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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. […]

Burger-Bar Rescue Advice from Jon Taffer

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

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 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. […]

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