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2016 Top 500: The newcomers

Most of the chains that jumped onto this year's Top 500 list have one commonality: a marketing message and brand ethos pointed at today’s diners.


2017 Top 500: Full-service chains

The decline of full-service chains is palpable. Three of the major casual-dining players—TGI Fridays, Applebee’s and Chili’s—were all down more than 2% in sales.

Unilever has purchased the brand, which Starbucks bought in 1999.

In a lot of ways—and for many reasons—independent restaurants trumped chains in 2017. Indies are nimble and able to seize upon trends like a hungry diner on avocado toast.

The chain expects as much as a 10-percentage-point improvement in its tax rate, thanks to reform.

The founder of Planet Hollywood is now an activist investor in the casual-dining operator, The Bottom Line says.

The family-dining chain is confident in the future of its takeout business.

The owner of Bravo Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille will be acquired in an all-cash deal.

Restaurant Brands International is getting resistance from the chain’s operators that it didn’t get with Burger King, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Cheesecake Factory says it has a second fast-casual venture in the works, Dunkin' convenes a workforce Woodstock, Noodles clears the table and McDonald's touts its merits as a first job.

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