The largest family-style chains in the U.S.

These are the highest-grossing family-style chains in Technomic’s Top 250.
denny's grand slam meal
Photograph courtesy of Denny's

The family-style segment grew sales 1.5% in 2019. Unit growth decreased by 0.5%.

RankChain name2019 U.S. sales ($000,000)Sales stimated2019 U.S. units
25IHOP $3,267  1,710
27Denny's $2,692  1,558
32Cracker Barrel $2,482  660
45Waffle House $1,344 *1,959
59Bob Evans $795 *483
82First Watch $558  368
83Perkins Restaurant & Bakery $541 *309
121Big Boy/Frisch's Big Boy $338 *194
122Black Bear Diner $336  138
130Village Inn $313 *183
154Huddle House $248 *342
168Friendly's $210 *160
184The Original Pancake House $185 *141
192Shoney's $180 *126
201Metro Diner $171 *69
209Shari's Cafe and Pies $162 *92
217Eat'n Park $152 *63

Source: Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

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