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.
As Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, one of the restaurant industry’s big charitable campaigns to fight childhood hunger, kicks into high gear this month, its feel-good benefits are well publicized. But as every restaurateur knows, running a profitable business isn't only about following your heart—it’s about making decisions that ultimately benefit the top and bottom line.