Taco Bell, the Official Quick Service Restaurant of the NBA, announced today the debut of its new NBA Five Buck Box that is sure to satisfy big appetites.
Best Fast-Food Chains in the World– America: Five Guys
This comparatively small American chain (750 locations), with a cheery red-and-white theme and open kitchens, excels at two things: made-to-order burgers with fresh beef on a squishy bun and hand-cut French fries. This limited focus and meticulous attention to detail has catapulted Five Guys to the top of the fast-food burger game, often beating rivals like In-N-Out and Shake Shack in taste tests or customer surveys.
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A Recipe for Success
Sell a really good, juicy burger on a fresh bun. Make perfect French fries. Don’t cut corners. That’s been the business plan since Jerry Murrell and his sons opened Five Guys Burgers and Fries in 1986. Today, there are 570 stores across the U.S. and Canada, with 2009 sales of $483 million. Though we weren’t able to coax out his secret recipe, Murrell shares with us five things that helped him expand one lone burger joint into a national franchise.
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Virginia-based chain Five Guys takes top honors among Zagat voters.
According to the latest Fast Food Survey by Zagat, the best burger in America comes from Virginia-based chain Five Guys.
The results of the survey were revealed live on TODAY Monday. The survey covered 136 fast-food and full-service chains nationwide. Voting on zagat.com, 6,518 voters weighed in on everything from chicken and cheeseburgers to smoothies and seafood. Full survey results are available at zagat.com/fastfood.
“I think the headline is Five Guys,” Zagat Survey CEO Tim Zagat told TODAY’s Ann Curry. “It’s a chain that has 500 outlets, but that’s small. But it’s growing.”
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is urging food service giant YUM! Brands to pay closer attention to diversity and inclusion.
According to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s International Trade Bureau, there are 106 Black-owned Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) stores, out of more than 5200, while Blacks and Hispanics account for nearly one-third of the company’s U.S. revenues.
“YUM! needs to do a better job of making sure that its franchisees look like its customers,” said Randolyn Jones, director for the Southern Region of Rainbow PUSH’s trade bureau in Atlanta, Ga.
Yum! Brands, Inc. is a Fortune 500 corporation which operates Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, A&W and Long John Silver’s restaurants worldwide.
Minority franchisees claim that they have difficulty communicating with the company and that operating terms and conditions are inconsistent. They also said that the company refuses to hire and promote Black executives who understand the unique market conditions affecting their businesses.
“We have a vested interest in YUM!,” said Rainbow PUSH president and Founder Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Breadbasket, which Jackson started as a wing of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), initiated the very first Black franchise operations in the United States.
“Some of today’s minority franchisees are the same ones we worked with a generation ago. Others are children of that first generation. We do not intend to see their demise, given the strong consumer base that KFC has in our communities. We would rather have trading partners than boycott targets,” Jackson said.
“So, we have written to and seek to meet with YUM! officials. But we cannot tolerate being taken advantage of as consumers, [and] treated as second class citizens when it comes to business opportunities and jobs.”
Jackson said that he has corresponded with YUM! and KFC executives. He intends to help organize a minority franchise owners association and plans to attend the YUM! annual shareholders meeting in May in Lexington, Ky.
Jackson and Janice L. Mathis, executive director of Rainbow Push met with a group of Black YUM! franchisees who asked Jackson for help recently in Atlanta, Ga. The group also sent a letter to YUM! Chairman David Novak and requested an emergency meeting to discuss their concerns.
“Franchisees came from all over the country to participate in the meeting,” Mathis said.
“During the meeting we developed a set of goals to be presented to KFC, but in fairness to YUM! and in accord with RPC protocol, we are giving YUM! a reasonable amount of time to respond before the issues are made public,” she said.
“We are able to identify only 106 Black-owned KFC stores, out of more than 5200. The earlier report of 2900 stores was inaccurate. We are also conducting in-depth research on YUM! including Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. We expect further developments by the middle of next week,” Mathis said.
Michael E. Melton, president of 100 Black Men of D.C. and the owner of 20 Taco Bells, five Five Guys and two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants which are pending, said that he will throw his weight behind Rainbow Push’s efforts.
“I fully support this action. I have been in negotiations to purchase several Kentucky Fried Chicken [restaurants]. All of which are in urban areas in Atlanta. KFC has been extremely difficult to work with. Wanting to shift all the risk and expense to me while also demanding enormous front expense to remodel the stores before they can reopen,” Melton said.
Melton said that the racism is subtle. White operators do not want the older stores in urban areas. Blacks tend to take those stores and then management makes it difficult and expensive to operate.
“When it became generally known that I was seeking to purchase KFC locations, I started receiving calls from existing operators warning me of the mine field that I was entering. The best way to bring the negative practices to light is to openly stand together and protest. I support Jesse Jackson in this effort and I will join the new minority franchise owners group,” he said.
“Franchise groups serve a need in our communities, business ownership opportunities, jobs at all age levels and food at a low to reasonable price point. The opportunity to participate should be implemented fairly,” Melton said. WI
Story By The Washington Informer
Along with his sons, Jerry Murrell of Five Guys Burgers and Fries built a 570-store chain that enjoys a cult following.
Sell a really good, juicy burger on a fresh bun. Make perfect French fries. Don’t cut corners. That’s been the business plan since Jerry Murrell and his sons opened their first burger joint in 1986. When they began selling franchises in 2002, the family had just five stores in northern Virginia. Today, there are 570 stores across the U.S. and Canada, with 2009 sales of $483 million. Overseeing the opening of about four new restaurants a week, the Murrells are proof that flipping burgers doesn’t have to be a dead-end job.
There was this little hamburger place where I grew up in northern Michigan. Almost everyone in our town, except the uppity uppities, ate the burgers. Even though the owner had a cat, which he’d pet while cooking. People called them fur burgers, but they still ate them because they were good.
I studied economics at the University of Michigan. I had no money and needed a place to stay, so I ran a fraternity house’s kitchen. I got the cook a raise and let her do the ordering. We started making money, because she knew what she was doing.
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Obama made a surprise lunchtime stop at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast-food restaurant in Washington, D.C.
The president ordered a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and mustard, and placed several other to go orders for his staff. He also ordered a cheeseburger for Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. The network is filming a day-in-the-life program, “Inside the Obama White House: Brian Williams Reports,” a two-night special airing June 2 and 3, at 9 p.m. ET.
The president snacked on peanuts, and chatted with surprised customers while he waited for his order.
There are “more problems than we thought,” Obama told a man who asked him about his first months in office.
After paying at least $80 in cash and a group picture with the Five Guys staff, Obama walked out, carrying two very large brown paper bags.
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President Obama stopped at a Five Guys Restaurant in Southeast DC and ordered a cheeseburger for himself and carry-out lunch for several others. He also spoke with several patrons in the restaurant.