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Will Chanticleer Acquire Little Big Burger?

Will Chanticleer Acquire Little Big Burger?

Chanticleer Holdings likes burger concepts. Since 2013, the owner of Hooters of America has acquired American Roadside Burgers, The Burger Co., the BGR: The Burger Joint chain and the BT’s Burger Joint chain, all of them along the East Coast. But last month Chanticleer Holdings announced the filing of a $15 million shelf registration and […]

Now Together, Good Times, Bad Daddy’s Make Plans

Now Together, Good Times, Bad Daddy’s Make Plans

BurgerBusiness.com spoke with Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard President-CEO Boyd Hoback in 2012, when he expressed interest in acquiring another concept. We talked again in 2013 when it acquired a stake in the Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar concept, allowing Good Times to open it in Colorado. Earlier this month Good Time acquired all remaining […]

New Burgers Benefit Jack, Shack

New Burgers Benefit Jack, Shack

Both quick-service Jack in the Box and “fine-casual” Shake Shack and reported solid quarters and both were aided by introductions of popular new burgers as well as price increases. The latter indicates lessening consumer resistance to slightly higher checks, which can help all restaurants. But the market remains highly competitive and sometimes edgy. Asked about […]

McDonald’s Market-Driven Blueprint

McDonald’s Market-Driven Blueprint

McDonald’s Corp. President-CEO Steve Easterbrook didn’t deny his company has performed poorly recently, but far from being defensive, the turnaround blueprint he offered is based on flexing muscles the brand forgot it had. Easterbrook promised “focused firepower” that marshals McDonald’s global size, resources, consumer insights and presence in more markets than anyone else to get […]

McDonald’s Plots ‘Mayday’ Turnaround

McDonald’s Plots ‘Mayday’ Turnaround

Steve Easterbrook had little good news to offer in his first quarterly earning call as McDonald’s Corp. president and CEO, but he promised to emphasize the positive in a special webcast on May 4, when he will detail the initial steps of the company’s global turnaround plan. For today the discussion was about another down […]

Why Chanticleer is Buying Up Burger Brands

Why Chanticleer is Buying Up Burger Brands

Chanticleer Holdings Inc. is buying burger concepts, although its entry into restaurants came in 2006 when it bought a minority interest in wing-concept Hooters of America Inc. (HOA), that brand’s parent company. In 2011 the Charlotte, N.C.-based firm exercised its right of first refusal to acquire HOA and it operates or franchises more than 400 […]

McDonald’s Owners Doubt ‘Create Your Taste’

McDonald’s Owners Doubt ‘Create Your Taste’

Steve Easterbrook has replaced Don Thompson as CEO but McDonald’s franchisees’ dissatisfaction with management has not been replaced with optimism. Janney Montgomery’s Scott analyst Mark Kalinowski’s latest survey of McDonald’s owners—32, representing 215 stores—finds them even less optimistic than they were a year or even a one month ago. One says the brand “has jumped […]

April Begins with Cricket Shakes and Kale Burgers

April Begins with Cricket Shakes and Kale Burgers

The Wayback Burgers chain’s announcement that it would begin offering a ‘High-Protein Cricket Shake” began as an April Fools hoax but it may become a reality thanks to unexpected consumer interest. The Cheshire, Conn.-based announced at the beginning of the week that a blend of “premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and high protein cricket […]