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2021 Top 500 countdown: Restaurants ranked No. 200 – No. 151

Every year, Nation’s Restaurant News ranks the largest restaurant chains in the United States by domestic systemwide sales and other metrics, giving a detailed look at the biggest players in the industry. This year, we partnered with Datassential and its Firefly data platform to provide information for 500 chains — more than ever before.

2020, of course, was a year unlike any other. For the full Top 500, systemwide sales fell 4.3%, from $319 billion in 2019 to $305.1 billion in 2020. In general, bigger chains dominated throughout the year.

In this gallery, get sales and growth data for restaurants ranked No. 200 to No. 151 in the United States in 2020 by domestic systemwide sales. See restaurants including Frisch’s Big Boy with $212.1 million in sales — a 20.2% drop year-over-year.

Restaurant chains in this group saw year-over-year sales growth as high as 36%, that number belonging to fast-casual Chicken Salad Chick, which also saw 27% unit growth and entered the Top 200 at No. 176.

Here’s a look at the performance of some of the country’s largest restaurant brands.

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The Top 500 report is presented by Nation’s Restaurant News and Datassential, using insights from Datassential’s proprietary Firefly platform. Datassential’s Firefly is the ultimate strategic tool — No. 1 operator database, lead generator, customer marketing and intelligence platform, all-in-one. Learn more about getting complete access at

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