There’s a thaw under way that’s not just melting ice, it’s slowly melting away the fear of being too upscale that has gripped quick-service restaurants for the past year. From Burger King’s $1 BBQ Rib and McDonald’s Dollar Menu & More to Sonic’s $1 hot dogs, Checkers’ $2 Buffalo Chicken Strips and Jack in the [...]
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ results for Q4 and 2013 weren’t smoke and mirrors; they were Smoke & Pepper. The chain said the success of the premium-price Smoke & Pepper Signature Burger—the first of a planned Finest burger line—contributed significantly to the Q4 results. Comp sales were up 3.7% for Q4 and up 4% for the [...]
When your restaurant is housed in a former jail, honesty is an especially good policy. That may help explain why, little more than a month after opening in the 182-year-old Old Salem Jail in Salem, Mass., A&B Burgers announced last week that its burgers weren’t big enough.
A&B Burgers in Old Salem Jail
Consumer prices rose 1.5% from December 2012 to December 2013 but menu prices (food away from home) rose faster, jumping 2.1%, according to full-year data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
That meant the cost of dining out rose more than four times that for dining at [...]
Family-dining chain Bob Evans this week became the latest chain to confront declining guest counts as a result of the continuing midscale-restaurant recession. The chain reported a same store sales decline of 2.9% for the quarter ended Oct. 25, 2013, thanks in part to negative guest counts at lunch and dinner.
But rather than call [...]
Olive Garden hit the bottom of its Never Ending Pasta Bowl this week, adding a burger and fries to its menu in an effort to boost guest traffic at lunch.
The Italiano Burger is a 6-oz. beef patty topped with Italian prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese, arugula, marinated tomatoes and garlic-aïoli. It’s served with Parmesan garlic [...]