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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
101Charleys Philly Steaks$435*540Sandwich
103O'Charley's$426196Varied Menu
104Pollo Tropical$425174Chicken
105Maggiano's Little Italy$41753Italian/Pizza
107Long John Silver's$404*850Seafood
108Saltgrass Steak House$402*88Steak
109Chuck E. Cheese's$381*537Pizza
110Taco John's$373387Mexican
111Texas de Brazil Churrascaria$370*58Steak
112Cold Stone Creamery$369*895Frozen Desserts
113Blaze Pizza$366313Pizza
114Peet's Coffee$357*423Coffee Cafe
115Dickey's Barbecue Pit$349*497BBQ
116Zoes Kitchen$348*256Sandwich
117Corner Bakery_Cafe$348*175Bakery Cafe
118Krystal Co.$343*318Burger
120Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants$33841Varied Menu
121Big Boy/Frisch's Big Boy$338*194Family Style
122Black Bear Diner$336138Family Style
123Twin Peaks$33584Sports Bar
125Jet's Pizza$331*383Pizza
126Famous Dave's$329*128BBQ
127On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina$327*136Mexican
128Fogo de Chao$326*43Steak
129Ninety Nine Restaurants$324*108Varied Menu
130Village Inn$313*183Family Style
131Taco Cabana$311172Mexican
132Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar$30768Steak
133Caribou Coffee$306*464Coffee Cafe
135Au Bon Pain$289*170Bakery Cafe
136Bar Louie$284*128Varied Menu
137Sarku Japan$281224Asian/Noodle
138Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom$275109Italian/Pizza
139Rally's Hamburgers$275*290Burger
140Torchy's Tacos$272*72Mexican
141Pizza Ranch$269212Pizza
142Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen$269*40Seafood
143Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores$268*281Frozen Desserts
144Pei Wei Asian Diner$268*150Asian/Noodle
145Cafe Rio Mexican Grill$267*126Mexican
146Morton's The Steakhouse$266*63Steak
149Sizzler$259122Family Casual
150Seasons 52$25344Varied Menu
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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