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50 Great Ideas

50 Great Ideas 2018

These 50 ideas go beyond what’s “cool” to deliver smart, trend-forward solutions that might just serve as an inspiration for others.

Top 500 Chains

Top 500 2018

Chain restaurants faced another tough year in 2017. Still, well over half of the restaurant industry’s $536.8 billion came from the Top 500 chains, as ranked by Technomic.

The problems hitting the restaurant industry—labor woes, competition from outside forces, real estate challenges and more—are affecting national brands...

Industry experts name their favorite meals of the year.

We've gathered an esteemed panel of industry insiders to name the restaurant dishes they enjoyed most over the last year-the ones that literally made them clean their plates.

List of 100 top-grossing independent restaurants in America based on restaurant data like restaurant sales and average restaurant check size.

Restaurant Business's annual Power 20 list highlights multiconcept operators with regional success that are shaping the restaurant industry.

Read on to see what dishes made the cut for “best of the best” in 2015.

The Future 50 uncovers industry insights around where the hot upstarts are germinating and other commonalities.

Here are some additional great ideas the Restaurant Business editors saw while out and about in their home city of Chicago in the past year.

It’s an unlikely success story—a Cinderella saga of how a concept transformed from a New York City hot dog cart to the country’s fastest-growing small chain.

Operators can learn lessons from traits chains on the rise share. Here’s how they are helping set the pace of the industry, by way of menu, operations and more.

Change agents facing the greatest challenges in the restaurant industry today.

Winning dishes have showcased myriad notable trends, many of which continue to influence the industry today.

Restaurant Business identified the 20 fastest-growing small chains that have fewer than 20 units, at least 20% sales growth from 2015 to 2016, and under $25 million in total sales.

From a 160-year-old classic to a music venue enjoying the success of a pop culture namesake, Washington, D.C., is home to six of the Top 100 Independents.

Whether these concepts grew their incremental sales, opened up or asked to be considered, they made the list of Top 100 Independents for the first time this year.

The Sunshine State is home to eight of the Top 100 Independents; last year, the count was six. Three of the highest-grossing restaurants in Florida are on Disney properties.

The top-grossing independent restaurants located in hotels of 2017.

While many of the Top 100 Independent restaurants on this years ranking are standalone spots, many operate within hotels, providing a built-in group of diners.

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