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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

HopCat

HopCat is proof that casual dining still has plenty of potential, though don’t suggest it’s in the same class as the big casual-dining brands. The concept takes pride in being an anti-chain chain, wit...

Future 50: Emerging Brands

The Lost Cajun

The wandering Louisianan in question is Raymond “Griff” Griffin, a onetime fish lodge operator who left the land of gumbo and later found himself in the unlikely outpost of Frisco, Colo. He and his la...

The 25-unit chain was founded in 2005 in a small house that Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard converted into a restaurant. It quickly grew to three locations, serving dishes such as avocado Benedict a...

The Simple Greek is known for its relationship with Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC series “The Profit.” On the show, Lemonis turns around a struggling business and buys a stake in it, something he did f...

R Taco was acquired last year as part of Arby’s purchase of Buffalo Wild Wings. But the chain was hardly a throw-in. Despite activist pressure, BWW held onto the fast-casual taco chain, even as it sol...

In the U.S., Kura is a rapidly growing chain that serves sushi and Japanese side dishes. In Japan, however, the chain is widespread, with more than 385 locations throughout the island. Kura brings hig...

Naf Naf Grill is making a push to bring shawarma to the masses. As part of that, the chain—which is owned by private-equity firm Roark Capital—brought over Paul Damico, former Focus Brands president, ...

Your Pie first opened in 2008, making it relatively old in the fast-casual pizza sector. The chain has been overshadowed by a number of larger players in more recent years, but that could change based...

With several customizable pizza concepts that cook pies in minutes, this growing brand focuses on Neapolitan-style pies made with quality ingredients. 1000 Degrees sets itself apart with its 100-year ...

Since signing a large franchise-development deal in 2016, this fast-casual hot dog concept has been growth-minded, expanding into new markets. Since opening its first unit in 2010, the chain has becom...