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Top 100 Independents

Sales tactics boosting sales and traffic

Operators share how they’re boosting sales and traffic.

The Power 20

Power 20 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Even the top-grossing independent restaurants continue to struggle in the face of labor challenges—namely rising wages and attracting and retaining quality workers. Here’s how some are coping with their top concerns.

Las Vegas is home to the top-grossing restaurant in the United States, Tao, along with 13 other high-volume players from the Top 100. The city hosts several celebrity chefs and leading multiconcept operators.

What takes a notion from “that’s cool” to a smart, business-forward point of differentiation? We present 50 of the greatest on-trend ideas we’ve collected.

Ten restaurants among the Top 100 Independents call Florida home. Three are in Orlando’s Disney Springs, and the rest are clustered in and around Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Some of the biggest restaurant concepts are hotbeds for innovation, testing out ideas that will be a boon for operations of any size.

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