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July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Smashburger is finally in town, bringing its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks on Wednesday. The Denver-based chain comes with a luminous pedigree. Founder Tom Ryan has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. Last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech firms, alternative energy start-ups, healthcare firms and more. Since launching in 2007 with the “goal to get into every town in America sooner or later,” Ryan said in an interview this week that the Thousand Oaks store is the chain's 163rd.
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November 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Bryan Porter just wanted a wedding date he could remember. So he and Darlene Hielscher flew to Las Vegas to get married at a burger joint at the stroke of midnight on 11/12/13, one of the last remaining sequential dates this century. The couple from Ormond Beach, Fla., married Tuesday at a Smashburger restaurant with a wedding "cake" made of -- yes -- a stack of burgers. And Elvis (a.k.a. Brendan Paul) officiated over the ceremony, according to a news release. But they aren't the only date-crazy newlyweds in Vegas . "Anecdotally, we know every chapel/wedding location [in Las Vegas]
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Smashburger has brought its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks, the first of as many as 60 outlets it plans to open in the Los Angeles area in the next seven years. The Denver fast-casual chain arrives with a luminous pedigree and solid potential. Its founder, Tom Ryan, has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. And last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech companies, alternative energy start-ups and healthcare firms.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The ESPN Zone sports bar and restaurant at L.A. Live closed over the weekend to make way for three new restaurants at the downtown Los Angeles entertainment venue next to Staples Center. ESPN Zone will be replaced with Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza and Tom's Urban 24, all of which are operated by Consumer Concept Group of Denver. "We'll bring a lower price point to an area right now dominated by white tablecloth sit-down restaurants," said Rick Schaden, chairman of Consumer Concept Group.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
So much for being a square. Fast food chain Wendy's, known for its angular burger patties and slightly musty reputation, is going glamorous. The classic Baconator and Hot 'N Juicy sandwiches are now joined by burgers piled high with extravagant ingredients such as lobster and caviar. They're priced at just above $16, according to the Burger Business blog . Here's the catch: They're available for only a limited time. And only in Japan. Since returning to the Japanese market late last year after exiting in 2009, Wendy's has rolled out a series of indulgent menu offerings.
NEWS
November 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Bryan Porter just wanted a wedding date he could remember. So he and Darlene Hielscher flew to Las Vegas to get married at a burger joint at the stroke of midnight on 11/12/13, one of the last remaining sequential dates this century. The couple from Ormond Beach, Fla., married Tuesday at a Smashburger restaurant with a wedding "cake" made of -- yes -- a stack of burgers. And Elvis (a.k.a. Brendan Paul) officiated over the ceremony, according to a news release. But they aren't the only date-crazy newlyweds in Vegas . "Anecdotally, we know every chapel/wedding location [in Las Vegas]
BUSINESS
January 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Craving a Whopper but tied to your desk? Burger King Corp. is starting to offer a delivery option in a limited East Coast test. The fast food giant is sending its burgers to customers for a $2 fee from four Washington, D.C., restaurants. The chain told the Chicago Tribune that the test would roll out to a total of 16 stores by early next week. A website for Burger King's higher-end, booze-selling concept restaurant Whopper Bar in South Beach, Fla., also offers delivery, though the service is free with a $10 minimum order.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
A certain subset of McDonald's fans is gearing up for their favorite time of year. No, not Christmas. McRib season. The Golden Arches are bringing back the cult-favorite, limited-time pork sandwich this month, according to the company's website , which teases that “the fun returns December 17.” Some markets in the U.S. will launch the promotion early; Los Angeles will follow the national timeline. The sauce-drenched offering is normally sold earlier in the fall. But McDonald's is hoping to match the 9.8% same-store sales surge the chain encountered during last December's unseasonably warm weather, according to a company memo leaked to AdAge.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Food and restaurant analysts are already placing their bets for next year's top restaurant trends, including automatons in the kitchen, mini dishes, pricier drinks and something called “bar snackification.” Step one, though, is going casual. Categories including pizza, fish, Greek and Asian are all going the Panera route, delivering faster service than high-end restaurants but better ingredients and a more premium vibe than fast-food. Customizable sushi joints , easy Indian wraps and other options allow Americans to sample ethnic foods and new takes on once-boring standbys with minimal fuss and intimidation.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The ESPN Zone sports bar and restaurant at L.A. Live closed over the weekend to make way for three new restaurants at the downtown Los Angeles entertainment venue next to Staples Center. ESPN Zone will be replaced with Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza and Tom's Urban 24, all of which are operated by Consumer Concept Group of Denver. "We'll bring a lower price point to an area right now dominated by white tablecloth sit-down restaurants," said Rick Schaden, chairman of Consumer Concept Group.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
A certain subset of McDonald's fans is gearing up for their favorite time of year. No, not Christmas. McRib season. The Golden Arches are bringing back the cult-favorite, limited-time pork sandwich this month, according to the company's website , which teases that “the fun returns December 17.” Some markets in the U.S. will launch the promotion early; Los Angeles will follow the national timeline. The sauce-drenched offering is normally sold earlier in the fall. But McDonald's is hoping to match the 9.8% same-store sales surge the chain encountered during last December's unseasonably warm weather, according to a company memo leaked to AdAge.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Food and restaurant analysts are already placing their bets for next year's top restaurant trends, including automatons in the kitchen, mini dishes, pricier drinks and something called “bar snackification.” Step one, though, is going casual. Categories including pizza, fish, Greek and Asian are all going the Panera route, delivering faster service than high-end restaurants but better ingredients and a more premium vibe than fast-food. Customizable sushi joints , easy Indian wraps and other options allow Americans to sample ethnic foods and new takes on once-boring standbys with minimal fuss and intimidation.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
So much for being a square. Fast food chain Wendy's, known for its angular burger patties and slightly musty reputation, is going glamorous. The classic Baconator and Hot 'N Juicy sandwiches are now joined by burgers piled high with extravagant ingredients such as lobster and caviar. They're priced at just above $16, according to the Burger Business blog . Here's the catch: They're available for only a limited time. And only in Japan. Since returning to the Japanese market late last year after exiting in 2009, Wendy's has rolled out a series of indulgent menu offerings.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Smashburger is finally in town, bringing its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks on Wednesday. The Denver-based chain comes with a luminous pedigree. Founder Tom Ryan has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. Last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech firms, alternative energy start-ups, healthcare firms and more. Since launching in 2007 with the “goal to get into every town in America sooner or later,” Ryan said in an interview this week that the Thousand Oaks store is the chain's 163rd.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Smashburger has brought its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks, the first of as many as 60 outlets it plans to open in the Los Angeles area in the next seven years. The Denver fast-casual chain arrives with a luminous pedigree and solid potential. Its founder, Tom Ryan, has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. And last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech companies, alternative energy start-ups and healthcare firms.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Craving a Whopper but tied to your desk? Burger King Corp. is starting to offer a delivery option in a limited East Coast test. The fast food giant is sending its burgers to customers for a $2 fee from four Washington, D.C., restaurants. The chain told the Chicago Tribune that the test would roll out to a total of 16 stores by early next week. A website for Burger King's higher-end, booze-selling concept restaurant Whopper Bar in South Beach, Fla., also offers delivery, though the service is free with a $10 minimum order.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Five Guys Burgers and Fries topped a new survey of favorite burger chains, leaving bigger chains such as McDonald's and Burger King in the dust. Market Force Information questioned 7,600 consumers, calculated the fan favorite based on total votes and then factored in the number of locations for each chain. In every region, Five Guys led the list. Overall, In-N-Out was second, followed by Fuddruckers, A&W and Smashburger. Dairy Queen ranked last in the group of 16 chains considered.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Johnnie Walker whiskey it's not, but the Black Label burgers being tested at Wendy's are also aiming for high-end tastes. The Bacon Portabella and Spicy Santa Fe burgers are “in the very early stages,” said Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch. According to GrubGrade , the sandwiches cost just under $5 each and feature ingredients such as mushroom sauce, Muenster cheese, guacamole and more. The fast-food chain has been especially active recently, with a new chief executive promising to tackle fast-casual competitors such as Smashburger, and menu upgrades such as Dave's Hot 'N Juicy and the "W" burger line in the U.S. and a $16 foie gras burger in Japan.
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