Burgers remain the No.1 main-course dish on British menus, but their popularity is slipping, researcher Horizons reports. Some 17% fewer dishes on menus featured burgers in the June 2014 Menurama survey than a year ago. But that dip is not the result of Britons having tired of American food.
On trend: London’s Bubbledogs features [...]
Proving more vibrant than many had predicted, the limited-service burger category continues to grow faster than the overall restaurant industry. And independent, corner burger restaurants are powering that growth, not McDonald’s or Shake Shack.
According to NPD Group’s Spring 2014 report, the overall restaurant (all types) count is up 0.8% since its spring 2013 census. [...]
The NPD Group says the total number of U.S. restaurants stood at 635,494 in its Spring (March) 2014 count. That’s flat compared with the 633,043 count for Fall 2013 and shows growth of just 0.8% since the Spring 2013 census.
The 351,359 independent restaurants in the Spring 2014 count account for 55.3% of the total. [...]
As in the U.S., the British eating-out market remains behind its pre-recession level of dining frequency, but there are positive indicators in the new Eating Out-Look Survey conducted for UK researcher Horizons by YouGov.
In the new study, 71% of respondents (from among 2,366 surveyed online) reported having dined away from home [...]
Restaurants reined in advertising spending in 2014’s first quarter after significantly exceeding the average throughout 2013. According to Kantar Media, total U.S. advertising expenditures (all businesses) increased a surprisingly strong 5.7% to $34.9 billion in the first quarter.
However, restaurant spending in Q1 increased just 1.9% to $1.678 billion. That ended the industry’s year-old streak [...]
Bottlefork is the newest restaurant from Rockit Ranch Productions, which owns the two Rockit Bars and others in Chicago. Bottlefork isn’t a burger bar, but at brunch, lunch and dinner it offers the $16 Wood Grilled Ground Bacon Burger topped with Vermillion Blue cheese, shoestrings and special sauce.
Bottlefork’s Wood Grilled Ground Bacon Burger
Looking for a burger restaurant? You’ll have the best luck in California or Mississippi. California has the largest number of burger joints; 11.72% of all Mississippi restaurants are burger-menu spots, highest share in the U.S. And if you want an independent burger spot rather than a chain location, your best bet is Washington, where 26.61% [...]
Jack in the Box sought to drive breakfast traffic with a Breakfast Melts deal.
Customer traffic at breakfast has been among the few bright spots—and sometimes the only bright spot—for the restaurant business. Last year, morning-meal visits were up 3% while both lunch and dinner showed 1% declines, according to data from The NPD [...]