Black Bear Diner features ldquobearsizedrdquo portions of hearty comfort food such as this chickenfried steak

Black Bear Diner features “bear-sized” portions of hearty comfort food, such as this chicken-fried steak.

2015 Second 100: Family Dining, Buffet restaurants continue to struggle

This is part of Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Second 100 report, a proprietary census ranking restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report focuses on a smaller, more growth-oriented universe than the Top 100 report.

Executives at Second 100 Family Dining and Buffet/Grill-Buffet chains say they’re focusing on operational fundamentals to reenergize the struggling segments, after another challenging year of sales declines and shrinking unit counts.

Aggregate U.S. systemwide sales for the group — which includes eight Family Dining chains and five Buffet/Grill-Buffet chains — totaled $3.10 billion in the Latest Year, down 1.3 percent from $3.14 billion in the Precedin

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