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Top 100 Independents

2016 top independent restaurants in NYC

Despite some smaller cities growing their presence, New York City dominates the Top 100 Independents. Here are the 30 highest-grossing independent restaurants in the Big Apple.

10 Groundbreaking Concepts

10 groundbreaking concepts: 2015

These 10 groundbreakers all pushed the envelope during the last 12 months in terms of both design and operation, bending traditions and blurring lines within their typical space to set new directions.

Ten of the Top 100 Independents operate in the windy city, and another three are located in Chicago's suburbs. This list of restaurants is heavy on steakhouses, with some seafood and Italian for good measure.

The segment may be maturing, but these growing fast-casual concepts have found plenty of opportunity.

These are the independent steakhouses bringing in the big bucks.

The top-performing independent steak restaurants of the year

The leading independent restaurants lured diners with new seafood riffs as well as limited-time or seasonal menu offerings showcasing fresh ingredients.

The top-performing independent restaurants specializing in Italian cuisine of 2017.

A dozen new restaurants made their way onto the Top 100 Independents ranking. Some weren't open long enough to make the sales minimum on last year's list. Others' incremental growth did the trick. And in a few cases, owners asked to be considered, and they were spot on.

Five of the highest-grossing independent restaurants in the U.S. are in the nation’s capital, from one of America’s oldest places to talk politics to a newcomer owned by a consortium of family farms.

Operators are winning over millennials, among others, with trend-forward dishes and menu presentations.

Of the 12 restaurants among the Top 100 Independents that are located in Chicagoland, nine are in the city and three are in the suburbs. Two of those suburban restaurants—and three in the city—are operated by Gibsons Restaurant Group.

Want to get guests' attention? Check out some of these smart marketing moves.

These 100 restaurants brought in combined food and beverage revenues of more than $1.8 billion in 2016, with an average check of $68.26.

While it may not be all good news yet, these chains have plans in place that are starting to pay off.

From hyper-local promotions to customized freebies, savvy restaurateurs are finding new ways and new networks to build business. Check these out.

The panel of restaurant industry pros that judged this year’s Clean Plate Awards eat for a living.

The one-size-fits-all approach of big legacy chains may be giving way to more diversified, regionalized methods of restaurant development, even for concepts...

With every class of up-and-coming concepts comes a fresh crop of common threads that tie them together.

The 50 restaurant dishes that follow are top sellers that are currently driving traffic and may be tomorrow's Bloomin' Onion, Blizzard or Doritos Locos Taco.

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