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Leading U.S. fast-casual restaurant chains, by sales 2019

This statistic shows the leading fast-casual restaurant chains in the United States in 2019. The third leading fast-casual restaurant was Panda Express with estimated sales of approximately 3.95 billion U.S. dollars.

Fast casual restaurants – additional information

Fast-casual restaurants are a type of quick service restaurant. In comparison with traditional fast food, fast casual restaurants serve a higher quality of food which is their distinguishing factor. With sales of 5.9 billion U.S. dollars, Panera Bread was the leading fast-casual restaurant in the United States in 2019. Founded in 1987, the bakery-café sells a range of hot and cold options including baguettes, soups, sandwiches and salads. The revenue of the fast-casual chain has grown annually since 2009 reaching 2.8 million U.S. dollars in 2016. The company owns just less than half of the total number of restaurants, with 902 company owned venues and 1,134 franchise operated in 2016.

The second leading fast-casual chain was Chipotle Mexican Grill in 2019. The restaurant chain, which is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is named after the Mexican smoked jalapeno the chipotle. The U.S. based restaurant now operates in several international locations including Germany and the United Kingdom. The worldwide revenue of Chipotle has grown annually since 2006 and reached 5.59 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

One of Chipotle’s largest competitors is also ranked in the top fast-casual restaurants. Qdoba Mexican Eats, which like Chipotle is headquartered in Colorado, ranked as the tenth leading fast-casual restaurant in 2019, with sales of around 901 million U.S. dollars. As of May 2019, Chipotle was the favorite Mexican restaurant chain in the U.S. as ranked by composite loyalty score. This was calculated by averaging consumer satisfaction ratings of their most recent dining experience and their likelihood to recommend that brand. Moe's Southwest Grill followed behind with a score of 60 percent. Other leading Mexican restaurant chain Del Taco took the fourth spot with a score of 48 percent.

Sales of the leading fast-casual restaurant chains in the United States in 2019

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April 2020


United States

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