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 descending Chain 2016 US Sales ($000) Change from 2015 2016 US Units Change from 2015 Segment Menu Category
51 P.F. Chang's China Bistro $892,033 216 Casual Dining Asian
52 Papa Murphy's Pizza $884,780* 1,537 Quick Service Pizza
53 Hooters $864,000* 338 Casual Dining Sports Bar
54 Church's Chicken $835,000* 1,163 Quick Service Chicken
55 Jersey Mike's Subs $825,000 1,187 Fast Casual Sandwich
56 In-N-Out Burger $807,100* 325 Quick Service Burger
57 Qdoba Mexican Eats $805,000* 695 Fast Casual Mexican
58 El Pollo Loco $795,441 460 Quick Service Chicken
59 California Pizza Kitchen $762,500* 232 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
60 Tim Hortons $760,000* 683 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
61 Krispy Kreme $758,000* 307 Quick Service Specialty
62 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen $751,000* 165 Casual Dining Varied Menu
63 Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers $741,084* 306 Fast Casual Chicken
64 Del Taco $738,080 551 Quick Service Mexican
65 Carrabba's Italian Grill $707,000 244 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
66 Jason's Deli $702,100* 260* Fast Casual Sandwich
67 Moe's Southwest Grill $698,000 680 Fast Casual Mexican
68 Firehouse Subs $683,537 1,037 Fast Casual Sandwich
69 Ruth's Chris Steak House $668,000* 129 Fine Dining Steak
70 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery $635,000* 380 Family Dining Family Style
71 Boston Market $633,400* 460* Fast Casual Chicken
72 Bonefish Grill $630,000* 210 Casual Dining Seafood
73 Baskin-Robbins $603,600 2,538 Quick Service Frozen Desserts
74 McAlister's Deli $592,800 387 Fast Casual Sandwich
75 Logan's Roadhouse $587,000* 220 Casual Dining Steak
76 White Castle $564,233 384 Quick Service Burger
77 Noodles & Company $559,008 530 Fast Casual Asian/Noodle
78 Dickey's Barbecue Pit $557,600* 544 Fast Casual Specialty
79 Auntie Anne's $547,885 1,298 Quick Service Specialty
80 Jamba Juice $547,295* 828 Quick Service Specialty
81 Captain D's Seafood Kitchen $543,722 515 Quick Service Specialty
82 Checkers Drive-In Restaurants $532,400* 555* Quick Service Burger
83 Yard House $524,000 65 Casual Dining Varied Menu
84 O'Charley's $502,500 213 Casual Dining Varied Menu
85 Marco's Pizza $488,900 770 Quick Service Pizza
86 Long John Silver's $475,400* 950* Quick Service Specialty
87 Dave & Buster's $450,000* 87 Casual Dining Sports Bar
88 Potbelly Sandwich Shop $445,900* 454 Quick Service Sandwich
89 Round Table Pizza $442,558 433 Quick Service Pizza
90 Famous Dave's $424,000* 173 Casual Dining Specialty
91 Cicis $417,000* 440 Quick Service Pizza
92 Krystal Company $416,930 367 Quick Service Burger
93 The Capital Grille $413,000 56 Fine Dining Steak
94 Maggiano's Little Italy $411,800 52 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
95 Chuck E. Cheese's $404,400* 540 Quick Service Pizza
96 Pollo Tropical $403,736 182 Fast Casual Chicken
97 Einstein Bros. Bagels $381,400* 395* Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
98 Hungry Howie's Pizza $378,222 548 Quick Service Pizza
99 Corner Bakery Cafe $375,830 196 Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
100 Joe's Crab Shack $370,000* 113 Casual Dining Seafood

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“Large chains will struggle for years. Today you have to be more differentiated. Standing still is no longer an option.” —Darren Tristano, Chief Insights Officer, Technomic

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