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2017 Top 500: Sandwich

The sandwich category increased sales by 2.9% and units by 0.3%, despite category heavyweight Subway's 1.7% sales decline and 1.3% unit decline.

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Operators tackle tailgating season with off-premise offers

Restaurants are giving football fans ordering flexibility, menu variety and out-of-the-box options before they hit the stands.

Health authorities say an investigation of the situation is continuing.

Top franchise companies are driving growth, finds researcher Technomic's Top 400 Franchise Report. The 200 largest franchisees grew sales 8.2 percent in 2014, 2.5 times the rate of the Top 500 chains. Unit growth among these companies, too, was three times higher than their franchisors.

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 industry can only hope the court and social media developments of the past week will not be true precedents.

A new ranking finds plenty of familiar names toward the top of the list.

A restaurant chain's sales don't always reflect customer satisfaction, and vice versa. Here, we rank the leading limited-service chains using a formula that includes financials, consumer satisfaction and value.

Known for its high-quality submarine sandwiches made with premium ingredients and served “freaky fast”

The Culver family retains control, but a board seat has been extended to the buyer, Roark Capital.

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