Paris Baguette Ranked No. 159 in Nation’s Restaurant News Top 500

Paris Baguette Ranked No. 159 in Nation's Restaurant News Top 500

The global bakery café franchise has climbed over 20 spots in the ranking since its No. 181 placement last year and is recognized for its remarkable growth.

Paris Baguette Ranked No. 159 in Nation's Restaurant News Top 500Paris Baguette, the 4,000-plus-unit global bakery café concept with over 120 restaurants in the U.S. alone, has been recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News in its 2023 Top 500 Ranking. Recognized for its strong system-wide expansion and impressive sales growth, Paris Baguette “has a lot of momentum.”

Introducing the ranking, Nation’s Restaurant News notes that “the industry’s footprint largely stabilized in 2022” after two tumultuous years of inflation, challenging labor circumstances and “a tangled supply chain.” In evaluating the top 500 restaurants, the ranking looked for restaurants that drove remarkable success in 2022, demonstrating a remarkable recovery from the consequences of the pandemic.

“A full 456 chains on this year’s Top 500 — that’s 91% of them — enjoyed sales growth in 2021, according to figure [sic] reported by Datassential and its Firefly 500 platform,” the staff wrote. “Store-count growth wasn’t quite as rosy of a picture — about 60% of chains on the Top 500 were flat or had positive growth.”

Paris Baguette, however, secured positive remarks in both arenas, offering a 25% increase in unit-count growth and a 36% climb in sales. Notably, Mark Mele, chief development officer, shared that the franchise did not “take price,” meaning it did not pass inflation costs along to guests. Rather, Paris Baguette’s ongoing sales spikes are truly indicative of increased guest count and order size.

“We are excited to have been recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News once again, and our climbing placement relative to the 2022 ranking is a testament to the work we’re doing as a brand,” said Darren Tipton, chief executive officer of Paris Baguette America. “With thousands of cafés around the world, Paris Baguette has become a community favorite as we’ve worked to become the neighborhood bakery at the heart of the communities we enter. I think that really reflects who we are and what we’re doing in the industry.”

The New Jersey-based franchisor is known for the unique experience it brings: a French-inspired bakery café that bakes all of its breads, cakes and pastries fresh daily. With an updated, welcoming store prototype and truly unique product offerings, Paris Baguette has positioned itself as a go-to for many individuals and families seeking a morning coffee, midday pick-me-up, evening dessert or venue to celebrate.

“We’ve reset the entire brand over the past three years,” Tipton told Nation’s Restaurant News. “If you look at how we’ve come out of the pandemic to now, it’s very exciting. No one is doing what we’re doing. About 80% of what we sell is bread, pastries and cake, and we’re going to stay true to who we are.”

Paris Baguette Ranked No. 159 in Nation's Restaurant News Top 500

Paris Baguette is a bakery café franchise with more than 4,000 units across the globe. The brand first started U.S. franchising in 2015, and has since established nearly 150 locations in markets across the country, making it one of the premier franchise opportunities in its category. Paris Baguette’s primary mission, executed every day by its expert staff of bakers, cakers and baristas, is to share moments of joy with customers and help customers share moments of joy with their friends and family by providing world-class cakes, pastries, coffees, breads and other French-inspired bakery café fare. For more information, please visit