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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, […]

The Rail Rides Across Ohio

The Rail Rides Across Ohio

Chef-turned-restaurateur Mike Mariola opened The Rail in 2011 in Fairlawn, Ohio, outside Akron. With an emphasis on local sourcing, it quickly established itself as a destination for Ohio burger and beer lovers. On Dec. 1, 2013, a second location opens in the Great Northern Mall in Cleveland suburb North Olmsted. Construction has begun on a […]

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