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Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Beverage

Tapping the craft-beer craving

Although operators do have customers who are loyal to the beer they drank in college, there is increasing demand for smaller-batch beers, seasonal brews and those with a local pedigree.

2017 Top 500: Varied Menu

Overall, the varied menu category is flat, up .3% in sales to $23.9 billion and .5% in units to 7,792.

See which brand beat Denny’s, Applebee’s and others in a new ranking of full-service concepts by the strength of their customer following.

In a 2015 Technomic survey, 72 percent of consumers said they now expect restaurants to allow them to customize meals. But it can be a struggle to execute.

Specializing in authentic Chicago-style pizza and a selection of more than 100 global beers

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 Chicago-style pizza chain is remodeling all of its current units by the third quarter of 2017

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