Monday, May 31, 2010

Grind House Killer Burgers comes to Morningside!

After just a year of successful burgers and milkshakes on Edgewood Avenue, Grind House Killer Burgers will soon have a 2nd location in the Morningside area at 1842 Piedmont Avenue. 

Surrounded by numerous one-off neighbors such as Franco's, Fat Matts Rib Shack, and Taco Cabana, Grind House will be located in the former Atlanta Autoclean Hand Wash building on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Wimbledon Road.  Short and sweet is the recipe for Grind House's success - their menu consists of turkey, beef, and veggie burgers accompanied by a handful of southern sides such as Vidalia Onion Rings and Grindhouse Cole Slaw.  Their hand-spun milkshakes have made a name for themselves...and are the perfect treat if you're walking around the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Being the only burger concept along this corridor of Piedmont Avenue, Grind House is hoping to make a big splash in the Morningside area. The 2nd location will be approximately 2,300 SF and plans to open early Fall.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Restaurant Industry Outlook Continuing to Improve!

For the first time in 22 months, restaurant operators reported net positive same-store sales.  Restaurant operators also reported a net increase in customer traffic in March, the first positive reading in 31 months. Hudson Riehle, Sr. VP of Research for the National Restaurant Association, stated that “restaurant operators reported net gains in both same-store sales and customer traffic in March, the first time in 31 months that both indicators stood in positive territory.”

The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in four industry indicators (same-store sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures), stood at 99.0 in March – up a solid 2.4 percent from February’s level of 96.7. The Expectations Index, which measures restaurant operators’ six-month outlook for four industry indicators (same-store sales, employees, capital expenditures and business conditions), stood at 101.9 in March – up 0.5 percent from February and its strongest level in nearly three years. In addition, the Expectations Index stood above the 100 level for the third consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the forward-looking indicators

Restaurant operators are growing more optimistic about their sales prospects in the months ahead. Fifty percent of restaurant operators expect to have higher sales in six months (compared with the same period in the previous year), up from 44 percent who reported similarly last month and the strongest level in 33 months. 

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