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How top independent operators manage a changing industry
Independents operators may be outpacing chains when it comes to sales growth, but the same challenges are stunting potential growth across the industry. Top operators are finding ways to combat these costs by focusing on the experience.
2018 Top 100 by the numbers
The top 100 independent restaurants brought in combined food and beverage revenue of $1.8 billion in 2017, with an average check of $72.48. Still, they vary greatly in size and price point. They even differ greatly in age, with No. 5 Old Ebbitt Grill open since 1856 and the newest Junior’s location open for less than a full year in 2017.