Smashburger CMO: Better burgers are here to stay

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Smashburger grew by about 20 percent this year, and it's likely it will continue that pace next year, according to newly-appointed CMO Josh Kern.

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Homestyle Dining leverages smaller footprint to create 'plush fast casual' steak concept

Bo's Steak & Grill features a backyard barbecue theme, with country music, denim and red solo cups.

Burger 21 president on why it's 'not always better' to be 1st

Despite the well-established competition in the 'better burger' space, Mark Johnston is confident he has a winning brand.

5 Reasons Beef Fits Fast Casual [infographic]

This infographic shows how beef menu items can help increase traffic and check spend at fast casual restaurants.

Brazilian chain Giraffas eyes U.S. growth

How a leading Brazilian quick-service chain plans to expand with a fast casual model for U.S. consumers.

NRA 2012: MOOYAH launches first national promo

FastCasual.com speaks with MOOYAH president Alan Hixon about the chain's first national promotion and where the brand is headed in 2012 and beyond.

Smashburger CEO David Prokupek's smashing success

How Smashburger’s CEO and chairman is banking on better burgers.

Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Fast Casual segment heads into Q1 with new store openings

Fast casual chains such as Baja Fresh, Fuddruckers and MOOYAH are among several concepts starting the New Year with new openings across the United States. The openings symbolize the continued success of the fast casual segment, which saw unit growth of 5 percent during the 2011 fourth quarter.

2012: The five fast casual executives to watch

For restaurant operators throughout the industry, 2011 had its fair share of highs and lows. While the industry rebounded slightly from the challenges present throughout the past three years, operational and financial difficulties still loomed for many. For our top...

The veggie burger: 'Is what's for dinner'

A spike in vegetarianism is inspiring fast casuals to go gourmet with meatless options.

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NEWS


The Habit announces IPO

Shares will be available at a price of $18 per share starting Nov. 20.

Dickey's locations set to open in Alabama, Pennsylvania and California

Opening celebrations for all three new restaurants will include pulled pork sandwiches offered for $2, gift card and merchandise giveaways.

Dickey's opens new restaurants in Texas and Wyoming

Both restaurants opened on Nov. 13 with three-day celebrations featuring giveaways.

Wahlburgers' first franchise opens in Toronto

The better burger brand, helmed by the Wahlburg brothers, will use only Canadian beef in its Toronto restaurant.

MOOYAH snags spot on HealthyDiningFinder.com

Salads, turkey and vegetarian options land the better burger chain on HealthyDiningFinder.com.

Fuddruckers 'Autumn on a Bun' does not involve pumpkin

The half-pound turkey burger features blue cheese crumbles and house-made cranberry and apple chutney, served on customer's choice of bun.

VooDoo BBQ & Grill plants flag in Pensacola

The new unit, the chain's 20th, is located in University Town Center at the corner of Nine Mile Road and University Parkway.

Wayback Burgers giving away food to vets at Port Hueneme location

In addition to the Port Hueneme promotion, more than 85 Wayback Burgers locations nationwide will offer veterans and active-duty military a free Wayback Classic Burger with the purchase of any side and any drink.

Burger 21 continues westward expansion

Burger 21 announced its second restaurant in Arizona will open at 2855 W. Ray Road in Chandler on Nov. 3.

Schlotzsky's adds ribeye LTO

Schlotzsky's Bakery-Cafe announced the addition of five new ribeye steak entrees to its menu through Dec. 28.

Dickey's opens restaurants in Washington, Minnesota

The openings will include gift card giveaways, $2 pulled pork sandwiches, merchandise giveaways and more.

Back Yard Burger posts same-store sales increases for Q3

Back Yard Burgers is stepping up growth efforts after posting its 18th straight month of same-store sales increases.

BurgerFi will open in CNN Center, add breakfast menu

BurgerFi steps up its exploration of non-traditional storefronts and launches into the breakfast daypart with its newest location.

Dickey's opens in Kansas, West Virginia

Both new restaurants are owned by multiunit operators who plan to open additional locations.

Korilla BBQ parks it at new storefront location

Korilla BBQ, which got its start as a food truck, also plans to launch three additional stores in the Upper East Side, Financial District, and Brooklyn.

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