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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.

2016 Top 500: Fast-casual chains

Fast casual continues full speed ahead, with two decades of double-digit growth. With $34 billion in sales—an 11.5% increase—the segment now comprises about 12% of the Top 500.

In one corner, c-stores, trying to reinvent themselves and steal customers from restaurants by beefing up the quality and quantity of their food.

"I lost my cool—at the wrong person."— Kat Cole, President, CinnabonAccording to a business fable that’s made the rounds, a mid-level executive...

Restaurant Business Magazine's annual ranking of the fastest growing small chains in America.

Restaurant Business Magazine's annual ranking of the fastest growing small chains in America.

Restaurant Business Magazine's annual ranking of the fastest growing small chains in America.

In its 2007 year-end analysis, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board states that the overarching food trend that favors small batch, homemade products and...

Concepts large and small are paying more attention to breakfast. There are even a few emerging chains—First Watch, Cereality and the Egg & I—dedicated...

We’ve asked America’s evangelists of “Roadfood,” the authors of the indispensable guide of the same name, to design four custom-made, mouth-watering vacations just for Restaurant Business readers. So clear your calendar and top off the tank. It’s time to take a road trip.