Restaurant Business magazine ranks the highest-grossing independent restaurants each year. This year's top 10 featured many of the same names as last year. Each was able to bring in over $20 million in gross food and beverage sales.
Independent restaurants are on the rise as customers are increasingly turning away from national chains. Still, it's difficult to run a restaurant without the benefit of a recognizable brand, which makes it all the more impressive that some independent restaurants are able to bring in tens of millions of dollars in sales each year.
These are the 10 highest-grossing independent restaurants,
according to Restaurant Business magazine. All stats are for 2017, and only restaurants with five or fewer locations were considered.
10 highest-grossing restaurants in America
10. Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse — Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago institution
is the only steakhouse in the country to receive a USDA Prime Certification for the beef it sources in-house.
Average Check: $75
Meals Served: 363,301
(Photo by Jeff Schear/WireImage)
9. Bryant Park Grill & Cafe — New York, New York
Located behind the New York Public Library, Bryant Park Grill & Cafe has been called "a gorgeous pavilion"
by The New York Times.
Average Check: $50 (Restaurant Business Magazine estimate)
Meals Served: 420,000
8. Smith & Wollensky — New York, New York
The restaurant is known for its National Wine Week celebrations,
which occur three times each year. It's also a favorite of Warren Buffett.
Average Check: $100
Meals Served: 296,723
(Photo by Stephen Hilger/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
7. Lavo New York — New York, New York
This Italian restaurant
doubles as an exclusive nightclub.
Average Check: $85
Meals Served: 200,000
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DuJour)
6. The Boathouse Orlando — Orlando, Florida
Aside from fresh seafood, the restaurant
also offers tours of Disney Springs via boats designed to look like classic cars.
Average Check: $43
Meals Served: 643,829
(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
5. Old Ebbitt Grill — Washington, DC
One of only two restaurants to break the one-million mark, Old Ebbitt Grill served more meals than any other restaurant on Restaurant Business' list.
Average Check: $39
Meals Served: 1,072,293
(Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
4. Carmine's — New York, New York
The Italian restaurant now delivers its famous dishes.
Average Check: $33
Meals Served: 396,871
3. Tao Downtown — New York, New York
Despite its impressive revenue numbers, Tao Downtown
has received less impressive reviews.
Average Check: $95
Meals Served: 311,945
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
2. Joe's Stone Crab — Miami Beach, Florida
was reported to have had Joe's Stone Crab delivered before a presidential debate in 2012.
Average Check: $80
Meals Served: 316,000
1. Tao Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
Tao Las Vegas topped this list for the fourth year in a row as the only independent restaurant to bring in over $40 million last year.
Average Check: $90
Meals Served: 226,146
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