2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

December 14, 2016

The world is flat, or at least that part of the world that is the restaurant business in 2016. Flat sales. Flat (at best) customer traffic. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, which index the industry’s health, stood at 100.8 in October (the latest available), virtually unchanged from its 100.6 in January. The NPD Group reported that the number of QSR hamburger restaurants open in its Spring 2016 count was 51,694, just 229 fewer than a year ago, or…flat.

That doesn’t mean the year hasn’t had its curves. The burger business never is boring. It has been a year