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2015 Top 100 Independents: fast facts

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RB's 2015 Top 100 Independents ranking spotlights the country’s top-grossing restaurants with no more than five locations. Their aggregate food-and-beverage revenues totaled nearly $1.7 billion in 2014 (the full year of sales upon which the rankings are based). Here are some fun facts from the list ...

Average check prices


Highest average check—'21' Club


Lowest average check—Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Only operations providing average check amounts are listed.

Top 5 in square footage/seats

1. Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth

90,000 square feet
1,200 total seats

2. Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

80,000 square feet
1,500 total seats

3. Tao Asian Bistro

60,000 square feet
417 total seats

4. The Lobster House

49,400 square feet
550 total seats

5. Angus Barn

42,600 square feet
687 total feet

More 'Fun Facts'


Number of years longest-tenured server Lorenzo Acuna has worked at St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis

20 ft.

Size of the Buddha statue at Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas


Amount owners spent in 1970 to purchase the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C.


Number of weddings The Manor in New Jersey has hosted since 1956


Number of sheep that once lived and grazed on Tavern on the Green's land

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