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Top 500

A Restaurant Business and Technomic Special Report

Top 500

Chain restaurants faced another tough year in 2017, struggling to grow sales in the face of challenging labor and real estate markets and a crowded, competitive restaurant space. Chains failed to outpace regional brands and independents as they struggled against consumers’ negative perceptions. Still, over half of the industry’s $536.8 billion came from the Top 500 chains. Here, we dive into Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, providing data and insights into the trends.

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Top 250: The Ranking

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RankChain2017 U.S. Sales ($000)YOY Sales Change2017 U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeSegmentMenu Category
51Bob Evans$910*515Family DiningVaried Menu
52In-N-Out Burger$908*331Quick ServiceBurger
53Krispy Kreme$891*316Quick ServiceSpecialty
54P.F. Chang’s$882*218Casual DiningAsian
55Hooters$845*338Casual DiningSports Bar
56El Pollo Loco$839*473Quick ServiceChicken
57Papa Murphy’s Pizza$8321,483Quick ServicePizza
58Ruby Tuesday$827*558Casual DiningVaried Menu
59Qdoba Mexican Eats$822726Fast CasualMexican
60Del Taco$783564Quick ServiceMexican
61Church’s Chicken$774*1,078Quick ServiceChicken
62Tim Hortons$760*705Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
63Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen$720*165Casual DiningVaried Menu
64Moe’s Southwest Grill$715705Fast CasualMexican
65Firehouse Subs$7151,088Fast CasualSandwich
66California Pizza Kitchen$695*204Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
67Ruth’s Chris Steak House$692134Fine DiningSteak
68Carrabba’s Italian Grill$687228Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
69McAlister’s Deli$656409Fast CasualSandwich
70Jason’s Deli$646273Fast CasualSandwich
71Perkins Restaurant & Bakery$630*369Family DiningFamily Style
72Bonefish Grill$619201Casual DiningSeafood
73Dickey’s Barbecue Pit$613564Fast CasualSpecialty
74Baskin-Robbins$6062,560Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
75Logan’s Roadhouse$596*212Casual DiningSteak
76Boston Market$593*459Fast CasualChicken
77Auntie Anne’s$5591,309Quick ServiceSpecialty
78Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen$553531Quick ServiceSeafood
79Checkers Drive-In Restaurants$552572Quick ServiceBurger
80Marco’s Pizza$549967Quick ServicePizza
81White Castle$547381Quick ServiceBurger
82Einstein Bros. Bagels$543*695Fast CasualBakery Cafe
83Yard House$53067Casual DiningVaried Menu
84Noodles & Co.$526478Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
85Jamba Juice$523*802Quick ServiceSpecialty
86Dave & Buster’s$494104Casual DiningSports Bar
87O’Charley’s$490*213Casual DiningVaried Menu
88Potbelly Sandwich Shop$459476Quick ServiceSandwich
89Long John Silver’s$455*940Quick ServiceSeafood
90Mellow Mushroom$445*193Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
91Round Table Pizza$444429Quick ServicePizza
92Cicis$439*444Quick ServicePizza
93The Capital Grille$42156Fine DiningSteak
94Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers$411281Fast CasualBurger
95Maggiano's Little Italy$40952Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
96Hungry Howie's Pizza$403552Quick ServicePizza
97Chuck E. Cheese's$402*549Quick ServicePizza
98Miller's Ale House$401*83Casual DiningSports Bar
99Famous Dave's$400146Casual DiningSpecialty
100Krystal Co.$394363Quick ServiceBurger
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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“THE INDUSTRY IS SATURATED. ... BUT IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT RESTAURANT, THE RIGHT LOCATION AND THE RIGHT OFFERING, THERE’S SUCCESS TO BE HAD.”PATRICK NOONE,
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