Ranking America's Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains

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FSR names the 50 high-potential, performance-proven full-service brands to keep on your radar—each with fewer than 50 locations.

MORE: Check out The FSR 50: Top Emerging Chains report.

August 2017 Expansion
RestaurantNumber of LocationsTotal Company Sales Millionssort descendingAverage Unit Volume Millions
Fogo de Chão48$288.3$7.8
Seasons 5241$254*$6.3 e
Legal Sea Foods36$216 e$6
Cooper’s Hawk28$200$8.3
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House13$167*$14.4*
Black Angus Steakhouse44$160 e$3.63
STK (ONE Group)15$150 e$11.4*
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill45$144$3.7
Granite City Food & Brewery36$140 e$3.9 e
True Food Kitchen20$135 e$7 e
Wild Wing Cafe42$125 e$2.8 e
The Greene Turtle46$125$2.74
Houston’s16$124 e$7.5 e
Eddie V’s17$120 e$7 e
Abuelo’s40$119$3.1
Il Fornaio21$116 e$5.5 e
Ocean Prime14$110$8.1
J. Alexander’s19$108 e$5.7*
Del Frisco’s Grille24$107*$5.1*
Carolina Ale House30$100 e$3.8 e
Cantina Laredo40$100$3
Bareburger42$98 e$2.38
Sullivan’s Steakhouse18$78*$4.4*
Hickory Tavern27$75 e$3 e
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar18$70 e$3.9 e
Eureka! Restaurants22$70$3.2
Redlands Grill12$68 e$5.7*
Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern24$63$2.6
Native Grill & Wings34$62$2.1
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar23$60 e$2.7 e
Pinstripes Bistro Bowling Bocce7$60$8.5
RAM Restaurant & Brewery24$55 e$2.5 e
Tupelo Honey Cafe15$55 e$4 e
Snooze20$52 e$3
Elmer's Restaurants26$50 e$2.07
Paul Martin's American Grill11$50 e$5
Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant13$48 e$3.75 e
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill8$46$5.8
Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill12$43 e$3.6 e
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar14$40$2.85
North Italia9$36 e$4.5 e
The Matador14$35$3
Blue Sushi Sake Grill11$33$3.25
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que9$31 e$3.5 e
Famous Toastery22$30$1.5
Zea Rotisserie & Grill8$30$4.3
matchbox American Kitchen + Spirits11$29 e$3.1 e
b Restaurants (burgers / beer / bourbon)9$26 e$3.2 e
Jonathan’s Grille7$21$3.5
Flying Biscuit Café14$20.7$1.48

FOOTNOTE: Sources for the data include company reports, SEC filings, and industry research. Numbers with an asterisk* are taken from the most recent annual report or SEC filing. Estimates (e) are associated with privately held companies that don’t release sales figures and are compiled from industry research.