2015 Top 100: Why Wingstop is the No. 5 fastest-growing chain

This is part of Nation's Restaurant News’ annual Top 100 report, a proprietary census ranking the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains and companies by sales and unit data, among other metrics.

Dallas-based Wingstop Inc., principally owned by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, rose to No. 65 in the Latest Year ranking of U.S. systemwide sales, from No. 74 the Preceding Year. Wingstop was founded in 1994, and purchased by Roark in 2010. The LSR/Chicken chain has units in 36 states. Its menu features primarily bone-in chicken, boneless chicken wings and chicken strips in a variety of flavors, plus fries.

About 97 percent of Wingstop’s restaurants are franchised, an

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