Restaurant Chain Growth Report 02/11/15

RestaurantData.com has released its latest Restaurant Chain Growth Report. Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Rock Island, IL-based THE HUNGRY HOBO (founded 1973) has increased by 1 unit,…
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…
Most of Us Eat Burgers, but More Often It’s the ‘Better’ One

Long 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…

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…

On a recent morning, Lynsi Torres arrived in Rancho Santa Margarita for the opening of the latest In-N-Out Burger restaurant, where she mingled with cooks and counter workers and gave more than a few hugs. Less than 24 hours later,…

Lunchtime at the flagship In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Baldwin Park, California, is a study in efficiency. As the order line swells, smiling workers swoop in to operate empty cash registers. Another staffer cleans tables, asking customers if they’re enjoying their…

What does the typical frequent quick-service restaurant (QSR) consumer look like? Recent research finds that he is Caucasian, between 25 and 34 years old, accompanied by his spouse or significant other, and likely dining in the restaurant. So finds a…

Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Five Guys) is continuing to gain ground and fans across the country, according to a new survey from Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions. In a quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry survey…

The rise of fast casual has changed the fast food industry forever. Restaurant chains like Panera Bread are becoming as big as longstanding fast food stalwarts like Arby’s and Domino’s Pizza. Amongst the fast casual pack are a breed of…

The Burger Express color scheme is red, white and yellow. Its logo has block lettering and a yellow, arrow-like design through the name. Its menu is bare-bones, with just three burger choices. The problem for owner Larry Squillace is that…

Jerry Murrell, CEO and founder of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, loves eating burgers from his West Coast competitor, In-N-Out Burger. That might seem strange, but Murrell doesn’t see it. “We love In-N-Out Burger. We love it,” Murrell said in…

Cathy Martinez and Alejandra Ruiz were served up a double-double dose of frustration Friday when they visited an old In-N-Out Burger stand in Baldwin Park. First they discovered that the historic outlet just a stone’s throw from the chain’s first…

Jessica Gueghlein never used to give it a second thought when she wanted a good hamburger — she headed to In-N-Out, that drive-through icon of Southern California car culture. But her affections have strayed. Lately she’s been hitting an East…

Last spring, In-N-Out Burger beat various Southern California restaurants in a March Madness-inspired “best burger” poll conducted by the Register. Other top-ranking burgers included Fatburger, Fuddruckers and The Habit. Beyond the rankings and behind the scenes, burger aficionados quibbled about…

Be sure to check out this nice series of articles from the folks at Minyanville. The Origins of Cult-Favorite Fast Food Restaurants: Chick-fil-A The Origins of Cult-Favorite Fast Food Restaurants: Domino’s The Origins of Cult-Favorite Fast Food Restaurants: In-N-Out Burger…

McDonald’s may have served billions of burgers, but according to a recent survey of 28,000 Consumer Reports’ subscribers, they fall at the bottom of the list among fast-food restaurants. Among the standouts were In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys Burgers and…

At peak lunch hour, dozens of burger fans lined up outside Five Guys Burgers & Fries on Monday to be the first Orange County diners to see if the East Coast sensation could oust hometown favorite In-N-Out Burger. Five Guys,…

The southern California town of Baldwin Park – the reputed birthplace of the “drive-thru” restaurant – has put a nine-month ban on the construction of any new drive-in food emporiums. The In ‘N Out Burger chain, credited with spawning the…