Gulf News - Dubai’s burger phenomenon

Dubai: How many times have you grabbed a burger over a late night ‘dinner’ driving back home despite making no such plans? Chances are you would say quite often and that’s because in Dubai most ‘patty-in-a-bun’ experiences don’t come at a premium. Nothing illustrates the ‘burger phenomenon’ in Dubai better than the fact that there’s always a burger joint around the bend waiting to flip the perfect juicy meat patty at any hour of the day or night. For many, expats and Emiratis, burgers are even a way of life – a phenomenon that’s now distinct to Dubai and its people, says Dr. Saif Aldhaheri - one of the founding partners of UAE’s newest upscale ‘Emirati’ burger concept, Burger Hood.

New gold

At last count (a flippant one), the emirate was home to at least 15 ‘specialist’ burger chains – some homespun like Burger Hood and some truly international.

Add to that (when it opens its doors to public) Wahlburgers, the burger restaurant chain owned by the family of Hollywood A-lister Mark Wahlberg and you quite get the story why burger is the new gold in Dubai. “We have almost 70 restaurants under contract right now, with various franchisees and deals in different places. We also just made a deal in the Middle East for 20 restaurants,” Wahlberg told US media. If the Max Payne hero knows Dubai’s insatiable appetite for burgers, one of his stops is sure to be here in the emirate.

When McDonald’s, the world’s largest hamburger fast food restaurants chain landed in the UAE for the first time in 1994 - setting up shop at the Al Ghurair Centre in Dubai – it took them at least two more years to open their next two outlets – one at Deira City Centre followed by another on Al Wasl Road.

Over the next two decades though they were quick to open another 125 outlets in the country - 61 in Dubai – that flipped almost 50m million burgers in one particular year. While it may not say everything about the amazing burger story, it does indicate how residents of the emirate have taken to the humble patty in a bun concept.

“Since Fatburger first opened in Dubai in 2008, the response has been tremendous,” Andy Wiederhorn, CEO of Fatburger, yet another all-American international burger chain with significant presence in Dubai, noted recently while announcing his company’s investment plans in Dubai. Fatburger is not alone. In recent years, several reputed burger chains have made a foray into Dubai – from Max (launched November 2012), Europe’s oldest and Sweden’s only food firm with a fully carbon-labelled menu specialising on low-fat burgers to Shake Shack (launched April 2011) that sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, the world’s leading burger chains have all come to town.

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Fast Casual - Sister brands make plans to enter Philippines

Fatburger and its sister brand, Buffalo's Café, have signed a master development agreement with Trimark Holdings Inc., a retail operator throughout the Philippines with a portfolio of more than 40 brands and 300 stores. What originally was a deal to develop pure Fatburger restaurants has now changed with plans to develop 16 co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo's units to the area in addition to freestanding Buffalo's locations, according to a company press release. The two companies struck a deal earlier last year to bring the burger brand to the Philippines.

"The economy in the Philippines has seen significant growth in the past few years and shows a great amount of potential for both of our restaurants," said Andy Wiederhorn, CEO of Fatburger and Buffalo's Cafe. "Due to Trimark Holdings being so familiar with brand expansion in the country, we will be able to better connect with our audience resulting in our menu being well received."

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Fast Casual - Fatburger shakes up fall menu

Fatburger is adding three seasonal selections to the menu — mushroom swiss fatburger, sweet potato fries and pumpkin pie milkshake. Each will be available through Dec. 28, according to a company press release.

"While thinking of ideas for our latest LTOs, we decided to incorporate seasonal favorites like pumpkin and sweet potato," said Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn. "With new selections like our mushroom swiss fatburger, sweet potato fries and pumpkin pie milkshake, we are certain our fall menu will be a hit with our customers."

 

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Thrillist - UBEREATS IS FINALLY BRINGING GOOD LATE-NIGHT DELIVERY FOOD TO LA

No more begging at the Jack in the Box window when you arrive just shy of closing. No more 3am cooking of whatever's in the pantry and eating from whatever's clean. Celebrate, Angelenos: UberEATS is bringing actually good food options to LA this weekend, and if it goes well, it'll be a long-term thing.

To close out its #EATSWEEK, UberEATS is bringing Fatburger, Greenspan's Grilled Cheese, Benny's Tacos, and more into the starved, hopelessly deprived hands of Los Angeles Uber users. The promotion runs from Thursday, October 15th to Sunday, October 18th. It will bring sustenance during those clutch hours from 12AM to 3AM, when like literally everything is closed, unless you happen to live in Ktown, in which case, this probably isn't for you. Uber is also offering a free RESQ Water with every order. Hydration is important.

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SheKnows - 10 Best things to order when...

When you're busy, the drive-thru is inevitable. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on your diet, even temporarily, or that Subway is your only option. Just choose some healthier options from your favorite fast-food chain.

Of course, ordering healthy means sticking to specific options and may mean a few sacrifices to your diet. It also may mean understanding that a salad isn't always the healthiest option (actually, it's rarely the healthiest option!).

When it comes to fast food, there's usually one big sacrifice you have to make: sodium. It's going to be high in just about anything you can order. But other than that, you'd be surprised how well you can eat at fast-food joints for in and around 500 calories (and often less). Just don't be fooled by healthy-sounding options or actually healthy options you ruin by adding fatty extras or desserts......

Fatburger may sound like a place you'd never find a healthier option, but it's launching the Skinnyburger, which isn't just lower in calories, but may be a serious carnivore's dream. They just skip the bread and wedge all the yummy toppings between two juicy meat patties. If you skip the cheese and mayo, it's not nearly as bad as most fast-food options — including a lot of salads.

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Embracing the Fat - Northern Quest Fatburger - inlander.com

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Embracing the Fat

Fatburger
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100 N. Hayford Rd.
Airway Heights, WA
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Surrounded by the persistent music of slot machines, Travis, the Fatburger cashier on duty, calls out “Large fat, onion rings!” From the open grill, the fry cook flourishes a spatula and echoes at the top of his lungs, “Large fat, rings, yep!” In no time at all, a juicy, never-frozen burger and made-from-scratch onion rings are delivered tableside.

“It’s a really fun environment,” Travis grins, “and I like yelling out stuff.” And there is rarely a lack of customers at the Fatburger counter to chuckle at the contagious enthusiasm and savor the drool-inducing food.

Established in 1952, “The Last Great Hamburger Stand” arrived in the Inland Northwest in May 2009 when the Kalispel Tribe opened its Fatburger franchise in the food court of the Northern Quest Casino and Resort.

“The Fatburger culture includes fun and entertainment, a perfect fit for our entire property,” says Aimee Hubbard, director of franchise operations for the Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority.

But atmosphere isn’t the only thing Fatburger has going for it. With generous made-to-order burgers, toasted buns, hand-scooped ice cream shakes and reasonable prices (burgers from $2.75 for 2.5 oz. to $9.50 for 24 oz.), this popular Southern California chain deals in deliciousness.

Each 100-percent pure-lean-beef burger comes with traditional toppings like lettuce, tomatoes and onions. But why go traditional when you can order add-ons like cheddar cheese (50 cents), crispy bacon ($1), or even a hard-yolk fried egg ($1)? Sides vary from homemade onion rings ($3.25) to chili ($3), but many customers save by ordering a deal, which includes fat or skinny fries and a drink ($6.50-$9.75).

With a name like Fatburger (who named this place?), it’s a pleasant surprise to find the colorful menu board peppered with a few healthy options: the turkeyburger ($4.25), the Boca veggieburger ($4.25), and the chicken sandwich ($5.25). With 10 grams less fat than the Fatburger, the Turkeyburger is always the choice for local regular named Karen.

“It’s helped me lose weight,” she chuckles.

She can be found at Fatburger most weeks. “Especially on Tuesdays,” she confesses, “because you get a double punch on your Fatburger card.” In the business, that’s what you call adding value. (Michal Bennett)

Fatburger, located in the Northern Quest Resort & Casino food court, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit northernquest.com/dining/fatburger or call 481-2130.

 

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Daily Breeze - National Cheeseburger Day: How Southern California’s greatest contribution was invented

Los Angeles holds bragging rights to a lot of things: The Hollywood Sign. The movie business. The 405 Freeway.

And, according to some historians, the cheeseburger.

So perhaps nowhere should today’s National Cheeseburger Day be celebrated more passionately than in Southern California, the place where beef allegedly first met cheese and forevermore became our chief regional cuisine.

There are competing origin stories, but the generally accepted one goes like this: It was 1924 at a restaurant called The Rite Spot in Pasadena when a 17-year-old cook named Lionel Sternberger decided — and nobody knows quite knows why — to slap a slice of cheese on a burger. He called it “The Aristocratic Burger” and added it to the menu.

“One story is that he burned one side of the burger and rather than throw it away, he flipped it over and put a slice of cheese on it,” said Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President Paul Little, who is so proud of Pasadena’s cheeseburgers that he created the town’s annual “Cheeseburger Week,” which takes place every January.

“Pasadena is known for white suits and the Rose Parade and things like that,” Little said, “but to also be the home of everybody’s messy food at the same time is fun.”

To hamburger historians (yes, they exist), it comes as no surprise that Southern California forged its way into the culinary history books via the burger. As it turns out, the City of Angels and the hamburger are kind of a thing.

“Certainly, the hamburger industry started in Southern California,” said Andrew Smith, professor of Food Studies at the New School in New York City and author of “Hamburger: A Global History.”

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Fast Casual - Fatburger expanding Pakistani Presence

Fatburger is opening its newest Pakistani restaurant in Lahore. Situated in the middle of the Commercial Market shopping center in Z Block Phase 3 DHA, the fast-casual burger brand’s latest location will be its second in Lahore, according to a company press release.

Since launching in 1952, Fatburger has expanded to over 150 restaurants in 32 countries, and the new Lahore restaurant offers classic menu selections that include custom-built burgers, hand-tossed onion rings and crispy Fat Fries.

"Due to the positive response from guests at each location in Pakistan, we decided it would be ideal to bring another restaurant to the market," said Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn. "We anticipate that our newest Lahore store will successfully build upon an already established fan-base and will introduce our menu to a wider range of customers."

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TMZ - Floyd Mayweather takes $5M Car to Fatburger

Floyd Mayweather wasted no time flossin' in his brand new $5 million super car ... taking it out to his favorite restaurant in Vegas -- Fatburger ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The boxer had been gunning to buy the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita for months through his car guy Obi Okeke of Fusion Luxury Motors -- and when he finally took possession over the weekend, he was dyin' to take it for a spin. 

We're told he parked the car outside of the Fatburger on the Vegas strip early Sunday morning ... and popped the hood to show people the ridiculously fast engine. 

But after onlookers began to crowd the ride, Floyd decided he didn't want to risk driving it home -- too many obstacles -- so he called in a flatbed truck to safely return it to his mansion. 


Franchising.com - FATBURGER OPENS ITS FOURTH LOCATION IN LAHORE

All-American Burger Brand Continues International Expansion

August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, known for its juicy, made-to-order burgers, announces the grand opening of its newest Pakistani restaurant in Lahore. Situated in the middle of the Commercial Market shopping center in Z Block Phase 3 DHA, the fast-casual burger brand’s latest location will be its second in Lahore.

Since launching in 1952, Fatburger has expanded to over 150 restaurants in 32 countries while remaining dedicated to serving its guests the highest quality burgers with the freshest ingredients. The new Lahore restaurant offers classic menu selections that include custom-built burgers, hand-tossed onion rings and crispy Fat Fries. Guests can finish off their meal with one of Fatburger’s hand scooped milkshakes offered in a variety of flavors such as a classic Chocolate or a little more adventurous Maui Banana.

“Due to the positive response from guests at each location in Pakistan, we decided it would be ideal to bring another restaurant to the market” said Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn. “We anticipate that our newest Lahore store will successfully build upon an already established fan-base and will introduce our menu to a wider range of customers.”

The newest Fatburger is located at Z Block Phase 3 DHA, Building #40, Lahore, Pakistan. For more information on Fatburger, or to find a location near you, please visit www.fatburger.com.

About Fatburger

An all-American, Hollywood favorite, Fatburger is a fast casual restaurant serving big, juicy, tasty burgers, crafted specifically to each customer’s liking. With a legacy more than 62 years old, Fatburger’s extraordinary quality and taste inspire fierce loyalty amongst its fan base, which includes a number of A-list celebrities and athletes. Featuring a contemporary design and ambience, Fatburger offers an unparalleled dining experience, demonstrating the same dedication to serving gourmet, homemade, custom-built burgers as it has since 1952 – The Last Great Hamburger Stand™.

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Franchising.com - Fatburger Opens Second Iraq Location in Brand New Theme Park

World Famous Burger Brand Continues Middle Eastern Expansion

August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, known for its juicy, made-to-order burgers, announces the opening of its second Iraq restaurant in Erbil, Kurdistan. Set in the middle of the city’s brand new amusement park, Majidi Park, the fast-casual chain is excited to bring its all-American cuisine to families looking to have a fun-filled day. Fatburger opened its first restaurant in Majidi Mall in 2011.

Fatburger currently delivers its mouth-watering, custom-built burgers, crispy Fat Fries and hand-scooped milkshakes to over 150 locations in 32 countries. After successful openings in countries such as Qatar, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates, the California-based burger brand remains dedicated to growing its international presence and bringing its gourmet burgers to guests from all around the globe.

“Opening a Fatburger in Majidi Park marks an important milestone in our growth due to this being our first theme park location,” said Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn. “With an already strong fan base for our burgers in the area paired with the exciting atmosphere surrounding Majidi Park, we expect to see a great amount of success with our newest store.”

For more information or to find a Fatburger close to you, please visit www.fatburger.com.

About Fatburger

An all-American, Hollywood favorite, Fatburger is a fast casual restaurant serving big, juicy, tasty burgers, crafted specifically to each customer’s liking. With a legacy more than 62 years old, Fatburger’s extraordinary quality and taste inspire fierce loyalty amongst its fan base, which includes a number of A-list celebrities and athletes. Featuring a contemporary design and ambience, Fatburger offers an unparalleled dining experience, demonstrating the same dedication to serving gourmet, homemade, custom-built burgers as it has since 1952 – The Last Great Hamburger Stand™.

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Fast Company - Fatburger


As food and labor costs rise in the restaurant industry, some businesses are looking for technological solutions to the annoying problem of expensive humans.

A $15-per-hour minimum wage might not lead to armies of content, sufficiently compensated fast food workers. It may instead lead to fewer employees, as bottom-line-obsessed companies move more quickly to replace "expensive" labor with tireless robots. And rising labor costs aren’t the only things getting more expensive for restaurants—wholesale food and real estate prices are also shooting up, says the Washington Post.

The easiest step that restaurant owners might take is to eliminate the front-of-house staff in a fast-food restaurant. Why pay somebody to take an order when your customers can punch it into a public terminal on their own? (They've already started tricking you into doing this work for them at self-checkouts in supermarkets and drug stores.) And as we pay for more goods and services with things like Apple Pay, the whole order, including payment, could be made from the customer’s own smartphone.... 

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3050023/robots-are-coming-to-take-your-mcjobs


Business News Daily - Franchise Price Range

[...] Fatburger: This gourmet-burger brand offers custom-built burgers and is ideal for entrepreneurs who believe in better fast food. There are more than 150 Fatburger locations in 32 countries worldwide. For U.S. franchisees, the total investment ranges [...]


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Eater LA - UberEATS


A massive steal for anyone who's hungry.

Did you still not know that Uber will just, like, SEND you food? Honestly, it’s one of the weirdest and best parts of living in a city as gigantic and spread out as L.A. — play your Uber credits right, and you could be sitting on the Eastside eating a Godmother from Bay Cities that was delivered to you in under 10 minutes, and for free.

Apparently, not enough people are putting the word out about UberEATS though, because for the next two weeks every item on their menu — the options rotate daily, pulling popular dishes from restaurants across the city — is going to be priced between $9 and $12, for both lunch and dinner. They're even calling it CheapEATS, though Eater covered that pretty extensively not long ago.

This week, that means a $9 meatball sandwich from Paninoteca in Beverly Hills, a $12 dinnertime portobello pot pie from simplethings, a medium Fatburger with chips for $7.50 (!!), and a $12 sirloin steak from Larchmont Bungalow.

And next week, the deals start all over again, with new places and new menu options, delivered to wherever you happen to be.