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Top 500

A Restaurant Business and Technomic Special Report

Top 500

While 2016 was a rough year for chain restaurants, more than half of the industry’s $521.9 billion still comes from the Top 500 chains—and nearly 94% of those dollars and 93% of those units are represented in the Top 250. Here, we rank those concepts by U.S. systemwide sales and dive into Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report with insights from the wins and losses of these giants.

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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
1McDonald's$40,41213,846Burger
2Starbucks$21,380*15,049Coffee Cafe
3Chick-fil-A$11,320*2,470Chicken
4Taco Bell$11,2936,766Mexican
5Burger King$10,2047,346Burger
6Subway$10,20023,801Sandwich
7Wendy's$9,7625,852Burger
8Dunkin'$9,2289,630Coffee Cafe
9Domino's$7,0446,126Pizza
10Panera Bread$5,890*2,160Bakery Cafe
11Pizza Hut$5,5587,306Pizza
12Chipotle Mexican Grill$5,5092,584Mexican
13Sonic Drive-In$4,6873,526Burger
14KFC$4,5464,065Chicken
15Olive Garden$4,287866Italian/Pizza
16Applebee's$4,0851,665Varied Menu
17Panda Express$3,9462,209Asian/Noodle
18Arby's$3,8843,359Sandwich
19Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$3,8122,476Chicken
20Little Caesars$3,811*4,237Pizza
21Dairy Queen$3,7604,381Frozen Desserts
22Buffalo Wild Wings$3,6691,206Sports Bar
23Chili's Grill & Bar$3,563*1,242Varied Menu
24Jack in the Box$3,5042,243Burger
25IHOP$3,2661,710Family Style
26Texas Roadhouse$3,016*553Steak
27Denny's$2,6911,558Family Style
28Papa John's$2,6383,142Pizza
29Outback Steakhouse$2,635724Steak
30Whataburger$2,556830Burger
31Red Lobster$2,490*679Seafood
32Cracker Barrel$2,482660Family Style
33The Cheesecake Factory$2,180206Varied Menu
34Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches$2,1052,787Sandwich
35Hardee's$2,020*1,820Burger
36Zaxby's$1,886*910Chicken
37LongHorn Steakhouse$1,867530Steak
38Culver's$1,795732Burger
39Golden Corral$1,746483Family Casual
40Five Guys Burgers and Fries$1,6611,368Burger
41Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews$1,548556Varied Menu
42Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers$1,466457Chicken
43Carl's Jr.$1,423*1,095Burger
44Wingstop$1,3631,231Chicken
45Waffle House$1,344*1,959Family Style
46Jersey Mike's Subs$1,3401,667Sandwich
47Bojangles'$1,331746Chicken
48BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse$1,161208Varied Menu
49TGI Fridays$1,085*385Varied Menu
50In-N-Out Burger$957*351Burger
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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“Large chains will struggle for years. Today you have to be more differentiated. Standing still is no longer an option.”Darren Tristano,
Chief Insights Officer,
Technomic

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