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BK Aids Literacy; Red Robin’s New Brew

BK Aids Literacy; Red Robin’s New Brew

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FXISG-GRUKP WVIPPSK. That’s what a menu board may as well say for the 20% of the world’s population that can’t read. In observance of World Literacy Month and to raise awareness, The Burger King McLamore Foundation (named for chain founder James McLamore) has created a campaign to show how crippling illiteracy can be. For a […]

Harvey’s Revamps Beverages Menu

Harvey’s Revamps Beverages Menu

Canadian burger chain Harvey’s today addresses the one gap in its reputation for invention and variety by launching a new frozen-beverages menu and summer-long value offer across all beverages. The “Summer Drink Deals” initiative introduces smoothies, slushies, frozen lemonades and iced cappuccinos in a variety of flavors and at 99¢ and $1.99 promotional pricing. “This […]

Chipotle Tests New Beverage Options

Chipotle Tests New Beverage Options

While news outlets trip over each other writing exactly the same “Chipotle might open a better-burger restaurant!!” article, they’re missing some interesting things Chipotle IS doing; things that should interest burger-bar operators. As it reexamines its food menu in the wake of the health issues, Chipotle is testing some new beverage ideas, in conjunction with […]

Intriguing Burger Bar Cocktails

Intriguing Burger Bar Cocktails

This seemed a good time to take a short break from burgers, without straying too far. With New Year’s celebrations coming up soon, here are a few intriguing cocktails featured at some of our finest burger bars. Happy New Year! The Bad Apple, Chicago “American Beverage”: Weller Special Reserve, house-made brown-sugar apples, lemon and splash […]

Soft Drinks Lose Fizz; Smashburger Sells

Soft Drinks Lose Fizz; Smashburger Sells

Beverage orders have declined by 4% or 2 billion servings over the past five years, according to new data from The NPD Group. The decrease would have been greater except for the rise of iced/frozen coffees, specialty coffees and bottled water. Most of the leakage is coming from carbonated diet and regular soft drinks, milk […]

Five Guys Extends Milkshake Mix-In Test

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, known for its simple menu that doesn’t include a milkshake, has made its milkshake test official and has added a social-media promotion to support it. In New York (14 stores), New Jersey (five), Virginia (three) and North Carolina (one), the chain is testing vanilla shakes with 10 mix-in choices. Ingredients […]

Burger Bars 3.0

Burger Bars 3.0

Adaptability has allowed the burger-bar concept to thrive. The original idea for chef-driven burgers was reimagined first by the rise of craft beers and then recently by a new breed of burger-and-whiskey joints. Now comes another way to do a burger bar: Spritz Burger, opening on Valentine’s Day on Chicago’s North Side. There are several […]

Ruby Tuesday Downscales, Downsizes

Ruby Tuesday announced a net loss of $34.7 million for its second fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 3, 2013, but President-CEO James J. Buettgen asked analysts for time and faith that the chain’s repositioning will work. But Wall Street battered the casual-dining chain’s stock yesterday because there was simply too much bad news in the numbers. […]

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