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16 restaurant segments ranked by systemwide sales growth

Every year, Nation’s Restaurant News and Datassential partner to present The Top 500, the definitive sales ranking of restaurants in America.

Having all this data in one place makes it easier to analyze other aspects of the industry as well — for example, having sales data for every restaurant means we also have it for every segment, from limited-service burgers to full-service seafood and steak.

For the second year in a row, all 16 segments we track experienced systemwide sales growth from 2021 to 2022 — some as much as 17.4% year-over-year, topping last year’s fastest-growing segment (FSR seafood/steak at 16.6%).

Perhaps surprisingly, as full-service restaurants dug themselves out of a pandemic hole, the fastest-growing segment wasn’t full-service at all this time around.

Click through this gallery to see 16 restaurant segments ranked by systemwide sales growth.

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