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Joe Carbonara

Next-Level Leadership

Given that it's December, it's only natural to want to look ahead to the coming year (or even years) to get an idea of what our businesses might look like in the future. Only, that can be a fool's errand.


Juan Martinez

Redefining Service in an Evolving Industry

What is service? How is service evolving? Where is service going? These are important questions that foodservice operators across all industry segments need to ask to thrive in today’s market.


Jerry Stiegler

Foodservice and the Economy Gain Steam and Two Operators Introduce New Concepts

The foodservice industry posted a modest gain in November, according to the National Restaurant Association. Consumer eating habits continue to evolve, according to the NPD Group. Cameron Mitchell and the Madera Group introduce new concepts, while the Cheesecake Factory expands its Asian concept. Is the economy gaining momentum? One key metric says yes. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.


Chanticleer Holdings to Buy BGR

Hooters' franchisee prepares to enter the fast-casual segment's better burger business.

Multi-concept operator Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) reached an agreement to acquire BGR: The Burger Joint, a better burger concept that primarily serves the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. markets. The deal is expected to close around March 15, 2015.

BGR is a better burger concept with a menu that focuses on its proprietary blend of Prime, dry-aged burgers grilled over an open flame. BGR has 9 corporate owned locations, 11 franchises including 1 international location in Kuwait, and more than 80 franchise locations under development agreement almost equally split between domestic and international markets, according to a company release. BGR's senior management and operations team have agreed to remain with the fast-casual concept.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Chanticleer Holdings owns and operates restaurant brands in the United States and internationally. The company is a franchisee owner of Hooters restaurants in international markets including Australia, South Africa, and Europe, and two Hooters restaurants in the United States. The Company also owns and operates American Burger Co. and owns a majority interest in Just Fresh restaurants in the U.S.

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