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Brio Tuscan Grille

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.

Consumer Trends

Top chains by menu segment for 2017

Chains ranking highest in their competitive set deliver more than just good food. They’re winning in all aspects of the dining experience, from service to convenience.

Italian heavyweight Olive Garden increased sales by 3%, helping to drive the menu category's 1.9% sales growth, to $8.5 billion.

We run through what exactly yeast is. Plus there's a step by step on making perfect yeast-raised dough. And useful tips on selecting and preparing ingredients.

This week's most arresting restaurant developments seemed to come in groups, raising the risk of neck injury for the keen observer. Here's a painless review of the head-spinning moments you may have missed.

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 28, 2009)—Federal officials plan to ban sales of raw oystersharvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated todestroy...

The owner of Bravo Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille will be acquired in an all-cash deal.

Cooler autumn weather brings the urge to turn on the oven and serve warm, comforting desserts. Bread pudding fits the bill. These places are giving the old-fashioned dessert some modern twists.

(April 27, 2011)—The fourth edition of the Hazards and Controls Guide, as it is known by industry, has been published by the FDA. This updates the last...

Often the main ingredient in pancakes and biscuits, due to the rise of consumer interest in fermented foods and bolder flavors, buttermilk is being revived and reintroduced in several new and interesting culinary applications.

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