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17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

A recent BurgerBusiness post questioned whether burger-category entrepreneurship is flagging, given a perceived decline in the number of new burger concepts opening this year. I continue to believe that’s true, but I also know that expansion by small and/or young chains has picked up steam. Burgers remain strong. Gathered here are 17 burger concepts that […]

Crowdfunding Burger-Bar Expansion

Crowdfunding Burger-Bar Expansion

Finnish burger-bar chain Friends & Brgrs has reached its goal of raising approximately 1 million € though a crowdfunding campaign, and has done so much more quickly than it had expected. The chain—which operates four locations in Finland and one in Copenhagen, Denmark—announced the public sale of shares through Finnish online investment platform Invesdor earlier […]

Brexit Slowing UK Restaurant Growth?

Brexit Slowing UK Restaurant Growth?

Britain’s Brexit vote (withdrawing it from the European Union) has been followed by a decline in entrepreneurial activity in the UK restaurant market over the past six months coupled with a slower rate of expansion for established restaurant brands, according to researcher Horizons. Horizons’ biannual “Ones to Watch” research tracks the growth of new brands […]

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion

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Hwy 55 is 25 years old and on the move. Well-established in its home territory of North Carolina, the concept is expanding through the Southeast. Founder and president Kenney Moore just signed a master franchise agreement with two existing Hwy 55 franchisees that calls for 300 of its retro-theme-diner restaurants to open in Texas over […]

Shake Shack Closes an Incredible Year

Shake Shack Closes an Incredible Year

Every company should be so fortunate as to have a year like the one Shake Shack had in 2015, its first year as a publicly traded brand. For many other companies, the 3% or so of price increase they enjoyed in Q4 served to compensate for lower customer traffic. But Shake Shack’s 11% same-store sales […]

Habit Burger Targets East Coast Locations

Habit Burger Targets East Coast Locations

The Habit Burger Grill has set on expanding its nascent presence on the East Coast. President-CEO Russ Bendel told analysts the Irvine, Calif.-based chain, which opened its its first East Coast location last year in New Jersey, intends for 20 to 25 of the projected 30 to 32 new company-store openings in 2016 to be […]

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 […]

Square 1 Burgers Rounds Out Its Menu

Square 1 Burgers Rounds Out Its Menu

Square 1 Burgers & Bar is ready to kick it up a notch, as Emeril Lagasse would say. With eight Florida locations open and two more opening in the state soon, the full-service concept is ready to explore franchising to accelerate growth. It also recently launched a “Beyond the Bun” initiative that broadened its menu. […]

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