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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.

These industry veterans are aiming for another hit with updates of what brought them success.

As expected, fast casual is still growing faster than other segments, though Technomic recently suggested its growth may be slowed in the coming years.

Here are some discounts and freebies being used to draw diners this Tax Day.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote that “maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,” and so it has been with the coming-of-age fast-casual restaurant segment.

Serves made-to-order sandwiches and pizzas for lunch and dinner in a quirky, modern deli

The youngest brand in Roark's expansive restaurant portfolio has been shaped and adjusted to be the company's next growth vehicle.

Traditional pestos are getting reworked with various herbs, nuts, chili peppers and veggies.

Technomic looks at consumers’ assessments of more than 60 attributes in order to determine the winners of its annual Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards.

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