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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.

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7 indulgences aimed at busting New Year's resolutions

As consumers try to meet their healthier eating pledges, some operators are bucking the trend and offering indulgent fare.

Parent Jack in the Box rebranded the exhibition-style Mexican fast casual for a fresh feel

Operators are offering their own versions of meal kits, serving up bundled family meals that often have an off-premise bent.

Restaurant dealmaking is at its highest level in 11 years. The transactions record could be shattered if these blockbuster acquisitions, already the subjects of Wall Street speculation, should go down.

Want a restaurant chain? Find a company selling a secondary concept, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Chains are celebrating the tortilla-wrapped icon with a variety of themed deals.

The Mexican fast-casual chain is now providing condiments and mix-ins like guacamole and queso for no extra charge.

To break away from perceptions as the second-best burrito shop, Qdoba leans on a new customer persona in preparation for a redesign.

Net income also grew in Q4.

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