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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 […]

Ruby Tuesday Tables Technology

Ruby Tuesday Tables Technology

Ruby Tuesday remains committed to social media but it has given up on tabletop media. And it has found, once again that burgers sell. The Maryville, Tenn.-based casual-dining chain reported disappointing results for its Q3 ended Mach 1, 2016: same-store sales declined 3.1% and restaurant-level margins decreased by 10 basis points. Chairman, president and CEO […]

Red Robin Crafts Catch-Up Strategies

Red Robin Crafts Catch-Up Strategies

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews calls its ongoing remodeling effort a “Brand Transformation,” but the transformation is encountering a few negative side effects. For Q4, the chain reported a 4.6% decline in customers, which a 2.6% increase in average check (1.9% from price) couldn’t cover, resulting in a 2% decrease in same-store sales for […]

The Works Launches Rockstar Burgers

The Works Launches Rockstar Burgers

Canadian chain The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro didn’t get the 2013 memo that multi-item promotional menus were over. Burger King and others quit doing seasonal menus then but The Works keeps launching series after series of wild burgers. With its three-burger “Get Stuff’d” LTO menu (including the now-famous candy-filled Reece PBC burger) just concluded, The […]

‘Colossal Burger’ Continues Menu Growth

‘Colossal Burger’ Continues Menu Growth

Earlier this week, BurgerBusiness.com exclusively reported on Outback Steakhouse’s new $11.99 Grass-Fed Burger as continued proof that casual dining is coming back to burgers as the category’s customer traffic softens. The trend continues still. Casual-dining chain Ruby Tuesday has brought back an even bigger version of its Colossal Burger, and the name fits. The build […]

Outback Adds Premium, Grass-Fed Burger

Outback Adds Premium, Grass-Fed Burger

Burgers continue to be casual dining’s go-to menu tactic for building check average and traffic. The latest example is Outback Steakhouse, which is taking a break from promoting its Bloomin’ Onions to introduce a new premium burger to its menu. Its new Grass-Fed Burger with Aged Cheddar is described as a “100% grass-fed, sustainably raised […]

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 […]

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