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Einstein Bros. Bagels

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.

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A bagel chain designed to look like a neighborhood coffee shop

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The retrenchment is reportedly part of a national restructuring following a change in ownership.

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.

While the bakery café menu category saw its total sales increase by 4% to $7.3 billion and units by 1% to 3,499, performance among the individual brands varied widely.

The brand’s Cheesy Shampoo and Wakin’ Bacon Conditioner are available to order online.

Hot smoked salmon and housemade relish give bagels and lox a different twist for restaurant menus.

The brands’ parent plans to expand the coffee-and-bagels concept nationwide.

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