First Watch Breakfast Platter
The Exterior Of A Texas Roadhouse Restaurant
Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux Servers Hold Up Plates Of Food
A Grilled Steak And Asparagus At LongHorn Restaurant
Topgolf Exterior As Seen From The Parking Lot
Eggs Up Grill
Hawkers Asian Street Food
Black Bear Diner Exterior
Angry Crab Shack Food
Condado Tacos
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
JINYA Meal
Snooze, An A.M. Eatery Bacon Dish
French Toast With Bananas At Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
Gyu Kaku Bowl Of Food
Avocado Toast At True Food Kitchen
Sweet Potato Waffle
Pretzel Bites

Defying the odds

Due to COVID-19, last year offered little in terms of favorable market conditions, but that didn’t stop some of the casual-dining industry’s brightest chains from expanding their store footprints. Here were the 23 fastest-growing brands in the full-service category in 2020.

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Image credits:Luke Howell

1. First Watch

Unit change additional stores: 42

Unit change percentage: 11.40%

2020 unit count: 410

2019 unit count: 368

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Image credits:First Watch

2. Texas Roadhouse

Unit change additional stores: 19

Unit change percentage: 3.4%

2020 unit count: 572

2019 unit count: 553

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Image credits:Texas Roadhouse

3. Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

Unit change additional stores: 12

Unit change percentage: 36.4%

2020 unit count: 45

2019 unit count: 33

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Image credits:Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

4. LongHorn Steakhouse

Unit change additional store: 8

Unit change percentage: 1.5%

2020 unit count: 538

2019 unit count: 530

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Image credits:LongHorn Steakhouse

5. Topgolf

Unit change additional store: 6

Unit change percentage: 11.1%

2020 unit count: 60

2019 unit count: 54

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6. Lou Malnati’s

Unit change additional stores: 6

Unit change percentage: 9.7%

2020 unit count: 68

2019 unit count: 62

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7. Eggs Up Grill

Unit change additional stores: 5

Unit change percentage: 12.2%

2020 unit count: 46

2019 unit count: 41

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Image credits:Eggs Up Grill

8. Hawkers

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 57.1%

2020 unit count: 11

2019 unit count: 7

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Image credits:Hawkers Asian Street Food

9. Black Bear Diner

Unit change additional stores: 5

Unit change percentage: 3.6%

2020 unit count: 143

2019 unit count: 138

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Image credits:Black Bear Diner

10. Angry Crab Shack

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 40%

2020 unit count: 14

2019 unit count: 10

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Image credits:Angry Crab Shack

11. Condado Tacos

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 23.5%

2020 unit count: 21

2019 unit count: 17

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Image credits:Condado Tacos

12. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 14.3%

2020 unit count: 32

2019 unit count: 28

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Image credits:Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

13. 110 Grill

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 13.8%

2020 unit count: 33

2019 unit count: 29

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Image credits:110 Grill

14. Jinya Ramen Bar

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 12.9%

2020 unit count: 35

2019 unit count: 31

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Image credits:JINYA Ramen Bar

15. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 10%

2020 unit count: 44

2019 unit count: 40

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Image credits:Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

16. Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 8.7%

2020 unit count: 50

2019 unit count: 46

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Image credits:Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

17. Gyu-Kaku

Unit change additional stores: 4

Unit change percentage: 7.7%

2020 unit count: 56

2019 unit count: 52

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Image credits:Gyu-Kaku

18. Bubba’s 33

Unit change additional stores: 3

Unit change percentage: 10.7%

2020 unit count: 31

2019 unit count: 28

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Image credits:Bubba’s 33

19. True Food Kitchen

Unit change additional stores: 3

Unit change percentage: 9.4%

2020 unit count: 35

2019 unit count: 32

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Image credits:Avocado toast at True Food Kitchen.

20. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Unit change additional stores: 3

Unit change percentage: 8.3%

2020 unit count: 39

2019 unit count: 36

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Image credits:Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

21. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Unit change additional stores: 3

Unit change percentage: 7.3%

2020 unit count: 44

2019 unit count: 41

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Image credits:Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant | Facebook

22. Another Broken Egg Cafe

Unit change additional stores: 3

Unit change percentage: 4.4%

2020 unit count: 71

2019 unit count: 68

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Image credits:Another Broken Egg Café

23. Wings Etc. Grill & Pub

Unit change additional stores: 3

Unit change percentage: 4.2%

2020 unit count: 75

2019 unit count: 72

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Image credits:Wings Etc. Grill & Pub
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