chicken
236 Cantina Laredo $130,600* 37 Casual Dining Mexican
235 Ponderosa/Bonanza $130,665 83 Quick Service Family Casual
234 Mountain Mike's Pizza $130,700* 180 Quick Service Pizza
233 Roosters $132,000* 36 Casual Dining Varied Menu
232 Quaker Steak & Lube $132,500 50 Casual Dining Sports Bar
231 Papa Gino's Pizzeria $132,900* 155 Quick Service Pizza
230 Grand Lux Cafe $134,400* 13 Casual Dining Varied Menu
229 Pieology Pizzeria $135,200* 130* Fast Casual Pizza
228 Farmer Boys $136,200* 88 Fast Casual Burger
227 Granite City Food & Brewery $136,600* 35 Casual Dining Varied Menu
226 Rita's Ice $139,200* 645* Quick Service Frozen Desserts
225 Pizza Pro $139,500* 468 Quick Service Pizza
224 Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery $139,800* 62 Family Dining Family Style
223 Country Pride Restaurant $140,700* 145* Family Dining Family Style
222 Fuzzy's Taco Shop $142,800* 120 Fast Casual Mexican
221 Jack's $143,400* 141 Quick Service Burger
220 Firebirds Wood Fired Grill $144,000 42 Casual Dining Varied Menu
219 Togo's Sandwiches $145,640 244 Quick Service Sandwich
218 Johnny Carino's $146,600* 60 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
217 Golden Chick $147,900* 166 Quick Service Chicken
216 BurgerFi $148,200* 106 Fast Casual Burger
215 LaRosa's Pizzeria $149,403 65 Family Dining Italian/Pizza
214 Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que $149,600* 22 Casual Dining Specialty
213 MOD Pizza $149,800 187 Fast Casual Pizza
212 Bravo! Cucina Italiana $151,400 51 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
211 Freebirds World Burrito $151,800* 89 Fast Casual Mexican
210 Wetzel's Pretzels $152,000* 284 Quick Service Specialty
209 Ryan's $153,600* 45 Quick Service Family Casual
208 Black Angus Steakhouse $154,100* 46 Casual Dining Steak
207 The Original Pancake House $157,100* 133 Family Dining Family Style
206 Shari's Cafe and Pies $160,400* 95 Family Dining Family Style
205 Pappasito's Cantina $160,900* 24 Casual Dining Mexican
204 Cinnabon $162,664 836 Quick Service Specialty
203 Eat'n Park $166,368 69 Family Dining Family Style
202 Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House $166,885 12 Fine Dining Steak
201 Yogurtland $168,100* 270* Quick Service Frozen Desserts

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