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McDonald’s Operators: We Need Help

McDonald’s Operators: We Need Help

McDonald’s Corp.’s U.S. franchisees are losing faith that a turnaround in their business is coming, judging by comments from 29 operators (who own a total of 208 restaurants) compiled by Mark Kalinowski. The six-month outlook average of 1.69—on a scale where 1 is poor and 5 is excellent—is the lowest it has been in the […]

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. […]

Bareburger’s Naked Global Ambition

Bareburger’s Naked Global Ambition

Bareburger opened its first restaurant in 2009 in Astoria, Queens. The points of difference included a menu with all-natural, pasture-raised meats—including bison, elk and boar—and cage-free/hormone-free poultry plus more organic ingredients than are found in most burger joints. In the past six years, it has spread across New York City and recently opened in Toronto, […]

Rev Burger Guns its Engine

The Rev Burger name signifies the “Healthier Revolution” the concept’s owners, Bill and Wendy Spatz, seek to bring to fast-food burgers. But “rev” also describes their eagerness to expand: The first location opened on Feb. 14 in a former Burger King site in Carol Stream, Ill., and a second already is set to open next […]

Beirut’s Top Burger Bar: Classic Burger Joint

I knew that McDonald’s operates in Lebanon (with 24 units) and that Burger King (23 units) is there as well. But until I received an email from Angela Sawan, I wasn’t aware the country had a locally owned Western-style burger chain of its own. Meet Lebanon’s Classic Burger Joint, which is exactly as advertised. “Hamburgers […]

Flip Burger Boutique CEO Maps Growth

Does a concept where last week’s special was The Osso Bucco Burger (Osso Bucco patty, braised veal, braised ketchup, gremolata mayo, fried shallots and parsley) have a future as a chain? Rick Tasman, recently named CEO of Atlanta’s Flip Burger Boutique, is sure it does and he’s working to make that future bright. Flip was […]

Farmer Boys Promotes “Farm-to-Table” Burgers

The world is catching up to Farmer Boys. When the Riverside, Calif.-based chain opened its first store in 1981, sourcing fresh local produce wasn’t the norm for QSRs. Serving breakfast all day was common at sit-down restaurants, but at Farmer Boys guests order at a counter and their food and drinks are brought out to […]

Freakin’ Unbelievable Confidence

Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers, which opened little more than a year ago in Flint, Mich., already is looking to expand through franchising. A second location is expected to open this fall in Detroit, but owner Spartan Pastabilities sees too much potential in the concept to delay a move into franchising. There’s a lot to like about […]

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