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Thursday Meeting: Here’s An Idea

Thursday Meeting: Here’s An Idea

You could do this. Los Angeles burger shop Burgerlords has announced a series of monthly guest chef residencies that it calls “Burger Merger.” Each month a new outside chef is invited to create an LTO burger (with a vegan option) that will be served only on Mondays. The first collaborator is Timothy Hollingsworth, an alumnus […]

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

The total number of U.S. restaurants continues to decline because of continuing losses of independent locations. But independent burger-menu quick-service shops are accounting for very little of that decline. The Spring 2016 census from The NPD Group finds a 1% drop in the U.S. restaurant count to 624,301, compared with the spring 2015 census. Chain […]

The Burgers are Texas Big at Nicky D’s

The Burgers are Texas Big at Nicky D’s

Independent burger joints are the soul of this business. If they’re run like Nicky D’s in Crowley, Texas, they’re its heart as well. During National Burger Month it’s important that some attention be paid to that heart and soul. Originally, Nicky D’s was in Chicago, where both Nick and Tammy Danelski’s fathers had relocated their […]

Wild Willy’s Burgers: The Real Right Thing

Wild Willy’s Burgers: The Real Right Thing

After 17 year as a McDonald’s operator, Jim Williams walked away in 2001 to do something different: open a burger joint. So began the small, proudly old-fashioned Wild Willy’s Burgers chain. Williams left McDonald’s when platform changes meant burgers were cooked ahead of time, binned and reheated. “One day at my restaurant, I made a […]

A Winner and Still Chomp

A Winner and Still Chomp

Owner Sam Glynn calls Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren, R.I., a “vehicle to culinary exploration.” He’s not blowing smoke: the menu is interesting, tantalizing and global while still keeping the tone unpretentious and fun. Opened in July 2013, in a small town 20 minutes from Providence, R.I., Chomp already has racked up accolades, including […]

Baldwin Street Burger’s 365 Days of Creativity

Baldwin Street Burger is proof that small spaces can hold great culinary imaginations. The dining room is only 600 square feet and there are just 27 seats at this burger joint in Whitby, Ont., outside Toronto. Yet co-owners John Wise and Ashley Alex consistently offer up the kind of inventive, appealing food that separates independents […]

Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers

Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers

Most of the talk last week focused on Big Chains. That’s fine, but let’s not lose touch with the independents who are keeping burger creativity alive with creations such as those below. All appeared on menus last week. Tuck in.

Independents Power Burger Boom

Independents Power Burger Boom

Proving more vibrant than many had predicted, the limited-service burger category continues to grow faster than the overall restaurant industry. And independent, corner burger restaurants are powering that growth, not McDonald’s or Shake Shack. According to NPD Group’s Spring 2014 report, the overall restaurant (all types) count is up 0.8% since its spring 2013 census. […]

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