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The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 4/29

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Spring brings out the best in burger chefs, as evidenced by this week’s collection of notables. Green Street Local, which just opened earlier this month, gives a fresh spin to a brunch burger. Roam in San Francisco goes heavy on green herbs. And Chef April Bloomfield’s Ramp Burger at Salvation

Burger of the Month Specials: April ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: April ’16 I’m not certain March went out like a lion (does the Angriest Whopper count?), but April definitely has come in like a lamb (burger). They’re everywhere on this month’s list of 60+ specials, and they look…

Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership

Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership Fast-casual restaurants represent just 7% of QSR visits. The segment’s 19,043 units account for less than .03% of the total U.S. restaurants (629,488). But fast-casual chain restaurants account for more than their share of growth. According…

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site For two years, Wes Rowe has been serving burgers at WesBurger, a pop-up open every Wednesday in San Francisco’s Mojo Bicycle Cafe. But in less than two months, Rowe will move from pop-up to bricks-and-mortar with…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 4/8

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 4/8 It has been a quiet week in chain-restaurant menu development, to paraphrase Garrison Keillor. But thank goodness we have the indies, where something new and intriguing continually makes itself known. That includes the wild Champions Alley…

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese In 2014, the trendy food in the UK was hot dogs; last year the mother country was all over barbecue, specifically brisket burnt ends. So what’s hot now? Mac ‘n cheese. Its an old favorite but…

NPD: Consumers Respond to Combo Deals


The 4 for $4 and 4 for $5 and 2 and $5 deals may seem confusing but consumers have figured them out and sought them out. The NPD  Group reports that after several years of declines combo meal visits rose by 1% at QSR burger restaurants for the 12 months

URBurger Seeks Its Fast-Casual Niche


Mike Sanford founded The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille chain and was its vice chairman when the 41-unit company was sold last year to Stone-Goff Partners. But he isn’t leaving the restaurant business. He’ll soon open URBurger, a fast-casual burger concept, in Edgewater, Md., that also will feature craft

McDonald’s U.S. Ad Creative in Review


Jump ball. The advertising account competition that is the stuff of legend was reinstated on Monday when a McDonald’s Corp. spokesperson confirmed to Adweek that creative responsibility for its U.S. advertising assignment is being reviewed. At stake could be control of more than $1 billion in ad spending. “While we

BK Extends Chicken Fries Brand to Rings

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Burger King is the royalty of line extensions. It has revived the Whopper franchise a hundredfold with new or semi-new versions. It’s doing the same now with the Chicken Fries brand it first introduced in 2005. They were gone in 2012; back s an LTO in August 2014; then permanently

McDonald’s Q1: ‘Meaningful Gains’


McDonald’s Corp. reported what CEO Steve Easterbrook said are “meaningful gains” in Q1 that show “the turnaround is taking hold.” That includes a 6.2% increase in same-store-sales globally and a 5.4% improvement in the U.S. (aided by 3% in pricing gain). Easterbrook said the chain experienced positive growth in customer

McDonald’s France Tries ‘NY Street Food’

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McDonald’s European operations have a longstanding crush on New York City. The NYCrispy burger arrived in Spain in 2009. In 2010, its Czech stores were featuring burgers named for city boroughs like the Brooklyn Classic and McDonald’s Germany had cupcakes named for SoHo, Chelsea and other neighborhoods. That same year,

McD’s Operators Applaud Move to 2 for $5

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McDonald’s is doing well enough that Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski increased to 4.6% from 3.8% his Q1 U.S. same-store sales forecast for the chain. First quarter results will be announced on Friday. While not quite as strong as the 5.7% comp-sales gain in 2015’s Q4, 4.6% would signal that McDonald’s