Chipotle founder Steve Ells sees an incompatibility between franchising and his progressive intentions as an operator, but Bareburger entrepreneur Euripedes Pelekanos doesn’t suffer those qualms in his stab at an enlightened fast-casual startup. Despite the concept’s reliance on natural, organic and exotic ingredients, including meats, he’s packing the pipeline with new stores; 13 more are set to open this year. The formula calls for each new building to be built with a commitment to sustainability.

LocationLong Island City, N.Y.
2013 Systemwide Sales ($000)$33,400,000*
YOY Sales Change62.9%
2013 U.S. Units17
YOY Unit Change70.0%
2013 Average Unit Volume ($000)$2,500,000*
Future 50 Year2014

*Technomic estimate

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