QSR 50: Next Up

    From legacy chains to rising upstarts, here's a look at 42 concepts worth keeping an eye on in 2021.

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    Note: These are ranked 1–42 based on restaurant submissions and are not necessarily a continuation of The Contenders.

    company category 2020 us systemwide sales millions 2020 average sales per unit thousands 2020 franchisedlicensed units 2020 company units 2020 total units total change in units from 2019
    Auntie Anne's Snack 349 397 1,185 12 1,197 -25
    WNB Factory Burger 327 1,020 48 16 62 18
    Schlotzsky's Sandwich 270 840 309 24 333 -19
    A&W Burger 235 1,100 538 3 541 -34
    Golden Chick Chicken 229 1,159 192 6 198 14
    Mountain Mike's Pizza 206 946 228 0 228 13
    Donatos Pizza 204 1,213 114 54 168 10
    Chicken Salad Chick Chicken 175 1,060 126 50 176 32
    Slim Chickens Chicken 163 1,834 92 10 102 79
    Pollo Campero Chicken 148 1,924 17 62 79 1
    Cinnabon Snack 143 396 941 1 942 32
    WaBa Grill Global 140 729 175 17 192 0
    Ledo Pizza Pizza 115 1,100 107 0 107 4
    Nekter Juice Bar Snack 79 600 115 33 148 -11
    Pizza Factory Pizza 67 736 100 1 101 -4
    Toppers Pizza 65 1,030 47 20 76 2
    Teriyaki Madness Global 61 1,079 89 0 89 29
    Cottage Inn Pizza 53 981 45 9 54 2
    Bahama Buck's Global 51 485 103 4 107 5
    Cheba Hut Sandwich 48 1,500 37 0 37 9
    Clean Juice Snack 41 485 89 13 102 25
    Your Pie Pizza 40 720 76 0 76 7
    Dog Haus Global 38 1,179 38 5 43 5
    Robeks Snack 34 491 82 1 83 0
    Juice it Up! Snack 33 459 78 1 79 -3
    Vitality Bowls Snack 29 444 70 4 74 -4
    Mo' Bettahs Global 29 1,695 0 17 17 6
    Pokeworks Global 27 800 49 9 58 9
    Fresh Brothers Pizza 27 145 0 21 21 1
    Kona Ice Snack 26 90 85 21 1,309 105
    Bubbakoo's Burritos Global 26 901 32 11 43 11
    SoBol Global 23 650 45 3 48 10
    Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe Global 23 256 67 23 90 -3
    Swig Snack 21 956 0 29 29 9
    The Chicken Shack Chicken 20 1,200 3 19 22 3
    Ziggi’s Coffee Snack 17 827 20 7 27 6
    Nardelli's Sandwich 13 872 13 2 15 0
    Kettleman's Bagels Sandwich 13 3,250 0 4 1 1
    Chaps Pit Beef Sandwich 8 1,253 0 6 6 2
    Tso Chinese Delivery Global 4 1,890 0 2 2 1
    Fresh Catch Poke Co. Global 2 840 0 2 2 1
    Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ Snack 2 350 5 0 5 3