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
101Jet's Pizza$368,400*404Quick ServicePizza
102Pei Wei Asian Diner$365,594214Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
103Taco John's$362,930391Quick ServiceMexican
104Charleys Philly Steaks$362,510482Quick ServiceSandwich
105Cold Stone Creamery$361,700*905Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
106Village Inn$361,000*212Family DiningFamily Style
107Miller's Ale House$360,000*78Casual DiningSports Bar
108On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina$356,300*142Casual DiningMexican
109Au Bon Pain$351,781207Fast CasualBakery Cafe
110Mellow Mushroom$350,600*192Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
111Smashburger$344,000*343Fast CasualBurger
112Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers$340,458236Quick ServiceBurger
113Schlotzsky's$338,000362Fast CasualSandwich
114Twin Peaks$332,900*79Casual DiningSports Bar
115Chuy's$330,61382Casual DiningMexican
116Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet$328,800*77Quick ServiceFamily Casual
117Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores$328,000*283Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
118Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen$325,000*38Casual DiningSeafood
119Taco Cabana$321,220173Fast CasualMexican
120Benihana$320,000*73Casual DiningAsian
121Tropical Smoothie Cafe$314,239535Quick ServiceSpecialty
122Friendly's$309,000*250Family DiningFamily Style
123Portillo's$304,500*46Fast CasualSandwich
124Ninety Nine Restaurants$304,000106Casual DiningVaried Menu
125Hard Rock Cafe$302,300*46Casual DiningVaried Menu
126The Habit Burger Grill$298,119172Fast CasualBurger
127Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar$285,00068Fine DiningSteak
128Smoothie King$283,600*759Quick ServiceSpecialty
129Zoes Kitchen$280,356204Fast CasualSpecialty
130Shake Shack$280,350*71Fast CasualBurger
131Bar Louie$279,400*120Casual DiningVaried Menu
132Rally's Hamburgers$272,500*295Quick ServiceBurger
133Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes$272,000*105Quick ServiceFamily Casual
134Peet's Coffee & Tea$271,900*241Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
135Godfather's Pizza$269,400*448Quick ServicePizza
136Romano's Macaroni Grill$268,200*130Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
137Morton's The Steakhouse$258,700*64Fine DiningSteak
138Brio Tuscan Grille$256,80067Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
139Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom$255,100*105Casual DiningVaried Menu
140Caribou Coffee$255,000*405Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
141Wienerschnitzel$253,500*320Quick ServiceSandwich
142Uno Pizzeria & Grill$251,600*116Casual DiningVaried Menu
143Saltgrass Steak House$249,100*60Casual DiningSteak
144Texas de Brazil Churrascaria$247,700*43Fine DiningSteak
145Seasons 52$247,00040Casual DiningVaried Menu
146Huddle House$245,769370Family DiningFamily Style
147Fogo de Chao$245,38132Fine DiningSteak
148Bill Miller Bar-B-Q$244,800*73Family DiningSpecialty
149Which Wich Superior Sandwiches$242,200*405Fast CasualSandwich
150Sizzler$240,349*123Quick ServiceFamily Casual
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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Insights from the top 500

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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,
Chief Insights Officer,

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