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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.

Restaurantsort ascendingLocationAnnual SalesOpenedAverage Check
izanami at Ten Thousand WavesSanta Fe, New Mexico$1.5 million2013$40
What If CaféHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaUnder $1 million1999$18–$25
Vincenzo'sLincoln, NebraskaNot Available1994$28
Vin 909 WinecaféAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million2011$30
Vesta Dipping GrillDenver$4 million1997$47
The Rookery CaféJuneau, Alaska$1 to $1.5 million2010$21
The Kitchen RestaurantSacramento, CaliforniaNot Available1991$135
The EdisonTallahassee, FloridaNot Available2015$30 (e)
The CreoleLansing, Michigan$2 million2015$65
The Copper OnionSalt Lake City, UtahNot Available2010$42(e)
The Barley HouseConcord, New Hampshire$2.5 million2000$28
The AlbanyCheyenne, WyomingNot Available1942$25–$30(e)
The 404 KitchenNashville, Tennessee$1.2 to $1.5 million2013$80
TerraColumbia, South Carolina$1 to $2 million2006$40–$50
TenPhoenix$750,0002014$40
TAGDenver$3.3 million2009$55
Sweet Chilli ThaiAugusta, MaineUnder $1 million2008$10–$15
StaxxFrankfort, Kentucky$1.3 million2011$12
State & LempBoise, Idaho$500,0002013$75
St. Elmo Steak HouseIndianapolis$17.7 million1902$88
South on MainLittle Rock, Arkansas$1.2 million2013$28
SienaProvidence, Rhode IslandOver $2.5 million2005$40
SaltJuneau, Alaska$1 to $2 million2014$40
Ruffino'sBaton Rouge, Louisianna$6.4 million1998$50
Row House RestaurantTopeka, KansasUnder $1 million2007$60
RiojaDenver$3 to $5 million2004$69
Restaurant MartinSanta Fe, New Mexico$1 to $2 million2009$55
Restaurant 55Dover, Delaware$1.4 million2010$18–$30 (e)
RefectoryColumbus, Ohio$3 million1976$60
Rappahannock RestaurantRichmond, Virginia$2.5 million2012$45.50
ProofDes Moines, IowaUnder $1 million2008$30–$50
PreserveAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million2015$35
Peacock AlleyBismarck, North DakotaOver $2 million1933$28
Paragary'sSacramento, California$3 million1983$50
One Eleven at the CapitalLittle Rock, ArkansasNot Available2014$75
OlamaieAustin, TexasNot Available2014$50(e)
Ocotillo Restaurant & BarPhoenix$4.5 to $5 million2015$28
O'Learys SeafoodAnnapolis, Maryland$1 to $2 million1983$50–$60
Noah's Eclectic BistroCharleson, West VirginiaUnder $1 million2012$50
Myril Arch's Cattleman's Club SteakhousePierre, South Dakota$1 million1986$20–$25
Myers + ChangBostonNot Available2007$33(e)
Mr. Friendly's New SouthernColumbia, South Carolina$1 to $2 million1995$40–$50
MizunaDenver$1 to $2 million2001$120
Millie's DinerRichmond, Virginia$1.5 million1989$20–$30
MilktoothIndianapolis$1 million (e)2014$19
Mangia Qua & Suba Tapas BarHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaApproaching $2 million2002$55
Madison's CaféJefferson City, MissouriNot Available1982$30
MW RestaurantHonoluluOver $3 million2013$55
Lucca's ItalianHelena, MontanaUnder $1 million2006$44
Log HavenSalt Lake City, Utah$3 million1994$58
LaunderetteAustin, TexasNot Available2015$39(e)
La MinestraPierre, South DakotaNot Available1998$25
L'OpossumRichmond, Virginia$1 to $2 million2014$56
L'EtoileMadison, Wisconsin$1 to $2 million1976$150
Juban'sBaton Rouge, LouisiannaNot Available1983$49(e)
J Morgan's SteakhouseMontpelier, Vermont$2 to $3 million1995$30–$40
Iron RabbitOlympia, WashingtonNot Available2005$42
Homestead InnTrenton, New JerseyNot Available1939$30(e)
Helena's Hawaiian FoodHonoluluUnder $1 million1946$15–$20
Heartland Restaurant & Farm DirectSt. Paul, Minnesota$2.5 million2002$65
HarvestMadison, Wisconsin$1 to $1.5 million2000$45–$55
Harry & Izzy'sIndianapolisAlmost $11 million2007$40
HSLSalt Lake City, UtahNot Available2016$40(e)
GunshowAtlanta$2.5 million2013$75
Grants Restaurant & BarWest Hartford, Connecticut$4 to $5 million2001$40–$45
Granite Restaurant & BarConcord, New Hampshire$1.3 million2007$45
GraffiatoRichmond, Virginia$2.5 to $3 million2014$40
GeorgiaSanta Fe, New Mexico$1.5 million2014$28
Garcia'sFrankfort, Kentucky$1.5 million2004$10
FruitionDenverOver $1 million2007$65
FireboxHartford, ConnecticutApproaching $2 million2007$40–$50
EtchNashville, Tennessee$4.2 million2012$65
Eastside GrilleMontgomery, Alabama$1 to $2 million2003$15
DeliciaIndianapolisOver $2 million2013$42
Death & TaxesRaleigh, North CarolinaNot Available2015$65(e)
Davio'sBostonOver $10 million1985$100–$150
Cool Springs Fish Bar & RestaurantDover, Delaware$1.3 million1999$35–$45
Cook & Brown Public HouseProvidence, Rhode Island$800,0002010$40–$45
City Pork Brasserie and BarBaton Rouge, LouisiannaNot Available2014$38 (e)
City HouseNashville, TennesseeNot Available2007$50(e)
Cheever's CaféOklahoma City$3.5 million2000$35
Chandler'sBoise, Idaho$6 million2007$78
CentroDes Moines, IowaOver $2 million2012$40
Cattlemen's SteakhouseOklahoma CityApproaching $10 million1910$26
Café at Adele'sCarson City, Nevada$1.5 to $2 million1977$40
Bully's RestaurantJackson, Mississippi$400,0001982$9
Bluegrass KitchenCharleston, West Virginia$1 to $2 million2005$24
Big OrangeLittle Rock, Arkansas$3.9 million2013$22.50
Berryhill & Co.Boise, Idaho$1.5 million1998$40 (e)
Bella BellaTallahassee, Florida$1.5 million2001$17
Barley SwineAustin, TexasOver $2.5 million2010$72
Bardenay RestaurantBoise, IdahoOver $10 million1999$22
Barcelona Restaurant & BarColumbus, OhioNot Available1996$48(e)
BacchanaliaAtlantaNot Available1993$75 (e)
Archive Coffee & BarSalem, Oregon$1 million2014$26
Angus BarnRaleigh, North CarolinaOver $15 million1960$60
American Harvest EaterySpringfield, Illinois$1 to $2 million2011$35
Albany Pump Station & C.H. Evans BrewingAlbany, New YorkNot Available1999$50–$75
42nd Street Oyster Bar & Seafood GrillRaleigh, North CarolinaNot Available1987$30
18 SeaboardRaleigh, North Carolina$2.9 million2006$25