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Smashburger opens first Chicago-area restaurant

From the Daily Herald | The first Chicago-area location of Smashburger has opened in the Randall Road corridor in Batavia. It is the first of what company officials expect will be seven Smashburger locations open in the area by the end of 2011. Get the full story>>

Fatburger owned by Kanye West closes

From Crain’s Chicago Business | Kanye West’s Fatburger franchise at 15100 S. La Grange Road in Orland Park closed this weekend after failing to meet the chain’s financial expectations. West’s Fatburger in Beverly will remain open. He has rights to develop a total of 10 restaurants in the Chicago area. Get the full story>>

McDonald’s November sales weaker than expected

McDonald’s Corp. reported global comparable sales for November were up 4.8 percent, which was weaker than anticipated in its key domestic market and Japan.

In the U.S., McDonald’s credited the McRib sandwich, demand for McCafe beverages and its core menu for boosting sales 4.9 percent. Although winter is a historically slow period for McDonald’s is likely to grab its share of media attention with a nationwide promotion of oatmeal in the wings. Get the full story »

Burger King lays off 250 in purge at headquarters

Burger King’s new owners continued their purge of headquarters Monday, dismissing a large number of workers there in an effort to catch-up with McDonald’s in the fast-food wars.

The Miami-based company announced 413 dismissals company-wide, including 261 in South Florida. Most of those jobs came from the No. 2 burger chain’s headquarters. Get the full story »