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

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