Sales and unit counts are down overall in the family casual category--otherwise known as buffets or cafeterias. Sales declined by 8.7% to $3.5 billion and units by 12.5% to 1,214. Luby's and Sizzler each achieved sales gains of about 1%, despite closing stores; that's where the positive news ends.
2016 U.S. Sales ($000)
2016 U.S. Units
|116||Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet||328,800*||77|
|133||Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes||272,000*||105*|
*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report
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