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The Future 50

A Restaurant Business Report sponsored by: Bush’s Best

Over the dozen years that Restaurant Business has presented the Future 50, simple, easy-to-understand food—pizza, tacos—has dominated the list of fastest-growing small concepts. This year, new cuisines are rising to the top, signaling increasing acceptance of different ingredients, flavors and formats.

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Future 50: The Ranking

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RankChainU.S. Systemwide Sales ($000,000)YOY Sales ChangeTotal U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeAverage Unit Volume ($000)
1Burgerim$34*277.8%80247.8%$720*
2110 Grill$4977.3%1850.0%$3,265
3Pokeworks$30*76.2%3277.8%$1,210*
4The Simple Greek$35*63.6%2886.7%$1,630*
5By Chloe$30*60.1%1344.4%$2,740*
6Maple Street Biscuit Co.$44*58.9%3050.0%$1,780*
7The Lost Cajun$46*58.0%2450.0%$2,320*
8Wahlburgers$48*56.7%2735.0%$2,030*
9Bibibop Asian Grill$35*53.6%3020.0%$1,300*
10Bulla Gastrobar$25*52.7%740.0%$4,200*
11Flower Child$32*51.9%1645.5%$2,430*
12Slapfish$25*49.7%1754.5%$1,830*
13Your Pie$4149.1%6538.3%$690
14The Pizza Press$23*47.4%2229.4%$1,180*
1585C Bakery Cafe$38*46.7%6042.9%$750*
16Blue Bottle Coffee$40*46.4%5742.5%$840*
17Rapid Fired Pizza$25*41.5%2712.5%$1,015*
18Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q$29*39.4%1741.7%$2,000*
19Sugarfire Smokehouse$20*38.9%1330.0%$1,800*
20Famous Toastery$42*38.5%3228.0%$1,500*
21Duck Donuts$32*38.5%8037.9%$470*
22Apple Spice$20*36.7%3559.1%$720*
23Rusty Taco$33*36.5%3119.2%$1,170*
24Bluestone Lane$38*36.2%3545.8%$1,300*
25Slater's 50/50$32*34.0%1137.5%$3,400*
26Punch Bowl Social$46*34.0%1536.4%$3,600*
271000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza$35*34.0%4017.6%$950*
28Tacos 4 Life$21*34.0%1525.0%$1,580*
29Honeygrow$48*33.2%2911.5%$1,750*
30&pizza$39*32.0%3223.1%$1,350*
31Mendocino Farms$38*31.1%2441.2%$1,875*
32Ahipoki Bowl$33*31.0%2816.7%$1,270*
33LA Crawfish$41*29.7%2215.8%$2,000*
34Roti Modern Mediterranean$49*29.3%3918.2%$1,525*
35The Flying Biscuit Cafe$31*29.1%2033.3%$1,800*
36Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar$4828.6%2033.3%$2,436
37Clean Eatz$31*28.5%4029.0%$875*
38Philz Coffee$27*27.6%5223.8%$580*
39Cafe Zupas$42*27.1%5624.4%$835*
40Dog Haus$30*26.0%3512.9%$925*
41Insomnia Cookies$39*25.9%15519.2%$280*
42Dig Inn Seasonal Market$37*25.6%2426.3%$1,760*
43Snappy Salads$21*23.3%185.9%$1,240*
44Pinstripes$37*21.4%1025.0%$4,150*
45Spitz$23*21.3%1025.0%$2,650*
46Creamistry$24*21.0%5624.4%$490*
47Vapiano$2620.5%1025.0%$2,965
48Joe & the Juice$45*20.2%5514.6%$890*
49Eggs Up Grill$2219.8%3025.0%$835
50Sunny Street Cafe$25*18.7%2414.3%$1,130*

How the research works

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest-growing concepts with annual sales between $25 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in units from 2015 to 2016. Unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2016. When information was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public data, comparable concepts, market and other factors. Visit Technomic's Digital Resource Library.

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