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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

Luna Grill

Suburban centers are the sweet spot for Luna Grill, says VP of Marketing Nicole Bushnell. The Mediterranean fast casual is concentrated in Southern California but recently opened its 45th restaurant, ...

Future 50: Emerging Brands

B.Good

Its tagline, “Food with roots,” reinforces B.Good’s ethos of local sourcing, farmer partnerships and sustainability. Although it’s positioned as a better-burger concept, the fast casual’s menu extends...

The evolution of eatertainment—from the kid-focused animatronic robots of Chuck E. Cheese’s to the grown-up playgrounds of Dave & Buster’s—has spelled opportunity for Punch Bowl Social. The growin...

The premise: sustainable seafood served in a laid-back atmosphere with a check average of $10. The menu is deliberately simple, offering about a dozen species of fish and shellfish, including scallops...

Gus’s, one of the original hot fried chicken concepts, fueled its growth by trading on a 1953 family recipe. The menu star is the signature fried chicken, but Gus’s is also known for its Southern-styl...

The husband-wife team of Roy and Tara Gilad built this “superfood cafe” around customized acai bowls. They plan to open 28 locations in 2018 and 33 in 2019, says Tara Gilad. “Finding affordable real e...

The signatures of New Orleans and Vietnam come together in this Texas limited-service concept. LA Crawfish adds the twist of an extensive pho array, an apparent tribute to its home state’s sizable Vie...

Teriyaki Madness describes its menu as “Seattle teriyaki,” a reference to the Asian-bowl joints that dot the progressive Pacific Northwest city. The fast-casual concept has grown from its first locati...

Fast casual’s proud iconoclast continues to challenge sector conventions with adjustments to each unit’s setting. A branch serving Washington, D.C.’s hip new “micro-hotel,” Hotel Hive, for instance, f...

Bombshells may be the least decadent of the establishments run by RCI Hospitality Holdings, whose main business is running gentlemen’s clubs. But it’s not the loose war theme or menu of sports bar sta...