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 culmination of Mardi Gras happens on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. Since it’s the last “hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday—a time when Catholics traditionally gave up milk, butter and eggs—it became a day to use up all these rich ingredients. This gave rise to the custom of making pancakes.