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November 26, 2008


Not long ago the National Restaurant Association was busy fighting the image that restaurant workers were just a bunch of burger flippers. Well, get a load of who’s flipping those burgers today: Bobby Flay at his Bobby’s Burger Palace, Laurent Tourondel at BLT Burger, Marcus Samuelsson at Marc Burger and, yes, Thomas Keller, whose Burgers and Half-Bottles is almost ready to go in Yountville, CA. How can you compete in the burger wars against this kind of talent? Buy a franchise. You could take the high road like Virginia-based Elevation Burger, which serves organic beef in LEED-certified green buildings, or else join Tempe, AZ’s deliciously unrepentant Heart Attack Grill on the low. Both concepts are looking for investors now.
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Made some picks for your Top Chef fantasy team yet? If not, you’d better get going, because the hottest food show franchise in television has morphed into a multimedia money machine for its just-started Season Five. Now there’s so much exclusive content for the web and for web-enabled phones that watching the show is a mere prelude to the full Top Chef experience. We’re not saying it makes sense to participate in a fantasy league where you don’t know your players’ full identities (it’s first names only on Top Chef) and have never tasted their food. But you might as well play along, because you can’t beat this show for stirring up interest in cooking, restaurants and eating in places like yours—not to mention revenue opportunities for its owners.
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