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What we learned about restaurant unit counts from the Top 500


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

We also collect data on units. At the end of 2022, the Top 500 restaurants accounted for a total of 230,851 units — a 1.1% increase over 228,407 the previous year. 259 of the restaurant chains experienced unit growth from 2021 to 2022, while 42 stayed flat and the remaining 199 saw their footprints shrink.

Today on First Bite, managing editor Leigh Anne Zinsmeister breaks down the largest restaurant chains by unit growth, the chains that added the most net units, and the smaller brands that are growing exponentially.

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