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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
201Metro Diner$171*69Family Style
202Bill Miller Bar-B-Q$170*75BBQ
203Black Angus Steakhouse$168*42Steak
204Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill$168*61BBQ
205Joe's Crab Shack$166*53Seafood
206LaRosa's Pizzeria$16466Italian/Pizza
207Roosters$163*42Varied Menu
208Great Harvest Bread Co.$162*182Bakery Cafe
209Shari's Cafe and Pies$161*92Family Style
210Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken$161*129Chicken
211Wayback Burgers$159*143Burger
212McCormick & Schmick's$157*35Seafood
213Grand Lux Cafe$157*13Varied Menu
214Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza$153*68Italian/Pizza
215Chicken Salad Chick$153144Chicken
216Paris Baguette$152*81Bakery Cafe
217Eat'n Park$152*63Family Style
218Hurricane Grill & Wings$151*56Sports Bar
219The Old Spaghetti Factory$150*42Italian/Pizza
220Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe$14993Ethnic
221Menchie's Frozen Yogurt$149*416Frozen Desserts
222Bruegger's Bagels$148*210Bakery Cafe
223Tijuana Flats$147*139Mexican
224Duffy's Sports Grill$144*34Sports Bar
225Eddie V's Prime Seafood$14421Seafood
226Topgolf$144*54Varied Menu
227Ocean Prime$14416Seafood
228Pappasito's Cantina$143*25Mexican
229Pollo Campero$14378Chicken
230Houlihan's$143*45Varied Menu
231Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet$142*49Family Casual
232Great American Cookies$142*368Snack
235Mission BBQ$136*90BBQ
236Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux$13333Sports Bar
237The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf$133*282Coffee Cafe
238Yogurtland$132*267Frozen Desserts
239Daylight Donuts$132*415Snack
240WaBa Grill$132191Asian/Noodle
24154th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse$13131Varied Menu
242Biggby Coffee$129*240Coffee Cafe
243Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill$129*93Mexican
244L&L Hawaiian Barbecue$129*195BBQ
246Rainforest Cafe$129*18Varied Menu
248Lupe Tortilla$12725Mexican
249Cook-Out Restaurant$126*270Burger
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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“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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