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The 10 fastest-growing restaurant chains

Among the 10 chains growing locations at a fast clip are chicken, salad and beverage concepts, according to the Technomic Top 500 ranking.


Former Portillo's exec Derrick Pratt named CEO of Condado Tacos

Derrick Pratt is scheduled to take the helm on July 1 and is charged with leading the full-service brand into the next stage of growth.

The fast-casual segment had a strong 2023 in terms of sales, boosted by unit growth and menu pricing.

Top 500: It was one of the fastest growing fast-casual chains in 2023 and sales nearly doubled. But is the hot chicken chain growing too fast?

Small but growing, this group of salad concepts is figuring out how to scale by making fresh, healthful options accessible.

Systemwide, Portillo's restaurants will open 30 minutes earlier, and some restaurants are staying open as late as 1 a.m. local time.

A familiar Italian chain kept the top spot, but there was movement below in a tough year for full-service restaurants.

Retail Watch: Grocers and big-box food retailers, already benefiting from being significantly cheaper than restaurants, are touting major price cuts this summer.

The plant-based concept backed by an investment from restaurateur Danny Meyer is on a national tour this summer to hunt for potential locations. And founder Pinky Cole Hayes is working with Pepsi to find the best Black-owned restaurants.

Price-conscious consumers began to shift away from sit-down restaurants in 2023 after embracing them a year earlier. That made growth difficult to come by.

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