Here are 2021’s top newcomers to the Top 100

Miami Beach’s Mila debuts at No. 5 on this year’s ranking. Find out where some of the other newcomers to this year’s list appear.
Mila Miami Beach
This year's highest debut on the Top 100 is Mila in Miami Beach. / Photo courtesy of Mila.

The Restaurant Business Top 100 ranking of the country’s largest independent restaurants returns after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2021.

Unsurprisingly, that absence resulted in a higher-than-usual number of newcomers to the latest ranking. And that includes one debut that is particularly high on the list. Here are this year’s Top 100 newcomers.

Mila (No. 5)

The Miami Beach hotspot generated $27.4 million in sales in 2021. The restaurant serves a combination of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and features a rooftop bar.

Maple & Ash (No. 12)

The Scottsdale, Ariz., outpost of the historic Chicago restaurant had sales of $23.5 million last year.

Maple & AshThe Maple & Ash Scottsdale location made its debut on the Top 100 ranking. / Photo courtesy of Maple & Ash

Papi Steak (No. 18)

Another Miami Beach hotspot did $22 million last year. It is known for its $1,000 steak presented to customers in a rhinestone-studded briefcase.

Pastis (No. 30)

This revived restaurant in New York City is in a new location and offers bistro fare. It did $19.7 million in sales last year.

Old Mill Restaurant (No. 48)

The Pigeon Forge, Tenn., restaurant is a high-volume location that generated $16.7 million serving Southern classics in a 200-year-old gristmill.

Old Mill RestaurantOld Mill Restaurant is located in a 200-year-old gristmill. / Photo courtesy of Old Mill Restaurant

Bar Siena (No. 74)

This Chicago restaurant did $13.75 million featuring a menu of Italian street food and pizza.

The Hampton Social (No. 75)

This Nashville restaurant generated $13.4 million in sales last year, featuring seafood and beach-themed cocktails.

Bistro 31 (No. 86)

This European-style cafe in Dallas serves French, Italian and Spanish flavors and did $12.3 million in revenue last year.

The Spot (No. 92)

This beachside restaurant in Galveston, Texas, features amazing views of the gulf along with burgers and wings. It did $11.7 million in sales last year.

The Spot

The Spot is a beachside restaurant in Galveston, Texas. / Photo courtesy of The Spot

Steak 954 (No. 93)

The oceanfront restaurant features premium steaks at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Sales last year were $11.5 million.

El Vez Philadelphia (No. 95)

El Vez is a trendy Mexican eatery serving cocktails and upscale cuisine. It did $11.5 million in sales last year.

Toulouse Cafe & Bar Houston (No. 98)

Toulouse is a stylish cafe with outdoor seating that serves French classics and cocktails in Houston. It did $11.1 million last year.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


In Red Lobster, a symbol of the challenges with casual dining

The Bottom Line: Consumers have shifted dining toward convenience or occasions, and that has created havoc for full-service restaurant chains. How can these companies get customers back?


Crumbl may be the next frozen yogurt, or the next Krispy Kreme

The Bottom Line: With word that the chain’s unit volumes took a nosedive last year, its future, and that of its operators, depends on what the brand does next.


4 things we learned in a wild week for restaurant tech

Tech Check: If you blinked, you may have missed three funding rounds, two acquisitions, a “never-before-seen” new product and a bold executive poaching. Let’s get caught up.


More from our partners