U.S. Fast-Casual Chains Looking North for Growth

Several leading U.S.-based fast-casual chain restaurants ramped up their Canadian expansion efforts in 2012. Five Guys Burgers and Fries was particularly aggressive, nearly doubling its units (from 28 to 54) in one year. Five other U.S. chains committed to Canadian expansion—Taco Del Mar, Fatburger, Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Smashburger—grew location totals between 9 […]

Better Burger Starts to Sizzle in Canada

The intense competition among U.S. better burger restaurants has begun spreading North. Over the past few years, two major U.S. players in the fast-casual burger category—Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Fatburger—have crossed the border and set up shop.  This is a natural progression for U.S. better burger chains, considering the low number of fast-casual […]