Restaurants & Institutions released its top 100 independent restaurants list today, which ranks them by revenue (and, as such, looks a little like the MPAA’s recent accounting of "independent" film budgets). No. 1 on the R&I countdown was Tao in Las Vegas, with a whopping $66 million in revenue. Outside of Lawrys (no. 67, $12 million), nothing in LA touched the top 100. That would have meant beating out Montgomery Inn in Cincinnati, which earned $11 million by serving a half-million rib dinners a year. (And they don’t come close to serving the most.) More amusing top-100 stats after the jump.
Most expensive: 21 Club, NYC
Least expensive: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth, Mich.
Most seats: Tavern on the Green, NYC
Fewest seats: Boulevard, San Francisco
Most meals per year: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth, Mich.
Fewest meals per year: Megu, NYC