Special Report

50 Highest Grossing Restaurants in America

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40. Tavern on the Green
> Location: New York, NY
> Annual sales: $17,200,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $70 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 260,000

This beautifully located Central Park landmark started life in the 1880s as a sheep barn, designed by the celebrated English architect and landscape designer Calvert Vaux. Controversial city planner Robert Moses turned it into a restaurant in 1934. Over the years, the fortunes of the place ebbed and flowed, and the management changed frequently. Restaurant impresario Warner LeRoy ran it from 1976 to 1988; famed chef Jeremiah Tower took over the kitchen for a scant five months in 2014 and ’15. Today, under Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama, it seems to have found its groove with solid cooking and a something-for-everyone menu that includes kale and quinoa salad, grilled baby octopus, and roasted organic chicken.

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39. Mon Ami Gabi
> Location: Las Vegas, NV
> Annual sales: $17,200,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $66 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 300,000

The Sin City outpost of this friendly French bistro, with locations also in the Chicago and Washington D.C. areas, is part of the Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You group. The classic French fare focuses on variations on steak frites, though many other choices are available. Breakfast and weekend brunch are also served, and there is an ample gluten-free menu.

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38. Chicago Cut Steakhouse
> Location: Chicago, IL
> Annual sales: $17,200,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $85 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 210,000

Steakhouse veterans David Flom and Matthew Moore opened this busy steakhouse in 2010. It has proven popular with a wide range of sports stars as well as celebrities like actors Colin Farrell and John Cusack, who were presumably tempted by its bone-in prime rib, prime steaks, and fresh seafood — and maybe even by its foot-long Kobe beef hot dog.

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37. Founding Farmers
> Location: Washington, DC
> Annual sales: $17,243,194
> Avg. check: $35
> Meals served annually: 571,078

This unique LEED Gold Certified establishment, which opened in 2008, is one of five restaurants — four in the D.C. area, one in Pennsylvania — owned primarily by more than 47,000 family farmers belonging to the North Dakota Farmers Union. Hundreds of farms involved supply raw materials to the restaurants. The fare is mostly home-style — skillet cornbread, fried green tomatoes, chicken pot pie, Yankee pot roast, pork chops — and there are numerous sandwiches and homemades pastas. Founding Farmers also serves proprietary “farm-to-still” rye whisky, gin, and Peruvian pisco brandy.

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36. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
> Location: Rosemont, IL
> Annual sales: $17,442,193
> Avg. check: $71
> Meals served annually: 258,249

This is one of two suburban locations of the popular downtown Chicago steakhouse of the same name. The no-nonsense menu is centered around prime corn-fed Black Angus beef, aged for 40 days. There’s also plenty of seafood, including a spicy lobster cocktail, as well as spit-roasted chicken, baby back ribs, and a charbroiled burger. Owned by the Gibsons Restaurant Group, this Gibsons is across from Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.