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)
1CoreLife Eatery$22241.4%23187.5%$1,700
2The Halal Guys$37*160.0%54134.8%$970*
4Maple Street Biscuit Co.$28*96.6%20122.2%$2,000*
6Bibibop Asian Grill$23*89.4%25108.3%$1,300*
7Babalu Tapas & Tacos$2578.6%9125.0%$2,700
9Ahipoki bowl$26*74.0%2460.0%$1,300*
10Duck Donuts$24*72.9%5848.7%$500*
111000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza$26*66.7%3470.0%$980*
12Dog Haus$24*58.2%3155.0%$950*
13Your Pie$2758.0%4738.2%$680
13Naf Naf Grill$48*58.0%3852.0%$1,500*
15Kura Revolving Sushi Bar$3757.8%1427.3%$3,200
16R Taco$24*55.4%2677.3%$1,200*
17The Simple Greek$21*55.1%1536.4%$1,600*
18Famous Toastery$30*53.7%2547.1%$1,500*
19The Lost Cajun$25*53.6%1233.3%$2,500*
23Teriyaki Madness$2942.0%4220.0%$760
24LA Crawfish$31*41.7%1935.7%$1,900*
25Vitality Bowls$45*41.4%4845.5%$1,200*
26Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken$47*40.1%2426.3%$2,200*
27California Fish Grill$4739.7%2123.5%$2,600
28Punch Bowl Social$28*39.6%1137.5%$3,000*
30Luna Grill$48*38.1%4014.3%$1,300*
32Burger Lounge$39*35.8%2519.0%$1,700*
32Snooze, an A.M. Eatery$39*35.8%2419.0%$1,800*
32Hopdoddy Burger Bar$49*35.8%2229.4%$2,500*
35 Ike’s Place$33*35.7%3811.8%$920*
36Melt Bar & Grilled$21*35.0%1311.8%$1,700*
37Tin Lizzy’s Cantina$41*34.4%1730.8%$2,800*
38Blue Bottle Coffee$27*34.3%4042.9%$830*
39Keke’s Breakfast Cafe$47*33.7%3228.0%$1,700*
39Luke’s Lobster$36*33.7%3042.9%$1,400*
41Pies & Pints$40*33.0%1416.7%$3,100*
42Dig Inn$30*32.6%1918.8%$1,700*
43Clean Eatz$24*32.2%3134.8%$895
44Philz Coffee$21*31.3%4220.0%$555*
45Urban Cookhouse$22*30.8%1330.0%$1,900*
47Piada Italian Street Food$40*29.4%4227.3%$1,100*
49Burger & Beer Joint$20*28.1%814.3%$2,700*
50Even Stevens Sandwiches$23*27.6%2116.7%$1,200*
Source: Technomic's Digital Resource Library; Data from full year 2017; *Technomic estimate

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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