2014 Top 100: Why Yard House is the No. 2 fastest-growing chain

2014 Top 100: Why Yard House is the No. 2 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.

Before Darden Restaurants Inc. acquired Yard House for $585 million in 2012, the Irvine, Calif.-based chain was often hailed by analysts and industry observers as a young, hip casual-dining concept that was getting it right. With a wide menu of craft and exotic beers, food with broad appeal and a lively, rock-and-roll atmosphere, Yard House was packing in guests at a time when other casual-dining chains were strugglin

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