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U.S. Independent Restaurant Landscape

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In the United States, some Menu Types are dominated by chain operators – and yet, the total overall number of Independent restaurants outnumbers chain restaurants by nearly two to one. As of October 2017, there are more than 480,900 total independent restaurants in the United States. CHD Expert's data shows that 68% of the independent landscape is made up of Full Service Restaurants and 32% are Limited Service Restaurants. 

How do independents stay competitive in such a dynamic industry? With less corporate oversight, independents are free to experiment with menu items, promotions, and community outreach programs that generate long-term customer loyalty with local residents.

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