Operators brace for sticker shock with beef, burgers

Operators brace for sticker shock with beef, burgers

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Burger restaurants have grown like crazy for a long time, but it’s starting to look like 2014 could be the year this segment hits the wall. Flat-to-down 2013 sales trends mixed with record high beef prices yields a formula that could spell trouble. Yet these same conditions could also open doors for operators in other segments who can be creative in how they menu and source beef items, particularly burgers.

It’s far from a perfect storm for burger concepts, but they seem to be f

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