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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Rank Chainsort descending 2016 US Sales ($000)sort descending Change from 2015sort descending 2016 US Unitssort descending Change from 2015sort descending Segmentsort descending Menu Categorysort descending
163 A&W All-American Food $223,000 632 Quick Service Burger
248 Abuelo's $123,200* 39 Casual Dining Mexican
249 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza $123,100* 62 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
14 Applebee's $4,418,600 1,857 Casual Dining Varied Menu
19 Arby's $3,662,490 3,237 Quick Service Sandwich
109 Au Bon Pain $351,781 207 Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
79 Auntie Anne's $547,885 1,298 Quick Service Specialty
165 Bahama Breeze Island Grille $219,000 36 Casual Dining Specialty
190 Baja Fresh Mexican Grill $184,500* 150* Fast Casual Mexican
131 Bar Louie $279,400* 120 Casual Dining Varied Menu
73 Baskin-Robbins $603,600 2,538 Quick Service Frozen Desserts
172 Beef 'O' Brady's $203,900* 185 Casual Dining Sports Bar
120 Benihana $320,000* 73 Casual Dining Asian
192 Bertucci's $184,200* 83 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
154 Big Boy $233,500* 186 Family Dining Family Style
239 Biggby Coffee $130,000* 260 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
148 Bill Miller Bar-B-Q $244,800* 73 Family Dining Specialty
48 BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse $993,052 189 Casual Dining Varied Menu
208 Black Angus Steakhouse $154,100* 46 Casual Dining Steak
171 Black Bear Diner $205,281 86 Family Dining Family Style
191 Blaze Pizza $184,500 169 Fast Casual Pizza
49 Bob Evans $951,200 527 Family Dining Family Style
45 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'N Biscuits $1,229,478* 713 Quick Service Chicken
72 Bonefish Grill $630,000* 210 Casual Dining Seafood
71 Boston Market $633,400* 460* Fast Casual Chicken
117 Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores $328,000* 283 Quick Service Frozen Desserts
212 Bravo! Cucina Italiana $151,400 51 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
138 Brio Tuscan Grille $256,800 67 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
180 Bruegger's Bagels $196,500* 260* Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
168 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market $214,300* 29 Casual Dining Seafood
164 Buca di Beppo $220,000* 90 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
18 Buffalo Wild Wings $3,785,000* 1,187 Casual Dining Sports Bar
4 Burger King $9,430,100* 7,161 Quick Service Burger
216 BurgerFi $148,200* 106 Fast Casual Burger
181 Cafe Rio Mexican Grill $192,078 97 Fast Casual Mexican
59 California Pizza Kitchen $762,500* 232 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
236 Cantina Laredo $130,600* 37 Casual Dining Mexican
81 Captain D's Seafood Kitchen $543,722 515 Quick Service Specialty
140 Caribou Coffee $255,000* 405* Quick Service Coffee Cafe
39 Carl's Jr. $1,519,757 1,163 Quick Service Burger
65 Carrabba's Italian Grill $707,000 244 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
104 Charleys Philly Steaks $362,510 482 Quick Service Sandwich
250 Chart House $122,000* 28 Casual Dining Seafood
82 Checkers Drive-In Restaurants $532,400* 555* Quick Service Burger
62 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen $751,000* 165 Casual Dining Varied Menu
8 Chick-fil-A $6,743,000* 2,062* Quick Service Chicken
20 Chili's Grill & Bar $3,635,000* 1,259 Casual Dining Varied Menu
16 Chipotle Mexican Grill $3,822,200* 2,198 Fast Casual Mexican
95 Chuck E. Cheese's $404,400* 540 Quick Service Pizza
54 Church's Chicken $835,000* 1,163 Quick Service Chicken

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