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NPD: Consumers Respond to Combo Deals

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The 4 for $4 and 4 for $5 and 2 and $5 deals may seem confusing but consumers have figured them out and sought them out. The NPD  Group reports that after several years of declines combo meal visits rose by 1% at QSR burger restaurants for the 12 months

Burger of the Month Specials: April ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: April ’16 I’m not certain March went out like a lion (does the Angriest Whopper count?), but April definitely has come in like a lamb (burger). They’re everywhere on this month’s list of 60+ specials, and they look…

Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership

Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership Fast-casual restaurants represent just 7% of QSR visits. The segment’s 19,043 units account for less than .03% of the total U.S. restaurants (629,488). But fast-casual chain restaurants account for more than their share of growth. According…

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site For two years, Wes Rowe has been serving burgers at WesBurger, a pop-up open every Wednesday in San Francisco’s Mojo Bicycle Cafe. But in less than two months, Rowe will move from pop-up to bricks-and-mortar with…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 4/8

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 4/8 It has been a quiet week in chain-restaurant menu development, to paraphrase Garrison Keillor. But thank goodness we have the indies, where something new and intriguing continually makes itself known. That includes the wild Champions Alley…

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese In 2014, the trendy food in the UK was hot dogs; last year the mother country was all over barbecue, specifically brisket burnt ends. So what’s hot now? Mac ‘n cheese. Its an old favorite but…

Burger Republic Elects to Add Brunch

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Drew Jackman and Jeff Warne opened the first Burger Republic burger bar in Nashville four years ago. A second opened in downtown Nashville and a third, in the Mt. Juliet area, is in the works. The concept’s menu is focused on Certified Angus Beef burgers (a brisket, chuck and short

McWrap’s Rise & Fall: A Timeline

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McDonald’s has eliminated the McWrap from its menu, Bloomberg reported and McDonald’s confirmed. Bloomberg speculated that McWraps were not popular with millennials, although their $3.99 price, steep in 2013 when they were introduced nationally in the U.S., may also have been a factor in a tight, cost-conscious economy. And how

Umami’s New Falafel Burger

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A plain ground-beef patty in a bun doesn’t make for much of burger any more, and the same is true of veggie burgers. Every burger deserves some style. So Umami Burger is rolling out a new non-meat burger that has all the layers of flavor that a modern burger must

The Works Believes in Bacon

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Does anyone believe in bacon more strongly than The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro? LA’s The Oinkster, maybe, but few others. For the third time, Oakville, Ont.-based The Works has mounted a “Baconism” menu promotion, this time titled “Believe in Baconism,” and the burger specials are impressive as always. One of

Ruby Tuesday Tables Technology

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Ruby Tuesday remains committed to social media but it has given up on tabletop media. And it has found, once again that burgers sell. The Maryville, Tenn.-based casual-dining chain reported disappointing results for its Q3 ended Mach 1, 2016: same-store sales declined 3.1% and restaurant-level margins decreased by 10 basis

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 4/8

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It has been a quiet week in chain-restaurant menu development, to paraphrase Garrison Keillor. But thank goodness we have the indies, where something new and intriguing continually makes itself known. That includes the wild Champions Alley Burger that Aramark Sports is serving at defending MLB champ Kansas City Royals games.

Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership

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Fast-casual restaurants represent just 7% of QSR visits. The segment’s 19,043 units account for less than .03% of the total U.S. restaurants (629,488). But fast-casual chain restaurants account for more than their share of growth. According to new data from The NPD Group, fast-casual chain restaurant locations increased in number