McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. These are restaurant chains that have dominated America for decades. They have been the staple of what a fast-food chain in America looked like. However, as we enter a new day in the restaurant industry, there are new chains that have risen to the occasion and are starting to make a mouthwatering name for themselves. So, based on the recent list by Nation’s Restaurant News, here are some of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant
While casual dining chains such as Red Lobster, T.G.I Friday’s, and Applebee’s haven’t seen much recent success, Cooper’s Hawk certainly has. This small winery and restaurant chain, which also calls itself an “upscale casual restaurant,” has only 30 locations and none of them are located further west than Kansas City. However, despite their limited expansion, they have seen an increase in sales by 30% in the last year reaching $241 million. With numbers like this, they are sure to see more location opening up in the future.
For those who are unaware of First Watch, it is a faster, cleaner, and fresher family-friendly diner for both breakfast and lunch. They host a variety of creative dishes like their Elote Mexican street corn hash and the acai bowl for a balanced and delectable meal. They have a total of 239 locations which is a 21.3 percent increase year over year and saw their sales skyrocket in the last year, reaching 30% more than the previous year.
Shake Shack recently hit 100 locations both nationally and internationally. With their responsibly-sourced ingredients for their burgers and the creamy “concretes”, this restaurants is less “fast food” and more of an “indulgent getaway.” Their sales went up 32.5 percent in the last year which brought their total to $367.3 million, so it is time to get used to this burger joint as it is here to stay.
While this fast-casual personal pizza restaurant has been around for about ten years, it didn’t receive widespread recognition until LeBron James gave it his ringing endorsement. According to CNBC, from 2016 to 2017, their sales jumped 48.9 percent to $274.4 million. There is good reason for this as well, as they offer a plethora of pizza choices with different kinds of dough along with a “build your own” option.
MOD pizza not only hails itself as “superfast,” but they have also looked to change the perception that fast food lacks quality or flavor. Their numbers also reflect their efforts. Within the last year, their systemwide sales leaped to more than 80% to $270 million. The chain has even engaged in philanthropic efforts, having donated over one million dollars to local communities and its employees.