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12 Over the Top International Fast-Food Items

12 Over the Top International Fast-Food Items

Pizza Hut Sri Lanka: Birizza

A couple times a year, a new fast food product comes along that leaves us alternately scratching our heads and blown away by the inventors’ ingenuity. Pizza with a crust that’s stuffed with cheese? Amazing! A taco shell that’s actually a giant Dorito? Genius! But believe it or not, even America’s most far-out fast food creations pale in comparison to what’s being offered by these same chains internationally. We’ve rounded up 12 of the wildest, most over the top ones that we’ve encountered.

Chains like Pizza Hut, Burger King, and KFC actually give their international divisions a lot of leeway to come up with new menu items (usually limited-time-only releases) that they think will appeal to the locals while still representing “American” cuisine. And when the popular belief around the world is that American food is grossly outrageous (I wonder why?), that tends to create some truly wild offerings.

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Colliers International and Marshall Morgan Team to Market 14-Store Burger King Portfolio Valued at $19.2 Million in Upper MidwestLos Angeles, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  In a rare opportunity to obtain a complete 14-property Burger King restaurant portfolio that has been in continuous and successful operation for more than two decades in prime locations throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, Colliers International has been selected to market both the chain of restaurants and the real estate upon which they are located. Value of the restaurants and the land was placed at $19.2 million.

A team of retail investment specialists led by Colliers Senior Vice President Shawn Bakke in Los Angeles is offering the portfolio. Joining Bakke on the listing team from Colliers is Gregory Ching, project coordinator.  The portfolio is being co-listed by Executive Vice President Amer Quraishi, of the Marshall Morgan Company, based in Dallas.

“None of the restaurants will be sold individually, but the enterprise and real estate components can be split into separate tranches and include11 fee simple and 3 leased sites,” said Bakke. “We separated the restaurants from the real estate components before determining the value of the total portfolio.”

In North Dakota, eight of the restaurants are located in Fargo, West Fargo, Grand Forks, Hillsboro and Jamestown. In Minnesota, the remaining restaurants are located in Moorehead, Fergus Falls, Park Rapids and East Grand Forks.  All include high-visibility sites along well-trafficked surface transportation routes, including Interstate 29 and Interstate 94.

“Not only have these restaurants been successful for some two decades, but the Burger King brand, the prime locations of these restaurants, strong local economies, dense population centers, and consistent high customer counts have made them some of the most successful outlets for the Burger King brand in the upper midwest,” Bakke added.

Added Quraishi of Marshall Morgan, “The fact that Burger King has recently announced a massive global turnaround plan aimed at attracting a much broader customer base with new menu items and an aggressive re-modeling plan, are additional reasons that makes this particular investment package an attractive and rare opportunity that will allow the buyer to be among the first to benefit from the brand’s announced changes.”

Interested investors may contact Bakke or Ching in Colliers’ downtown Los Angeles office, or Quraishi in the Dallas/Fort Worth office of Marshall Morgan.

About Colliers International

Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 13,500 professionals operating out of more than 482 offices in 62 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world. For the latest news from Colliers International, visit colliers.com/us/news or follow us on Twitter: @ColliersIntl

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Keith Karpé
Media Relations Consultant
Colliers International
949-842-6925
keith.karpe@colliers.com

Story of a Franchise Owner

Story of a Franchise OwnerMike DeRosa has been a restaurant owner for 30 years. He bought a single Burger King franchise in 1983 and now owns twelve across central and western Wisconsin with his partner, Gene Hatfield. As a successful restaurateur, he employs between 300 and 325 people, depending on the season. Many of them have worked with him for decades.

Having worked, at one time or another, every job in a fast-food restaurant, he knows what it’s like to be one of his employees, and he worries about how changes in government policies, such as the minimum wage and Obamacare, will affect not only his business, but his employees as well.

“We always see if there’s a way we can do more for our employees,” he tells me. “But if you’re running on the tight margins that restaurants do – we’re not talking about 10 or 15 percent, you’re looking at margins of 2 to 5 percent, but even 5 is pushing it – there’s only so much we can do.”

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4 Recent Fast Food Game-Changers

4 Recent Fast Food Game-ChangersThink all the major fast food innovations were already introduced years ago? Think again. The recent introduction of so-called “satisfries” at Burger King have been nothing less than a smash hit.

In fact, they may even be a big enough draw to merit an investment in Burger King Worldwide (BKW) shares. The company had been struggling, but the new fries are said to be driving a resurgence in revenue. After all, who goes to Burger King and ends up buying just an order of French fries?

Satisfries are hardly the only game-changer we’ve seen debuted by the industry in recent months, though. Here’s a rundown of the best additions to fast food menus we’ve seen in recent months.

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On the Menu: Restaurants Offering New Burgers and Spicy Favorites

Burger King has added the new Big King sandwich to its menu. The new sandwich features two savory 100% pure beef fire-grilled patties, freshly cut lettuce, crisp onions and signature King Sauce, all on a three-layer warm, toasted, sesame seed bun.

Starting with a quarter pound beef patty, each Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche includes sauteed portabella mushrooms in creamy cheddar cheese sauce, thick-cut Applewood Smoked, two slices of American cheese and is served on a French-style brioche bun made with real eggs and real butter and toasted to order.  Wendy’s popular pretzel buns will leave the menu this month.

Culver’s new Pepper Grinder Pub Burger includes fresh beef, cooked to order, with real Swiss and Cheddar cheese, two slices of bacon and a four-pepper mayo served on their zesty Pub Bun.  Available until December 29th or while supplies last.

Fuddruckers  new “Autumn in a Bun” burger is a freshly grilled, half-pound turkey burger topped with crumbled blue cheese and house made cranberry and apple chutney.  The gourmet turkey burger is available at all 62 Fuddruckers’ restaurants through December 31st.

Del Taco has introduced three new premium burritos.  The new Epic Burritos weigh between 14 and 18.5 ounces and include the Epic Fajita Burrito, the Epic Steak & Potato Burrito and the Epic Chicken Chipotle Ranch Burrito.

Now through December, The New Miami Subs Grill is offering ten and twenty piece platters of white-breast-meat Boneless Chicken Wings, including fries.  The ten wing platter is $5.99, while the twenty wing platter is $13.99.

Subway restaurants are heating things up with the launch of the Fiery Footlong Collection which includes the Sriracha Chicken Melt, Sriracha Steak Melt, Buffalo Chicken and Turkey Jalapeno Melt.  Creamy Sriracha Sauce can be added to any sub.

Penn Station East Coast Subs is offer the Chicken Artichoke sandwich during November. The sandwich features fresh-grilled, all-white meat, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, oregano, parmesan, mayonnaise and the option of fresh mushrooms served on Penn Station’s famous fresh-baked bread.

Popeyes fifth annual Crawfish Festival will wind down on November 17th, so you still have a few days left to grab a Crawfish Tackle Box which includes Popeyes hand battered and breaded crawfish, regular fries, biscuit, and Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce.

Kona Grill, an American grill and sushi bar, has launched their newest seasonal menu, [Excite].  The new menu, which runs through the end of the year, includes Grilled Chicken + Wild Mushroom Flatbread, King Crab Roll, Sunomono, Grilled New York Strip, Roast Beef + Gruyere Sandwich, and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Pie Five Pizza‘s Pig in the Garden pizza includes oasted mushrooms, red and green pepper medley, fresh onions, pesto alfredo sauce and crispy bacon.  This little piggy will be available through December 8th.

NYPD Pizza has unveiled its new seasonal menu additions.  Items include the Fall Harvest Salad, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Crispy Fresh Mozzarella, Flourless Chocolate Torte and the Zeppoli Sundae.

Now through November 28th, Shoney’s is featuring its new Pumpkin Spice Pancakes along with Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Pumpkin Pie.  For a limited time, the Pumplin Spice Pancakes can be had free with purchase of the chain’s Legendary Breakfast Buffet.

Kings Restaurant has added meatloaf cupcakes, topped with a signature bacon jam and then frosted with creamy mashed potatoes, to their menu.  Other new menu items include Burger Pretzel Sliders, Turkey Rachel Pretzel Sliders, Green Bean Casserole and Sweet Potato Casserole.

Cowboy Chicken‘s new Southern Blackberry Tea is available at all Cowboy Chicken restaurants for a limited time and is freshly brewed from black tea leaves infused with blackberries.  Cowboy Chicken’s Southern Blackberry Cobbler is also available.  Both will be available through December 31st.

Why Is McDonald’s Dropping Heinz?

Why Is McDonald's Dropping Heinz?


Bloomberg’s Duane Stanford reports on McDonald’s plans to stop using Heinz ketchup. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to Detroit Area

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests in the Motor City

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to Detroit AreaMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:BKW) invites guests in Royal Oak, Michigan to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program to the Detroit area. Guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in many cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” says Petru Pusta, Director, Retail Innovation and Non Traditional Channels, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. “I’m personally excited to be leading the effort to bring BK® Delivers to my own hometown of Metro Detroit. The Metro Detroit area has some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free 1-855-Order-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home, dorm or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one-touch ordering with each subsequent order.

Today, BK® Delivers has 1 live delivery restaurant in the northern suburbs of Detroit serving Royal Oak, Birmingham, Madison Heights, Clawson, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Ferndale and Hazel Park. This initial location will serve as a training ground; allowing operators to understand the intricacies of the system and to train their crew members prior to expanding the offering to other locations in this DMA.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers. The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction. For those guests who don’t live in the Detroit area, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in Boston, New York, Miami, Tucson, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis and Spokane. It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites, as well as the recently returned Angry WHOPPER® sandwich and Chicken Parmesan sandwich. Of course, don’t forget the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich, shakes and real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Like us on BK® Delivers Facebook or follow us on Twitter for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 89 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to Tucson

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to Tucson

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to TucsonMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:BKW) invites guests in Tucson, Arizona to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. Guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in Boston, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis and Spokane. As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” says Petru Pusta, Director, Retail Innovation and Non Traditional Channels, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. “This expansion was an easy decision as Tucson has some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free 1-855-Order-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home, dorm or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

Today, BK® Delivers has 1 live delivery restaurant in the Tucson area serving Colonial Villas, Jefferson Park, Ocotillo Oracle, Adelanto, Feldmans, Iron Horse, Rincon Heights, Barrio Hollywood and two colleges – Arizona University and Pima Community College. This initial location will serve as a training ground for each of these markets; allowing operators to understand the intricacies of the system and to train their crew members prior to expanding the offering to other locations in this DMA.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers. The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction. For those guests who don’t live in the Tucson area, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in Boston, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis and Spokane. It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites, as well as the recently returned Chicken Parmesan sandwich. Of course, don’t forget the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich, shakes and real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Like us on BK® Delivers Facebook or follow us on Twitter for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to Minneapolis and Spokane, Washington

Adding More Restaurants to Existing Markets along the Way

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service to Minneapolis and Spokane, WashingtonMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Spokane, Washington to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. Guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in Boston, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver. As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” says Petru Pusta, Director, Non Traditional Channels & BKDelivers, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. “This expansion was an easy decision as both Minneapolis and Spokane have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free 1-855-Order-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home, dorm or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

Today, BK® Delivers has 1 live delivery restaurant in Minneapolis area serving Hiawatha, Minnehaha, Hale, Page, Nokomis, Powderhorn, Cooper, Longfellow and Corcoran. In Spokane, BK® Delivers also has 1 live delivery restaurant serving Town and Country, Nevada/Lidgerwood, Country Homes and Northwest Spokane. These initial locations will serve as a training ground for each of these markets; allowing operators to understand the intricacies of the system and to train their crew members prior to expanding the offering to other locations in this DMA. The BURGER KING® brand plans to open one more BK® Delivers site in Minneapolis serving Bloomington, East Bloomington, Edina, Diamond Lake and Richfield. The BURGER KING® brand also plans to open two more in Spokane within the next 2-3 weeks and will serve Gonzaga University, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Opportunity, Greenacres, Liberty Lake, Veradale and Dishman.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers. The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction. For those guests who don’t live in the Minneapolis or Spokane area, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in Boston, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver. It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites, as well as the recently returned Summer BBQ lineup. With a line-up of thirteen mouth-watering menu items, featuring the Carolina BBQ WHOPPER® sandwich, Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, Boneless Rib sandwich, OREO® Shakes and frozen lemonades. Of course, don’t forget the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich, shakes and real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Like us on BK® Delivers Facebook or follow us on Twitter for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Food franchises are focusing on multiple unit owners

Guillermo Perales owns 172 Burger King restaurants.

Many chains, including Burger King, McDonald’s and Applebee’s, are awarding more outlets to big owners who already own multiple units. Not only are the chains targeting big players in their regular franchise-marketing efforts, they’re also selling the large players scores of longtime company-owned locations.

Big owners, who sometimes run dozens, if not hundreds, of restaurants, are appealing for a number of reasons, say franchise consultants. They often have readier access to capital and can prop up underperforming restaurants with stronger sales elsewhere in the chain. They’re also seen as less risky by franchisers, because they have a track record with a brand.

But some critics say the push for large owners is edging out traditional single-location owners and handing too much control of a chain to a few big players. Some also argue that small franchisees have a greater stake in a single location, giving a small-business feel to restaurants in a giant corporate chain.

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Jest Enterprises, AZ and National Tax Credit, GA Team Up to Improve ProfitabilityWoodstock, GA  (RestaurantNews.comJest Enterprises, Scottsdale, AZ- partnered with NTC to improve its operating margins & reducing its carbon footprint. Jest Enterprises, a successful family run business, operates 6 Arriba Mexican Grills & 7 Burger Kings throughout the Scottsdale & Phoenix market.

NTC’s Gary Ripsco met with the Jest Enterprises Team, listened to their expectations & goals then put together a services package to meet them.

April Emberton who is spearheading the programs chose NTC after reviewing their extensive restaurant Client list in the Casual and QSR markets including many Burger King Franchisees. April, who is knowledgeable on the benefits of tax credits for a business, had been working on adding the program so timing was perfect.

NTC will be providing Tax Credit Processing, Environmental Waste/Recycling Savings Audit & capturing the 2010 New Hire Act Credits which expires at years end.

The “topping on the cake” says NTC’s Gary was eating at the Phoenix Arriba Mexican Grill location and enjoying their fresh handmade chunky guacamole & chicken enchiladas! Arriba prides itself on using fresh Hatch Green Chiles that are brought in directly from Hatch, New Mexico – “The Chile Capital of the World” and preparing all dishes from scratch daily! Their Salsas & Sauces have such a strong following that they sell them online and at the stores. http://www.arribamexicangrill.com/shop/index.html

Arriba Mexican Grill also proudly produces its signature microbrew Tio Ramon at most of their locations and provides full service catering to events & parties throughout the valley.

Jest Enterprises, AZ and National Tax Credit, GA Team Up to Improve ProfitabilityAll of NTCs services have One Mission and that is to make our Client more profitable. NTC is a contingency-based Environmental Waste/Recycling, Energy Management Consulting and Tax Credit Processing firm headquartered in Woodstock, GA and works with about every nationally known restaurant business.

If you are currently not utilizing these financially beneficial government incentives in your financial planning or would just like to maximize your tax credit potential give us a call.

For more information, please contact:

Gary Ripsco
gripsco@nationaltaxcredit.com
866-499-6355
www.nationaltaxcredit.com

Most of Us Eat Burgers, but More Often It's the 'Better' OneLong live the burger, consumers are clearly saying. But evidence continues to mount that just which burger we’re talking about is undergoing quite a change at the restaurant level.

According to data from industry-researching firm Technomic, some 95% of consumers eat a burger at least once a month – and they’re getting pickier. Backing what analysts have said and what large chains such as McDonald’s (MCD) and Burger King (BKW) have had to start dealing with head on, the fast-casual “better burger” segment, as well as customization options, are driving the sector, the findings of a new report say.

In a press release, Technomic said chain restaurant value menus “are evolving from a sub-$1 pricing model to one that emphasizes high quality, variety and craveability for a low price.” Darren Tristano, executive vice president of the firm, said the better burger group, which includes names such as Smashburger, In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, “continues to thrive in the overall burger category and that shows no signs of stopping.”

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Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Salt Lake City Culminating In Its 75TH BK Delivers Location In The United States

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Salt Lake City Culminating In Its 75TH BK Delivers Location In The United StatesMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in Salt Lake City to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. With as many as two participating restaurants in Salt Lake City, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in Boston, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix and Denver. As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” says Petru Pusta, Director, Retail Innovation, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. ”This expansion was an easy decision as Salt Lake City has some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free 1-855-Order-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office.   Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

BK® Delivers has 1 live delivery restaurant in Salt Lake City serving West Valley City, Taylorsville and Kearns. This initial location will serve as a training ground for the market; allowing operators to understand the intricacies of the system and to train their crew members prior to expanding the offering to other locations. BURGER KING® brand plans to open one more BK® Delivers site in downtown Salt Lake City within the next 2-3 weeks and will serve Salt Lake City proper; including the University of Utah.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction.  For those guests who don’t live in the Salt Lake City area, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in Boston, Phoenix, Denver, New York, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites, as well as the recently returned Summer BBQ lineup. With a line-up of thirteen mouth-watering menu items, featuring the Carolina BBQ WHOPPER® sandwich, Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, Boneless Rib sandwich, OREO® Shakes and frozen lemonades.  Of course, don’t forget the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich and real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Like us on BK® Delivers Facebook or follow us on Twitter for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Burger King franchise CEO Jean Templeton talks McDonald's, business challengesBefore she became known as the “Burger Queen” of north Alabama, Huntsville businesswoman Jean Templeton worked as an airline stewardess and bookkeeper.

Templeton, now chief executive officer of Wesfam Restaurants, which owns and operates several Burger King franchises across north Alabama, shared her success story during the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama’s Strong Coffee, Strong Women espresso-monial.

Templeton on how Burger King compares to McDonald’s…

First of all, people always want to know how do we rank in terms with McDonald’s, so we might as well get it all out there. I always say if you died and went to the bad place, you would go right through the gates and there would be a McDonald’s on the right. McDonald’s has about 33,000 units in 118 countries. Burger King has 12,700 in 73 countries. Ninety-five percent of Burger Kings are owned by individuals or franchisees. Five percent are owned by the company. Burger King was founded in 1954 in Miami by a couple of friends who had gone to Cornell’s hospitality school and they just decided to do this.

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Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Boston

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To BostonMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in Boston to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. With as many as five participating restaurants in Boston, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Vegas, Sacramento, greater Washington, D.C., Phoenix and Denver.  As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” says Petru Pusta, Director, Retail Innovation, Burger King Worldwide, Inc.  “This expansion was an easy decision as Boston has some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free 1-855-Order-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office.   Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

Today, BK® Delivers has 1 live delivery restaurant in Boston serving Dorchester, Roxbury, Franklin Field North & South, Ashmont, Washington Park, Grove Hall, St. Marks, West Codman Hills/Lower Mills, Highland Park and Dudley Square. This initial location will serve as a training ground for the market; allowing operators to understand the intricacies of the system and to train their crew members prior to expanding the offering to other locations. BURGER KING® brand plans to open two more BK® Delivers sites in the Boston area within the next 2-3 weeks and two more this summer.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction.  For those guests who don’t live in the Boston area, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in Phoenix, Denver, New York, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites, as well as the recently returned Summer BBQ lineup.  “Our BURGER KING® family loves the outdoor grilling season,” said Flavia Faugeres, executive vice president and global chief marketing officer, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. “Seeing the success we had with our initial BBQ menu last year, we wanted to expand upon our regionally inspired offerings and provide our guests with Summer BBQ flavors fresh off the grill.”  With a line-up of thirteen mouth-watering menu items, featuring the Carolina BBQ WHOPPER® sandwich, Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, Boneless Rib sandwich, OREO® Shakes and frozen lemonades.  Of course, don’t forget the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich and real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Like us on BK® Delivers Facebook or follow us on Twitter for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Phoenix and Denver

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Phoenix and DenverMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in Phoenix to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. With as many as three participating restaurants in Phoenix and one in Denver, and more to follow, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.  As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets.  Our fans are completely in love with our innovative packaging and the quality of the food that is delivered,” says Petru Pusta, Director, Retail Innovation, Burger King Worldwide, Inc.  “A couple of weeks ago, we announced an expansion to the program to cover the Las Vegas and Sacramento areas,” says Mr. Pusta, who has lead this program since its inception in 2011. “This expansion was an easy decision as Phoenix and Denver have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com  from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free to 1-855-Order-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

BK® Delivers has 1 live delivery restaurant in the Phoenix area serving Glendale, Alhambra Village and North Mountain Village.  BK® Delivers plans to continue to expand during the next couple of weeks by adding two more restaurants in the Phoenix area to serve Phoenix proper, Camelback East Village, South Mountain Village, Laveen Village and Tempe (including Arizona State University).  In Denver, we also have 1 live delivery restaurant serving Aurora Highlands, Kingsborough, Country Lane, Lakeshore, Southeast Crossings, Stone Ridge Park , Meadowood, Summer Valley Ranch, Seven Hills to name a few. BK® Delivers plans to continue to expand during the next couple of months by adding up to 5 more restaurants in the Denver area to serve Denver proper, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Aurora, Arvada, Commerce City, Englewood, Littleton and Centennial.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction.  For those guests who don’t live in the Phoenix area, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in New York, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of long-time favorites, as well as the recently returned Summer BBQ lineup.  “Our BURGER KING® family loves the outdoor grilling season,” said Flavia Faugeres, executive vice president and global chief marketing officer, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. “Seeing the success we had with our initial BBQ menu last year, we wanted to expand upon our regionally inspired offerings and provide our guests with Summer BBQ flavors fresh off the grill.”  With a line-up of thirteen mouth-watering menu items, featuring the Carolina BBQ WHOPPER® sandwich, Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, Boneless Rib sandwich, OREO® Shakes and frozen lemonades.  Of course, don’t forget the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich and real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Follow us on our BK® Delivers Facebook or visit our Twitter page for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at http://www.bk.com/ or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Burger King Expands Delivery Service to Las Vegas and Sacramento

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests in more Regions of the U.S.

Burger King Expands Delivery Service to Las Vegas and SacramentoMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in Las Vegas and Sacramento to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. With as many as six participating restaurants in Sacramento and eight more in Las Vegas, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.  As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” said Alex Macedo , President of North America, Burger King Worldwide, Inc.  “Las Vegas and Sacramento have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com  from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free to 855-ORDER-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items that stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office.   Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

BK® Delivers currently has four live delivery restaurants in the North Las Vegas area serving Spring Valley, Summerlin, Cannon Gate, the Lakes, Rancho Oakey, Paradise, Whitney, Winchester and Downtown.  BK® Delivers plans to continue to expand during the next few months to eight restaurants to serve South Las Vegas, including Enterprise, Rhodes Ranch, Silverado Ranch, Henderson, Gibson Springs and Green Valley.  In Sacramento, BK® Delivers serves Southwestern & Southeastern Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Valley Hi, North Laguna, Florin and Arden-Arcade.  Through the next few months, BK® Delivers plans to continue to expand to six restaurants to serve West Sacramento, Rosemont, Citrus Heights and Roseville.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its guests to have input on its direction.  For those guests whose cities aren’t mentioned above, that would like to know when BK® Delivers comes to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let the BURGER KING® brand know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news about the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of established favorites, as well as popular new limited time menu items.  These include the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the Original Chicken Sandwich and its line of real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Follow us on our BK® Delivers Facebook or visit our Twitter page for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 13,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 88 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 99 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at http://www.bk.com/ or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Restaurant News: On the Menu

First Watch Introduces New Spring Menu Items Featuring Smoked Salmon and Artichokes

First Watch Smoked Salmon & Spring Chive Scramble

Savor the season as award-winning restaurant First Watch launches its new spring menu offering fresh Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch options, including the restaurant’s first-ever companywide salmon entrée.  The new Smoked Salmon & Spring Chive Scramble and Toasted Turkey Artichoke Sandwich join all the traditional First Watch favorites.

Hurricane Grill & Wings Introduces Escape into Flavor Menu for Limited Time Only

Hurricane Grill & Wings Crab Topped Mahi-Mahi

Hurricane Grill & Wings‘ new Escape into Flavor limited time summer menu includes Crab Queso dip for an island twist on the Tex-Mex staple, Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad, two new slider options of either jumbo fried shrimp or chicken salad and The Perfect Storm, made up of Hurricane Grill & Wings’ favorite starters: Fried Pickles, Firecracker Shrimp, Boneless Chicken Wings and their World Famous Garlic & Parmesan Fries. Diners can also choose from a variety of original wraps including the Bacon Cheeseburger Wrap, Chicken Caesar BLT Wrap and Honey Pecan Chicken Wrap, or seafood lovers can enjoy the Crab Cake Entrée or Crab Topped Mahi-Mahi with Garlic Parmesan Herb sauce.

Del Taco New Tastes menu

Del Taco New Tastes menu

As Del Taco rolls out changes to their restaurants the new Buck & Under and New Tastes menus continue to generate positive consumer buzz.  On Wednesday, May 22 and May 29, Del Taco is offering a free item from the New Tastes menu with any purchase.  The New Tastes menu includes a Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Taco, a Chili Cheese Fry Burrito and a Fiery 6 Layer Burrito.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, & Shakes "2 for $14" Promo

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, & Shakes “2 for $14″ Promo

To celebrate National Hamburger Month and National Hamburger Day on May 28, MOOYAH, a fast-casual, “better burger,” fries and shakes chain, launched “2 for $14,” allowing guests to choose two MOOYAH burgers, two small French fries and two regular drinks for $14. With no coupon necessary, the limited time offer will run at participating nationwide MOOYAH restaurants through Sunday, June 9.

Quaker Steak & Lube Rolls Out New Menu

Quaker Steak & Lube Mac & Cheezburger

Quaker Steak & Lube has rolled out a new summer menu system-wide in select restaurants.  Highlights of the new menu include, Spin-out Artichoke Dip, Quaker “Steak” Salad, Smoked Turkey & Apple Salad, Beer Battered Fish Sandwich, Mac & Cheezburger, Mango Habanero Salmon, Fish & Chips Basket and Salted Caramel Cake for dessert. Additionally, the brand brought back its annual Red, White and Lube-A-Licious summer promotion, which includes limited time offerings such as Crispy Shrimp Tacos, Sante Fe Smoked Turkey Wrap, Golden BBQ Grill’d Chicken Salad and Pop-A-Wheelie BBQ Chicken Pizza for kids eight and under.

So Much Flavor in Every Bite of Chili's Freshly-Baked Flatbreads

Chili’s Grill & Bar Chipotle Chicken Flatbread

First came pizzas, now Chili’s Grill & Bar is embarking upon a new addition to the menu – flatbreads, now available in participating restaurants nationwide.  In true Chili’s style, the Margherita, Chipotle Chicken and California Grilled Chicken Flatbreads are thin and crispy, yet pack enough flavor to satisfy every craving. With the option to order as a shareable appetizer, or an individual lunch or dinner entrée, guests can experience Chili’s new flatbreads any time of the day.

Fresh Flavors of Summer, Starting at $9.99, Now in Season at Applebee's

Applebee’s Blackened Sirloin & Garlicky Green Beans

Applebee’s restaurants are celebrating summer’s longer days and warmer weather with new Fresh Flavors of Summer, featuring the latest in Applebee’s culinary obsessions – the Blackened Sirloin & Garlicky Green Beans and Margarita Queso Chicken & Shrimp – along with guest favorites like the California Shrimp Salad, Lemon Shrimp Fettucine and Green Bean Crispers.

Cheddar's Launches New Spring Menu Including Lighter Side Options Under 575 Calories

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe Asian Salad

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe new spring menu adds two salads, two burgers, three sides and two desserts, as well as a new Lighter Side menu featuring five handcrafted entrees under 575 calories each.  The full range of new menu entrees includes Grilled Baja Chicken, Lemon Pepper Whitefish, Sweet Heat Chicken & Shrimp, Garlic Parmesan Sirloin Steak, Citrus Miso Glazed Salmon, Asian Salad, BBQ Chicken Salad, Steak Toppers, Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger and Jalapeño Burger. Three new sides include Fresh Apple & Yogurt Medley, Edamame and Homemade Black Beans. Two new desserts are Strawberry Cheesecake Mini and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.

Wendy's is celebrating National Salad Month in May by continuing to deliver fresh, high-quality ingredients with its premium Garden Sensations salad line. The salads are a cut above the competition in terms of fresh preparation, customization, portion size and price.

Wendy’s Premium Entree Salads

May is National Salad Month and Wendy’s is offering four premium entree salads, the popular Apple Pecan Chicken, Spicy Chicken Caesar, BLT Cobb and Baja. They’re also offered in half sizes. Two side salads, a Caesar and Garden, round out the line. Beginning May 30th, Wendy’s will bring back its ever-popular Berry Almond Chicken Salad, in both entree and half-size, just in time for the peak strawberry growing season.

Burger King Rib Sandwich

Burger King is firing up the grill and celebrating the return of its summer BBQ menu which includes a combination of both new flavors and the return of a few fan favorites.  The new summer menu, beginning May 21st, includes the new Rib Sandwich, the BBQ Chicken Salad, the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, the Carolina BBQ Whopper and BBQ Whopper Jr., and the Carolina BBQ Tendercrisp Sandwich.

Arby's Announces Partnership With KING'S HAWAIIAN Brand And Introduces Two New Sandwiches

Arby’s KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich

In addition to Arby’s Classic Roast Beef sandwich, roast beef lovers will have more choices at Arby’s this spring thanks to two new King’s Hawaiian sandwiches. Served hot, and made fresh to order, the new sandwiches include the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef Sandwich and the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich.

Restaurants, Burger Lovers Celebrate National Hamburger Month

May is National Hamburger Month

There are few foods more iconic of America than the humble hamburger. While the hamburger reached its current commercial incarnation in the country, the basic ground meat patty and name came from other cultures. The raw minced meat known as steak tartar was first brought to the port city of Hamburg, Germany in the 1600s. As the dish became popular in Hamburg, restaurants in New York City also began to carry a Hamburg steak to appeal to the many sailors and visitors coming from the German port. Growing immigrant populations made the Hamburg style steak a more popular menu item. Many food historians argue that this raw minced meat dish was the initial inspiration for the common hamburger, while others insist it was created spontaneously as the food needs of the Industrial era workers grew.

No matter which version of development you believe in, its clear that the meat patty on a bun first developed in America in the early 1900s. While steak tartar and Hamburg steak remained a popular breakfast and lunch meal, Americans need something quicker and easier to eat on the go as many people worked in factories and other environments that left little time for sit down meals. It wasn’t a great leap to stick the Hamburg steak between two slices of bread for handy eating without utensils or a plate. Street vendors play a role in all of the various invention claims on the hamburger, indicating it definitely arose as a convenience food. The meat filling switched to a cooked patty instead of raw mince because it doesn’t hold together as well between buns.

Restaurants, Burger Lovers Celebrate National Hamburger MonthThe use of the most well known hamburger toppings such as ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles began as the hamburger first developed in the early 20th century. Henry John Heinz began his famous ketchup production company in 1869 and shortly after this ketchup became a default condiments for hamburgers served across the country. Pickles, onions and lettuce became universally accepted as toppings during the 1940s. The 1940s served as a kind of Golden Era for the hamburger in the United States because Americans were eating more meals outside of the home, and the hamburger was an easy to prepare and inexpensive meal most diners and other small restaurants could serve.

Hamburgers first became a commercialized food as World War I ended and the Great Depression began. Ground beef could be made from parts of the cow that were otherwise not utilized, making hamburgers an inexpensive food that all levels of society could afford. Workers were also becoming more mobile at this time and cars began to play a larger role in everyday life. As the country slowly became more interconnected, fast food chains and diners popped up to accommodate travelers, busy workers and families who couldn’t afford fancy restaurants.

First White Castle Restaurant in WichitaWhite Castle was the first of the now ubiquitous fast food chain based around the hamburger. Opened in 1916, the first location in Kansas used flat top grills and spatulas that allowed for easy cleaning. Customers appreciated the attention to hygiene in an era where many cooks handle raw and cooked foods with their hands without cleaning. The White Castle System moved from a stand to a full restaurant in 1926. Its focus on cooking hamburgers as quickly as possible earned it the title of the first fast food chain in America. White Castle was also responsible for changing the public’s perception of the greasy, often unhygienic hamburger that was commonly served at the time. Through careful marketing, the term burger lost its association with street vendors and carnivals and became linked to the clean environments of the White Castle System.  White Castle also began National Hamburger Month back in 1992.

McDonald's First Corporate Restaurant Des Plaines, IllinoisMcDonald’s, the world’s biggest and most well known fast food chain, began as a simple California hot dog stand in 1937. When the first restaurant of the chain was opened in 1940, the founders Dick and Mac McDonald were surprised to find that hamburger sales accounted for 80% of their profit. While White Castle was still making in-roads in the Midwest, McDonald’s spent the 40s introducing the West Coast to the hamburger. By 1955 McDonald’s was doing so well that the brothers opened their first chain location in Des Plaines, Illinois. The company’s focus on developing a system that produced consistent hamburgers in record time helped it grow once Ray Kroc bought it.

Burger King Home of the WhopperMore burger chains sprung up as increased transportation made eating on the go even more popular.  Among them, cultural icons such as Krystal (1932), Steak ‘n Shake (1934), Carl’s Jr. (1941), In-N-Out Burger (1948), Whataburger (1950), Jack in the Box (1951), Burger King (1954), Burger Chef (1954), Hardee’s (1960), Red Robin (1969), and Wendy’s (1969).  Each chain brought its own special variation or version of the iconic hamburger.  A number of restaurants, including O’Dells and Rite Spot, lay claim to inventing the cheeseburger itself. Big Boy, founded in 1936, was the first to offer the now classic double cheeseburger. White Castle created the smaller, square hamburger called a slider. Wendy’s started with an emphasis on fresh beef over the frozen formed patties that had been created as a way of standardizing the shape and size of the patty.

Burger Lovers Celebrate National Burger MonthHamburgers have stolen the hearts and stomachs of Americans and have made their way into our culture. Movies, television shows, games and comic strips are all available that revolve around the beef patty sandwiched between two buns. In 1932, Popeye’s friend Wimpy first announced, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”.  Games like BurgerTime gave arcade visitors in the 80s a taste of what it was like to work in a fast food chain, and artists have created works featuring the burger since the 1950s. The patty can be made from tofu, salmon or exotic meat like kangaroo and ostrich instead of the common ground beef. Burgers are now a global food with McDonald’s operating in over 120 countries. This humble food has spread from the raw minced steak of Hamburg, Germany to a meal fit for the King of any country.

See Also: History of Hamburger Restaurant Chains

 

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Chicago, Los Angeles And San Francisco

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests in more Regions of the U.S.

Burger King Expands Its Delivery Service To Chicago, Los Angeles And San FranciscoMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com) Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in greater Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. With as many as 20 participating restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles and 15 more in the San Francisco Bay Area, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK® Delivers is already performing well in New York, Miami, Houston and greater Washington, D.C.  As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” said Alex Macedo , President of North America, Burger King Worldwide, Inc.  “Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.”

BK® Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com  from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free to 855-ORDER-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items which stay cold, thanks to BK® proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

BK® Delivers plans to continue to expand and be available in even more locations in the Chicago metropolitan area over the next several months, serving Lincoln Park , Evanston, Skokie, The Loop, Cicero, Downers Grove and Logan Square .  In Southern California, BK® Delivers will be available across a wide area, including Central LA, Echo Park , Glendale, Burbank, Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Anaheim, Covina, Garden Grove, La Puente, Chinatown, Koreatown and Santa Ana.  In the San Francisco bay area, service will be rolled out to Oakland, Union City, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Jose, Milpitas, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Alum Rock shortly.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its’ guests to have input on its’ direction.  For those guests, whose cities aren’t mentioned above, that would like to see BK® Delivers come to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let BURGER KING® know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK® Delivers is currently available in New York, Miami, Houston and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news surrounding the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of established favorites, as well as popular new limited time menu items.  These include the brand’s signature WHOPPER® sandwich, as well as the new Loaded Tater Tots™ and its line of real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 am until 10 pm. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Follow us on our BK® Delivers Facebook or visit our Twitter page for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

About Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in nearly 13,000 locations serving over 11 million guests daily in 86 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 97 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

'Secret' menus trending in guerrilla fast food war

In-N-Out Burger "protein burger"

They don’t exist. They’re secret. Yet, walk into a growing number of fast food restaurants and you’ll be able to order something that isn’t on the menu. They’re called “secret menus” and they seem to be the latest in advertising and marketing strategies in the highly competitive fast food world.

Apparently, it’s a little like guerrilla marketing for a product or movie, where you get the word out through all kinds of odd videos, social media memes, publicity stunts, etc. In the fast food world, word-of-mouth marketing is being accelerated via social media and they’re taking advantage of it. Especially at places like Panera Bread, where, according to Bruce Horovitz at USA Today (March 10), they’ve spread the word that things can be had that aren’t on the menu. The trick: You have to ask for it.

And Panera isn’t the only fast food restaurant chain that allows customers to order products not on the menu. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and In-N-Out are also said to be involved in the “secret” struggle for customers, although only McDonald’s flat-out denies that there’s a “secret menu” or that they promote any such products. (But you’d expect that kind of denial in a “secret” war, right?)

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Burger King Revamps Coffee Platform and Expands Specialty Coffee Menu to Include 10 New Beverages

BURGER KING® Restaurants Unveil NEW Smooth Roast Coffee, Fresh Flavored Iced Coffees and Lattés Blended by Seattle’s Best Coffee

Burger King Revamps Coffee Platform and Expands Specialty Coffee Menu to Include 10 New BeveragesMiami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  “Perk” up and take your morning from good to great with the new, brewed and specialty coffee offerings at BURGER KING® restaurants! Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) today revealed its refreshed coffee platform available in restaurants nationwide, blended by Seattle’s Best Coffee. Introducing a new, 100 percent Latin American arabica bean custom blend crafted with BK® guests in mind, consumers can opt for hot or iced coffee in a variety of delicious flavors like vanilla, mocha and caramel. Additionally, for the first time ever this March, guests are invited to indulge in a café-quality latté that is rich in flavor.

“BURGER KING® brand’s new specialty coffee line is the latest example of our commitment to delivering a great-tasting product customized to evolving consumer tastes,” said Eric Hirschhorn, vice president of global innovation, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. “Continuing to innovate and improve the BURGER KING® brand’s coffee and beverage platforms are among our top priorities for the year. With the help of our experienced partner, Seattle’s Best Coffee, we were able to collaborate, identify and develop the ideal custom blend that is perfect for our guests.”

“We know how important coffee is to BURGER KING® guests, and we’re focused on giving them a great cup – whether it’s iced or hot, morning or night,” said Jennifer Dimaris, vice president, brand management for Seattle’s Best Coffee. “That’s why we put more than 40 years of experience to work and used extensive testing to create a new coffee menu that is just right for BURGER KING® guests.”

The new BURGER KING® coffee menu includes an extensive line of 10 new great-tasting beverages custom-blended for our guests to enjoy:

  • Brewed Smooth Roast Coffee ~ The 100 percent Latin American arabica blend from Seattle’s Best Coffee is designed specifically with BK® guests in mind and delivers a smooth, balanced cup of brewed coffee that pairs perfectly with both sweet and savory menu items. Also available in decaf (Suggested retail price starts at $1).
  • Smooth Roast Iced Coffee ~ The new refreshing Iced Coffee at BK® begins with the smooth roast BURGER KING® blend and is combined with sweet, rich flavor. Now available in four flavorful varieties: Plain, Vanilla, Mocha and Caramel. (Suggested retail price starts at $1.49).
  • Lattés ~ 100 percent Latin American arabica espresso from Seattle’s Best Coffee is the base for this indulgent coffeehouse latté. Available in Plain, Vanilla, Mocha and Caramel and their respective nonfat varieties beginning March 2013 at participating locations (Suggested retail price starts at $2.29).

These items are available at participating BURGER KING® restaurants nationwide, so be sure to stop by a local BK® restaurant for your next coffee break to try the new specialty coffee menu offerings today.

About Burger King Worldwide

Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 12,600 locations serving over 11 million guests daily in 83 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 94 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Seattle’s Best Coffee

Seattle’s Best Coffee LLC has been roasting premium coffee since 1970 and today roasts more than 20 million pounds of coffee every year and millions of cups of our coffee are served every day. A freshly-brewed cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee® is currently available in more than 50,000 locations including cafes, college campuses, restaurants, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, grocery stores and movie theatres. Seattle’s Best Coffee is a featured brand within Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX). For more information, please visit Seattle’s Best Coffee online at www.seattlesbest.com, become a member of the coffee community at www.facebook.com/SeattlesBestCoffee or follow Seattle’s Best Coffee on Pinterest for unique coffee inspiration at www.pinterest.com/seattlesbest.

A Burger King in Texas has agreed to pay $25,000 to a Pentecostal woman who wore a skirt to work, court documents state.

The payment settles a lawsuit filed in August by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Fries Restaurant Management, LLC, which owns and operates the Burger King in Grand Prairie, Texas. The store allegedly asked a teenage woman to leave work after she arrived in a skirt. The EEOC’s lawsuit against Fries alleged religious discrimination, which is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964.

Fries Restaurant Management has agreed to pay Ashanti McShan $20,000 for “mental anguish and non-wage damages” and an additional $5,000 in lost wages, according to a consent decree filed last week in a U.S. district court.

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A recent survey of restaurant consumers in the US by Consumer Edge Insight identifies the key factors that drive loyalty to quick-service restaurants, and identifies which brands have the strongest image.

Value, Convenience Drive Loyalty to Quick-Serve Restaurants; McDonald's Is Leader Despite Low SatStamford, CT  (RestaurantNews.com)  In a recent survey of restaurant customers in the United States, when it comes to identifying what drives loyalty for restaurants, the most commonly-cited factors in determining which quick-service restaurant is visited most often are good value (58%), convenience (57%), low prices (53%), and fast service (51%).  Great-tasting food is only the 8th most important factor in driving loyalty in this segment.

The survey also asked consumers to rate restaurant brands on different attributes.  The quick-service brands with the strongest perceptions for providing “good value” among past visitors were McDonald’s (57%), Subway (53%) and Taco Bell (48%).  McDonald’s (68%), Subway (61%), Taco Bell (50%) and Burger King (50%) also score highly for having “very convenient locations.”  The brands with the strongest perceptions for “fast service” were McDonald’s (64%), Taco Bell (56%), Subway (55%), and Burger King (55%)and Wendy’s 55%.  The top-scoring brands for “great-tasting food” were Subway (58%), Chick-fil-A (54%), and Wendy’s (48%).

The survey also asked past-three-month-visitors to each brand how satisfied they were with their most recent visit and how likely they were to visit again.  While McDonald’s had a low overall satisfaction score, with just 22% of past-three-month-visitors saying they were extremely satisfied with their most recent visit, McDonald’s nonetheless enjoys among the highest Intent to Visit Again scores, with 64% of past-three-month visitors saying they are “extremely likely” to visit again.  Only Subway and Chick-fil-A have higher Intent to Visit Again scores, 68% and 67% respectively. The highest Satisfaction scores among past 3-month visitors were all earned by smaller brands:  Chick-fil-A (66%), Long John Silver (56%), and Whataburger (54%).

“For quick-service restaurant patrons the most important factors that drive loyalty to a brand are good value and convenience, with low prices and quick-service being very important as well,” said David Decker, President, Consumer Edge Insight.  “McDonald’s has a clear image lead on all of these factors, with Subway consistently being the 2nd-best performing brand and Burger King and Wendy’s also performing well. McDonald’s high repeat-purchase intention scores despite their lower satisfaction scores illustrates the strength of their brand on the attributes that matter most to quick-service customers.  Smaller brands need to find ways to differentiate themselves to gain share of wallet in this ultra-competitive segment.”

About Restaurant DemandTracker

Restaurant DemandTracker, a new syndicated consumer research service from Consumer Edge Insight, provides an in-depth analysis each quarter of how key economic and secular factors impact restaurant demand and which brands are best-positioned to succeed.  Data for the most recent wave of Restaurant DemandTracker was collected in October via an online survey of over 3,000 US consumers, age 18 and over, designed and weighted to be representative of the US adult population that visit restaurants at least once per month.  Some of the topics covered include economic factors driving changes in restaurant patronage, impact of health trends on overall patronage and by segment, changing demographic profiles of restaurant segment users, and numerous brand performance metrics. The research covers the quick-service, fast-casual, casual-dining, and fine-dining, and pizza-takeout segments in detail.

To learn more, call David Decker at (203) 504-7558 or send an email to ddecker@consumeredgeinsight.com.

About Consumer Edge Insight

Consumer Edge Insight LLC is a market research and consulting firm that helps investors and companies that want to have deeper insight into how consumer behavior is changing around the world and how to profit from those changes. We help companies monitor key trends and develop strategies to enhance shareholder value.  For further information, visit http://consumeredgeinsight.com.

Burger King Corporation Appoints Jerrell Moore as Chief Diversity Officer

Jerrell Moore

Miami, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Burger King Corporation, a subsidiary of Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW), today announced the appointment of Jerrell Moore as Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, Moore will be responsible for continuing to grow efforts in support of BKC’s four-pronged diversity and inclusion strategy focused on workforce, guests and community, franchisees and supplier diversity.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jerrell to the BURGER KING® family and believe he has the right combination of vision and passion to help shape our diversity and inclusion efforts for the long-term,” said Jose Tomas, chief people officer, Burger King Corporation. “Jerrell has worked for some of the world’s most well-known brands and I am confident his experiences position him well to deliver on our vision to create meaningful diversity and inclusion programs in the communities in which we live and work.”

Previously, Moore served as director of diversity and inclusion at MassMutual Financial Group, where he was responsible for developing several women’s leadership initiatives, overseeing employee resource groups (ERGs), and introducing enterprise-wide diversity training and mentoring initiatives. Prior to joining MassMutual, Moore was a human resources manager at Nike, Inc., and also held the position of manager of diversity, EEO & Affirmative Action at CSX Transportation.

“I am excited to join the leadership team in serving the guests, employees, franchisees and suppliers of the BURGER KING® brand. As chief diversity officer, I plan to further the brand’s longstanding commitment to diversity by creating programs that engage and grow all of our diverse stakeholders,” said Jerrell Moore, chief diversity officer, Burger King Corporation. “I look forward to working with our franchisees and community partners in ensuring that we continue to be inclusive and welcoming in every community we serve.”

Moore holds a B.A. degree in English from South Carolina State University, a historically black university (HBCU), as well as a Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Human Resources (MHR) from the University of South Carolina.

As part of the company’s commitment, in 2012, BKC aggressively expanded the number of minority-owned restaurants in the United States by more than ten percent and recently selected Sanders/Wingo as the brand’s multicultural marketing agency of record.

About Burger King Corporation

Burger King Corporation Appoints Jerrell Moore as Chief Diversity OfficerFounded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in over 12,600 locations serving over 11 million guests daily in 83 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 95 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about the Burger King Corporation, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.