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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
151Bahama Breeze Island Grille$25243Varied Menu
152Pret A Manger$252*95Bakery Cafe
153Godfather's Pizza$250*569Pizza
154Huddle House$247*342Family Style
155Mastro's Restaurants$242*18Steak
156Uncle Julio's$239*36Mexican
159Legal Sea Foods$227*34Seafood
160A&W All-American Food$227575Burger
161Newk's Eatery$227121Sandwich
162Fuzzy's Taco Shop$225*152Mexican
164Romano's Macaroni Grill$218*85Italian/Pizza
165Brio Tuscan Grille$217*57Italian/Pizza
166Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar$21336Varied Menu
167Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes$211*97Family Casual
168Friendly's$210*160Family Style
169Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House$205*16Steak
170Penn Station East Coast Subs$201306Sandwich
172Uno Pizzeria & Grill$196*85Italian/Pizza
173J. Alexander's$195*34Varied Menu
174Luby's$19579Family Casual
175Which Wich$193*372Sandwich
176Firebirds Wood Fired Grill$19251Varied Menu
177Le Pain Quotidien$192*94Bakery Cafe
178Sonny's BBQ$191*94BBQ
179True Food Kitchen$19032Varied Menu
180Buca di Beppo$189*76Italian/Pizza
181Hard Rock Cafe$187*40Varied Menu
182Johnny Rockets$186*155Varied Menu
184The Original Pancake House$185*141Family Style
186Golden Chick$183184Chicken
187Mountain Mike's Pizza$181215Pizza
188Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.$181*27Seafood
189The Melting Pot$181*105Varied Menu
190Farmer Boys$17993Burger
191Donatos Pizza$179*165Pizza
192Shoney's$179*126Family Style
193Taco Bueno$178*145Mexican
194Claim Jumper$177*35Varied Menu
195Wetzel's Pretzels$177353Snack
196La Madeleine Country French Cafe$174*87Bakery Cafe
198Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks$173*56Varied Menu
199Mimi's Bistro & Bakery$172*77Varied Menu
200Beef 'O' Brady's$171*153Sports Bar
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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