Future 50: Emerging Brands

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

Future 50: Emerging Brands

Duck Donuts

The customizable, made-to-order format works for bowls and pizzas—so why not doughnuts? That’s the premise behind this 12-year-old chain, which focuses on warm cake doughnuts topped with a choice of i...

Future 50: Emerging Brands

Ahipoki bowl

Modern consumers gravitate toward health halos such as fresh and clean, and that’s what Ahipoki Bowl trades on through its customizable poke bowls. Its menu features a range of seafood options, includ...

Using technology to “enhance the human experience, not replace it,” is one of the pillars for Cava, says Brett Schulman, CEO of the Mediterranean fast casual that has raised more than $130 million in ...

To help fuel its growth, this fast casual, which launched in 2013, is taking over the spaces of another Asian fast casual: Bibibop bought the failed Chipotle spinoff ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen ...

In December, the fast-casual, customizable stir-fry concept announced it had raised an additional $18 million in funding, bringing its lifetime total to $70 million.

This fast-casual breakfast and lunch concept has built its brand around inventive biscuit sandwiches and Southern comfort food such as grits and fried green tomatoes.

Wahlburgers has carved out its place in the better-burger sector, thanks in part to its founders: celebrity brothers Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg.

Fast-paced growth continues for The Halal Guys, which topped last year’s Future 50 list.

This health-focused fast casual posted triple-digit growth with its menu of bowls geared toward clean-eating consumers.

It’s an unlikely success story—a Cinderella saga of how a concept transformed from a New York City hot dog cart to the country’s fastest-growing small chain.