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
151Fuddruckers$239,200*170Fast CasualBurger
152Fazoli's$237,061212Fast CasualSpecialty
153Sonny's BBQ$236,300*115Family DiningSpecialty
154Big Boy$233,500*186Family DiningFamily Style
155Newk's Eatery$232,900*112Fast CasualSandwich
156Pizza Ranch$231,791199Quick ServicePizza
157Rubio's$231,700*191Fast CasualMexican
158McCormick & Schmick's$231,400*56Casual DiningSeafood
159Luby's$229,88092Quick ServiceFamily Casual
160Claim Jumper$227,500*44Casual DiningVaried Menu
161Quiznos$227,500*530Quick ServiceSandwich
162Mimi's Cafe$224,100*95Casual DiningVaried Menu
163A&W All-American Food$223,000632Quick ServiceBurger
164Buca di Beppo$220,000*90Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
165Bahama Breeze Island Grille$219,00036Casual DiningSpecialty
166Rainforest Cafe$216,000*22Casual DiningVaried Menu
167Legal Sea Foods$215,100*35Casual DiningSeafood
168Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market$214,300*29Casual DiningSeafood
169Shoney's$210,100*138Family DiningFamily Style
170Johnny Rockets$207,400*205Casual DiningVaried Menu
171Black Bear Diner$205,28186Family DiningFamily Style
172Beef 'O' Brady's$203,900*185Casual DiningSports Bar
173Mastro's Restaurants$201,800*14Fine DiningSteak
174Le Pain Quotidien$200,300*92Fast CasualBakery Cafe
175Sarku Japan$200,100*225Quick ServiceAsian/Noodle
176The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf$199,100*310Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
177Penn Station East Coast Subs$198,800*310Fast CasualSandwich
178Dutch Bros. Coffee$198,500*262Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
179Houlihan's$198,49770Casual DiningVaried Menu
180Bruegger's Bagels$196,500*260Fast CasualBakery Cafe
181Cafe Rio Mexican Grill$192,07897Fast CasualMexican
182Taco Bueno$190,800*180Fast CasualMexican
183Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville$190,400*19Casual DiningVaried Menu
184The Melting Pot$190,200*119Casual DiningSpecialty
185Sbarro$190,000*305Quick ServicePizza
186Donatos Pizza$189,900*157Fast CasualPizza
187Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill$188,100*66Casual DiningSpecialty
188Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants$185,37925Casual DiningVaried Menu
189la Madeleine Country French Cafe$184,700*86Fast CasualBakery Cafe
190Baja Fresh Mexican Grill$184,500*150Fast CasualMexican
191Blaze Pizza$184,500169Fast CasualPizza
192Bertucci's$184,200*83Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
193Menchie's Frozen Yogurt$182,400*415Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
194Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery$180,600*80Casual DiningSports Bar
195Pret a Manger$177,800*76Fast CasualSandwich
196J. Alexander's$177,481*31Casual DiningVaried Menu
197First Watch$174,500*160Family DiningFamily Style
198Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks$170,500*55Casual DiningVaried Menu
199Uncle Julio's$170,500*27Casual DiningMexican
200Kona Grill$169,52345Casual DiningVaried Menu
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,
Chief Insights Officer,

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