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
201Taco Bueno$170*169Fast CasualMexican
202The Original Pancake House$168*132MidscaleFamily Style
203True Food Kitchen$16725Casual DiningVaried Menu
204Mountain Mike's Pizza$163204Quick ServicePizza
205Jack's$163*160Quick ServiceBurger
206Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que$162*24Casual Dining
207Eat'n Park$16268MidscaleFamily Style
208The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf$162*315Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
209Kona Grill$162*44Casual DiningAsian
210LaRosa's Pizzeria$15864MidscaleItalian/Pizza
211Sweetgreen$158*92Fast CasualSpecialty
212Menchie's Frozen Yogurt$157*440Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
213Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza$154*215Fast CasualItalian/Pizza
214Bruegger's Bagels$154*67Casual DiningBakery Cafe
215Farmer Boys$152*92Fast CasualBurger
216Roosters$152*41Casual DiningVaried Menu
217Hurricane Grill & Wings$150*56Casual DiningSports Bar
218Giordano's$148*71Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
219The Old Spaghetti Factory$147*42Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
220Grand Lux Cafe$146*14Casual DiningVaried Menu
221Wayback Burgers$144*149Fast CasualBurger
222Rainforest Cafe$144*19Casual DiningVaried Menu
223PDQ$142*67Fast CasualChicken
224Pizza Pro$142*468Quick ServicePizza
225Pollo Campero$14180Fast CasualChicken
226Duffy's Sports Grill$141*34Casual DiningSports Bar
227Tijuana Flats$141*135Fast CasualMexican
228Black Angus Steakhouse$140*43Casual DiningSteak
229Quiznos$139*323Quick ServiceSandwich
230Shari's Cafe and Pies$139*92MidscaleFamily Style
231Biggby Coffee$138*265Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
232Rosati's Pizza$138*210Quick ServicePizza
233Bertucci's$137*58Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
234Yogurtland$136*273Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
235BurgerFi$134104Fast CasualBurger
236Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken$134*130Quick ServiceChicken
237Eddie V's Prime Seafood$13319Casual DiningSeafood
238Great American Cookies$131*352Quick ServiceSpecialty
239Bravo! Cucina Italiana$131*45Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
240Baja Fresh Mexican Grill$130*135Quick ServiceMexican
241Slim Chickens$129*75Fast CasualChicken
242The Brass Tap$128*48Casual DiningSports Bar
243WaBa Grill$127191Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
244STK$127*11Fine DiningSteak
24554th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse$12529Casual DiningVaried Menu
246Metro Diner$12567MidscaleFamily Style
247Freebirds World Burrito$123*73Fast CasualMexican
248Togo's Sandwiches$123*205Quick ServiceSandwich
249Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill$12391Fast CasualMexican
250L&L Hawaiian Barbecue$123*188Quick ServiceSpecialty
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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