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Hard Rock Goes Meatless; Sonic Is Fiery

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Hard Rock Cafe is again doing meatless LTOs, but this time it’s for a whole month. In celebration of Vegetarian Awareness Month will offer a vegetarian-friendly menu from Oct. 3, 2016, though Nov. 13, 2016. Last year the chain recognized World Vegetarian Day with items including a Quinoa Burger and

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…

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,…

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. ’16

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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 of summer has freed burger joints to get chummy with chorizo. It’s everywhere, including

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 9/2

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Last time, I focused on intriguing names. Here I’m back to burgers that piqued my interest with their ingredients and looks. The top burger, from Ground Burger Bar, manages to have everything, including a memorable name. Vegetables continue to find their way onto interesting burgers: here, stewed tomatoes, sweet potatoes,

Double Cheeseburgers & Hot Chicken

Hardee's/Carl's Double Cheeseburger

Siblings. Whatever one gets, the other wants to have the same thing. It’s true of children and of burger chains. So it’s not surprising that Hardee’s finally has gotten the same double cheeseburger that fellow CKR Restaurants unit Carl’s Jr. introduced in May. Hardee’s calls its version simply the Classic

Food-Away Spending Up; Visits Flat

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Consumer expenditures on food-away-from-home rose 7.9% in 2015 (to $3,008), compared with just a 1.1% rise in spending on food-at home, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. We know from chain quarterly reports that much of that increase came from higher menu prices, but, still, dining-out dollars

The Habit Hatches Special Chile Menu

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Hatch chiles are becoming the new on-trend burger topper, at least outside New Mexico where the green chiles are grown and long have been used with almost every food. Tomorrow (Aug. 31), The Habit Burger Grill launches a Hatch Chile Festival with a special menu that includes a burger, a

LTOs Are Getting More L

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What has happened to the “limited-time offer”? Burger joints still do burgers of the month with a 30-day (or more) shelf-life, but chains, especially are playing games with LTOs. Very limited times (like 24 hours) or very limited availability. For example, Umami Burger announced a new burger, the Kinoko Burger

Yum! Trademarks ‘Trust in Every Bite’

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Yum! Brands apparently is thinking about food safety as it watches Chipotle Mexican Grill’s efforts to rebound from several food-safety incidents and after having dealt with its own safety scandals at KFC in China and at Taco Bell here in recent years. McDonald’s reported a net loss in Japan for