The specialty LSR category includes barbecue, salad, seafood, snacks, smaller ethnic cuisines and other small niches. Together, they increased sales by 8.6%, to $6.9 billion, and units by 5.2%, to 11,070. The fastest sales growers illustrate there's plenty of opportunity in the "etcetera" space: Zoes Kitchen, up 21%; Tropical Smoothie Cafe, up 20%; Dickey's Barbecue Pit, up 17%; and Wetzel's Pretzels, up 16%.
2016 U.S. Sales ($000)
2016 U.S. Units
|78||Dickey's Barbeque Pit||557,600*||544|
|81||Captain D's Seafood Kitchen||543,722||515|
|86||Long John Silver's||475,400*||950*|
|121||Tropical Smoothie Cafe||314,239||535|
|238||Great American Cookies||130,300*||345|
*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report
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