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2017 Top 500: Specialty FSR

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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.

2017 Rank

Chain Name

2016 U.S. Sales ($000)

2016 U.S. Units

90Famous Dave's424,000*173
148Bill Miller Bar-B-Q244,800*73
153Sonny's BBQ236,300*115
165Bahama Breeze Island Grille219,00036
184The Melting Pot190,200*119
187Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill188,100*66
214Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q149,600*22

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


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