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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.

Consumer Trends

8 chains missing the mark with takeout

A look at the casual-dining chains satisfying consumers with their dine-in services, but not doing quite as well with takeout.

Full-service chicken-wing chains are hatching quick-serve spinoffs.

"The trip to Monterey is a reward for our top produce sales associates. They enjoy Monterey and they get a better education on fresh produce. Each year we...

A male-focused concept specializing in hot wings served in a sports bar

With the NRA show just hours away, certain truths about this year's convention are piling up like used toothpicks at a sliced-pepperoni booth. Here’re some of the insights we've gleaned so far:

These chains are taking a different tack to drawing pigskin fans this fall.

This week: restaurant critics without expense accounts, getting rid of tips and getting better service, Hooters comes out as feminist and dressing up the dress jacket.

When the happy talk is all about taxes, you know this was a good spell for restaurants. Also on the plus side: a cover-up for breastaurants, a lovefest for the big burger chains and bitcoins make an inroad.

A loud note of disharmony could be heard within the restaurant industry this week, particularly among its Italian combatants.

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