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2017 Top 500: Varied Menu

Overall, the varied menu category is flat, up .3% in sales to $23.9 billion and .5% in units to 7,792.

2016 Top 500 restaurant chains

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

Chains are revamping mozzarella sticks, chips, breaded veggies and dips.

Within the appetizer mealpart, all product categories have dropped in year-over-year mentions except one: fries.

The latest flurry of restaurant marketing tactics feel remarkably similar to what other concepts and segments have been doing successfully for some time.

The chain has promoted its vice president of operations.

Ed Doherty insists his success as a restaurant franchisee is a tale of phenomenal luck, starting with the purchase of his first restaurants in 1985.

‘Tis the season for sales draws that go beyond gift cards.

A look back at the most surprising, fun and thought-provoking menu fare at chains this past year.

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