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Trending: On Beyond Burgers

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What’s new on burger menus? The number of interesting items that aren’t burgers. Ten years ago it would have been heresy to suggest that what a burger bar needed was more non-burger winners. Now it’s better understood that burger alternatives and burger complements can save a burger menu from becoming

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. ’16 To quote the Facebook page of the good people at Social Burger in Vienna, Va., “…and just like that, it is September.” Indeed. And it has brought with an impressive array of burgers. Apparently the end…

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide The total number of U.S. restaurants continues to decline because of continuing losses of independent locations. But independent burger-menu quick-service shops are accounting for very little of that decline. The Spring 2016 census from The NPD…

Inside McDonald’s All Day Breakfast 2.0

Inside McDonald’s All Day Breakfast 2.0 McDonald’s Corp. today launches the second phase of its All Day Breakfast initiative, called ADB 2.0. Consumers now will be able to order the whole breakfast menu—muffin, biscuit and McGriddle sandwiches—all day, although the entire McDonald’s…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Cheeseburgers

The Week’s Most Intriguing Cheeseburgers With National Cheeseburger Day arriving this Sunday, I’ve gathered an extended group of burgers, all added recently to menus, that showcase the variety of cheeses used by burger shops now. The traditionalists’ American, Swiss and Cheddar…

Trending: On Beyond Burgers

Trending: On Beyond Burgers What’s new on burger menus? The number of interesting items that aren’t burgers. Ten years ago it would have been heresy to suggest that what a burger bar needed was more non-burger winners. Now it’s better…

Independent QSR Burger Count Falls

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The total U.S. restaurant count decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 total unit, according to the count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled in the spring and fall each year by The NPD Group’s ReCount tracker.  The reason for the anemic overall growth rate is simple: the

BK Extends ‘Long’ Concept to Breakfast

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Burger King is having a good time with its “extra long” concept. On the heels of its Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger it has quietly added a Supreme Breakfast Sandwich that doesn’t use the name but follows the double-up idea. The 880-calorie sandwich, reported by TheImpulsiveBuy.com, has two side-by-side fluffy eggs,

The Beard Awards Discover Burgers

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The commonly accepted tale is that the burger came of age in the 1990s with Chef Daniel Boulud’s db Burger of short rib and foie gras. Now the burger has taken another significant step toward culinary respectability with the inclusion of Superiority Burger on The James Beard Foundation’s list of

Krystal Unveils ‘Country-Fried’ Menu

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If you thought burger chains had run out of ideas for what can be put a bun…be ready. Southern chain Krystal today launches a whole menu of country-fried items, beginning with a Country-Fried Steak Krystal. That’s an all-beef patty that’s coated in a special blend of country spices and then

McDonald’s Testing ‘Signature Crafted’ Burgers

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BurgerBusiness.com reported exclusively in December that McDonald’s Corp. had trademarked the name “Signature Crafted.” Now the company is testing yet another version of its build-your-own platform under that name in western Washington State. Signature Crafted Recipes” is really just the latest name for what has been tested previously under the

Jack in the Box: All-Day Breakfast Hurt

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Jack in the Box did what some other chains have declined to do: acknowledging the elephant in the room and conceding that McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast program had some negative impact on its sales in its Q1. CEO Len Comma expressed disappointment in the quarter—ended Jan. 17, 2016—which saw Jack in

Carl’s Jr. Rethinks Breakfast Sandwiches

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Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s has always served theater as well as burgers. Rather than “Me Too” menu items, it delights in creating “It’s What?” foods. So it comes as no surprise that the duo is playing with the idea of serving breakfast sandwiches like no one else’s. As reported by Foodbeast, Carl’s