CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Restaurant Business magazine has released its annual ranking of the Top 100 Independent Restaurants, an important benchmark for industry operators that highlights the highest-grossing non-chain restaurant concepts in the U.S. In all, 11 California restaurants are included on the list.
All of the restaurants in the Top 100 serve as a reminder that being nimble, resilient and thoughtful about both customers and employees is a formula fit for today's restaurant climate. "In many ways, by going back to the basics—empowering and nurturing employee ambassadors, finding new ways to operate lean and connecting with their communities—these restaurants are standing strong amid challenging times for the industry," says Sara Rush Wirth, managing editor of Restaurant Business.
Revenues for independents in the Top 100 ranking ranged from Timberline Steaks and Grille with $12,150,000 to Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas with nearly $48 million. Restaurants in this year's Top 100 Independents list had total food and beverage revenues of roughly $1.8 billion in 2015. It's an important number to focus on, especially with chain restaurants' current state of decreasing sales.
The Golden State is home to 11 of the Top 100 Independents, most of those are split evenly between San Francisco and the Southland. One newcomer to the list was Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu. To view the complete rank of California's Top Independents, visit 2016 Top Independent Restaurants in California.
The Top 5 Independents in California and their 2015 revenues are as follows:
Restaurant Business is the leading media brand in the commercial foodservice industry, with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and growth. Through its monthly print magazine and website RestaurantBusinessOnline.com, Restaurant Business concisely shows growth-minded restaurateurs how to capitalize on trends, new concepts, changes in consumer tastes, new purchasing strategies and peers' best practices. The editors track ideas and trends as they develop within key channel segments including high volume independents, multiunit operators, emerging chains, the top 100 chains plus their leading franchisees.
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