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Here Are Chicago's Top-Earning Restaurants (Gibsons Grossed $25M In 2016)

By David Matthews | October 30, 2017 4:26pm | Updated on October 31, 2017 8:17am
 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.
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DOWNTOWN — Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse grossed nearly $25 million last year, tops among all Chicago restaurants, according to a new study.

The venerable Rush Street steakhouse is one of nine Chicago restaurants on Restaurant Business' list of the top 100 independent restaurants in the country. 

That's down from 10 in 2015, when the Greek Islands restaurant at 200 S. Halsted St. clocked in at No. 99 in the country with $12.2 million in gross sales.

Gibsons, at 1028 N. Rush St., has led all Chicago restaurants in gross sales since at least 2014, according to the report. Primehouse, the steakhouse in the James Hotel at 616 N. Rush, led all Chicago restaurants that made the high-grossing list, with an average check of $98 last year. 

Quartino Ristorante, 626 N. State St., led all Chicago restaurants on the list with nearly 440,000 meals served last year.

Restaurant Business said it calculated its totals using surveys or estimates based on "public information, similar concepts and other factors."

The rankings apply only to non-chain restaurants with no more than five locations. 

Here's the list:

•No. 1 (10 nationally): Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.

Gross sales: $24.7 million

Average check: $75

Meals served: 363,301

•No. 2 (20): Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 60 E. Grand Ave.

Gross sales: $21.2 million (estimate)

Average check: $80 (estimate)

Meals served: 265,000

•No. 3 (26): Primehouse, 616 N. Rush

Gross sales: $19.2 million (estimate)

Average check: $98 (estimate)

Meals served: 200,000

No. 4 (38): Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle Drive

Gross sales: $17.2 million (estimate)

Average check: $85 (estimate)

Meals served: 210,000

No. 5 (41): Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St.

Gross sales: $17.1 million (estimate)

Average check: $65 (estimate)

Meals served: 265,000

No. 6 (70): Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, 33 W. Kinzie St.

Gross sales: $14.8 million (estimate)

Average check: $52 (estimate)

Meals served: 290,000

No. 7 (80): Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush

Gross sales: $14.3 million 

Average check: $74

Meals served: 182,161

No. 8 (88): Quartino Ristorante, 626 N. State St.

Gross sales: $13.8 million

Average check: $29

Meals served: 438,677

No. 9 (93): Tavern On Rush, 1031 N. Rush

Gross sales: $13.4 million

Average check: $74

Meals served: 350,000

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