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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

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. […]

Burger-Bar Rescue Advice from Jon Taffer

Before he became host of SPIKE TV’s popular “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer spent three decades running or improving bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The author of “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions,” he serves as president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group (Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Nightclub & Bar magazine). […]

The Rail Rides Across Ohio

Chef-turned-restaurateur Mike Mariola opened The Rail in 2011 in Fairlawn, Ohio, outside Akron. With an emphasis on local sourcing, it quickly established itself as a destination for Ohio burger and beer lovers. On Dec. 1, 2013, a second location opens in the Great Northern Mall in Cleveland suburb North Olmsted. Construction has begun on a […]

Burger King Pairs Cocktails and BBQ in Tokyo

Burger King tomorrow will begin serving cocktails such as Mojitos and Pink Daiquiris to accompany new barbecued-rib dinners in three Tokyo restaurants. The promotion begins June 28 and is quite limited in time and scope. It is just three stores and only 30 of the cocktail/barbecue meals a day between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. […]

Burger Chains Brew Iced-Tea Battle

This is the first week of summer, when temperatures and iced-tea consumption rise sharply. But with the noisy introductions of such recent entrees as Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, Sonic’s Pretzel Dogs and McDonald’s new Quarter Pounders it’s been easy to overlook the quiet race for iced-tea supremacy going on among the top burger chains. Like […]

Burger King Revamps Coffee Again

Burger King once again has revamped its coffee, this time adopting a “a new, 100% Latin American arabica bean custom blend” from supplier Seattle’s Best, a unit of Starbucks. The new Smooth Roast platform includes brewed coffee, iced coffee and, for the first time, lattés (beginning in March), which moves Burger King a bit closer […]

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