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From Pit to Plate: CHD Expert Evaluates the U.S. BBQ Restaurant Landscape

Jul.14.2017
01:59:46 PM

Are you looking for a uniquely American culinary experience? Barbecue is a centuries-old cuisine with dozens of variations and styles – and could be a strong contender for America’s quintessential food. With barbecue being such a popular choice for Americans, CHD Expert decided to evaluate trends within the barbecue restaurant landscape across the country.

As of July 2017, CHD Expert’s database has data and restaurant information for more than 15,200 barbecue restaurants across the USA. Barbecue restaurants also account for just over 2 percent of the total US restaurant landscape.

Breaking down the barbecue restaurant landscape into Full Service Restaurants (FSRs) and Limited Service Restaurants (LSRs) in terms of number of units, CHD Expert’s data reveals that Independent restaurants dominate both categories: 86 percent of barbecue LSRs are classified as Independent while 88 percent of FSRs are Independent. (CHD Expert defines an Independent restaurant as one having less than 10 units in operation nationwide.)

With its roots in the South, it’s no surprise that many of the state states with the largest share of barbecue restaurants reside below the Mason Dixon Line. The top five states with the largest shares of barbecue restaurants include Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Hawaii, and chains make up 13 percent of the total barbecue restaurant landscape. The most prevalent barbecue chain restaurants in the U.S. include Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Famous Dave’s, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ, and Bill Miller Bar B Q.

Want more details on the barbecue restaurant landscape in the USA?

CHD Expert evaluated the most recent data within its foodservice database and packaged the most interesting facts and figures into an infographic designed to help foodservice industry professionals better understand the popularity of barbecue restaurants in the United States.

To access the 2017 Barbecue Restaurant Landscape Infographic in its entirety, please click here.

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