Top 500 CHAINS

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Top 500 CHAINS

The restaurant space grew even more crowded in 2018, with Top 500 unit growth slowing for the fifth consecutive year. While they again failed to outpace smaller brands and independents, chains have established a modest sales growth trend. After a dip below 3% growth in 2017, the Top 500 rebounded slightly in 2018 with a 3.3% sales gain to $317.7 billion. Here, we take a close look at Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, providing a peek at the data as well as insights into the shifts and trends impacting the industry.

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Top 250: The Ranking

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RankChain2018 U.S. Sales ($000,000)YOY Sales Change2018 U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeSegmentMenu Category
151Legal Sea Foods$240*35Casual DiningSeafood
152Pret a Manger$240*92Fast CasualBakery Cafe
153Godfather's Pizza$240*548Quick ServicePizza
154Bahama Breeze Island Grille$23940Casual DiningVaried Menu
155Sbarro$236*345Quick ServicePizza
156Cafe Rio Mexican Grill$236*118Fast CasualMexican
157Rubio's$232204Fast CasualMexican
158Fazoli's$231215Fast CasualSpecialty
159Mastro's Restaurants$230*17Fine DiningSteak
160Romano's Macaroni Grill$229*88Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
161Newk's Eatery$226122Fast CasualSandwich
162Brio Tuscan Grille$226*58Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
163A&W All-American Food$223615Quick ServiceBurger
164Which Wich$222*425Fast CasualSandwich
165Fuzzy's Taco Shop$214*148Fast CasualMexican
166Uncle Julio's$214*35Casual DiningMexican
167Torchy's Tacos$213*63Fast CasualMexican
168Beef 'O' Brady's$212*172Casual DiningSports Bar
169Hard Rock Cafe$211*42Casual DiningVaried Menu
170Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes$211*90Quick ServiceFamily Casual
171Luby's$21084Quick ServiceFamily Casual
172Sonny's BBQ$209*101Midscale
173Uno Pizzeria & Grill$208*95Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
174Johnny Rockets$207175Casual DiningVaried Menu
175Penn Station East Coast Subs$200310Fast CasualSandwich
176Claim Jumper$197*37Casual DiningVaried Menu
177Fuddruckers$197*153Fast CasualBurger
178Cinnabon$190*917Quick ServiceSpecialty
179Buca di Beppo$189*77Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
180Shoney's$187*127MidscaleFamily Style
181Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.$187*27Casual DiningSeafood
182Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House$18216Fine DiningSteak
183Mimi's Cafe$181*79Casual DiningVaried Menu
184Houlihan's$18167Casual DiningVaried Menu
185J. Alexander's$181*32Casual DiningVaried Menu
186Joe's Crab Shack$180*57Casual DiningSeafood
187McCormick & Schmick's$179*41Casual DiningSeafood
188Firebirds Wood Fired Grill$17948Casual DiningVaried Menu
189Donatos Pizza$176*170Fast CasualPizza
190Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar$17530Casual DiningVaried Menu
191Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet$175*65Quick ServiceFamily Casual
192Pappasito's Cantina$175*25Casual DiningMexican
193The Melting Pot$173*108Casual DiningVaried Menu
194Le Pain Quotidien$172*98Fast CasualBakery Cafe
195Golden Chick$171183Quick ServiceChicken
196Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks$171*56Casual DiningVaried Menu
197La Madeleine Country French Cafe$17087Fast CasualBakery Cafe
198Wetzel's Pretzels$170335Quick ServiceSpecialty
199Great Harvest Bread Co.$170*183Fast CasualBakery Cafe
200Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill$170*63Casual Dining
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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Insights from the top 500



“Location growth overall for the Top 500 slowed for five consecutive years. It will stay positive but continue to decelerate. There’s nowhere to go and lots of saturation, and everyone is feeling traffic struggles. Why open new units when operators can focus on improving existing ones?”KEVIN SCHIMPF, MANAGER OF INDUSTRY INSIGHTS, TECHNOMIC


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