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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)
1Burgerim$34*277.8%80247.8%$720*
2110 Grill$4977.3%1850.0%$3,265
3Pokeworks$30*76.2%3277.8%$1,210*
4The Simple Greek$35*63.6%2886.7%$1,630*
5By Chloe$30*60.1%1344.4%$2,740*
6Maple Street Biscuit Co.$44*58.9%3050.0%$1,780*
7The Lost Cajun$46*58.0%2450.0%$2,320*
8Wahlburgers$48*56.7%2735.0%$2,030*
9Bibibop Asian Grill$35*53.6%3020.0%$1,300*
10Bulla Gastrobar$25*52.7%740.0%$4,200*
11Flower Child$32*51.9%1645.5%$2,430*
12Slapfish$25*49.7%1754.5%$1,830*
13Your Pie$4149.1%6538.3%$690
14The Pizza Press$23*47.4%2229.4%$1,180*
1585C Bakery Cafe$38*46.7%6042.9%$750*
16Blue Bottle Coffee$40*46.4%5742.5%$840*
17Rapid Fired Pizza$25*41.5%2712.5%$1,015*
18Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q$29*39.4%1741.7%$2,000*
19Sugarfire Smokehouse$20*38.9%1330.0%$1,800*
20Famous Toastery$42*38.5%3228.0%$1,500*
21Duck Donuts$32*38.5%8037.9%$470*
22Apple Spice$20*36.7%3559.1%$720*
23Rusty Taco$33*36.5%3119.2%$1,170*
24Bluestone Lane$38*36.2%3545.8%$1,300*
25Slater's 50/50$32*34.0%1137.5%$3,400*
26Punch Bowl Social$46*34.0%1536.4%$3,600*
271000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza$35*34.0%4017.6%$950*
28Tacos 4 Life$21*34.0%1525.0%$1,580*
29Honeygrow$48*33.2%2911.5%$1,750*
30&pizza$39*32.0%3223.1%$1,350*
31Mendocino Farms$38*31.1%2441.2%$1,875*
32Ahipoki Bowl$33*31.0%2816.7%$1,270*
33LA Crawfish$41*29.7%2215.8%$2,000*
34Roti Modern Mediterranean$49*29.3%3918.2%$1,525*
35The Flying Biscuit Cafe$31*29.1%2033.3%$1,800*
36Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar$4828.6%2033.3%$2,436
37Clean Eatz$31*28.5%4029.0%$875*
38Philz Coffee$27*27.6%5223.8%$580*
39Cafe Zupas$42*27.1%5624.4%$835*
40Dog Haus$30*26.0%3512.9%$925*
41Insomnia Cookies$39*25.9%15519.2%$280*
42Dig Inn Seasonal Market$37*25.6%2426.3%$1,760*
43Snappy Salads$21*23.3%185.9%$1,240*
44Pinstripes$37*21.4%1025.0%$4,150*
45Spitz$23*21.3%1025.0%$2,650*
46Creamistry$24*21.0%5624.4%$490*
47Vapiano$2620.5%1025.0%$2,965
48Joe & the Juice$45*20.2%5514.6%$890*
49Eggs Up Grill$2219.8%3025.0%$835
50Sunny Street Cafe$25*18.7%2414.3%$1,130*

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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