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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. […]

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). […]

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