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McD’s Tries Tots Called Hash Brown Bites

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Already finding itself a seat on the sriracha bandwagon, McDonald’s now is taking a shot at the other hot QSR food trend—tater tots—in its favorite test market, Australia. In Australia, where summer approaches, McDonald’s is offering a Summer Sides Box, a multi-person combination of three deep-fried items: eight Hash Brown

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016 Last month, I was ready for Thanksgiving-themed burgers, although there were many more than I expected. But for December, I anticipated a return to wildly non-thematic burger specials because we don’t do “Christmas burgers,” do we?…

Can Tech Solve Restaurants’ Slump?

Can Tech Solve Restaurants’ Slump? Market Force Information has released its annual study of casual-dining brands, based on input from more than 9,216 consumers. There’s a lot of interesting data—including the naming of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen as these consumers’ favorite—and while…

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…

Intriguing Burgers: Black Friday Edition

Intriguing Burgers: Black Friday Edition Going out Black Friday shopping? Don’t you wish you could score one of these fabulous burgers? Everyone on your list wishes you could, too. Be careful out there.   Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago Executive Chef James…

Wendy’s Joining Sriracha Party

Wendy’s Joining Sriracha Party Wendy’s is not going to be left behind by the sriracha bandwagon. ChewBoom reports that Wendy’s is rolling out the Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich that it has tested throughout the year. There’s been no official announcement,…

Harvey’s Revamps Beverages Menu

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Canadian burger chain Harvey’s today addresses the one gap in its reputation for invention and variety by launching a new frozen-beverages menu and summer-long value offer across all beverages. The “Summer Drink Deals” initiative introduces smoothies, slushies, frozen lemonades and iced cappuccinos in a variety of flavors and at 99¢

McDonald’s Puts Fresh Beef to the Test

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In his April 22, 2016, Q1 earnings call with analysts, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook proclaimed the chain’s dedication to “innovating to address customers’ changing demands.” Some innovations are small, such as buttering English Muffin halves. And some changes are big. Very big. In 14 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth market–according

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 5/13

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Soft-shell-crab, baba ganoush, dolphin, braised beef tongue, pecan pesto, tostones, maple-soaked bacon and lots of arugula are among the ingredients used with this latest installment of Most Intriguing Burgers of the Week. I’ll let you know when the burger business has run out of ideas, but it won’t be soon.

Jack in the Box Traffic, Sales Slow

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Jack in the Box customer traffic at company stores declined by 2.4% in its Q2, ended April 15, 2016, but the company doesn’t believe that changes in core menu items it made at the beginning of the year was responsible. That initiative—highlighted by a change in burger buns—has been well

Burger Fest Lineup at Rockit Burger Bar

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Chicago’s Rockit Burger Bar has established itself as one of the country’s premier burger joints not only because of the everyday creative quality of its burgers but also because it knows how to throw a mean burger party. Rockit’s 11th annual Burger Fest begins next Monday (May 16), running though

Deconstructing the All-American Burger

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The average American restaurant burger is a $10.50 pre-formed, 8-oz. ground-chuck patty with American cheese, tomato, bacon and ketchup served on a brioche bun with fries on the side. That’s the picture painted by ground-beef purveyor Schweid & Sons’ 2016 Burger Trends Report. The survey is based on operations data

American-Theme Concepts Conquering UK

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American-theme restaurant concepts—especially barbecues and smokehouses, burger bars and diners—are a major growth area in the UK restaurant scene, British researcher Horizons report. The onslaught is so great, in fact, that they may overtake Mexican concepts as the major growth channel. “American casual dining certainly isn’t new to the UK