The 30 Sit-Down Chains Making the Most Money Per Restaurant

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The Cheesecake Factory
Slice of Peppermint Bark Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.
High performers

There's no question that COVID has changed the entire game for the full-service segment. 

Gone are the days when restaurants can rely solely on their dine-in traffic. The pandemic has fast forwarded the sector into an era of convenience and an emphasis outside the four walls. 

The FSR 50 looked into the performance of the biggest casual-dining chains in the U.S. prior to COVID, including changes in average unit volume, or AUV—a number that shows how restaurants were faring across their system before the pandemic began.

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These 30 restaurants earn the most per store, among the 50 top-grossing full-service chains in the country as defined by total systemwide sales.

Note:The data is by U.S. restaurants as of 2019 year end.

 

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The Cheesecake Factory
A slice of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.
1. The Cheesecake Factory

Average sales per unit (thousands): $10,765

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,180

Unit count: 204

Total change in units from 2018: 3

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão
2. Fogo de Chão

Average sales per unit (thousands): $9,259

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $375

Unit count: 43

Total change in units from 2018: 5

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
3. Cooper's Hawk Winery

Average sales per unit (thousands): $8,500

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $340

Unit count: 46

Total change in units from 2018: 12

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Pappadeaux Seafood
Pappadeaux Seafood
4. Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen

Average sales per unit (thousands): $8,375

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $335

Unit count: 40

Total change in units from 2018: 0

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Capital Grille
Capital Grille
5. The Capital Grille

Average sales per unit (thousands): $8,017

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $469

Unit count: 59

Total change in units from 2018: 1

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Yard House
Yard House food.
6. Yard House

Average sales per unit (thousands): $7,922

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $610

Unit count: 79

Total change in units from 2018: 4

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Maggiano's Little Italy
7. Maggiano's Little Italy

Average sales per unit (thousands): $7,905

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $415

Unit count: 53

Total change in units from 2018: 1

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Texas de Brazil Churrascaria
Texas de Brazil employee cutting meat.
8. Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

Average sales per unit (thousands): $6,435

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $370

Unit count: 62

Total change in units from 2018: 9

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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BRIO Tuscan Grille
9. Brio Tuscan Grille

Average sales per unit (thousands): $5,833

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $315

Unit count: 50

Total change in units from 2018: –8

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Ruth's Chris
10. Ruth's Chris Steak House

Average sales per unit (thousands): $5,625

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $765

Unit count: 136

Total change in units from 2018: 0

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Strawberry Shortcake Pizookie
11. BJ's Restaurants

Average sales per unit (thousands): $5,610

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,150

Unit count: 208

Total change in units from 2018: 6

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Texas Roadhouse
The exterior of a Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
12. Texas Roadhouse

Average sales per unit (thousands): $5,359

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,886

Unit count: 544

Total change in units from 2018: 11

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Olive Garden
An 11.5-inch long Giant Chicken Parmigiana is part of Olive Garden's new Giant Italian Classics menu.
13. Olive Garden

Average sales per unit (thousands): $5,045

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $4,351

Unit count: 867

Total change in units from 2018: 9

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Miller's Ale House
Miller's Ale House
14. Miller's Ale House

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,865

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $450

Unit count: 97

Total change in units from 2018: 9

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Dave & Buster's
Four customers cheers beer glasses inside a Dave & Buster's with sports playing on TVs in the background.
15. Dave & Buster's

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,488

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $570

Unit count: 135

Total change in units from 2018: 16

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Wikimedia Commons/Cheddar's
The exterior of a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurant.
16. Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,414

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $715

Unit count: 166

Total change in units from 2018: 8

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
A platter of dishes from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
17. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,345

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $302

Unit count: 69

Total change in units from 2018: –1

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Michael Rivera/Wikimedia Commons
Exterior of a Chuy's restaurant.
18. Chuy's

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,266

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $433

Unit count: 103

Total change in units from 2018: 3

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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P.F. Chang's
19. P.F. Chang's

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,130

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $890

Unit count: 216

Total change in units from 2018: 1

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks new tailgate food.
20. Twin Peaks

Average sales per unit (thousands): $4,076

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $342

Unit count: 85

Total change in units from 2018: 2

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Saltgrass Steakhouse
Saltgrass
21. Saltgrass Steakhouse

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,973

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $296

Unit count: 76

Total change in units from 2018: 3

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel
22. Cracker Barrel

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,834

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,525

Unit count: 662

Total change in units from 2018: 7

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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LongHorn Steakhouse
A grilled steak and asparagus at LongHorn restaurant.
23. LongHorn Steakhouse

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,626

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,864

Unit count: 518

Total change in units from 2018: 8

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse's Three Cheese Steak Dip.
24. Outback Steakhouse

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,608

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,630

Unit count: 725

Total change in units from 2018: –8

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Red Lobster
Red Lobster surf and turf.
25. Red Lobster

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,494

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,350

Unit count: 670

Total change in units from 2018: –5

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Golden Corral
The exterior of a Golden Corral restaurant.
26. Golden Corral

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,392

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,635

Unit count: 475

Total change in units from 2018: –14

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen's Take and Bake Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage pizza.
27. California Pizza Kitchen

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,136

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $635

Unit count: 200

Total change in units from 2018: –5

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings four plates of wings.
28. Buffalo Wild Wings

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,054

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $3,700

Unit count: 1,215

Total change in units from 2018: 7

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Red Robin
Red Robin introduces the Bacon Curry Burger, Zen Chicken burger and Sparkling Berry Twist to its menu for a limited-time.
29. Red Robin

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,004

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,675

Unit count: 561

Total change in units from 2018: 7

Read more in the FSR 50 here.

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Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill Lobster and Shrimp Roll.
30. Bonefish Grill

Average sales per unit (thousands): $2,970

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $585

Unit count: 197

Total change in units from 2018: 0

Read more in the FSR 50 here.