Reader: Big Smoke Burger, more choices at lower prices -- consumer wins big!
Is Denver an "immature" burger market? That's what Cameron Tune thinks, and so he chose Glendale's City Set project for the first U.S. outpost of his Canada-based Big Smoke Burger. "There are a lot of one-off and two-off burger places in Denver -- Crave and Juicy Burger, for example -- and there are lots of dine-in places, too, but the fast-casual segment doesn't have a lot of competition; it's not saturated," says Tune. And so today he'll open a Big Smoke Burger in the 1,800-square-foot space wedged between the just-opened Jax and soon-to open Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria.
And more will be coming: Tune plans to open four more Big Smoke Burger locations in Denver and Boulder over the next five years.
Smart idea, says Michael:
In a down economy like we are in now, people still want to go out and eat, but they don't want to spend as much money to do it. So, in that environment, high end restaurants add "Value Menus" and the number of hamburger and hot dog restaurants explodes. That additional competition on the lower end of the market drives prices down even further and the consumer ends up winning big. More choices at lower prices. Lots of new players entering the Denver market now every month it seems. Maid-Rite has two locations now in the south end of town already. How much longer can it be before White Castle and In-and-Out Burger come to town?
Anyone want to bet on whether Denver will ever get an In-and-Out? What burger joint would you like to see come to town? Leave town?