Top 100 Restaurant News Stories of 2011 Released by

Top 100 Restaurant News Stories of 2011 Released by

Top 100 Restaurant News Stories of 2011 Released by

( has released the Top 100 restaurant news stories read on its site in 2011.  Although has been serving up restaurant news for over 12 years, this is the first time the site has revealed its Top 100 list.

100)  The Cheesecake Factory Serves National Cheesecake Day Deal
As National Cheesecake History Month came to a close in July, The Cheesecake Factory welcomed its newest cheesecake flavor, Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake, with layers of chocolate cheesecake, moist chocolate cake and ganache, topped with a creamy chocolate frosting and chocolate chips. The Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake debuted in all of its restaurant locations nationwide on National Cheesecake Day, July 30.

99)  Whataburger Launches New All-Time Favorites Menu
The Whataburger Patty Melt. The Chop House Cheddar Burger. The Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich. The A.1. Thick & Hearty Burger. Whataburger’s most beloved menu items had never before shared the spotlight, each reigning supreme for a limited time only before taking a bow and letting the next shine on center stage. But on Oct. 10th, the four sandwiches became a permanent fixture on the restaurant chain’s new All-Time Favorites menu.

98)  Steak ‘n Shake: The History of Hamburger Restaurant Chains
Steak ‘n Shake has been serving up Steakburgers since 1934. The company was started by Gus Belt in Normal, Illinois when he realized his original idea of a gas station with a restaurant serving hot chicken and beer was nothing new. Normal, Illinois already had enough of that going around so Gus decided to do something different and, with help from some of his friends, opened the first Steak n’ Shake.

97)  Chipotle Unveils Details about New Asian Restaurant Concept
In April, Chipotle Mexican Grill unveiled additional details for its new restaurant concept, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, inspired by the traditional shophouses found throughout Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Shophouses are classical two or three-story buildings where families live upstairs and run restaurants or fresh markets on the ground level.

96)  California Tortilla Dishes Up Advice on Successfully Using Social Media
Restaurants across the country, along with many other types of businesses, are learning that social media is a quick route to building a customer base. California Tortilla, a quick-casual Mexican restaurant chain, is one of those companies taking advantage of what such new media has to offer. As a result, they enjoy the benefit of learning more about their customers, while also getting the word out about their food.

95)  Original BUBBA burger Grill Restaurants Under Development in Jacksonville, FL
In February, BUBBA burger, the number one selling branded burger in America, announced the development of its Original BUBBA burger Grill restaurants. Original BUBBA burger Grill is a fast casual restaurant chain featuring a menu centered around all varieties of the premium BUBBA burger.

94)  Red Robin’s Prime Chophouse Burger Returns
Also in February, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers announced the return of its Prime Chophouse Burger for a limited time. The Prime Chophouse Burger featured a fresh, never frozen, fire-grilled burger patty served on an onion bun with made-from-scratch Country Dijon spread and layered with fresh horseradish-sautéed mushrooms, gourmet steak sauce, melted Provolone cheese and piled high with hand-battered crispy onion straws.

93)  50 Best Brunches in the U.S. Chosen by OpenTable Diners
In April, OpenTable announced the 50 winners of its Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top Restaurants for Brunch in the United States. The list of winners was derived from more than seven million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

92)  Wingstop Opens First Location in Monterrey, Mexico
Wingstop continued to expand throughout Mexico, adding its first location in Monterrey and its seventh store in the country.  The Monterrey location is part of a five-store development agreement for the State of Nuevo Leon with Restaurantès RCJ SA de CV. The agreement includes the cities of Monterrey, Salinas Victoria, Escobedo, Apodaca, Guadalupe, Juarez, Santiago, Santa Catarina and Garcia.

91)  Furr’s Fresh Buffet to Open in Spring, Texas
Furr’s Fresh Buffet, the new restaurant concept developed by owners of the Furr’s restaurant chain based in Dallas, announced their Spring, Texas location which opened on May 11th.

90)  Successful Startup Restaurant Business Plans
The process of opening a restaurant from start to finish can be, and should be, an arduous one. It requires a tremendous amount of research and determination, and it can easily get overwhelming.  So, where do you start?

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