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The 10 biggest U.S. limited-service restaurants that fall into ‘other’ segments

We’ve arrived at our final Top 500 analysis of 2023, a look at the limited-service restaurant chains that don’t fit neatly into established segments (salad/healthful, pizza, Mexican, dessert/snack, chicken, burger, bakery/café, coffee, or sandwich).

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.

The 10 biggest “other” limited-service chains encompass Asian cuisines, seafood, pasta, Barbecue (and Hawaiian barbecue!), and Mediterranean food.

Nine of the restaurants on this list grew systemwide sales last year, one by 46.9%. The chains are largely the same as they were last year, but with some movement in No. 2-5, and with Zoës Kitchen swapped for CAVA (the former’s units were all converted to the latter after a 2018 acquisition).

Click through the gallery to see the Top 10 “other” limited-service restaurant chains.

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