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Top 500 Chains

A Restaurant Business and Technomic Special Report

Top 500 Chains

The Top 500 highest-grossing restaurant chains recorded their best overall performance in five years in 2019. Chicken had a moment, tech made another leap and the biggest chains got bigger. This annual report, in partnership with Technomic, highlights the data, trends and brands that defined the year.

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Top 250: The Ranking

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RankChain2019 U.S. Sales ($000,000)YOY Sales Change2019 U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeMenu Category
51Steak 'n Shake$950*576Burger
52P.F. Chang's$917221Asian
53Qdoba Mexican Eats$901730Mexican
54El Pollo Loco$894482Chicken
55Krispy Kreme$887*364Snack
56Hooters$858*341Sports Bar
57Del Taco$850596Mexican
58Firehouse Subs$8321,155Sandwich
59Bob Evans$795*483Family Style
60Moe's Southwest Grill$749*730Mexican
61Papa Murphy's Pizza$7481,329Pizza
62Ruby Tuesday$731*451Varied Menu
63McAlister's Deli$725*460Sandwich
64Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen$724175Varied Menu
65Church's Chicken$716*1,032Chicken
66Tim Hortons$714*715Coffee Cafe
67Ruth's Chris Steak House$703135Steak
68Carrabba's Italian Grill$653225Italian/Pizza
69Jason's Deli$647283Sandwich
70Marco's Pizza$628915Pizza
71Shake Shack$622173Burger
72California Pizza Kitchen$621*199Italian/Pizza
73Baskin-Robbins$6152,524Frozen Desserts
74Yard House$60979Varied Menu
75Bonefish Grill$587197Seafood
76White Castle$579371Burger
77Tropical Smoothie Cafe$576834Beverage
78Dave & Buster's$571*132Sports Bar
79Dutch Bros. Coffee$567369Coffee Cafe
80Captain D's Seafood Kitchen$561540Seafood
81Auntie Anne's$559*1,288Snack
82First Watch$558368Family Style
83Perkins Restaurant & Bakery$541*309Family Style
84Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers$535368Burger
85Checkers Drive-In Restaurants$535*584Burger
86Noodles & Company$533457Asian/Noodle
87Einstein Bros. Bagels$517*710Bakery Cafe
90Boston Market$501390Chicken
91The Habit Burger Grill$500*273Burger
92Logan's Roadhouse$496*204Steak
93MOD Pizza$483467Pizza
94Smoothie King$462972Beverage
95Mellow Mushroom$461*187Italian/Pizza
96The Capital Grille$46158Steak
97Round Table Pizza$450*435Pizza
98Miller's Ale House$446*98Sports Bar
99Potbelly sandwich Shop$446471Sandwich
100Hungry Howie's Pizza$439537Pizza
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate


The Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report is a measure of the largest restaurant concepts by U.S. systemwide sales, based on results from the 2019 calendar year. Relevant information is accrued using a combination of public company financial filings, direct operator surveying, franchise disclosure documents and proprietary valuation algorithms. Technomic Inc. believes that its sources of information are reliable but does not assume any liability for the accuracy or comprehensiveness of the information published.

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Insights from the top 500

Behind the Brands

“Everyone is going to slow down [due to the coronavirus pandemic]. But pizza and the operators that people know deliver and have all the logistics in place … those guys will do relatively well. It’s the people who are now fighting uphill to say 'Hey, we do delivery,' ... it's going to be very hard for them to get the word out”Kevin Schimpf, manager of industry insights, Technomic
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Menu Segments

“It looks like we were going to have a pretty good year in 2020 that even exceeded 2019. Coronavirus really came at a bad time … given that the industry was showing some very positive numbers.”Joe Pawlak, managing principal, Technomic
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