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The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 10/9

Burgista Mexicali

What’s intriguing this week? For one, how far crowdsourcing has come. The first two burgers on this week’s list are customer creations, winners of burger-bar competitions, and they’re pretty sophisticated–chipotle Gouda cheese, Portobello-mushroom cap buns, etc.—not silly. Another ongoing trend tapped here is greater incorporation of vegetables and fruits into

Restaurant Ad Spending Drops 10.4%

Restaurant Ad Spending Drops 10.4% Restaurant ad spending nosedived in Q2 despite several major marketing pushes from high-flying chains. Over the April-May-June period, restaurants spent $1.546 billion on measured-media advertising, according to Kantar Media. That’s not insignificant, but it is a…

Burger of the Month Specials: Oct. 2015

Burger of the Month Specials: Oct. 2015 Let’s all agree that you can do an Octoberfest burger as the October Burger of the Month special, but only if you add your own twist to it. Otherwise, why bother? And nearly all the Octoberfest…

Wayback Burgers Weighs Its Options

Wayback Burgers Weighs Its Options John Carter opened his first Jake’s burger restaurant in 1991. The name became Jake’s Wayback Burgers in 2010 and then simply Wayback Burgers. Now Carter is ready to take the 100-unit, Conn.-based chain to the next…

Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 9/28

Last Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 9/28 National chains made a lot of noise last week, from Burger King’s black Whopper and McDonald’s 100% organic burger to Johnny Rockets’ latest concept and Jack in the Box’s “Home of Breakfast Served All Day” strategy.…

McDonald’s Reboots Service in Canada

McDonald’s Reboots Service in Canada McDonald’s is launching what it’s calling a “brand revolution” in in Canada, remaking its consumer engagement with Walmart-style greeters, table service and technology. All of this means a $200,000-per-store investment for the roughly 1,100 franchised and…

Restaurant Count Shrinks; Burgers Keep Growing


The total number of U.S. restaurants has declined but the quick-service burger segment continues to eke out growth, according to data from The NPD Group’s ReCount research. As of Sept. 30, 2014, there were 630,964 restaurants of all types in the U.S., down 0.7% from the Spring 2014 survey and

A Cautious Menu For Change


Later this week, McDonald’s will introduce new items to its menu in Australia. The makeup of these items reflect the careful, new-but-not-innovative thinking the chain is applying globally as it spends 2015 seating new management and trying to reverse its sales slide and once again post positive sales growth. The

Twitterers Slam Honest Burgers IP Fight


A intellectual-property infringement complaint by London’s Honest Burgers chain against pop-up pizza purveyor Honest Crust has brought the burger chain an unexpectedly negative storm of social-media criticism from people casting it as a corporate bully. Many tweets have been like this from @Nickajking: “Seems like overkill. The similarities are limited

McDonald’s at the Crossroads. Again.


On Sunday (March 1), Don Thompson officially steps down as president and CEO of McDonald’s Corp. after two-and-half years. Steve Easterbrook, previously corporate senior executive vice president and global chief brand officer, takes over and mercifully gets to shorten his title. The 10-K annual report McDonald’s Corp. filed with the

Barbecue Follows Burgers onto UK Menus

With burgers and hot dogs having already conquered British menus, other distinctly American foods are now showing significant increases in popularity. One is that favorite of Kansas City-style barbecue, “burnt ends,” the blackened edges of barbecued brisket. UK foodservice researcher Horizons’ latest Menu Trends survey of restaurant, pub, QSR and

Monday Meeting: Since When?


McDonald’s Corp. soon will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ray Kroc’s first restaurant, which opened in Des Plaines, Ill., on April 15, 1955. It’s an important date, a cornerstone of its corporate history. It’s why the chain has featured a “1955 Burger” as a limited-time special across Europe since 2010.

Bruegger’s Adds Burger with Deli Menu


Yes, that’s a good-looking burger. But no, it’s not from a burger chain. Bruegger’s Bagels extends its brand with the rollout of its new lunch menu to all company-owned by March. But no, that’s not a bagel. That menu includes the Bacon & Blue Burger Melt shown below. It’s a