Burger King

Burger King Franchisee Finds Funding for Three New Stores

United Capital Business Lending, a subsidiary of BankUnited, announced that it is providing $1.2 million in financing to multiunit Burger King Franchise BMT of KentuckyInc. to acquire three Burger King restaurants in the greater Lexington area. With the new locations, BMT of Kentucky will own and operate 11 Burger King restaurants.

Meat Be Gone

Tender Greens, a Southern California–based quick-serve chain that offers an array of organic and healthy items, recently launched a Meatless Monday campaign in hopes of capitalizing on a growing vegetarian trend among quick-serve consumers.

“We can reach out to our vegetarian customers in which we say ‘Mondays, it’s all about you,’” says Erik Oberholtzer, cofounder of Tender Greens. 

Each Monday, Tender Greens creates a special menu that contains only vegetarian and vegan items. “It makes our chefs think out of the box,” Oberholtzer says. 

The Season of Giving Spreads to Facebook

It’s the season of giving, and some brands are letting their customers take giving to the digital environment they spend so much time in—Facebook.

First Data announced that four quick-serve brands—Boston Market, Burger King, Culver’s, and Cold Stone Creamery—and six other retail brands have employed its eGift Social solution that lets customers send gift cards to their friends through the social media juggernaut.

BK Offers Two Chicken Sandwiches for Price of One

Burger King Corp. (BKC) is offering two Original Chicken Sandwiches for the price of one, giving fans of this long-time favorite sandwich twice as much to enjoy. A menu favorite for more than three decades, the classic sandwich features its tried and true ingredients—a crispy, white meat chicken patty topped with fresh lettuce and mayo on its signature, hoagie-style sesame seed bun. The buy-one-get-one promotion, available at participating Burger King restaurants nationwide, runs through January 16 and is not valid on specialty versions of the sandwich.

Starbucks Twice as Good as McDonald's in Media Impact

Media measurement technology firm General Sentiment released its newest brand analysis, the Fall 2010 Fast Food Industry Report. The report highlights the brands that made the most significant media impact online between September and November. Despite declining nearly 20 percent since the summer, Starbucks still topped General Sentiment’s Impact Value rankings, more than doubling the totals of second and third place brands McDonald’s and Burger King.

2010 in Review

Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson

1. BK Sold to Brazilian Investors

Becoming the decade’s biggest restaurant buyout, No. 3 burger chain Burger King Corp. was acquired by 3G Capital, a New York firm backed by Brazilian investors, for $3.3 billion in September. —BC

2. The Food Truck Obsession

Lessons Learned

Whether it’s started by the internationally renowned franchisor or the ma-and-pa franchisee, litigation stands an unwelcome event in a relationship desperately needing trust, respect, and the singular, shared aim of bottom-line success. Over the last decade, however, a litany of franchisor-franchisee disputes have made their way into the courtroom, proving to be a time- and cost-consuming process littered with stress and frustration for both sides.

What to Do About Waste

A look at how some restaurants are cutting down.

When New York City–based burger concept 4food opened its first location in August, the media buzz it generated mostly stemmed from its innovative use of technology and social media. Plasma TV screens adorn its walls, including one that scrolls customer tweets. iPads are used to order food. And diners can save their specialized burger orders to an online database, available for anybody to order in the future—an act that credits the customer with 25 cents on later 4food visits.

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