10 largest family-dining chains ranked by systemwide sales

The segment and its sub-sectors like the buffets market haven't had an easy time post-pandemic, prompting many members of the old guard to arm themselves with shiny new upstarts as future growth vehicles. But there's still plenty of effort being spent on helping the longtime leaders keep their footing, as this look at the Top 10 shows.


For Top 500 family-dining chains, it's back to the future

The segment's old guard is striving to amp up its traditional strength of providing value, but with more relevant and higher-quality menu options.

Reality Check: Old-guard chains are finding the alternative operations to be persistently effective side hustles.

A Keke's unit was opened for the first time outside of Florida, to encouraging results, the company said. It sports a new look and menu, as well as alcoholic beverages.

The diner chain also announced preliminary sales results for Q4, with comps rising 1.5% at franchised units and sliding 1.2% at corporate stores.

While considering more virtual concepts, the diner chain plans to roll out a simplified bill of fare next week.

Patra will assume the newly created position after spending 15 years at Brinker.

He "ceased to be an executive officer" as of Tuesday, the company said in a securities filing. But he will serve in a "non-executive" capacity through the remainder of the fiscal year.

Both of the company's concepts will focus on their menus, one to stress value, the other to underscore on-site prep.

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level hirings and promotions in the restaurant business includes changes for 7-Eleven, Razzoo’s, Golden Chick, Canada’s restaurant association.

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