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The 2016 FSR Top 100 Indies highlights leading independent operators in state capitals throughout the U.S.

Top 100 Independent Restaurants in State Capitals

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July 2016 Research

The 2016 FSR Top 100 Indies highlights leading independent operators in state capitals throughout the U.S. The chart below includes data on each restaurant’s annual sales, the year it opened, and its average dinner check per diner. When specific data was unavailable, the sales are estimated (e) or clarified as Not Available. The ranking can be sorted by any of these data points to view restaurants by sales, age, or average check. See the full story with restaurants ranked alphabetically by state.

RestaurantLocationAnnual SalesOpenedsort descendingAverage Check
St. Elmo Steak HouseIndianapolis$17.7 million1902$88
Cattlemen's SteakhouseOklahoma CityApproaching $10 million1910$26
Peacock AlleyBismarck, North DakotaOver $2 million1933$28
Homestead InnTrenton, New JerseyNot Available1939$30(e)
The AlbanyCheyenne, WyomingNot Available1942$25–$30(e)
Helena's Hawaiian FoodHonoluluUnder $1 million1946$15–$20
Angus BarnRaleigh, North CarolinaOver $15 million1960$60
RefectoryColumbus, Ohio$3 million1976$60
L'EtoileMadison, Wisconsin$1 to $2 million1976$150
Café at Adele'sCarson City, Nevada$1.5 to $2 million1977$40
Bully's RestaurantJackson, Mississippi$400,0001982$9
Madison's CaféJefferson City, MissouriNot Available1982$30
Juban'sBaton Rouge, LouisiannaNot Available1983$49(e)
O'Learys SeafoodAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million1983$50–$60
Paragary'sSacramento, California$3 million1983$50
Davio'sBostonOver $10 million1985$100–$150
Myril Arch's Cattleman's Club SteakhousePierre, South Dakota$1 million1986$20–$25
42nd Street Oyster Bar & Seafood GrillRaleigh, North CarolinaNot Available1987$30
Millie's DinerRichmond, Virginia$1.5 million1989$20–$30
The Kitchen RestaurantSacramento, CaliforniaNot Available1991$135
BacchanaliaAtlantaNot Available1993$75 (e)
Vincenzo'sLincoln, NebraskaNot Available1994$28
Log HavenSalt Lake City, Utah$3 million1994$58
J Morgan's SteakhouseMontpelier, Vermont$2 to $3 million1995$30–$40
Mr. Friendly's New SouthernColumbia, South Carolina$1 to $2 million1995$40–$50
Barcelona Restaurant & BarColumbus, OhioNot Available1996$48(e)
Vesta Dipping GrillDenver$4 million1997$47
La MinestraPierre, South DakotaNot Available1998$25
Ruffino'sBaton Rouge, Louisianna$6.4 million1998$50
Berryhill & Co.Boise, Idaho$1.5 million1998$40 (e)
Albany Pump Station & C.H. Evans BrewingAlbany, New YorkNot Available1999$50–$75
Bardenay RestaurantBoise, IdahoOver $10 million1999$22
What If CaféHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaUnder $1 million1999$18–$25
Cool Springs Fish Bar & RestaurantDover, Delaware$1.3 million1999$35–$45
HarvestMadison, Wisconsin$1 to $1.5 million2000$45–$55
The Barley HouseConcord, New Hampshire$2.5 million2000$28
Cheever's CaféOklahoma City$3.5 million2000$35
Bella BellaTallahassee, Florida$1.5 million2001$17
Grants Restaurant & BarWest Hartford, Connecticut$4 to $5 million2001$40–$45
MizunaDenver$1 to $2 million2001$120
Mangia Qua & Suba Tapas BarHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaApproaching $2 million2002$55
Heartland Restaurant & Farm DirectSt. Paul, Minnesota$2.5 million2002$65
Eastside GrilleMontgomery, Alabama$1 to $2 million2003$15
Garcia'sFrankfort, Kentucky$1.5 million2004$10
RiojaDenver$3 to $5 million2004$69
SienaProvidence, Rhode IslandOver $2.5 million2005$40
Iron RabbitOlympia, WashingtonNot Available2005$42
Bluegrass KitchenCharleston, West Virginia$1 to $2 million2005$24
TerraColumbia, South Carolina$1 to $2 million2006$40–$50
18 SeaboardRaleigh, North Carolina$2.9 million2006$25
Lucca's ItalianHelena, MontanaUnder $1 million2006$44
FruitionDenverOver $1 million2007$65
Myers + ChangBostonNot Available2007$33(e)
Harry & Izzy'sIndianapolisAlmost $11 million2007$40
FireboxHartford, ConnecticutApproaching $2 million2007$40–$50
Chandler'sBoise, Idaho$6 million2007$78
City HouseNashville, TennesseeNot Available2007$50(e)
Granite Restaurant & BarConcord, New Hampshire$1.3 million2007$45
Row House RestaurantTopeka, KansasUnder $1 million2007$60
Sweet Chilli ThaiAugusta, MaineUnder $1 million2008$10–$15
ProofDes Moines, IowaUnder $1 million2008$30–$50
Restaurant MartinSanta Fe, New Mexico$1 to $2 million2009$55
TAGDenver$3.3 million2009$55
The Rookery CaféJuneau, Alaska$1 to $1.5 million2010$21
The Copper OnionSalt Lake City, UtahNot Available2010$42(e)
Cook & Brown Public HouseProvidence, Rhode Island$800,0002010$40–$45
Barley SwineAustin, TexasOver $2.5 million2010$72
Restaurant 55Dover, Delaware$1.4 million2010$18–$30 (e)
Vin 909 WinecaféAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million2011$30
StaxxFrankfort, Kentucky$1.3 million2011$12
American Harvest EaterySpringfield, Illinois$1 to $2 million2011$35
EtchNashville, Tennessee$4.2 million2012$65
Noah's Eclectic BistroCharleson, West VirginiaUnder $1 million2012$50
Rappahannock RestaurantRichmond, Virginia$2.5 million2012$45.50
CentroDes Moines, IowaOver $2 million2012$40
MW RestaurantHonoluluOver $3 million2013$55
izanami at Ten Thousand WavesSanta Fe, New Mexico$1.5 million2013$40
GunshowAtlanta$2.5 million2013$75
DeliciaIndianapolisOver $2 million2013$42
South on MainLittle Rock, Arkansas$1.2 million2013$28
The 404 KitchenNashville, Tennessee$1.2 to $1.5 million2013$80
Big OrangeLittle Rock, Arkansas$3.9 million2013$22.50
State & LempBoise, Idaho$500,0002013$75
L'OpossumRichmond, Virginia$1 to $2 million2014$56
SaltJuneau, Alaska$1 to $2 million2014$40
City Pork Brasserie and BarBaton Rouge, LouisiannaNot Available2014$38 (e)
One Eleven at the CapitalLittle Rock, ArkansasNot Available2014$75
OlamaieAustin, TexasNot Available2014$50(e)
GeorgiaSanta Fe, New Mexico$1.5 million2014$28
MilktoothIndianapolis$1 million (e)2014$19
Archive Coffee & BarSalem, Oregon$1 million2014$26
GraffiatoRichmond, Virginia$2.5 to $3 million2014$40
PreserveAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million2015$35
Ocotillo Restaurant & BarPhoenix$4.5 to $5 million2015$28
LaunderetteAustin, TexasNot Available2015$39(e)
The CreoleLansing, Michigan$2 million2015$65
The EdisonTallahassee, FloridaNot Available2015$30 (e)
Death & TaxesRaleigh, North CarolinaNot Available2015$65(e)
HSLSalt Lake City, UtahNot Available2016$40(e)