Bob Chinn's Crab House Restaurant in Wheeling, Illinois was named the top earning restaurant making an estimated $24 million this year. The 89-year old owner attributed the restaurant’s success to delivering fresh seafood daily.
The Grill on Main in Edgartown, Massachusetts came in second grossing $23.5 million. Sparks Steak House in New York City followed in third place with earnings of $23 million.
"It is an unusual list," said Pomerantz. "We are looking at just food sales, not alcohol. It is standalone restaurants, so that cut some places out."
CHD Expert, a specialist in food service gathered the information by examining restaurant earnings over a 12-month period ending in June 2011. Each restaurant included in the top 10 list grossed $16 million and more.