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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.

Food

How leading chains stack up by menu size

The top and fastest-growing chains don’t always align with average total menu items in their sectors.

Darden’s Western concept was named one of consumers’ favorite steakhouses in 2016

Consumers reveal which chain limited-time offers they are most likely to order based on the name and description.

Citing the services’ high costs, Olive Garden owner Darden and Newk’s Eatery are cautious on the industry trend.

Remaining restaurants will be converted into Eddie V's restaurants.

The biggest story from Wednesday’s Global Best Practices Conference is the one that’s not often told, but could soon be. In the meantime, here’s a preview of the industry’s most powerful defense against detractors.

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