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Look Out: Good Times Burgers is Making its Move

Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard isn’t one of the big boys, but neither is it a corner burger joint. Publicly traded and based in Golden, Colo., the “better burger” chain has 43 locations, most of them in Colorado. This week Good Times President-CEO Boyd Hoback, with the chain since 1992, announced a “financial advisory […]

Smashburger: “We’ll Survive the Shakeout”

 Dave Prokupek, chairman and CEO of Smashburger, says he expects a shakeout among fast-casual “better burger” concepts with two or three brands emerging as national players. Smashburger will be one of them, he says.      The Denver-based chain intends to be a global power, having announced its first two overseas development deals this month. One […]

Tom Galis Believes Simplicity, Quality Make a Goodburger

Tom Galis loves burgers but the burger business itself is starting to leave him a little cold. Galis (officially Gialamboukis, but no one calls him that) operates the six Goodburger locations in New York City, and he readily concedes that his restaurants’ are like reliable Toyota Corollas parked among amenity-laden BMWs. It may not be flashy, […]

A McDonald’s Veteran Assesses Menu Clutter

Barry Klein knows the McDonald’s brand from the inside and outside, having served as an executive as well as an operator. As a member of the chain’s marketing department in the 1970s, he created the Ronald McDonald character and led the “You Deserve A Break Today” advertising campaign. Klein also spent five years as a McDonald’s franchisee […]

$100 Kobe Burger Joins Montreal’s m:brgr Menu

Welcome to 2011. It’s a friendly place where burgers still haven’t gone out of favor or style. C’mon in. Burgers may, however, have gone up in price, at least at m:brgr, Jeff Dichter’s hip burger bar in Montreal. The highlight of the restaurant’s new menu is a $100 Kobe burger. Gimmick or reality? “It’s for real; sold […]

Why Elevation Will Survive the “Better Burger” Shakeout

Elevation Burger, based in Arlington, Va., stakes its claim to a share of the “better burger” category by offering a very limited menu of  freshly ground, 100% USDA-certified organic, 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range beef burgers and fresh-cut fries cooked in olive oil.  The basic, single-patty hamburger is about $3.59; the double-patty Elevation Burger is $6. […]

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