Fourteen years after launching, Black Walnut Café hit 14 locations, showing steady growth in both unit count and sales. It’s a fast casual with a full-service atmosphere—bakery-cafe meets casual dining. The decor includes high-definition TVs and comfy seating for groups, as well as a full bar for evenings and a twice-daily happy hour. Striving for mass appeal, it claims “there is something for everyone” on its made-to-order menu, although checks averaging almost $16 are above the fast-casual norm.

2015 Systemwide Sales ($000)$29,700,000*
YOY Sales Change39.4%
2015 U.S. Units14
YOY Unit Change40.0%
2015 Average Unit Volume ($000)$2,475,000*
Future 50 Year2016

*Technomic estimate

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