Every year, Nation’s Restaurant News and Datassential partner to present The Top 500, the definitive sales ranking of restaurants in America.
One element of this data is restaurant segment, meaning each can be broken down by systemwide domestic sales, units, and estimated sales per unit. NRN has been analyzing the Top 10 restaurant chains in each segment by sales, and today we’re talking about full-service Midscale chains.
These 10 chains, out of 36 on the full Top 500, all saw systemwide sales growth, some as high as 27.8%. Only half, however, saw unit growth last year, with the other five closing net units in 2022. But all 10 managed to grow estimated sales per unit.
Of these 10 chains, only one is new to the list since last year: Village Inn. That restaurant’s parent company filed bankruptcy in January 2020 but has since found its stride, with the brand opening 24 net units last year and growing systemwide sales by 27.8%.
Closer to the top of the list, the No. 2 and No. 3 chains swapped places from last year.
Click through the gallery to see the 10 biggest full-service Midscale restaurants in America.