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Joe Carbonara

Double Dose of Disruption

Business leaders often look over their shoulders trying to find the next disruptive player or event that will shake up their organizations. Well, in a matter of weeks spanning August to the beginning of September, the foodservice industry got a double dose of disruption.


Juan Martinez

Electronic Ordering Insights

Kiosk ordering seems all the rage in today’s foodservice industry. While the process seems simple and intuitive for many consumers, implementation is another story. 


Jerry Stiegler

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. 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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