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Red Robin Crafts Catch-Up Strategies

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Beers calls its ongoing remodeling effort a “Brand Transformation,” but the transformation is encountering a few negative side effects. For Q4, the chain reported a 4.6% decline in customers, which a 2.6% increase in average check (1.9% from price) couldn’t cover, resulting in a 2%

Wendy’s Gives a QSR Tutorial

Wendy’s Gives a QSR Tutorial I want to look past the basics of Wendy’s Q4 and 2015 sales report on Tuesday, although those numbers were quite strong, as you’ve likely seen. North American company same-store sales were up 4.8% for the…

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016 Happily, this wasn’t what I expected. With Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day crowded into February, I expected lots of Creole, Cupid and Honest Abe Burgers of the Month specials. And there are a few…

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 2/12

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 2/12 The variety in this week’s burgers is especially appealing. There’s bison and brisket, slides and a breakfast sandwich, truffled mashed potatoes and Cheddar popcorn. When people ask what I mean by intriguing, I may just have…

Chicken Gets Burger-Style Extravagance

Chicken Gets Burger-Style Extravagance Chicken sandwiches finally are being let into the burger bar “club.” That acceptance is shown in chicken beginning to get the extravagant builds that previously was reserved for beef burgers. Certainly, chicken sandwiches (chicken breasts, as…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 2/12

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The variety in this week’s burgers is especially appealing. There’s bison and brisket, slides and a breakfast sandwich, truffled mashed potatoes and Cheddar popcorn. When people ask what I mean by intriguing, I may just have to send them here. I’m trying a different format for the Intriguing roundup here,

Wendy’s Gives a QSR Tutorial

Wendy's(R) new brand logo will begin appearing in Wendy's advertising, on product packaging, crew uniforms, new restaurant signage, menuboards and digital assets beginning February 25.  (PRNewsFoto/The Wendy's Company)

I want to look past the basics of Wendy’s Q4 and 2015 sales report on Tuesday, although those numbers were quite strong, as you’ve likely seen. North American company same-store sales were up 4.8% for the quarter, 3.3% for fiscal 2015. Average unit sales increased 3% to $1.54 million and

How to Make Valentine’s Day a Burger Day

Rockit Burger Bar's heart-shaped Mac Attack Burger

You build a business with great ideas plus the courage to act on them. Valentine’s Day is a traditionally strong day for restaurants, but not necessarily for burger joints. Owner Sam Glynn and his team at Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren, R.I., refused to accept conventional wisdom or conventional

Six Bold Burgers for Mardi Gras

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Happy Mardi Gras! It’s the annual party in preparation for that parade of boring fish sandwiches onto menus that already has begun. Ugh. As our friends at DMK Burger Bar here put it, Mardi Gras is about “Puttin’ the ‘fat’ in ‘Fat Tuesday,’ but it’s oh-so-worth-it.” Here are six burger

McDonald’s Hot Menu Item: Big Mac Sauce

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Face it, what makes the Big Mac special is the sauce, not the two all-beef patties, lettuce, etc. And as the Big Mac approaches its 50th anniversary next year, McDonald’s is treating its Big Mac Sauce as a very valuable commodity in promotions in the UK and in Australia. In

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016

Bobby Flay's Louisiana Burger

Happily, this wasn’t what I expected. With Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day crowded into February, I expected lots of Creole, Cupid and Honest Abe Burgers of the Month specials. And there are a few clever holiday-themed burgers in the list. Bobby Flay has a Louisiana Burger at his

Wendy’s Gives Dave’s Burgers Better Bun

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Dave Thomas was smart enough to know that a good idea is a good idea, no matter who else is embracing that idea. So Dave wouldn’t care that the chain he founded, Wendy’s, is announcing a burger revamp with a new bakery-style bun immediately after a competitor, Jack in the