Greek food gets the Chipotle treatment at Pennsylvania-based The Simple Greek, where customers build pitas or bowls with Mediterranean staples such as grilled steak, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and garbanzo beans. The chain was launched by Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC reality show "The Profit," in which Lemonis invests in struggling businesses and attempts to turn them around. The chain is now making an expansion push via franchising, opening its first New Orleans unit, with plans to grow in Los Angeles and Iowa.

LocationBlue Bell, Pa.
2018 Systemwide Sales ($000,000)$35*
YOY Sales Change63.6%
2018 U.S. Units28
YOY Unit Change86.7%
2018 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,630*
Future 50 Year2019
FranchisingYes
*Technomic estimate

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