'McWhopper' not to be, Wayback Burgers issues offer

Burger King’s marketing effort to create a 'McWhopper' aimed at generating awareness for Peace Day has been declined by McDonald's. Wayback Burgers, however, wants to partner with Burger King to raise money for UNICEF.

FEATURES


Rearview 2014: Here's what we were hungry for

What did we want to nosh on in 2014? Not gluten. And maybe we're getting sick of pumpkin spice, too.

Smashburger CMO: Better burgers are here to stay

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.

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.

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NEWS


Wayback Burgers taps master chef to lead menu innovation team

New menu items are coming to Wayback Burgers thanks to a new culinary adviser.

Consumers gobbling up meat snacks, beef seeing stiff competition

An push to eat healthier is spurring more protein-based meat snacks consumption in past five years.

Wingstop takes flight on a charitable nationwide Flavor Tour

Wing experts at Wingstop are deploying on a 10-city U.S. 'flavor tour' to publicize the company's new food truck called Wingstop on Wheels.

Fatburger expands international footprint with second Qatar location

Fatburger is opening its second Doha, Qatar location in the food court of the city's new shopping center, the Gulf Mall.

Johnny Rockets pushing franchise expansion

Johnny Rockets' franchise development team has announced its nationwide list of markets it believes is ideally suited for the all-American brand.

Burger sales up, sandwich and chicken sales down in 2014

Diners ordered 9 billion serving of burgers in U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets last year, three percent more than the year before. Meanwhile, sandwiches were down 2 percent and chicken dropped 9 percent.

BURGERFI closes 2014 with 31 new units

The addition of 31 new locations resulted in system-wide gross sales of $66.4 million, a 114 percent increase over 2013.

Dickey's opening restaurants in Florida, California, Pennsylvania

The barbecue brand is closing in on 500 units.

Bruegger's Bagels launches 'Behind the Taste' video series

Each behind-the-scenes video vignette will feature a discount code for viewers.

Shake Shack rolls out first new burger since 2012

The ShackMeister Burger, previously known as the MeisterBurger, won the Judge's Choice award for "Best Burger" at the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash.

Feast BBQ opens 2nd location

Indiana-based Feast BBQ is jumping the Ohio River to open a second location in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dickey's opens two new restaurants in Florida, California

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants announced it will open two new units on Dec. 18, one on the Florida Panhandle and the other in California.

Homestyle Dining names Jill Gouge-Laird VP of Marketing

Jill Gouge-Laird was tapped by Homestyle Dining's CEO Tom Sacco to lead all branding, marketing, advertising and communications.

BURGERFI announces Jupiter, Florida grand opening

The new location is the Florida-based chain's 25th in its home state and its 64th systemwide, with an additional 50 locations are slated to open by the end of 2015.

Two deals will net 27 new locations for Wahlburgers

Two new deals mark Wahlburgers' entry into Florida and New York.

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