The specialty FSR category includes subsegments like barbecue, fondue and small global cuisines. Barbecue concepts make up the majority of sales, but the subsegment is seeing mixed results, growth-wise. Leader Famous Dave's saw sales decline by 6%, and Sonny's, 5%; but Bill Miller, Smokey Bones and Lucille's Smokehouse have increased sales by 6%, 3% and 9%, respectively. Overall, FSR specialty chains among the Top 500 increased sales by 1.6%, to $2.4 billion, but units fell by 1.7%, to 892.
2016 U.S. Sales ($000)
2016 U.S. Units
|148||Bill Miller Bar-B-Q||244,800*||73|
|165||Bahama Breeze Island Grille||219,000||36|
|184||The Melting Pot||190,200*||119|
|187||Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill||188,100*||66|
|214||Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q||149,600*||22|
*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report
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