Home » Archives by category » Design/Decor (Page 2)

Gordon Ramsay Opening Burger Joint in Vegas

The chef/restaurateur you love to hate meets the food you love to eat. Gordon Ramsay is opening a burger joint. Gordon Ramsay BurGR opens Dec. 22 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, four days after another new eponymous operation, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill opens down the street at Caesars Palace. That […]

HJ’s Continues Revamp as McD’s Readies Aussie Summer Menu


Burger King Worldwide’s recently released third-quarter results were reasonably strong, with a 1.4% systemwide increase in same-store sales. The U.S./Canada segment did even better, up 1.6%. But Asia/Pacific comps were down 2.2% as a result, the company said, of weak sales in Australia and Korea. This wasn’t the first time this year that Australia, where […]

Remodeling, Discounting Vex McDonald’s Franchisees

The latest survey of McDonald’s franchisees conducted by Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski offers some insight into how remodeling investments and marketing programs such as discounting are viewed by some operators. Their unease about the cash-flow impact of “re-imaging” contrasts with the standard corporate view that such investments are vital to keep brands relevant […]

Reimaging: Checkers/Rally’s Makes its Move

Checkers/Rally’s tomorrow (9/8) unveils the third of three reimaged locations it plans in Columbus, Ohio. It’s one of 10 Ohio’s Rally’s locations that are being remodeled by year-end in a test of a new exterior design. Operating under both the Checkers and Rally’s brands, depending on market, the chain is the 12th largest U.S. burger […]

Franchisee Morphs Johnny Rockets to JR’s Concept

Johnny Rockets franchisee Richard Riva has opened the first JR’s Burger Grill in Phoenix. Less a totally new concept than a reworking of a full-service Johnny Rockets to a quick-service format, the restaurant is offering a limited menu with burgers priced at $2.99. A Johnny Rockets spokesperson calls the concept “quick-service pricing with fast-casual quality.” […]

McDonald’s Investing $1 Billion in Canadian Makeover

 McDonald’s Corp. accelerated its global remodeling plan by committing $1 billion to upgrading its 1,400 restaurants in Canada by the end of 2012. The program, similar to the one underway in the U.S. and nearly completed in Europe, involves more than exterior and interior designs.   A new front-counter service platform intended to increase crew coordination and […]

Extreme Makeover: Burger King Edition

[June 1 Update: McGarryBowen wins Burger King’s U.S. ad account. Read here.] The King is dead; long live the new Burger King. The No. 2 burger chain is changing its menu, its look, its marketing and its attitude, according to a 5/30 article by Elaine Walker in the Miami Herald. The creepy King character is […]

Wendy’s: Food Costs Won’t Deter Menu Shifts

Wendy’s said it, like other restaurant chains, will need additional selective price increases this year (after taking a late-March hike) due to food costs that are rising beyond expectations. Beef costs should be up 20% this year rather than the 10%-15% rise previously forecast. Overall food prices could be up 5%-6% and not the 2%-3% […]