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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
101Tropical Smoothie Cafe$393628Quick ServiceSpecialty
102Charleys Philly Steaks$388*497Quick ServiceSandwich
103Cold Stone Creamery$382923Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
104Corner Bakery Cafe$374187Fast CasualBakery Cafe
105Jet's Pizza$374*400Quick ServicePizza
106Village Inn$472*212Family DiningFamily Style
107Chuy's$36991Casual DiningMexican
108Taco John's$367392Quick ServiceMexican
109Shake Shack$358100Fast CasualBurger
110Pollo Tropical$358154Fast CasualChicken
111Pei Wei Asian Diner$355*211Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
112The Habit Burger Grill$354209Fast CasualBurger
113On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina$351*145Casual DiningMexican
114Au Bon Pain$344212Fast CasualBakery Cafe
115Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen$343*39Casual DiningSeafood
116Schlotzsky's$342368Fast CasualSandwich
117Portillo's$338*52Fast CasualSandwich
118Benihana$338*73Casual DiningAsian
119Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores$336*280Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
120Smashburger$333*332Fast CasualBurger
121Zoes Kitchen$318243Fast CasualSpecialty
122Twin Peaks$31781Casual DiningSports Bar
123Bar Louie$316*131Casual DiningVaried Menu
124Smoothie King$313*243Quick ServiceSpecialty
125First Watch$313243Family DiningFamily Style
126Ninety Nine Restaurants$313*107Casual DiningVaried Menu
127Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar$30069Fine DiningSteak
128Texas de Brazil Churrascaria$298*50Fine DiningSteak
129Taco Cabana$294175Fast CasualMexican
130Rally’s Hamburgers$292304Quick ServiceBurger
131Fogo de Chao$28440Fine DiningSteak
132Peet’s Coffee & Tea$284*241Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
133Friendly’s$297231Family DiningFamily Style
134Hard Rock Cafe$278*44Casual DiningVaried Menu
135Joe’s Crab Shack$275*59Casual DiningSeafood
136Blaze Pizza$271230Fast CasualPizza
137MOD Pizza$270297Fast CasualPizza
138Wienerschnitzel$262*323Quick ServiceSandwich
139Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom$261108Casual DiningVaried Menu
140Caribou Coffee$259*395Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
141Huddle House$256*370Family DiningFamily Style
142Godfather’s Pizza$252*514Quick ServicePizza
143Black Bear Diner$251106Family DiningFamily Style
144Morton’s The Steakhouse$248*65Fine DiningSteak
145Seasons 52$24541Casual DiningVaried Menu
146Bill Miller Bar-B-Q$244*73Family DiningSpecialty
147Sizzler$244*123Quick ServiceFamily Casual
148Saltgrass Steak House$243*69Casual DiningSteak
149Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants$24130Casual DiningVaried Menu
150Brio Tuscan Grille$241*63Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
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,
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, TECHNOMIC

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