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November 11, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Adam Fleischman's restaurant empire is growing. The founder of Umami Burger has seen huge success with his burger brand in the four years since he opened its first location on La Brea Avenue. There are 20 Umami Burgers around California, plus locations in New York and Florida. But Fleischman says he's just getting started. How big could Umami grow? Fleischman's five-year plan is to open 150 locations worldwide. The same goes for 800 Degrees, the build-your-own-pizza restaurant concept he helped create.
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SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron happily rocked the world of USC players when he returned desserts to the training table after taking over as the Trojans' interim coach. On Monday, Orgeron again played the food card. During USC's team meeting, he treated the Trojans to burgers and shakes from In-N-Out Burger. "Just want to thank you as a coaching staff," Orgeron said to feasting players in a video that was posted on USC's website. It might have been coincidence or, perhaps, an ode to Oregon State Coach Mike Riley , who took his team to In-N-Out after the Beavers defeated UCLA last season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Bob Pool and Hailey Branson-Potts
For years Sonia Hong has dished out hamburgers and fries on paper plates decorated with customers' smiling portraits and the inscription "just for you. " But fans of Irv's Burgers in West Hollywood will understand Thursday if there are frowning faces sketched on their plates as the 63-year-old walk-up eatery closes for the last time. The burger stand, once a haunt for musicians such as Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin and featured as album artwork for a Linda Ronstadt recording, is being squeezed out by rising rents and the property owner's demand that the owners replace its leaky corrugated tin roof - something Hong says she cannot afford.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Burger King stock was on the upswing Monday after the fast-food company said its profit surged nearly 33% in the third quarter, beating predictions from Wall Street. The Miami-based company said its adjusted net income soared to $81.1 million, or 23 cents a share, from $61.1 million, or 17 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue at the chain, which last month unveiled its Satisfries line of lower-fat French fries, tanked 40% to $275.1 million but still exceeded estimates.
OPINION
September 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Fast-food restaurant employees across the country walked off their jobs for a day last week, the largest in an escalating series of protests against the low wages paid by some of the nation's most popular restaurant chains. The workers' complaints throw a spotlight on the broader challenges policymakers face on this Labor Day, the sixth since the housing market collapse sent the country into an economic tailspin. The problem isn't just that entry-level jobs have less buying power than they used to; it's also that too few people are moving on from those jobs into better careers.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Fast-food workers and their supporters are calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage as they prepare to picket in nationwide protests Thursday. That raises the question: If they're successful, will burger prices soar? Expert opinion is mixed. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. More than doubling that level would be an unprecedented leap.  Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC Berkeley, said it's unclear whether a minimum wage bump would have enough of a ripple effect to affect consumer wallets.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget the old-fashioned hamburger with a side of fries. This fall, Burger King is offering a burger with the fries built right in. On Sept. 1, the fast-food chain will introduce the French Fry Burger, a standard hamburger with four French fries inserted between the beef patty and the bun, the Associated Press reports. The French Fry Burger may not be a complicated culinary offering, but it is cheap: The burger and four fries between a bun will cost you just $1 from Sept. 1 through the end of the fall, according to the AP report.  And if the four French fries in the burger curb your craving for a side of fries, you will save on calories: The French Fry Burger has 390 calories, while a burger and a medium side of fries will run you 650 calories, according to information on the fast-food chain's website.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Celebrity chef Kerry Simon is bringing some new burger-and-milkshake pairings to the menu at KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers in Las Vegas. Simon , known for such clever offerings as the Thanksgiving turkey burger ($14), complete with cranberry sauce, stuffing and turkey gravy, and the Captain Crunch shake ($7), will be serving new pairings each month at KGB through the rest of the year. August's selection at the establishment inside Harrah's is a Sicilian burger with a tiramisu shake.
TRAVEL
August 3, 2013 | By Alice Short
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain - Some cultures take their food more seriously than others, but the Spanish may be leaders of the pack. Travelers have been coming here for the last 25 years to experience not only the growing sophistication of regional cuisine but also the miracle of molecular gastronomy. When my daughter, Madeline, announced that she wanted to spend a college semester in Madrid, I needed no more excuse to research a trip to northern Spain's Basque country, where even fare at local bars is haute and Michelin-starred restaurants inspire gushing coverage among global media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
A super-sized order of French fries spilled onto Interstate 80 after a big rig caught fire early Tuesday morning in Auburn, north of Sacramento. The brakes of the big rig carrying a delivery to a Modesto Burger King caught fire near the Applegate Road off-ramp about 1 a.m. The fire ignited the front end of the trailer, according to Fox 40. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in 10 minutes, but the trailer was expected to remain...
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