Chain restaurants had a good 2022. Or did they?

A Deeper Dive: Technomic Managing Principal Joe Pawlak joins the podcast to discuss the Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, including the strength of chicken concepts, unit growth and the pizza business.

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How good of a year did chain restaurants have in 2022, really?

This week’s episode of the Restaurant Business podcast A Deeper Dive features Joe Pawlak, managing principal with RB sister company Technomic, to talk about the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.

Specifically, we discuss the performance of chain restaurants, whose sales rose just over 8% last year. But that barely kept pace with menu price inflation.

We also discuss restaurants’ surprising unit growth last year, the remarkable unit volumes of certain chicken concepts, that sectors that stood out the most and why Raising Cane’s very well may be a Top 10 restaurant brand by 2030.

Joe and I also talk Subway, the pizza business and delivery.

It’s a loaded episode so check it out.

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