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Red Robin Looks to Regain Its Mojo

Red Robin Looks to Regain Its Mojo

Can melted cheese reverse Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ decline? A new value-priced menu of cheesy items is one of several initiatives announced this morning by the chain’s new CEO, Denny Marie Post, who laid out her plan to “get our mojo back.” It won’t be easy, as she admitted and as its Q2 […]

Jack: QSRs Losing Sales to Supermarkets

Jack: QSRs Losing Sales to Supermarkets

It was Jack in the Box’s turn to explain the slumping quick-service restaurant business and Chairman-CEO Lenny Comma pointed to “deal fatigue” and a rising gap between food-at-home and food-away-from home prices, a gap causing “transaction erosion” to supermarkets. For its fiscal Q3 ended July 3, 2016, Jack in the Box reported a 1.1% increase […]

Finding Hidden Burger

Finding Hidden Burger

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Hidden Burger may be Toronto’s smallest and least-accessible burger joint, and co-owner Wayne Cowley is fine with that description if you add that it has the city’s best burger. “It’s a great, great burger,” says Cowley, a former professional hockey goalie with a long and distinguished career but just one (Dec. 11, 1993) appearance in […]

Sonic: There’s an Industry Slowdown

Sonic: There’s an Industry Slowdown

Sonic Drive-In Chairman-CEO Cliff Hudson and EVP-CFO Claudia San Pedro voiced what many have believed for some times: The burger segment, if not the whole restaurant industry, is mired in a slowdown. For the quarter ended May 31, 2016, Sonic reported a 2% increase in same-store sales (a 2.1% increase at franchise drive-ins and an […]

10 Who Shaped the Burger Business in ’15

10 Who Shaped the Burger Business in ’15

The burger business constantly evolves, influenced by executives, legislators and financiers as well as by the consumers who shape it through what they order and what they ignore. This list gathers just 10 of the many people who have had an impact on the burger business during this very eventful year in an attempt to […]

McDonald’s Takes a Small Step Forward

McDonald’s Takes a Small Step Forward

McDonald’s Q3 results, announced today, show solid global growth and a slight improvement for the U.S., where same-store sales were up 0.9%. Yes, a 2% pricing increase more than covers that gain, and it’s true that the U.S. was the only region to report negative growth in customers counts. And indeed, these numbers lap a […]

Wayback Burgers Weighs Its Options

Wayback Burgers Weighs Its Options

John Carter opened his first Jake’s burger restaurant in 1991. The name became Jake’s Wayback Burgers in 2010 and then simply Wayback Burgers. Now Carter is ready to take the 100-unit, Conn.-based chain to the next step: He named The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs its exclusive advisor on growth opportunities, including a possible IPO in […]

A New Look for BurgerBusiness.com

A New Look for BurgerBusiness.com

[Update: Well, how about Monday for the new site? Nothing’s ever as easy it should be, is it?] BurgerBusiness.com will look different and—I hope you’ll agree—better beginning Aug. 28, 2015. The site is six years old now and has been in need of a redesign not just to appease Google’s preference for mobile-ready sites but […]

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