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05
Oct
2017
5 divisional growth categories of the Top 250 chains from 2012 to 2017

We’ve broken summary counts into 5 categories from the 1st 50, to the 5th 50. Notice the variations as chains grow in size. Please notify us for the list of chains, actual counts and percentages. Scope and availability covers 820 … Continue reading 5 divisional growth categories of the Top 250 chains from 2012 to 2017

14
Sep
2017
Domino’s Employed a Steady Domestic Growth Strategy from 2011 to 2016

We track more than 850 chain concept companies including Domino’s Pizza. The Domino’s chain for opening and closing activity in the US. Domino’s had a net location growth of 464 units during the 5 year period. Net openings grew steadily … Continue reading Domino’s Employed a Steady Domestic Growth Strategy from 2011 to 2016

22
Aug
2017
Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar. The untold story of the current fastest-grower.

During our periodic work in evaluating more than 1200 mini and micro chains we have found (perhaps) the most recent fastest-grower.  Doubling in unit count. Walk-on’s Bistreaux & Bar has expanded into 4 additional states- MS, FL, AL, TN  and … Continue reading Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar. The untold story of the current fastest-grower.

27
Jul
2017
Is McDonald’s solidly Fast Casual?

We think it may be time to give them the moniker, they deserve it! From our understanding including many store visits throughout the land, we’ve noticed a major spruce up of their decor- and now they have successfully tackled the … Continue reading Is McDonald’s solidly Fast Casual?

17
Jul
2017
Are strong minded independent, multi-concept operators taking over?

The short answer:  NO. The staff here reads a steady diet of google news and specifically the “restaurant news” section on the web. We also  watch shows like CNBC that provide the financial angle of things. An outfit called business … Continue reading Are strong minded independent, multi-concept operators taking over?

16
May
2017
Commentary- The restaurant industry is doing just fine, thank you.

If you’ve read the multiple and now almost daily articles you would think the restaurant industry is falling to pieces. It’s far from the case.  Certainly some full service chains that have been stalwarts over the decades have closed some … Continue reading Commentary- The restaurant industry is doing just fine, thank you.

02
Mar
2017
Restaurantdata to present this weekend at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show

Director of Data intelligence, Joe Dunbar and CEO, Keith Gellman will be presenting at the New York show March 5th at 10:30 AM. Current trend topics will include who is opening, who is closing in the restaurant business. What types … Continue reading Restaurantdata to present this weekend at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show

21
Feb
2017
Sit-down Service restaurant growth over the past 5 years.

The following graph shows restaurant openings over the last five years.  We have only included restaurants that have waitstaff.  This includes both fine dining as well as family/casual, less expensive dining.  Both independent operators and multi unit chain locations are … Continue reading Sit-down Service restaurant growth over the past 5 years.

01
Feb
2017
Counter Service restaurant growth over the past 5 years.

The following graph shows restaurants openings over the last five years. Included are quick service locations as well as fast casual locations. We have included both independently owned stores as well as multi-unit outlets.  

06
Dec
2016
New cuisine alert! Poke—the next Fast Casual trend?

Did you know about Poke cuisine?  It’s a type of cuisine (a Hawaiian fish salad) and is currently trending in restaurants with names like: Ahi Poke Bowl, All About Poke, Aloha Poke and Big Island Poke. Over the past 2 … Continue reading New cuisine alert! Poke—the next Fast Casual trend?

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