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Freddy's

Financing

How Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers survived the pandemic

The fast-growing burger chain generated long lines with new openings and cut its service times down.

Leadership

Phil Hickey, Scott Redler, Joe Essa named the restaurant business’ top operators

Along with fellow Silver Plate winner Brandon Chrostowski, a fine-dining chef-turned-educator and trainer, the three are finalists for one of foodservice’s top honors, the Gold Plate Award.

Consumers rank their top 10 favorites from a field of hundreds.

Operators are tempting customers with cool sweets to lick, sip and spoon up.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

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.

The top three burger chains, all QSRs, own two-thirds of the category's sales.

Operators of all kinds are focusing on the same theme when looking to upgrade their tried-and-true kitchen equipment: advanced technology and energy-saving features.

A chain that places equal emphasis on its signature frozen custard and made-to-order steakburgers

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