Starbird Chicken CEO Aaron Noveshen told RB earlier this year that the chain would soon bring on franchisees, noting the recent success of a licensing agreement with an airport operator. Private-equity company KarpReilly agreed the chain is primed for growth, investing $12 million in the concept last November. Leaning into tech, the fast casual runs multiple virtual brands, including Starbird Salads and Starbird Bowls, and has also added kiosk ordering at all its locations.

LocationSunnyvale, Calif.
2021 Systemwide Sales ($000,000)$21
YOY Sales Change78.3%
2021 U.S. Units10
YOY Unit Change25.0%
2021 Average Unit Volume ($000)$3,600
Future 50 Year2022

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