Red Robin Gourmet Burgers booked a 5.4% first-quarter same-store sales rise at a time when other casual chains are seeing slower sales and traffic, with a tiered menu that offers burger options at fast-casual, mid-priced and premium price points. The chain gave 34 more stores an updated look and said it will invest about $40 million to acquire 32 of its franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.
A growing number of San Francisco-area restaurants are turning to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to try and raise some of the money they need for expansion projects. Additionally, the creators of the dining application Chefs Feeds are using the site in the hopes of raising $50,000 to create a guidebook based on restaurant recommendations.
Some 40 Denver-area restaurant companies were the first to sign onto a statewide Healthy Dining effort modeled after the national program. The companies, which operate a combined 300 restaurants, partnered with University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to create the program, in which participating restaurants will create healthier meals that will be listed on the healthydiningfinder.com website.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is increasing its efforts to appeal to adults dining out without children, trading plastic baskets for china and adding nicer glassware at the bar to boost cocktail sales. The chain, which reported a 1.4% same-store sales rise for the fourth quarter, is also testing pricier premium burgers including a Kobe beef option.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, which reported a 3.4% rise in third-quarter revenue and a 1.1% increase in same-store sales, is testing transformations at its full-service restaurants to make the experience more "relevant to our guests and to attract them more often," CEO Stephen Carley said. The changes vary from location to location, and can include everything from menu items to signage that includes a new logo and the name Red Robin Gourmet Burgers + Brews, he said.