Chicago is definitely food town no contest. Not only did we host the James Beard Foundation awards the past 2 years it will be here for another few years. As a foodie town, new and concept restaurant pops up faster than Lindsay Lohan changes accents but there’s something to be said for the mainstays. This year’s Restaurant Business top 100 highest-grossing independent restaurants in the U.S. included several Chicago area restaurants, mostly steak houses, with Gibson’s Chicago Gold coast location coming in again as Chicago’s top independent restaurant with average sales of about $23.6 million, up from last year’s $22.5 million. An average check at Gibson’s was $73 with 356,051 meals served. Chicago Cut dropped from #31 last year to #36. Celeb hotspot Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas was once again overall #1 with $47,941,106 and average check size of $96. The Chicago list below:
#8: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Average sales $23,636,657)
#14: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Average $21,600,000*)
#23: David Burke Primehouse (Average sales $19,300,000*)
#26: Bob Chinn’s Crab House – Wheeling, IL (Average sales $18,426,078)
#34: Shaw’s Crab House (Average sales $17,300,000*)
#36: Chicago Cut Steakhouse (Average sales $17,200,000*)
#43: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – Rosemont IL
#63: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse (Average sales $15,100,000*)
#68: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse-Oakbrook, IL ($14,731,787)
#69: Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House (average sales $14,708,983)
#87: Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar ($13,562,185)
#89: Tavern on Rush (Average sales $13,363,304)
#99: Greek Islands (Average sales $12,200,000)
The Top 100 Independents ranking is a measure of the highest-grossing independent restaurants. Only restaurant concepts with no more than five locations are considered “independents” for the purpose of this list (although it’s possible a restaurant that shares a name with a chain but is owned and operated separately would qualify, as with Smith & Wollensky in New York City). Rankings are based on gross 2015 food and beverage sales. Information was gathered through surveys. When data wasn’t provided, sales were estimated based on public information, similar concepts and other factors.You can find the whole list here.
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