Everyone knows the names of the biggest restaurant chains in America — McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell. But there’s a pack of up-and-comers ready to take their place.
On Tuesday, Nation’s Restaurant News released its annual Next 20 list, ranking restaurants on the edge of breaking into — and potentially taking over — the restaurant industry. Chains are ranked in terms of US systemwide sales and make the list if they aren’t among the 200 largest restaurant chains in America by systemwide sales, but are still brands that consumers need to know.
These 10 brands are on the cusp of a breakthrough:
2. Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant
Systemwide sales in US: $147.9 million (+26.30%)
US locations: 20 (+11.11%)
The wine-centric chain has figured out how to find its niche in the casual dining industry, producing 50 wines and 15 specialty blends. It also has a wine of the month club, with discounts and wine trips.
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