Empire Ranking: Weighing 10 Restaurant Power Groups

With the 2014 Winter Olympics kicking off this Friday and award season upon us, we’re feeling competitive. And with so many restaurant empires growing by the second (Daniel Boulud going to Boston, Shake Shack hitting Chicago), we thought we should take a minute to break down some of the biggest in the game. Here are the rules:


The chef or company must be U.S.-based
They must have at least 12 restaurants
They must be in at least three cities
Most of their restaurants must be Zagat-rated


We took the total number of restaurants per group and averaged their Zagat food scores to come up with the ranking below. Let the games begin.

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