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
151 Fuddruckers $239,200* 170 Fast Casual Burger
152 Fazoli's $237,061 212 Fast Casual Specialty
153 Sonny's BBQ $236,300* 115 Family Dining Specialty
154 Big Boy $233,500* 186 Family Dining Family Style
155 Newk's Eatery $232,900* 112 Fast Casual Sandwich
156 Pizza Ranch $231,791 199 Quick Service Pizza
157 Rubio's $231,700* 191 Fast Casual Mexican
158 McCormick & Schmick's $231,400* 56 Casual Dining Seafood
159 Luby's $229,880 92 Quick Service Family Casual
160 Claim Jumper $227,500* 44 Casual Dining Varied Menu
161 Quiznos $227,500* 530* Quick Service Sandwich
162 Mimi's Cafe $224,100* 95 Casual Dining Varied Menu
163 A&W All-American Food $223,000 632 Quick Service Burger
164 Buca di Beppo $220,000* 90 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
165 Bahama Breeze Island Grille $219,000 36 Casual Dining Specialty
166 Rainforest Cafe $216,000* 22 Casual Dining Varied Menu
167 Legal Sea Foods $215,100* 35 Casual Dining Seafood
168 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market $214,300* 29 Casual Dining Seafood
169 Shoney's $210,100* 138 Family Dining Family Style
170 Johnny Rockets $207,400* 205 Casual Dining Varied Menu
171 Black Bear Diner $205,281 86 Family Dining Family Style
172 Beef 'O' Brady's $203,900* 185 Casual Dining Sports Bar
173 Mastro's Restaurants $201,800* 14 Fine Dining Steak
174 Le Pain Quotidien $200,300* 92* Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
175 Sarku Japan $200,100* 225* Quick Service Asian/Noodle
176 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf $199,100* 310* Quick Service Coffee Cafe
177 Penn Station East Coast Subs $198,800* 310 Fast Casual Sandwich
178 Dutch Bros. Coffee $198,500* 262 Quick Service Coffee Cafe
179 Houlihan's $198,497 70 Casual Dining Varied Menu
180 Bruegger's Bagels $196,500* 260* Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
181 Cafe Rio Mexican Grill $192,078 97 Fast Casual Mexican
182 Taco Bueno $190,800* 180 Fast Casual Mexican
183 Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville $190,400* 19 Casual Dining Varied Menu
184 The Melting Pot $190,200* 119 Casual Dining Specialty
185 Sbarro $190,000* 305 Quick Service Pizza
186 Donatos Pizza $189,900* 157 Fast Casual Pizza
187 Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill $188,100* 66 Casual Dining Specialty
188 Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants $185,379 25 Casual Dining Varied Menu
189 la Madeleine Country French Cafe $184,700* 86 Fast Casual Bakery Cafe
190 Baja Fresh Mexican Grill $184,500* 150* Fast Casual Mexican
191 Blaze Pizza $184,500 169 Fast Casual Pizza
192 Bertucci's $184,200* 83 Casual Dining Italian/Pizza
193 Menchie's Frozen Yogurt $182,400* 415 Quick Service Frozen Desserts
194 Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery $180,600* 80 Casual Dining Sports Bar
195 Pret a Manger $177,800* 76 Fast Casual Sandwich
196 J. Alexander's $177,481* 31 Casual Dining Varied Menu
197 First Watch $174,500* 160* Family Dining Family Style
198 Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks $170,500* 55 Casual Dining Varied Menu
199 Uncle Julio's $170,500* 27 Casual Dining Mexican
200 Kona Grill $169,523 45 Casual Dining Varied Menu

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