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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
151Sbarro$236342Quick ServicePizza
152Dutch Bros. Coffee$235*288Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
153Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes$235*97Quick ServiceFamily Casual
154Pizza Ranch$234203Quick ServicePizza
155Fazoli’s$229210Fast CasualSpecialty
156A&W All-American Food$226629Quick ServiceBurger
157Sonny’s BBQ$223*110Family DiningSpecialty
158Romano’s Macaroni Grill$222*91Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
159UNO Pizzeria & Grill$222*98Casual DiningVaried Menu
160Which Wich Superior Sandwiches$222*415Fast CasualSandwich
161Big Boy$221*183Family DiningFamily Style
162Newk’s Eatery$221116Fast CasualSandwich
163Rubio’s$220*191Fast CasualMexican
164Bahama Breeze Island Grille$21737Casual DiningVaried Menu
165Mastro’s Restaurants$217*15Fine DiningSteak
166Legal Sea Foods$216*36Casual DiningSeafood
167Luby’s$21588Quick ServiceFamily Casual
168Claim Jumper$214*42Casual DiningVaried Menu
169Fuddruckers$212*170Fast CasualBurger
170Shoney's$209*135Family DiningFamily Style
171Penn Station East Coast Subs$208*313Fast CasualSandwich
172Cafe Rio Mexican Grill$208*313Fast CasualMexican
173McCormick & Schmick’s$208*48Casual DiningSeafood
174Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet$206*70Quick ServiceFamily Casual
175Mimi’s Cafe$205*85Casual DiningVaried Menu
176Buca di Beppo$200*80Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
177Taco Bueno$200*184Fast CasualMexican
178Johnny Rockets$198190Casual DiningVaried Menu
179la Madeleine Country French Cafe$197*88Fast CasualBakery Cafe
180Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market$196*28Casual DiningSeafood
181Le Pain Quotidien$194*87Fast CasualBakery Cafe
182Beef ‘O’ Brady’s$192*169Casual DiningSports Bar
183Uncle Julio’s$191*30Casual DiningMexican
184Fuzzy’s Taco Shop$188*142Fast CasualMexican
185Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt$187*424Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
186Houlihan’s$18670Casual DiningVaried Menu
187Pret a Manger$185*93Fast CasualBakery Cafe
188Torchy's Tacos$18552Fast CasualMexican
189Sarku Japan$184*205Quick ServiceAsian/Noodle
190Bertucci's$18379Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
191The Melting Pot$182*116Casual DiningSpecialty
192J. Alexander’s$18231Casual DiningVaried Menu
193Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill$179*66Casual DiningSpecialty
194Kona Grill$17946Casual DiningAsian
195Bruegger’s Bagels$178*230Fast CasualBakery Cafe
196Cinnabon$177882Quick ServiceSpecialty
197Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks$177*56Casual DiningVaried Menu
198Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House$172*13Fine DiningSteak
199Yogurtland$171*258Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
200Quiznos$170*374Quick ServiceSandwich
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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