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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 […]

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 to new data from The NPD Group, fast-casual chain restaurant locations increased in number by 5% during the 12-month […]

Habit Burger Targets East Coast Locations

Habit Burger Targets East Coast Locations

The Habit Burger Grill has set on expanding its nascent presence on the East Coast. President-CEO Russ Bendel told analysts the Irvine, Calif.-based chain, which opened its its first East Coast location last year in New Jersey, intends for 20 to 25 of the projected 30 to 32 new company-store openings in 2016 to be […]

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 step: He named The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs its exclusive advisor on growth opportunities, including a possible IPO in […]

Smashburger Eyes UK, Readies U.S. Ads

Smashburger Eyes UK, Readies U.S. Ads

Smashburger is preparing to join fast-casual burger compatriots Shake Shack and Five Guys in the UK while also readying its most serious advertising effort at home. Smashburger has hired Tim Lowther—who has worked in the UK for both Shake Shack (as business manager) and Five Guys (head of UK North operations), according to The Caterer—as […]

Jack in the Box Quietly Slides Upscale

Jack in the Box Quietly Slides Upscale

Overshadowed last week by the clamor of a management shift at McDonald’s Corp. were significant changes at one of Big Mac’s toughest competitors. Jack in The Box, the No. 5 burger chain, quietly moved its menu and its dining experience a notch more upscale, small shifts that will result in the repositioning of the brand […]

Inside Shake Shack’s IPO

Inside Shake Shack’s IPO

Shake Shack Inc. filed for an initial public stock offering on Monday. That caps an amazing run for a concept that began in 2001 as a hot dog cart in New York City’s Madison Square Park. The prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission lists the proposed maximum aggregate offering price as $100 million; […]

South St. Burger Co. Steps Up to the Bar

South St. Burger Co. Steps Up to the Bar

 Canadian fast-casual burger chain South St. Burger Co. opens its 29th location this week, but one of its stores is not like the others. No. 28, which opened last month on King Street in Toronto, is branded South St. Burger Bar. More like a pub than a typical fast-casual burger restaurant, the location has beer […]

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