Sunday, April 26, 2020


by market cap
Company name Mkt Cap▼
  1. MCD McDonald's  148.235B
  2. SBUX  Starbucks  92.69B
  3. CMG Chipotle Mexican Grill  32.57B
  4. YUM Yum! Brands 27.637B (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)
  5. YUMC  Yum China  20.711B
  6. QSR  Restaurant Brands Int'l  17.381B; owner of Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen; the company is the fifth-largest operator of fast food restaurants in the world behind Subway, McDonald's, Starbucks and Yum! Brands. 
  7. DPZ Domino's Pizza  15.481B
  8. DRI Darden Restaurants  9.934B
  9. DNKN Dunkin Brands 5.622B
  10. WEN The Wendy's Co 4.986B
  11. WING  Wingstop  4.543B
  12. TXRH Texas Roadhouse   4.259B
  13. PZZA  Papa John's   3.123B
  14. CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 2.657B
  15. SHAK  Shake Shack   2.198B
  16. JACK Jack in the Box  1.785B
  17. EAT Brinker Int'l 1.26B; Chili's Grill & Bar, Maggiano's Little Italy
  18. CAKE The Cheesecake Factory 1.098B
  19. BLMN Bloomin' Brands  1.002B (Carrabba's Italian Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Outback Steakhouse)
  20. ARCO Arcos Dorados  986.393M
  21. DIN Dine Brands Global 879.407M; Applebee's and IHOP
  22. PLAY Dave & Buster's 737.415M
  23. DENN Denny's  649.832M
  24. LOCO  El Pollo Loco   611.035M
  25. BJRI BJ's Restaurants 562.793M
  26. CHUY Chuy's Holdings  383.953M
  27. TAST Carrols Restaurant Group   382.248M
  28. NDLS  Noodles & Company  372.359M
  29. FAT   Fat Brands  83.383M; owner of Fatburger and Ponderosa; acquired Johnny Rockets. (8/20)
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  31. FRGI Fiesta Restaurant Group 1.27B
  32. RRGB Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 1.12B
  33. PBPB Potbelly Corp 816.56M
  34. RUTH Ruth's Hospitality Group 465.67M
  35. JMBA Jamba, Inc. 246.43M
  36. FRSH Papa Murphy's  171.87M
  37. KONA Kona Grill, Inc. 148.11M
  38. BOBS Brazil Fast Food  132.27M
  39. PZZI Pizza Inn, Inc. 74.55M
  40. NROM Noble Roman's, Inc. 30.14M
  41. HOTR Chanticleer Holdings  18.03M
  42. MRFD Morgan's Foods, Inc. 12.91M
  43. BBQ  BBQ Holdings  27.475M; owner of Famous Dave's of America restaurants
  44. GTIM Good Times Restaurants 13.598M
+PTLO IPO in 2021


  1. COSI  Cosi Inc; Filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market. (Sept 2016)
  1. TACO Del Taco Restaurants acquired by Jack in the Box (JACK) for $12.51/share or approx. $575 million. (Dec 6, 2021)
  2. DAVE  Famous Dave's of America is now BBQ Holdings (BBQ) (2019)
  3. BAGR Diversified Restaurant Holdings ; acquired by ICV Partners. (2019)
  4. DFRG Del Frisco's Restaurant Group acquired by private equity group L Catterton. (June 2019)
  5. SONC Sonic Corporation; acquired by privately-held Inspire Brands for $2.3 billion (Sept 2018). The company also owns Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy John's, and Rusty Taco restaurant chains.
  6. BBRG  Bravo Brio Restaurant Group; sold to Spice Private Equity Ltd. and renamed FoodFirst Global Restaurants. (May 2018)
  7. BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings; acquired by privately-held Inspire Brands (Nov 2017). The company also owns Arby's, Sonic Drive-In, Jimmy John's, and Rusty Taco restaurant chains.
  8. RT Ruby Tuesday; privately-held; acquired by NRD Capital (Oct 2017).
  9. IRG Ignite Restaurant Group (operator of Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern & Tap) acquired by Kelly Cos., a San Diego-based private equity firm for $50 million. (Jun 7, 2017)
  10. PNRA Panera Bread acquired by JAB Holding for $7.5 bln. (Apr 2017)
  11. PLKI  Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen acquired by Restaurant Brands (QSR) for $79.00/share. (Feb 2017)
  12. BKW Burger King Worldwide is now part of Restaurant Brands Int'l (NYSE:QSR)
  13. KKD  Krispy Kreme  acquired by JAB Beech for $1.35B (May 9, 2016)
  14. BAGL Einstein Noah Restaurant Group --> 9/14 : BAGL acquired by JAB Holding Co., an affiliate of the private-equity firm Joh. A. Benckiser Group, for $374M. (Also bought Caribou for $340 Million in 12/12, and Peet's Coffee for $1 billion in 10/12)


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