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Bad Times Lead Good Times Burgers to Reinvent Itself

Whether it succeeds or fails, Good Times Restaurants Inc.‘s recent 10-k filing with the Securites & Exchange Commission should serve as a Harvard Business School case study in how this recession knocked the legs out from under many small businesses and how some businesses fought to right themselves. Good Times hopes to survive by reducing prices, reengineering […]

Burger King Says Grilled Cheese


 That funky orange cushion sitting between the burger patty and the onions? Uh, yeah, that’s cheese. A pillow of “flame-grilled cheese” that looks bigger than the meat. As it also does with its signature Whopper, Burger King creates variations of its two-handed Steakhouse burger in selected markets. In The Netherlands, the chain has menued the Grilled Cheese Steakhouse  for the […]

Happy Holidays to All

The BurgerBusiness.com diner is closed up and taking a little break for family business. Next week we’ll get back in burger mode. If you’re looking for something to read in the meantime, we’ve assembled this list of the #1 predictions from more than a dozen food, restaurant and consumer crystal-ball forecasts. Links to the full lists […]

A Dozen Brunch Burgers to Eat Before You Diet

A Dozen Brunch Burgers to Eat Before You Diet

Brunch is back in vogue. NPD’s research finds brunch sales up 8% through August versus last year. Not much else in foodservice is up 8% this year. Why the increase? Perhaps because brunch is a relatively cost-effective way to get the family together for a meal away from home. Or maybe it’s because burgers have […]

Monday News-Nugget Catch-Up for 12/21

[Update: Blueberry Biscuits have been reintroduced to Hardee’s breakfast menu.] ► Wendy’s operators we’ve spoken with say the company hasn’t yet told them when it plans to introduce the Fresh Wraps line (Baja Chicken and Smokehouse BBQ) that it has been testing and that we’ve been writing about for months. But it seems a rollout could be coming […]

McD’s Plans New Snack Wrap for Canada Olympics


McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian units will celebrate the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in various ways that include introduction of a new Parmigiana Chicken Snack Wrap. The limited-time item—combining Parmesan cheese, marinara sauce and crispy or grilled chicken in a tortilla—will join the Canadian menu on Dec. 29. Canadian units in March 2009 were the […]

Data Confirm Sharp Increase in Bacon on Burgers and More


httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sth7Hs2OlD0Midway through enjoying a McDonald’s Angus Bacon Cheese or Wendy’s Bacon Deluxe or Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger, the thought occurs: Doesn’t it seem like almost every burger now is bacon topped? Like the McDonald’s Australia commercial at left, the menu mantra appears to be, “Bacon. Bacon. Bacon.” And, in fact, the lingering […]

Jack in the Box Readying Renewed Breakfast Push


[Dec. 14 Update: Hardee’s is pumping up the breakfast volume even sooner than expected! The chain relayed a response to this post via Twitter: “Made from Scratch biscuits have no competition.No plans for borrowing from sista chain. Will sweeten up the menu next week.”] Jack in the Box is preparing to make January an even more hotly […]

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