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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

Luke’s Lobster

Sustainability and transparency are at the heart of Luke’s Lobster, a fast casual specializing in lobster rolls. “You can trace every seafood roll back to the wharf it was caught at,” says Luke Holden...

Future 50: Emerging Brands

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

Serving scratch-made breakfast and lunch, Keke’s prepares meals using fresh ingredients, including produce that is delivered daily. The chain, which has locations throughout Florida, is expanding most...

Blue Bottle Coffee began as a coffee roastery and retail company specializing in brewing its coffee at the peak time to achieve the best flavor. Blue Bottle remains a popular retail brand, but it has ...

This full-service taqueria chain promotes its menu as “FlexMex”: Tex-Mex influenced by other cuisines such as Asian and coastal American favorites. The chain has expanded from its home state of Georgi...

Grilled cheese is the focus for this chain that has expanded to more than 10 locations in Ohio, including at Case Western Reserve University and Progressive Field, both in Cleveland. Owner and co-foun...

This fast-casual chain is known for its playful pop-culture-themed sandwiches such as the Michael Jordan (beef meatballs, marinara, pepper jack cheese) as well as its signature Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauc...

“The best compliment we can get is when people are surprised to find out we’re a chain,” says David Birzon, CEO of Snooze. “We’re growing as quickly and as responsibly as possible,” Birzon says. Th...

A demo-style kitchen, tabletops made from recycled water bottles and sustainable to-go packaging reinforce Burger Lounge’s eco-friendly, transparent message. Although other players in the crowded bett...

“Unicorn casual” is how CEO Jeff Chandler describes Hopdoddy. “We transcend fast casual into a variation of casual dining. That makes us ‘rare,’” like a unicorn, he says. Chandler applies that uniquen...

This breakfast and lunch concept has locations in Illinois, Texas and Indiana, with plans to expand to Florida later this year. New in 2018 is the opening of Yolk Test Kitchen in Chicago’s Wicker Par...