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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

Bloomberg has an article on how the arrival of Umami Burgers (a Los Angeles chain) in NY marks an accomplishment partly driven by food shows on television. People watch unusual burgers being constructed, like ahi tuna with wasabi flake, and demand it. At the same time, folks seek something more than a McDonald's hamburger. The convergence is a super premium burger in the $10 to $20 and up space.

Wendy's in particular isn't rolling over. New burgers, gourmet toppings, etc are being rolled out. But no valet parking, alcohol, etc. There's lot of growth in the $10 and up burger segment, with 2011 growth at 18%, compared to 3% overall.

Based on the article, I see the tiers as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, In N Out at the bottom tier, with places like Five Guys, Steak n Shake, NY Burger, Smashburger, etc on the next level up. Above that are Bobby's Burger Place, the Ale House chain, Red Robin, Zinburger, The Office, The Counter, etc coming in at $15-$20. Specialty burgers like Wolfgang Puck's burger at Spago, dbBistro Moderne's burger ets are in the next tier up.

The article sees saturation coming soon. And, it sees the chain restaurants getting hammered first.

Umami’s prices start at $10 for the most basic offerings, including the Hatch Burger, with four types of green chilies. The most expensive is the Ahi Tuna Burger, at $15.

Founder Adam Fleischman said Umami offers “fine-dining fast-food,” albeit with valet parking and full bars at some locations. In Manhattan, he said, it will succeed by catering to high expectations of diners with many choices.
‘Chain Mentality’

Fleischman said he also expects a shakeout. “I think it will affect the franchise players specifically,” he said.

Interest in fancy burgers has been fueled in part by cooking shows, such as cable network Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Nazarian said. “The names and descriptions of ingredients in food are becoming part of our daily vocabulary,” he said. “This awareness is breaking that chain mentality.”

Back in the 1990s, “you never had a chef with a credible resume doing anything like the burger,” said Sang Yoon, the former executive chef at Michael’s who bought a Santa Monica pub called Father’s Office in 2000 and made it into one of the region’s first burger-focused restaurants. He opened a second store in L.A. in 2008 and said demand has been so strong he’s considering expanding.
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Chef Wolfgang Puck has been serving a variation of his $23 grilled prime burger with smoked onion marmalade, garlic aioli and Vermont farmhouse white cheddar at Spago in Beverly Hills for at least 10 years, according to the restaurant.



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#2 Suzanne F

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:37 PM

Perfect name for the founder of a burger chain. Or maybe I should say names: not just Fleischman, but Puck, too.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:52 PM

Perfect name for the founder of a burger chain. Or maybe I should say names: not just Fleischman, but Puck, too.

Fleischman is also in on Red Medicine, known as the spot where a local food critic was outed.

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#4 Rail Paul

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

Burger Man Pat LaFrieda sends a cease and desist order to Wendy's burgers.

Stop Using the Black Label Name, I Own It


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:54 PM

i just saw la frieda's new show meat men on food network. the episode was about his epic attempt to develop the custom meat blend for michael white's first burger, the "white label" burger.

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#6 splinky

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:27 PM

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“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
~Jack Handey

*proud descendant of cheese eating surrender monkeys*

 


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

I'm surprised Ozersky's picture isn't on that package too.


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#8 splinky

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

I'm surprised Ozersky's picture isn't on that package too.

but then no one would be able to eat it


“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
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#9 mitchells

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:03 PM

I'm surprised Ozersky's picture isn't on that package too.

They'd need a much larger label.



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:31 PM

"Premium", "burger", "growing".

 

http://www.nytimes.c...urger.html?_r=0



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:40 PM

"Premium", "burger", "growing".

 

http://www.nytimes.c...urger.html?_r=0

Can I get fries with that?


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#12 SLBunge

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

Mmmmm...fetal calf serum.


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#13 hollywood

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:18 PM

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Mmmmm...fetal calf serum.

 

 

Mmmmm...fetal calf serum.

 

 

Mmmmm...fetal calf serum.

 I suppose some would prefer fetal pig serum.


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#14 Wilfrid

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:29 PM

pinkish liquid

 

...never plays well with the crowd.