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Snapshots of Success: How these 9 restaurant chains thrived in 2022

The restaurant industry continued to rebound in 2022, and many chains enjoyed both sales and unit growth.

For our annual Snapshots of Success series, Nation’s Restaurant News talked to operators at eight restaurant chains that thrived last year, with major growth in both sales and units, to find out how they pulled off such impressive success.

From a farm-to-fork menu at a quick-service salad company, to rising demand for experiences at an eatertainment chain, to “small, incremental improvements” at a stalwart that catapulted into the Top 15, each company had lessons to share.

Meet this year’s Snapshots of Success brands in the gallery, and click through each slide to learn from each.

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