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Future 50: Emerging Brands

Restaurant Business magazine's annual ranking of the fastest-growing small chains in America

Future 50: Emerging Brands

Future 50 2019

Which industry trends are gaining traction? What's garnering consumer interest? These emerging chains are the growth vehicles to watch—the ones poised to be major industry players in the coming years. The fastest-growing small chains in America represent a mixed bag of trends, but they have one thing in common: impressive growth in both sales and unit count.

Future 50: Emerging Brands

85C Bakery Cafe

85C, known as the “Starbucks of Taiwan,” features a mix of European, Japanese and Chinese pastries and specialty coffees and teas.

The chain has added only about 10 stores since its acquisition by TPG, but sales appear to be as strong as ever.

The international Italian chain is starting to gain traction in the U.S.

Blue Bottle focuses on providing customers with an exceptional cup of coffee brewed with care.

The fast casual plays up the type of raw fish that’s featured in its poke (hence the ahi).

The company, which counts private-equity firm General Atlantic among its sponsors, has apparently been considering an IPO.

Burgerim—the country’s fastest-growing emerging chain in 2018—is upping the complexity of the traditional burger concept.

Rapid Fired's expansion plans include a foray into the grocery segment.

East meets South in this Vietnamese-Cajun mashup from a father-son team.

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