Top 500

A Restaurant Business and Technomic Special Report

Top 500

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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RankChain2017 US Sales ($000)Change from 20162017 US UnitsChange from 2016SegmentMenu Category
51P.F. Chang's China Bistro$892,033216Casual DiningAsian
52Papa Murphy's Pizza$884,780*1,537Quick ServicePizza
53Hooters$864,000*338Casual DiningSports Bar
54Church's Chicken$835,000*1,163Quick ServiceChicken
55Jersey Mike's Subs$825,0001,187Fast CasualSandwich
56In-N-Out Burger$807,100*325Quick ServiceBurger
57Qdoba Mexican Eats$805,000*695Fast CasualMexican
58El Pollo Loco$795,441460Quick ServiceChicken
59California Pizza Kitchen$762,500*232Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
60Tim Hortons$760,000*683Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
61Krispy Kreme$758,000*307Quick ServiceSpecialty
62Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen$751,000*165Casual DiningVaried Menu
63Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers$741,084*306Fast CasualChicken
64Del Taco$738,080551Quick ServiceMexican
65Carrabba's Italian Grill$707,000244Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
66Jason's Deli$702,100*260Fast CasualSandwich
67Moe's Southwest Grill$698,000680Fast CasualMexican
68Firehouse Subs$683,5371,037Fast CasualSandwich
69Ruth's Chris Steak House$668,000*129Fine DiningSteak
70Perkins Restaurant & Bakery$635,000*380Family DiningFamily Style
71Boston Market$633,400*460Fast CasualChicken
72Bonefish Grill$630,000*210Casual DiningSeafood
73Baskin-Robbins$603,6002,538Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
74McAlister's Deli$592,800387Fast CasualSandwich
75Logan's Roadhouse$587,000*220Casual DiningSteak
76White Castle$564,233384Quick ServiceBurger
77Noodles & Company$559,008530Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
78Dickey's Barbecue Pit$557,600*544Fast CasualSpecialty
79Auntie Anne's$547,8851,298Quick ServiceSpecialty
80Jamba Juice$547,295*828Quick ServiceSpecialty
81Captain D's Seafood Kitchen$543,722515Quick ServiceSpecialty
82Checkers Drive-In Restaurants$532,400*555Quick ServiceBurger
83Yard House$524,00065Casual DiningVaried Menu
84O'Charley's$502,500213Casual DiningVaried Menu
85Marco's Pizza$488,900770Quick ServicePizza
86Long John Silver's$475,400*950Quick ServiceSpecialty
87Dave & Buster's$450,000*87Casual DiningSports Bar
88Potbelly Sandwich Shop$445,900*454Quick ServiceSandwich
89Round Table Pizza$442,558433Quick ServicePizza
90Famous Dave's$424,000*173Casual DiningSpecialty
91Cicis$417,000*440Quick ServicePizza
92Krystal Company$416,930367Quick ServiceBurger
93The Capital Grille$413,00056Fine DiningSteak
94Maggiano's Little Italy$411,80052Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
95Chuck E. Cheese's$404,400*540Quick ServicePizza
96Pollo Tropical$403,736182Fast CasualChicken
97Einstein Bros. Bagels$381,400*395Fast CasualBakery Cafe
98Hungry Howie's Pizza$378,222548Quick ServicePizza
99Corner Bakery Cafe$375,830196Fast CasualBakery Cafe
100Joe's Crab Shack$370,000*113Casual DiningSeafood
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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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,
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