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Round Table Pizza

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Comfort food makeovers reign among this winter’s tempting LTOs

Consumers favored familiar dishes with a twist in December. These seven stood out in Technomic’s monthly survey.

The 50-year-old chain will now be a sister concept to Hot Dog on a Stick and Pretzelmaker.

A Knights of the Round Table-themed chain proclaiming to make “the last honest pizza”

Self-proclaimed maker of “The Last Honest Pizza” that touts its fresh, made-from-scratch dough

DIY pizza is again a growth story, but still a relatively small piece of the pie (only Blaze Pizza has hit the top 200).

If the chain doesn’t make good on the guarantee, a customer’s meal is free.

Italian/pizza chains from the 2016 Top 500 ranking are up just 2.5%. Headwinds include consumers’ increasing demand for authenticity and competition from fast-casual build-your-own concepts.

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.

We asked six chain veterans what are the significant milestones in the growth of a restaurant company and learned no two concepts are exactly alike.