2017 Top 500: Asian-noodle chains

Panda Express Chow Mein Noodle Bowls

The limited-service Asian/Noodle category is small, at less than $4.6 billion, but fast-growing. Thanks to chains like Panda Express, which increased sales by 14% in 2016, and Noodles & Company, which grew sales 8%, the menu category is up 10.7% over 2015. Asian/Noodle chains among the Top 500 have 5.2% more units overall.

2017 Rank

Chain Name

2016 U.S. Sales ($000)

2016 U.S. Units

25Panda Express2,903,0411,893
77Noodles & Company559,008530
102Pei Wei Asian Diner365,594214
175Sarku Japan200,100*225*
243WaBa Grill127,900*160

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


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