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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.

Famous Dave’s looks to fried chicken

A Sunday night special is one of the new ways the barbecue chain intends to rebound from a steep decline in traffic during 2015.

Peet’s purchased Stumptown Coffee Roasters earlier this month.

Stumptown will continue to operate independently.

With sales of traditional soda pop flat, the beverage giants are bringing more alternative soft drinks to market.