Carl’s Jr restaurant menu could include London opening

Globalization: it’s a burger. Carl’s Jr., the California-born burger franchise that has grown, like its many patty brothers, wants to follow Wendy’s, Five Guys, Chick-Fil-A and Popeyes on these coasts and cover the UK in even more American fast food, according to Big Hospitality.

The chain, which has more than 3,000 restaurants worldwide and relies on the grill as its point of difference — much like Burger King — offers a slightly confusing menu that relies on a signature burger, the “Famous Star,” built a bit like a Whopper, but then decides to give his name to a hamburger (The Big Carl, in a nod to the Clown) then, The Super Carl, which has three patties against the Big Carl’s two. There’s a concession to its West Coast roots with the Western Bacon Cheeseburger, and then a premium line — with Angus in its name — that can come with jalapenos or guacamole.

Eater New York reviewer Robert Sietsema described the basic burger offering as “uniformly awful” in 2018, but praised the breakfast offering for its redeeming qualities. “There are cookies, and cookies that are quite desirable, doughy rather than flaky and coated with the usual stuff. The “monster cookie” includes two eggs shaped like a folded omelet, sausage and bacon, and Swiss and American cheeses. This is delicious.”

Clearly Wendy’s, Popeyes and now Carl’s see the somewhat volatile not quite post-pandemic UK market as fertile ground for rapid and well-funded expansion, as does demand in city centers and then, probably, drive- thrus resumes. And according to the general manager of Europe and Russia, Tim Lowther, it will not be small: “Opening one or two restaurants is not a successful launch for us. The market has room for a significant number of brands.

More (burgers) soon.

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