The convenience of a hand-held breakfast has made the breakfast sandwich popular among the morning crowd. Some restaurants embracing the trend have turned breakfast sandwiches into an art form, chucking the boring egg sandwich for more inspired combinations.
In compiling our second annual ranking of the fastest-growing up-and-coming restaurant chains in America —the ones tallying sales between $25 million and $50 million—we were struck by how many new growth stories there were to tell. Thirty-one of this year’s Future 50 growth chains, or 62 percent, are entirely new to the list. That tells us that the entrepreneurial spirit thrives in 2007, and that the restaurant business is still where it lives.