The vision for this upscale casual is laid out clearly in the forward of its cookbook: “Yankee Connecticut might be the last place you’d expect a tapas bar and restaurant to be successful, but [the owners] have proved that tasty, quickly prepared Spanish-inspired food … can be a hit anywhere.” That was five years and four locations ago. Here, “chef-driven” means  that about a third of the menu is tailored by the chef at each location. And chefs make face time with guests a priority with in-house cooking classes.

LocationNorwalk, Conn.
2013 Systemwide Sales ($000)$33,800,000*
YOY Sales Change25.2%
2013 U.S. Units9
YOY Unit Change50.0%
2013 Average Unit Volume ($000)$4,500,000*
Future 50 Year2014

*Technomic estimate

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