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
101 Jet's Pizza $368,400* 404 Quick Service Pizza
102 Pei Wei Asian Diner $365,594 214 Fast Casual Asian/Noodle
103 Taco John's $362,930 391 Quick Service Mexican
104 Charleys Philly Steaks $362,510 482 Quick Service Sandwich
105 Cold Stone Creamery $361,700* 905* Quick Service Frozen Desserts
106 Village Inn $361,000* 212 Family Dining Family Style
107 Miller's Ale House $360,000* 78 Casual Dining Sports Bar
108 On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina $356,300* 142* Casual Dining Mexican
109 Au Bon Pain $351,781 207 Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
110 Mellow Mushroom $350,600* 192 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
111 Smashburger $344,000* 343 Fast Casual Burger
112 Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers $340,458 236 Quick Service Burger
113 Schlotzsky's $338,000 362 Fast Casual Sandwich
114 Twin Peaks $332,900* 79 Casual Dining Sports Bar
115 Chuy's $330,613 82 Casual Dining Mexican
116 Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet $328,800* 77 Quick Service Family Casual
117 Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores $328,000* 283 Quick Service Frozen Desserts
118 Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen $325,000* 38 Casual Dining Seafood
119 Taco Cabana $321,220 173 Fast Casual Mexican
120 Benihana $320,000* 73 Casual Dining Asian
121 Tropical Smoothie Cafe $314,239 535 Quick Service Specialty
122 Friendly's $309,000* 250 Family Dining Family Style
123 Portillo's $304,500* 46 Fast Casual Sandwich
124 Ninety Nine Restaurants $304,000 106 Casual Dining Varied Menu
125 Hard Rock Cafe $302,300* 46 Casual Dining Varied Menu
126 The Habit Burger Grill $298,119 172 Fast Casual Burger
127 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar $285,000 68 Fine Dining Steak
128 Smoothie King $283,600* 759 Quick Service Specialty
129 Zoes Kitchen $280,356 204 Fast Casual Specialty
130 Shake Shack $280,350* 71 Fast Casual Burger
131 Bar Louie $279,400* 120 Casual Dining Varied Menu
132 Rally's Hamburgers $272,500* 295* Quick Service Burger
133 Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes $272,000* 105* Quick Service Family Casual
134 Peet's Coffee & Tea $271,900* 241 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
135 Godfather's Pizza $269,400* 448 Quick Service Pizza
136 Romano's Macaroni Grill $268,200* 130 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
137 Morton's The Steakhouse $258,700* 64 Fine Dining Steak
138 Brio Tuscan Grille $256,800 67 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
139 Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom $255,100* 105 Casual Dining Varied Menu
140 Caribou Coffee $255,000* 405* Quick Service Coffee Cafe
141 Wienerschnitzel $253,500* 320 Quick Service Sandwich
142 Uno Pizzeria & Grill $251,600* 116 Casual Dining Varied Menu
143 Saltgrass Steak House $249,100* 60 Casual Dining Steak
144 Texas de Brazil Churrascaria $247,700* 43 Fine Dining Steak
145 Seasons 52 $247,000 40 Casual Dining Varied Menu
146 Huddle House $245,769 370 Family Dining Family Style
147 Fogo de Chao $245,381 32 Fine Dining Steak
148 Bill Miller Bar-B-Q $244,800* 73 Family Dining Specialty
149 Which Wich Superior Sandwiches $242,200* 405* Fast Casual Sandwich
150 Sizzler $240,349* 123 Quick Service Family Casual

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