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Burgers Boost Casual Dining Lunch

Burgers Boost Casual Dining Lunch

Casual-dining restaurants enjoyed a 2% increase in customer traffic at lunch during the 12 months ended in June 2015, according to The NPD Group. This was the mid-scale table-service segment’s first increase for the daypart in five years. How did casual dining improve in the face of fast casual’s steady growth? NPD says the “weapon […]

Red Robin Does Goat Cheese on Chicken Burger

Red Robin Does Goat Cheese on Chicken Burger

[Correction: A Reader correctly points out that Red Robin did have goat cheese crumbles on its LTO Big Sky burger, featured last year.] Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ new sandwich is a first second. I think the Spring Chicken Burger available this week is the first second burger from a major U.S. burger chain to use […]

Applebee’s Reinvents Itself Once Again

Applebee’s Reinvents Itself Once Again

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Applebee’s is declaring itself new and improved with advertising breaking this week that proclaims, “We’re changing things up and going back to what we do best.” In so doing it clearly hopes to lure Millennial diners and drinkers who frequent real bars and upscale burger joints. “If you haven’t been in a while, come on […]

What McDonald’s Can Learn From Canada

Well, that didn’t work. McDonald’s Corp. reported a 4% decline in comp sales for February, the month it rolled out the sweet “Choose Lovin’” campaign. Even those who did don’t seem to have chosen McDonald’s as well. So now what? McDonald’s can either decide it’s in the middle of a two-year “correction” that will result […]

Trend Forward: Montreal’s Poutine Week Winners

Trend Forward: Montreal’s Poutine Week Winners

Poutine, Canada’s comfort food, likely will be on the menu at most top burger bars here within a few years. It’s served in many places now. Don’t fight it. Poutine—traditionally fries, cheese curds and gravy—goes great with a burger and, like a burger, can be dressed up a million ways. As proof see last week’s […]

South St. Burger Co. Steps Up to the Bar

South St. Burger Co. Steps Up to the Bar

 Canadian fast-casual burger chain South St. Burger Co. opens its 29th location this week, but one of its stores is not like the others. No. 28, which opened last month on King Street in Toronto, is branded South St. Burger Bar. More like a pub than a typical fast-casual burger restaurant, the location has beer […]

Casual Dining’s Cyclical Burger Love

Casual Dining’s Cyclical Burger Love

Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant this week became the latest casual-dining chain to rediscover that highly customizable, moderately priced menu favorite, the burger. The chain’s new “#RBurgerLove” menu includes six builds: Ale Yeah Burger: A Certified Angus Beef (CAB) patty basted with house ale and served with sautéed poblano peppers, lettuce, tomato and jalapeño cream […]

Research: Casual Dining’s Emotional Detachment

Research: Casual Dining’s Emotional Detachment

Casual-dining restaurants have encountered more than their share of difficulties recovering from the recession. Onetime category leader Red Lobster’s rapid decline is the most obvious example. But a new study from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says casual-dining restaurant (CDR) brands can rescue themselves. While it concludes that economic indicators and dining trends “suggest that the […]

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