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Sushi Drives Growth Of Asian Restaurants In U.S.

The number of sushi restaurants in the U.S. has grown by approximately 10% during the past few years, according to a new analysis by CHD Expert, the Chicago-based foodservice database and analytics firm. There are currently more the 6,000 restaurants featuring a sushi menu, a rise from fewer than 5,500 in January 2013, CHD data show.

Overall, there are more than 63,500 Asian restaurants in the U.S., according to CHD Expert. More than 26,000 of them, or 42%, feature Chinese menus. In addition to sushi, other menu types include Japanese, Korean, Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, and Thai.

Broken down by segment, 84% of the total are full-service, 16% limited service. Independent operators, defined by CHD as having fewer than nine units, control 89% of the full-service units, while only 16% of the limited-service units are independent. Panda Express dominates the chain side of Asian limited-service concepts.

To obtain the complete study of the Asian restaurant market in the U.S., contact Brad Bloom at

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