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Mighty Fine Burgers Limits the Menu, Not the Quality

Quick-service restaurants’ critics need to meet K&N Management, owner of the three-unit Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes chain in Austin, Texas. This month it became the first foodservice company to receive the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) award from the nonprofit Quality Texas Foundation. It’s no small achievement, and one that began with […]

New Burgers Lead O’Charley’s Sales-Rebuilding Effort


O’Charley’s is the latest casual-dining chain to call on a lineup of improved burgers to headline a new marketing effort and reverse declines in sales, average check and guest counts. The Nashville-based chain of 244 restaurants this week is making a newly christened line of  “Fresh Burgers” the focal point of its advertising as it […]

Monday News-Nugget Catch-Up for 3/29

Ξ There are surprises and an interesting regionalism to this year’s BurgerBusiness.com Burger Brackets Final Four. Cheeseburger Bobby’s of Kennesaw, Ga., squares off against Blanc Burgers + Bottles of Kansas City, Mo., in one match, while Irvine, Calif.-based In-N-Out Burger battles New York City’s Rare Bar & Grill in the other. Several hundred votes have […]

McDonald’s Tries Family Dinner Boxes in Australia

McDonald’s Tries Family Dinner Boxes in Australia

[March/2011 Update: Click here to read about the McBox in Czech Republic and Breakfast Boxes in Malaysia.] McDonald’s is trying the “boxed value meal” tactic that KFC and others have used successfully for years. In Australia, McDonald’s has launched Family Dinner Boxes, a tiered-price series of Happy-Meals-for-four available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in a […]

Monday News-Nugget Catch-Up for 3/22


“And like that, poof. He’s gone,” Verbal Kint famously says of the evil Keyser Söze in the film “The Usual Suspects.” Perhaps he referencing my NCAA brackets after the Kansas loss. Ξ Or did he mean Wendy’s Bacon & Blue Burger? Because it’s gone.  This is the heart-breaking meaning of “limited-time offer.”  Judging by the largely […]

Jack in the Box Testing Breakfast Pitas

Publicly committed to improving the performance of its morning daypart, Jack in the Box is testing Breakfast Pita Pockets, a new spin on a platform it has used before. The item tucks traditional breakfast foods—scrambled egg, ham, cheese and bacon; similar to what is in included in its current Meaty Breakfast Burrito—in pita bread. Menu price […]

McDonald’s Canada Thinks Small with New McMini

After re-engineering the burger into the Mac Snack Wrap last year, McDonald’s Canada is back with another twist. This time it’s taking on the chicken sandwich, which it has scaled down into the McMini, a two-item line joining its menu in Canada on March 30, a company spokesperson confirmed. Just as the Mac Snack Wrap includes […]

Burger King Brings Mountain Burgers to Lowlands


You have to love the global burger scene. No sooner does McDonald’s unveil burgers named for New York and other American cities in Scandinavia than Burger King counters with a series of burgers named for mountains. The Mountain Burgers are now on the menu in extremely unmountainous The Netherlands, where BK previously offered XL Burgers and, before […]

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