Top Revenue-Producing Restaurants for 2009


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Restaurants and Institutions magazine has released their 2009 list of the TOP 400 RESTAURANT CHAINS, in terms of revenue.

Coming in at top is no surprise: McDonalds, with over US$70 billion in sales.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten are:

  • KFC ($17.8b)
  • Burger King ($14.8b)
  • Starbucks ($13.5b)
  • Subway ($12.9b)
  • Pizza Hut ($10.4b)
  • Wendy’s ($9.2b)
  • Taco Bell ($6.9b)
  • Domino’s Pizza ($5.5b)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts ($5.5b)

The magazine also released their annual list of the TOP EARNING INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS FOR 2009 as well.

Just as Web Watch reported a few years ago the first time we looked at these statistics, Las Vegas-based TAO is still at the top of the list, with $68m in 2008 earnings and an average dinner check of $72.  Not bad, when you have 785,000 people coming through your door.

The rest of the top 10 independent restaurants were:

  • Tavern on the Green
  • Joe’s Stone Crab
  • Smith & Wollensky
  • Tao Asian Bistro
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • Buddakan
  • Gibsons Bar Steakhouse
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chicago
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Las Vegas

Falling just out of the top 10, at spot number 11, is our first Walt Disney World property, Fulton’s Crab House.  With an average check of $45, Fulton’s made $20m in 2008.  Other Disney properties that made the list include Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe at #25 ($15.7m), and the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill at #97 ($11.1m).