The battle for customers waged between fast-casual and quick-service restaurants proved about as noncompetitive last year as Sunday’s Super Bowl. Fast casual won. Again.
Source: The NPD Group/CREST
Full-year data from The NPD Group survey reveal that customer traffic at fast-casual restaurants increased 8% in 2013 (12 months ending November). Meanwhile, the total restaurant [...]
What connects the dots of Burger King’s new summer menu is barbecue sauce. Its new Rib Sandwich is a “juicy boneless rib patty with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce served with sweet pickles on a warm toasted artisan-style bun.” Barbecue sauce is on the menu’s Carolina Whopper, Memphis Pulled Pork and new BBQ Chicken [...]
It has been more than 40 years since Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins had their perfect season and Super Bowl victory, which means many of the young adults drawn to Shula Burger restaurants have little connection with the Shula name. Now, as the chain prepares for the opening of its first franchised location next month in [...]
The Counter’s Founder Jeff Weinstein says the company’s new fast-casual prototype has the potential to take the brand where it could not otherwise have gone while also freeing the original concept to evolve.
The first location for Built Custom Burgers (a play on The Counter’s “Custom Built Burgers” sub-theme) opened last week by the University [...]
Fast-casual burger chain Meatheads celebrates its fifth anniversary today (1/28), which means it is young enough to remain true to the quality commitment on which it was founded but mature enough to concede that a few tweaks could be made to the concept.
Meatheads offers build-your-own burgers or “chef-inspired” signature burgers.
One departure from [...]
A consultant likely would have told Rivers Corbett and Ray Henry in 2010 that the fast-casual burger segment was already overloaded and they should look elsewhere. Opening a burger restaurant in January in Fredericton, New Brunswick, probably weren’t optimal choices on paper either.
But Henry and Corbett believed in their concept, Relish Gourmet Burgers, bucked [...]