Industry News | December 22, 2012
Huddle House Expands into Missouri with Multiunit Agreement
Huddle House, a 400-plus-unit family-dining restaurant, announced the opening of its first unit in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday, December 17.
This is the first location of a three-unit Market Area Development agreement with Foodrich, LLC for the central and eastern suburbs of the Kansas City market.
The restaurant is located in the Melrose district, just five blocks north of The Plaza. This location will serve the breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs of the substantial medical community featuring several large Medical Center complexes. Huddle House will be the anchor for the mixed-use redevelopment project at 3957 Broadway.
“We are excited to open the Huddle House restaurant as the first phase of this mixed-use redevelopment project at 40th and Broadway, in the heart of the Melrose District,” says lead developer Dr. Ahmed Awad, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a nephrology consultant at St. Luke’s hospital. “
The entire Westport community is looking forward to the wholesome, ‘Southern-Style Food’ that Huddle House is known for throughout the region,” he adds.
“Developing in large metro markets like Kansas City supports our strategy of increasing our brand presence in densely populated and underserved trade areas,” says Huddle House CEO Michael Abt. “Furthermore, we are particularly interested in targeting unique real-estate opportunities such as those presented by Dr. Awad.”
Food & Beverage
Move Over 4-Leggers, 2-Leggers Coming In!
Just ran across some surprising breakfast info and thought it was worth sharing, then watching where it goes. Although McDonald’s has offered its Southern Style Chicken Biscuit on the breakfast menu for several years now, and of course, Chick-fil-A menus chicken at breakfast, it came as a surprise to this writer that both chicken and turkey have gained significant ground on the breakfast menu. It seemed worthy of further investigation.
It turns out that both turkey and chicken have been getting more popular as a component of the morning meal. In a report published earlier this year, Technomic found that 24% of consumers surveyed said they’ve been eating turkey at breakfast more often than they had two years before, while 11% had been eating more chicken.
I dug further. Technomic also found that 70% of those saying their poultry consumption had risen mentioned a desire to eat more healthfully was the motivator behind their choices.
Okay, so chicken or turkey in the morning. But where were these people getting their wake-up proteins? Were they all firing up their broilers in the morning? Seemed unlikely.
So were they were going to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A? Could be, but I discovered there are many operators offering chicken or turkey items in the a.m., I just hadn’t had my radar tuned in right.
Some of the options hew closely to the classics, with bacon or sausage made from chicken or turkey:
- Energy Breakfast Sandwich (Energy Kitchen) uses five egg whites with low-fat American cheese and turkey bacon on a honey whole-wheat English muffin.
- Power Panini Thin with Chicken Apple Sausage (Corner Bakery) is made with scrambled eggs or egg whites, chicken apple sausage, and Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses on thinly sliced whole-grain harvest toast.
- Santa Fe Egg Wrap (Einstein Bros Bagels) includes eggs, turkey sausage with ancho lime salsa, jalapeño schmear and pepper jack cheese.
Others use the more familiar forms of the poultry:
- Power Wrap (First Watch) is made with fluffy egg whites, turkey, spinach, house-roasted crimini mushrooms and Swiss in a sun-dried tomato basil tortilla.
- 2 Egg & Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Turkey (Au Bon Pain) has a self-explanatory name and is served on a choice of breads.
- Breakfast Burrito with Chicken (Qdoba) is a flour or whole-wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken, eggs, potatoes, choice of sauces and salsas, and optional shredded cheese or sour cream.
Did you note something in common in all those descriptions? Each one of them includes eggs!
Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a blog for the American Egg Board, so of course those items all include eggs. But foodservice operators are pretty savvy about the American consumer and they don’t include eggs just for fun. Eggs are a tasty, nutrient dense protein and just happen to be delicious.
Oh, by the way, are there eggs on the breakfast sandwiches you normally order? Uh huh. I thought so.
For more, visit www.AEB.org