Restaurants & Institutions published their annual list of highest-grossing independent restaurants in the United States. Tao Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub wins the top earner spot four years running, although 2009 food-and-beverage sales fell thirteen percent. Number two on the list is the now-defunct Tavern on the Green in New York City. Also see the massive list that includes '09 sales, average dinner check, meals served, seats, and square footage.
Top 100 Independent Restaurants 2010: The Rankings [Restaurants & Institutions]