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Special Reports

Special Reports

Top 500 2021

2020 was a year like no other and played a massive role in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant report.

This year’s class of America’s up-and-coming chains faces an uncertain future. But as the coronavirus hit, these small and innovative concepts were characteristically quick to adapt, repacking menu items into meal kits, creating pop-up drive-thrus and more. Here’s a look at how they got here, and where they plan to go next.

2020 was a year like no other and played a massive role in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant report.

Here are some key milestones from the last 100 years.

These families have been part of the restaurant business for generations.

When war broke out with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait, U.S. restaurants braced for a downturn in traffic.

Innovators that dared to challenge the norm had a major impact on operations.

Bold attempts to disrupt the business often fizzled, but not before influencing the industry’s direction.

The decade brought a pressing need for restaurateurs to revamp their vocabularies.

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