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
201Yogurtland$168,100*270Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
202Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House$166,88512Fine DiningSteak
203Eat'n Park$166,36869Family DiningFamily Style
204Cinnabon$162,664836Quick ServiceSpecialty
205Pappasito's Cantina$160,900*24Casual DiningMexican
206Shari's Cafe and Pies$160,400*95Family DiningFamily Style
207The Original Pancake House$157,100*133Family DiningFamily Style
208Black Angus Steakhouse$154,100*46Casual DiningSteak
209Ryan's$153,600*45Quick ServiceFamily Casual
210Wetzel's Pretzels$152,000*284Quick ServiceSpecialty
211Freebirds World Burrito$151,800*89Fast CasualMexican
212Bravo! Cucina Italiana$151,40051Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
213MOD Pizza$149,800187Fast CasualPizza
214Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que$149,600*22Casual DiningSpecialty
215LaRosa's Pizzeria$149,40365Family DiningItalian/Pizza
216BurgerFi$148,200*106Fast CasualBurger
217Golden Chick$147,900*166Quick ServiceChicken
218Johnny Carino's$146,600*60Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
219Togo's Sandwiches$145,640244Quick ServiceSandwich
220Firebirds Wood Fired Grill$144,00042Casual DiningVaried Menu
221Jack's$143,400*141Quick ServiceBurger
222Fuzzy's Taco Shop$142,800*120Fast CasualMexican
223Country Pride Restaurant$140,700*145Family DiningFamily Style
224Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery$139,800*62Family DiningFamily Style
225Pizza Pro$139,500*468Quick ServicePizza
226Rita's Ice$139,200*645Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
227Granite City Food & Brewery$136,600*35Casual DiningVaried Menu
228Farmer Boys$136,200*88Fast CasualBurger
229Pieology Pizzeria$135,200*130Fast CasualPizza
230Grand Lux Cafe$134,400*13Casual DiningVaried Menu
231Papa Gino's Pizzeria$132,900*155Quick ServicePizza
232Quaker Steak & Lube$132,50050Casual DiningSports Bar
233Roosters$132,000*36Casual DiningVaried Menu
234Mountain Mike's Pizza$130,700*180Quick ServicePizza
235Ponderosa/Bonanza$130,66583Quick ServiceFamily Casual
236Cantina Laredo$130,600*37Casual DiningMexican
237PDQ$130,500*54Fast CasualChicken
238Great American Cookies$130,300*345Quick ServiceSpecialty
239Biggby Coffee$130,000*260Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
240Duffy's Sports Grill$129,50033Casual DiningSports Bar
241Tijuana Flats$129,300*120Fast CasualMexican
242El Torito$128,700*45Casual DiningMexican
243WaBa Grill$127,900*160Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
244Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen$126,000*220Quick ServicePizza
245Rosati's Pizza$125,100*195Quick ServicePizza
246Houston's$124,100*16Casual DiningVaried Menu
247Wild Wing Cafe$124,000*44Casual DiningSports Bar
248Abuelo's$123,200*39Casual DiningMexican
249Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza$123,100*62Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
250Chart House$122,000*28Casual 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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