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The Future 50

The Future 50

There’s perhaps no better method of detecting bankable trends than examining the country’s fastest-growing small chains. These concepts earned their spots on Restaurant Business’ annual Future 50 ranking by posting impressive sales growth while also differentiating their menu, format and operation, signaling that innovation is in.

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Future 50: The Ranking

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RankChainU.S. Systemwide Sales ($000,000)YOY Sales ChangeTotal U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeAverage Unit Volume ($000)
1CoreLife Eatery$22241.4%23187.5%$1,700
2The Halal Guys$37*160.0%54134.8%$970*
3Wahlburgers$30*122.5%20150.0%$2,200*
4Maple Street Biscuit Co.$28*96.6%20122.2%$2,000*
5Honeygrow$39*96.0%2673.3%$1,800*
6Bibibop Asian Grill$23*89.4%25108.3%$1,300*
7Babalu Tapas & Tacos$2578.6%9125.0%$2,700
8Cava$47*77.2%4684.0%$1,400*
9Ahipoki bowl$26*74.0%2460.0%$1,300*
10Duck Donuts$24*72.9%5848.7%$500*
111000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza$26*66.7%3470.0%$980*
12Dog Haus$24*58.2%3155.0%$950*
13Your Pie$2758.0%4738.2%$680
13Naf Naf Grill$48*58.0%3852.0%$1,500*
15Kura Revolving Sushi Bar$3757.8%1427.3%$3,200
16R Taco$24*55.4%2677.3%$1,200*
17The Simple Greek$21*55.1%1536.4%$1,600*
18Famous Toastery$30*53.7%2547.1%$1,500*
19The Lost Cajun$25*53.6%1233.3%$2,500*
20HopCat$48*48.9%1623.1%$3,400*
21Bombshells$22*46.7%650.0%$4,400*
22&pizza$29*42.8%2636.8%$1,300*
23Teriyaki Madness$2942.0%4220.0%$760
24LA Crawfish$31*41.7%1935.7%$1,900*
25Vitality Bowls$45*41.4%4845.5%$1,200*
26Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken$47*40.1%2426.3%$2,200*
27California Fish Grill$4739.7%2123.5%$2,600
28Punch Bowl Social$28*39.6%1137.5%$3,000*
29B.Good$50*38.9%5332.5%$1,100*
30Luna Grill$48*38.1%4014.3%$1,300*
31Yolk$29*36.4%1318.2%$2,400*
32Burger Lounge$39*35.8%2519.0%$1,700*
32Snooze, an A.M. Eatery$39*35.8%2419.0%$1,800*
32Hopdoddy Burger Bar$49*35.8%2229.4%$2,500*
35 Ike’s Place$33*35.7%3811.8%$920*
36Melt Bar & Grilled$21*35.0%1311.8%$1,700*
37Tin Lizzy’s Cantina$41*34.4%1730.8%$2,800*
38Blue Bottle Coffee$27*34.3%4042.9%$830*
39Keke’s Breakfast Cafe$47*33.7%3228.0%$1,700*
39Luke’s Lobster$36*33.7%3042.9%$1,400*
41Pies & Pints$40*33.0%1416.7%$3,100*
42Dig Inn$30*32.6%1918.8%$1,700*
43Clean Eatz$24*32.2%3134.8%$895
44Philz Coffee$21*31.3%4220.0%$555*
45Urban Cookhouse$22*30.8%1330.0%$1,900*
46Grabbagreen$25*29.6%2742.1%$1,100*
47Piada Italian Street Food$40*29.4%4227.3%$1,100*
48Bakersfield$27*28.6%814.3%$3,600*
49Burger & Beer Joint$20*28.1%814.3%$2,700*
50Even Stevens Sandwiches$23*27.6%2116.7%$1,200*
Source: Technomic's Digital Resource Library; Data from full year 2017; *Technomic estimate

How the research works

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest-growing restaurant concepts with annual sales between $20 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in systemwide sales from 2016 to 2017; chains must have also opened new units in 2017 to qualify. Unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2017. When data was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public information, comparable concepts, market and other factors. Visit Technomic's Digital Resource Library, powered by Ignite.

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