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Price Hike Doesn’t Slow Bacon Consumption

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

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Ground Beef Prices Spike in April

Spring has brought with it acceleration in beef-price increases that hurt consumers and all restaurants, but hit burger joint particularly hard. In April 2014, the average price per pound for ground chuck rose 3.8% to $3.886, according to the latest Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Posh Making a Comeback on Menus

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 [...]

Mighty Wings Return at 5 for $3

“You will see wings again in the U.S. business,” McDonald’s Corp. CEO Don Thompson vowed last October in an earnings call with analysts. And he makes good on that this week with a limited-time revival of Mighty Wings at what McDonald’s hopes will be a more attractive price: five for $3.

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Premium Burger Lifts Red Robin

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 [...]

A&B Burgers’ Added Ounce of Value

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

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Dining-Out Inflation Outpaces Food Cost Rise

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 [...]

Ruby Tuesday Downscales, Downsizes

Ruby Tuesday announced a net loss of $34.7 million for its second fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 3, 2013, but President-CEO James J. Buettgen asked analysts for time and faith that the chain’s repositioning will work. But Wall Street battered the casual-dining chain’s stock yesterday because there was simply too much bad news in the numbers. [...]