Top 10 North American Restaurant Operators

This ranking comes to us from research reported by Nation’s Restaurant News. Here are the Top 10 North American Restaurant Operators of the Year:

10. DineEquity, Inc.

Brands: IHOP, International House of Pancakes, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

2013 sales, in million$: $7,612.00

9. Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza

$8,021.80

8. Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Red Lobster (formerly), The Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52

Sales: $8,867.50

7. The Wendy’s Co.

Wendy’s

$9,250.40

6. Dunkin’ Brands Group

Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins

$9,301.40

5. 3G Capital Partners, Ltd.

Burger King

$16,301.00

4. Starbucks Corp. 

Starbucks Coffee, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tazo Tea, Teavana

$18,365.00

3. Doctor’s Associates, Inc.

Subway

$18,511.00

2. Yum! Brands Inc.

KFC, Little Sheep, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Wing Street, East Dawning

$43,424.00

1. McDonald’s Corp.

McDonald’s

$89,124.70

2014 saw two really major shake-ups in the quick-service and casual dining restaurant world, both of which are sure to reverberate in the real estate sector either directly or indirectly. First we heard the news that #8 operator Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) agreed to the sale of Red Lobster restaurant chain to West Coast private equity group Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion, with Nicholas Schorsh‘s former retail REIT American Realty Capital Properties (NASDAQ: ARCP) picking up the real estate in a sale-leaseback arrangement that coincided with the deal.

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