The Habit Burger Grill

2016 Second 100: Why The Habit Burger Grill is the No. 2 fastest-growing chain

This is part of the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Second 100 report, a proprietary ranking of restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report is a companion to the Top 100 report.    

The Habit Burger Grill was founded in 1969 in Santa Barbara, Calif., as an outdoor stand serving char-broiled burgers and grilled albacore tuna sandwiches.

In 2007, private-equity firm KarpReilly LLC took a majority stake in Habit Burger and started growing the Limited-Service/Burger chain, which held an initial public offering in 2014, setting up the next stage of growth.

Habit Burger ended the Latest Year with 142 units, a nearly 30-percent increase, which largely fu

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