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NPD: Consumers Respond to Combo Deals

NPD: Consumers Respond to Combo Deals

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 ended February 2016 compared to […]

URBurger Seeks Its Fast-Casual Niche

URBurger Seeks Its Fast-Casual Niche

Mike Sanford founded The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille chain and was its vice chairman when the 41-unit company was sold last year to Stone-Goff Partners. But he isn’t leaving the restaurant business. He’ll soon open URBurger, a fast-casual burger concept, in Edgewater, Md., that also will feature craft beers and adult milk shakes […]

McDonald’s Q1: ‘Meaningful Gains’

McDonald’s Q1: ‘Meaningful Gains’

McDonald’s Corp. reported what CEO Steve Easterbrook said are “meaningful gains” in Q1 that show “the turnaround is taking hold.” That includes a 6.2% increase in same-store-sales globally and a 5.4% improvement in the U.S. (aided by 3% in pricing gain). Easterbrook said the chain experienced positive growth in customer visits for the quarter and […]

McD’s Operators Applaud Move to 2 for $5

McD’s Operators Applaud Move to 2 for $5

McDonald’s is doing well enough that Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski increased to 4.6% from 3.8% his Q1 U.S. same-store sales forecast for the chain. First quarter results will be announced on Friday. While not quite as strong as the 5.7% comp-sales gain in 2015’s Q4, 4.6% would signal that McDonald’s recovery is continuing. But it’s […]

It’s Burger Week in Atlanta

It’s Burger Week in Atlanta

Atlanta is a great burger city, but it doesn’t always get the credit that it’s due. This week it gets to show what it can do because it’s Atlanta Burger Week. Backed by presenting sponsor the Georgia Beef Board, the event calls on restaurants of all stripes—and 40 are taking part—to offer a special burger […]

Burger Republic Elects to Add Brunch

Burger Republic Elects to Add Brunch

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 rib blend) and locally sourced […]

Umami’s New Falafel Burger

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 have. Umami’s Falafel Burger starts […]

The Works Believes in Bacon

The Works Believes in Bacon

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 this year’s new burgers is […]

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