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Price Hike Doesn’t Slow Bacon Consumption

Price Hike Doesn’t Slow Bacon Consumption

Bottlefork is the newest restaurant from Rockit Ranch Productions, which owns the two Rockit Bars and others in Chicago. Bottlefork isn’t a burger bar, but at brunch, lunch and dinner it offers the $16 Wood Grilled Ground Bacon Burger topped with Vermillion Blue cheese, shoestrings and special sauce. The burger’s patty is a 70:30 mix […]

McDonald’s Readies Bacon Clubhouse Burger

McDonald’s Readies Bacon Clubhouse Burger

McDonald’s next week will introduce premium-price Bacon Clubhouse beef and chicken burgers in an attempt to regain its pricing equilibrium after a long spell of Dollar Menu & More budget-price promotion. McDonald’s describes the Bacon Clubhouse as “Thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized grilled onions, white Cheddar, crisp leaf lettuce and fresh tomato, all lovingly layered […]

Mighty Wings Return at 5 for $3

Mighty Wings Return at 5 for $3

 “You will see wings again in the U.S. business,” McDonald’s Corp. CEO Don Thompson vowed last October in an earnings call with analysts. And he makes good on that this week with a limited-time revival of Mighty Wings at what McDonald’s hopes will be a more attractive price: five for $3. Mighty Wings were introduced […]

McDonald’s Bringin’ Home McBox Dinner

McDonald’s Bringin’ Home McBox Dinner

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McDonald’s continues to refine its boxed-meal platform, an idea that appears inexorably destined for the U.S. In Austria, the chain has introduced a new better-value McBox Dinner meal, available with food for three or four people. The four-person meal includes a 20-piece McNuggets serving, two Big Macs, two regular cheeseburgers, four medium fries and four […]

A&B Burgers’ Added Ounce of Value

When your restaurant is housed in a former jail, honesty is an especially good policy. That may help explain why, little more than a month after opening in the 182-year-old Old Salem Jail in Salem, Mass., A&B Burgers announced last week that its burgers weren’t big enough. That’s what some customers were telling them, at […]

Dining-Out Inflation Outpaces Food Cost Rise

Dining-Out Inflation Outpaces Food Cost Rise

Consumer prices rose 1.5% from December 2012 to December 2013 but menu prices (food away from home) rose faster, jumping 2.1%, according to full-year data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That meant the cost of dining out rose more than four times that for dining at home since the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for […]

Bob Evans Adds a Budget Price Tier

Bob Evans Adds a Budget Price Tier

Family-dining chain Bob Evans this week became the latest chain to confront declining guest counts as a result of the continuing midscale-restaurant recession. The chain reported a same store sales decline of 2.9% for the quarter ended Oct. 25, 2013, thanks in part to negative guest counts at lunch and dinner. But rather than call […]

Red Robin Unveils its Premium Burger Line

Red Robin Unveils its Premium Burger Line

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers pushes ahead with its ongoing brand transformation this week with the systemwide introduction of the first of the premium-price burgers the chain has been testing for the past year. Red Robin is calling these new burgers its Finest line. The first to move onto the menu is the Finest Smoke & […]