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Flameout: The Rise and Fall of Burger Chef

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This is the story of the greatest might-have-been in the history of the fast food business. How did a company that began almost by accident become the innovation leader by 1960? What caused a decade-long slide that began right at the moment of their greatest success? Understanding begins with studying the experiences that forged Burger Chef and its leaders, and then learni ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 20th 2011 by Createspace
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Victor Muthoka
Jul 18, 2014 Victor Muthoka rated it really liked it
To say that this was an entertaining read would be an understatement. I'd had this book on my kindle wish list for almost three months, anticipating it every day. I read it in a record 3 hours.

Starting out in a obscure fashion, flameout recounts the rise and fall of the circus business. This paints a background to the life of the founder, Frank Porter Thomas. Starting out as a maker of rides for circuses, fairs & carnivals, frank's love of things mechanical leads him to make a frozen custard
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Robert Nardin
Jan 17, 2014 Robert Nardin rated it it was amazing
Lessons on how to grow and kill a successful business. In Flameout, John P. McDonald tells the story of Burger Chef, the one burger company that outpaced McDonald's and could have taken its place at the top of the fast food heap. In 1971 there were 1,200 Burger Chef restaurants and less than 1,300 McDonald's restaurants. By 1982, what was left of Burger Chef was folded into the Hardee's chain and was no more.

I was particularly interested in this book because when I was a kid almost every happy m
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Ian
Nov 10, 2015 Ian rated it it was ok
Can't say the story grabbed me too much. Maybe I would have appreciated it more if I were older and knew the brand. Really hard to get much out of this that's applicable for modern business application. I commend the author for giving us a business failure case -- these are arguably more useful than business successes. And most businesses that fail do so in an unspectacular way like Burger Chef, rather than Enron or Worldcom. Still, the actual book didn't leave me with many insights.
Dale
Apr 09, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing
Lessons on how to grow and then kill a restaurant chain

Published in 2011 by CreateSpace

In Flameout, John P. McDonald tells the story of Burger Chef, the one burger company that outpaced McDonald's and could have taken its place at the top of the fast food heap. In 1971 there were 1,200 Burger Chef restaurants and less than 1,300 McDonald's restaurants. By 1982, what was left of Burger Chef was folded into the Hardee's chain and was no more....

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