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English Pub Burger Returns as Clubhouse Angus

McDonald’s is testing a new, toppings-heavy version of its third-pound Angus burger in San Diego. The test of the Clubhouse Angus was disclosed today by McDonald’s executives in a Manhattan meeting with Wall Street analysts and was reported first by Mark Kalinowski, restaurant analyst with Janney Montgomery Scott. Actually, the burger in test isn’t really […]

In Praise of Poutine

Burger King offers it, but only in Canada. Wendy’s recently began offering it in Canada, too. And when the first Canadian Smashburger opened this month in Calgary, it was on the menu. “It” is poutine, the iconic Canadian/Québécois side dish of crisp french fries and squeaky cheese curds covered in brown gravy. As these three […]

McDonald’s Outlines a Trio of Brand Goals

Jim Skinner’s last McDonald’s Corp. shareholders meeting as its CEO today followed the script of so many meetings that preceded it. Skinner and Don Thompson—McDonald’s president-COO, who succeeds him as CEO on July 1—vowed to stay a course that has been reaping rewards (such as the 8.9% jump in Q1 comp sales). A parade of […]

NPD: Kids Meal Toys in Decline

Wendy’s this week announced a partnership with child-learning company LeapFrog that puts LeapSchool Friends toys in its kids meals. But that comes as new research from Chicago’s NPD finds that kids meal toys may be losing their appeal. For the year ended in December 2011, NPD says, the number of restaurant visits that included a […]

Culver on Leadership: Learn to Let Go

Craig Culver, his wife, Lea, and his parents opened the first Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers restaurant (a converted A&W) in Sauk City, Wis., in 1984. Culver’s now is the 11th largest burger chain in the U.S., with more than 450 locations in 19 states. Craig Culver remains its CEO and its guiding force. Last […]

Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s Owner Files for IPO

CKE Inc., the parent of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, is the latest restaurant company to jump back into the public-ownership pool, filing for an initial public offering of stock that could raise an estimated $100 million. This reverses the public-to-private route taken in July 2010 when CKE was acquired and taken private […]

Red Robin Comps Do a Big Melt

Red Robin’s Big Melt Bacon Burger LTO was a hit but the marketing for it fell short. That was the explanation Red Robin Gourmet Burgers executives offered today for the company’s disappointing 0.5% increase in same-store sales for the first fiscal quarter, ended April 15, 2012 (see full financial results here). Comps in the previous […]

McDonald’s Testing $1 McCruncher

That was fast. On May 4, BurgerBusiness.com reported that McDonald’s had filed a federal trademark application for the name “McCruncher.” Apparently the name is just too good not to use. In selected markets including several in Alabama, McDonald’s has begun testing a—you guessed it—McCruncher cheeseburger. Two things are interesting about it. One is that it […]

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