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Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/25

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With all the talk recently about bacon jam, it should be noted that there are some other interesting spreads appearing on burgers: okra & bacon relish, chipotle aïoli demi, maple aïoli and cherry-jalapeňo jam. And just when I note that arugula seems to be the green of choice on upscale

Burger of the Month Specials: July ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: July ’16 Let’s start then with a show of hands by those who have served or eaten these burger toppings: bourbon-bacon jam, wasabi-ginger aïoli or a hot-sauce-dipped Louisiana hot link. I see hands, which isn’t surprising because the…

Nomura Sees McD’s Comp Sales Fading

Nomura Sees McD’s Comp Sales Fading Nomura restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski maintains both his Neutral rating of McDonald’s Corp. stock and his forecast for the chain’s Q2 same-store sales, which will be reported next week. But Q3 and Q4 likely will be…

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion 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…

Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/25

Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/25 With all the talk recently about bacon jam, it should be noted that there are some other interesting spreads appearing on burgers: okra & bacon relish, chipotle aïoli demi, maple aïoli and cherry-jalapeňo jam. And just…

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend Jack in the Box today introduces its latest upscale burger LTO, called Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger (below). The name alludes to a Porter Ale cheese sauce that partners with its signature 1/4-lb. beef patty, grilled onions,…

Study: Don’t Fear Modest Wage Increases

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Do modest minimum-wage increases result in lost restaurant jobs, shuttered restaurants and reduced consumer visits? New research from two Cornell School of Hotel Administration faculty members concludes that they do not. In fact, they argue a wage increase can reduce labor turnover and improve productivity. But before the “Fight for

All-Day Breakfast Impacts Q3 Ad Spending

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McDonald’s all-day breakfast initiative had an impact on restaurant industry ad spending even before it began. Total restaurant ad spending was $1.553 billion in Q3, down 1.1% from the same period last year but essentially unchanged from Q2 this year, according to Kantar Media. Restaurants did better than total U.S.

McDonald’s Trademarks ‘Signature Crafted’

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McDonald’s has added “Signature Crafted” to its portfolio of available terms for upscale burgers, a group that already included “Chef Crafted” and “TasteCrafted.” The chain filed a federal trademark registration for “Signature Crafted” on Dec. 9, 2015. “TasteCrafted” was first used by McDonald’s in April 2015 for a customization platform

The Force is Strong With These Burgers

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The Father of All Burgers: Scotch beef burger topped with a dark side black-pudding hash brown stuffed with cheese, caramelised beer onions; served on a toasted brioche bun with Sith Sriracha ketchup (one of four burgers on its Burger Wars menu, available today through Sunday)

It’s the end of the week and the beginning of the box office reign of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens today. The film is expected to gross upwards of $200 million this weekend alone, which makes it an appealing promotional partner for burger bars. A few are showcasing

10 Who Shaped the Burger Business in ’15

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The burger business constantly evolves, influenced by executives, legislators and financiers as well as by the consumers who shape it through what they order and what they ignore. This list gathers just 10 of the many people who have had an impact on the burger business during this very eventful

Are Menu Prices Rising Too Fast?

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Is menu-price inflation contributing to stagnant customer traffic? Several top chains have reported small same-store sales increases largely because of higher menu pricing that increases average checks enough to offset slight declines in customer traffic. That’s working now but higher labor costs and greater technology investments may push restaurants to

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 12/11

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Baldwin Street Burger’s “12 Days of BSB Christmas” kicked off December 1 with a Seattle Seahawk Sandwich special (beer-battered Basa catfish fillet, crispy pomme frites and house-made tartar sauce). On the 5th day it offered the delightful burger shown and described below. The festivities end On December 19 & 20