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. 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.



6. Dunkin’ Brands Group

Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins


5. 3G Capital Partners, Ltd.

Burger King


4. Starbucks Corp. 

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


3. Doctor’s Associates, Inc.



2. Yum! Brands Inc.

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


1. McDonald’s Corp.



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.