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Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger

Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger

Recently, B&B Franchise Group in Boca Raton, Fla., operator of the seven-unit Burger & Beer Joint chain announced that CEO Bill Herman and private equity firm Larsen MacColl Partners had acquired control. Plans are in place to open 15 locations over the four years, in the U.S. and internationally. BurgerBusiness.com spoke with Herman about the […]

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 […]

URBurger Seeks Its Fast-Casual Niche

URBurger Seeks Its Fast-Casual Niche

Mike Sanford is a former president/CEO with The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille chain, which was sold last year to Stone-Goff Partners (three years after his departure from the company). But he hasn’t left the restaurant business. He’ll soon open URBurger, a fast-casual burger concept, in Edgewater, Md., that also will feature craft beers […]

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site

For two years, Wes Rowe has been serving burgers at WesBurger, a pop-up open every Wednesday in San Francisco’s Mojo Bicycle Cafe. But in less than two months, Rowe will move from pop-up to bricks-and-mortar with the opening of the WesBurger n’ More restaurant on the city’s busy Mission Street. Wes Rowe spoke with BurgerBusiness.com […]

Every Day is Special at Memphis’s LBOE

Every Day is Special at Memphis’s LBOE

Many burger joints have monthly specials; some even push it to weekly. But the 100-seat LBOE in Memphis is one of the few that features a new burger daily, including weekends. Last Sunday it was the Rise-n-Shine burger: an 8-oz. beef/spicy sausage blend patty topped with Havarti cheese, Canadian bacon and a fried egg on […]

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie

The name says burgers (for now at least), but 5 Napkin Burger is much more. Its six locations—three in Manhattan, where it began in 2008, with another opening soon; one in Yonkers, N.Y.; and one each in Boston and Miami Beach—have an eclectic menu where burgers star but sushi rolls, steak frites, tacos and entrée […]

How Burger Dive Bested the Burger Bash

How Burger Dive Bested the Burger Bash

Michael Symon—TV Iron Chef and B Spot owner—won the People’s Choice award for the fourth time at this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash. But the Best of the Bash award was won by someone who doesn’t have a TV show or a string of restaurants:  Brad Halsten, owner of The Burger […]

Hopdoddy Eyes SoCal and Beyond

Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened in Austin, Texas, in 2011, one of a wave of “better burger” concepts changing the category. But it was ahead of the next trend, which was to make the bar an equally important part of the burger-bar concept. Hopdoddy’s menu features 10 signature burgers made with all-natural Black Angus beef, bison, […]

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