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Fox & Hound

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.

8 trends that shaped the restaurant industry this year

A look at the burger wars, no-tipping tests and sales slumps 2016 ushered in.

The three operations had opted for protection less than three years ago.

A restaurant-bar touting “Sports, Spirits and Fun,” pairing pub food with darts and billiards

Not every restaurant development of the past year deserved commemoration with a smiley face. Here are a few of low points.