2017 Top 500: Specialty FSR

famous daves

The specialty FSR category includes subsegments like barbecue, fondue and small global cuisines. Barbecue concepts make up the majority of sales, but the subsegment is seeing mixed results, growth-wise. Leader Famous Dave's saw sales decline by 6%, and Sonny's, 5%; but Bill Miller, Smokey Bones and Lucille's Smokehouse have increased sales by 6%, 3% and 9%, respectively. Overall, FSR specialty chains among the Top 500 increased sales by 1.6%, to $2.4 billion, but units fell by 1.7%, to 892.

2017 Rank

Chain Name

2016 U.S. Sales ($000)

2016 U.S. Units

90Famous Dave's424,000*173
148Bill Miller Bar-B-Q244,800*73
153Sonny's BBQ236,300*115
165Bahama Breeze Island Grille219,00036
184The Melting Pot190,200*119
187Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill188,100*66
214Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q149,600*22

*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report

 

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