Monday, July 4, 2011

Weakest Links in the Restaurant Chains

American diners spent 40.5% of their food budgets eating away from home in 2010, down just slightly from 41% in 2006, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Chains such as McDonald's (MCD), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Starbucks (SBUX) continue to grow. But even so, a number of restaurant operators have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in recent months.

14. Red Robin
13. Sonic
12. Ruby Tuesday
11. Carrols Restaurant Group (Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana)
10. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
9. O'Charley's (its namesake as well as Ninety Nine Restaurant and Stoney River Legendary Steaks)
8. Ruth's Hospitality Group (Ruth's Chris Steak House, Mitchell's Fish Market)
7. McCormick and Schmick's
6. Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille)
5. Domino's Pizza
4. DineEquity (IHOP, Applebee's)
3. Morton's Restaurant Group
2. Wendy's/Arby's
1. Denny's

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