Author Archives: Clint Rainey

Stocks of Hooters Franchisee Soar After It Announces First ‘Cryptocurrency Rewards Program’

Source: Grub Street NY

A burger company that owns Hooters locations thinks it’s given customers a reason to visit besides, of course, “for the wings.” Ready or not, Chanticleer, which runs several Hooters franchises plus operating a handful of better-burger chains, has officially unveiled the nation’s first blockchain-based restaurant rewards program. “Eating a …

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The Joe’s Pizza Copycat in Brooklyn Gets to Keep Its Name

Source: Grub Street NY

For the time being, Park Slopers get to keep eating their version of Joe’s Pizza. Brooklyn federal judge Brian Cogan ruled yesterday that while the lawsuit filed by New York’s top slice joint made several valid points about the poseur’s “confusingly similar” look, the famous pizzeria’s rival …

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Juicero Founder Now Promoting $40 Jugs of ‘Raw Water’ in Silicon Valley

Source: Grub Street NY

Curious what the man who introduced the world to Juicero, the $400 machine that cold-pressed juice about as well as your bare hands did, is up to in 2018? Doug Evans’s free time since the company shuttered in September has allowed him to explore new things, like

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Chef Gets Death Threats After Bragging She ‘Spiked’ a Vegan Meal

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An Italian chef in the U.K. is trying to escape the wrath of every meat-avoider with internet access after openly suggesting she’d served animal products to a vegan customer. Laura Goodman, chef and co-owner of Carlini in Shropshire, posted a Facebook message following an apparently frustrating night on December …

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A Man Named Bruce Wayne Has Eaten Chipotle for 428 Consecutive Days

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Like plenty of hungry people, Ohio resident Bruce Wayne unremarkably consumed one of Chipotle’s $3 “Booritos” for dinner on October 30, 2016. Unlike literally every other human on the planet, though, not only did Wayne return again the next day, but he’s eaten the chain’s food every single …

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New Research Says Chocolate Could Be Extinct by 2050

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Here’s some climate-change news that President Trump will have trouble ignoring: Earth’s junk food is in danger of losing a crucial ingredient. Scientists now predict that chocolate — which POTUS will sometimes eat to celebrate making important military decisions — could become impossible to grow in the coming …

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Watch 40,000 Pounds of ‘Molten Guacamole’ Burn on a Texas Highway

Source: Grub Street NY

These 100,000 avocados are toast: News choppers captured 40,000 pounds’ worth on fire yesterday afternoon after their delivery vehicle burst into flames on a Texas highway. The 18-wheeler was hauling the taco staple north from Mexico on Interstate 35, when it was suddenly set ablaze by a mechanical problem, …

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Oregon Bakery Must Pay $135,000 for Refusing to Make Wedding Cake for Gay Couple

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Oregon’s appeals court has written what could be the final chapter in the Sweet Cakes by Melissa anti-gay bakery saga. As a quick refresher, the drama’s been more or less continuous since 2013, when owners Melissa and Aaron Klein refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel …

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A Complete Timeline of Guy Fieri’s Reviled Times Square Restaurant

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After five years, the Donkey Sauce has run dry at Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant. The party at Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar will officially be over as of January 1, which leaves New Yorkers just three more days to visit the place that has, over the course of …

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Guy Fieri’s Much-Loathed Times Square Restaurant to Close Forever

Source: Grub Street NY

Pour one out — preferably a Lady Liberty Cosmo — for Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. Employees at Guy Fieri’s 500-person Times Square restaurant tell Eater they will throw in the towel after service concludes this New Year’s Eve, just shy of five-and-a-half years of Dragon Chili Cheese …

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These Crazy-High Tips Greatly Improved Christmas Eve for Restaurant Workers

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If anyone’s worthy of a good present, it’s restaurant servers on Christmas Eve. Luckily, some generous Americans remembered to spread the holiday cheer — including pro NFL player Sealver Siliga and an Ohio church congregation.

Siliga, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ defensive tackle, ate dinner at and Applebee’s, and …

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General Mills Releases Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes, a Sugar Bomb for the Ages

Source: Grub Street NY

What’s it take for General Mills to shelve its bold quest to make Americans eat less sugary, and therefore more un-fun, breakfast cereals? A chance to troll Kellogg’s, apparently: As a special holiday surprise, the Trix and Cheerios maker has released a brand-new cereal, spied a …

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Bay Area Chef Accused of Sexual Harassment by 17 Employees

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Charlie Hallowell, a restaurateur and chef in Oakland, has stepped aside at his restaurant group following a new San Francisco Chronicle story in which 17 former employees allege sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. The culture these women say pervaded his three well-regarded restaurants — Pizzaiolo,

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Michelle Obama Writes Exceptional Thank-You Note to Local Greek Restaurant

Source: Grub Street NY

A three-location fast-casual gyro chain in San Francisco, called Souvla, has a high-profile fan: Michelle Obama. In fact, she loves this place so much that she ordered it for a recent plane ride back to D.C., then afterwards wrote Souvla’s staff a very nice letter saying how much …

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Abandoned Cheese Shop Reportedly Starting to Stink Up Entire Manhattan Block

Source: Grub Street NY

Two weeks ago, New York’s East Village lost another neighborhood institution, a decades-old no-nonsense cheese shop simply known as East Village Cheese. Easily forgotten by Lower Manhattanites who have Murray’s and Saxelby Cheesemongers, among others, in the area, the spot still had about a hundred varieties, everything …

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Subway Closed Almost 1,000 Locations in 2017

Source: Grub Street NY

Bad time to be in the meatball-sub business. First, Subway franchisees hear word, via a companywide memo, that the chain’s traffic has fallen by a truly staggering 25 percent in the last five years, and now comes news that the foundering company’s store count dropped by 909 locations …

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Papa John’s NFL-Bashing CEO Says He Will Step Down

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The reign of Papa John is over. The CEO of America’s third-largest pizza chain will step aside just weeks after getting serious blowback for his NFL comments, the company has announced. John Schnatter has run the show since selling Papa John’s first pizza out of his dad’s tavern’s …

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Nestlé Is Bailing From the U.S. Chocolate Business

Source: Grub Street NY

Nestlé is breaking things off with chocolate: The Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, and Crunch bar-maker says today that it’s done trying to sell candy bars to health-conscious American consumers. So, up for sale: the entire U.S. division of literally the first thing you associate with the world’s largest food company.

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This ‘Unapologetically Feminine’ Coffee Brand Sources All Its Beans From Women

Source: Grub Street NY

Studies have shown that nearly half of all coffee farmworkers are female, and that women may do as much as 70 percent of the work required to actually get the beans to market. This news may surprise you — but that’s because studies also show women get

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Alon Shaya Wants to Permanently Remove His Name From John Besh’s Restaurant Group

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The fallout continues at disgraced chef John Besh’s restaurant group. Alon Shaya, formerly the company’s biggest not–John Besh star, has “abandoned his efforts” to purchase Shaya — the hot Israeli restaurant in New Orleans that carries his name — from Besh Restaurant Group, and decided to file …

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L.A. Health Officials Are Investigating an Outbreak at Another Chipotle

Source: Grub Street NY

Officials in Los Angeles say a foodborne-illness outbreak may have struck one of their Chipotles. Business Insider reported a few hours ago that the L.A. Health Department’s Acute Communicable Disease Control unit is investigating reports of sick customers who ate at the chain’s location at 4550 West Pico Boulevard. …

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The ‘Selfieccino’ Is Here to Ruin Coffee Forever

Source: Grub Street NY

Here’s what you can show the 1990 version of you, who was certain we’d have flying cars by now: A new drink being sold by a tea room on London’s busiest shopping street. Yes, the so-called Tea Terrace sells Earl Grey in “fine bone china” that you can sip …

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KFC Has Engineered ‘Low Smell’ Chicken in Japan

Source: Grub Street NY

To help “polite” commuters who are loath to inflict delicious odors on fellow subway passengers, KFC has pioneered to-go fried-chicken boxes that pack a “repressed scent.” Called Fried Chicken Home Type, this special pack is only available through December 31 at a pop-up inside Tokyo’s subway system. KFC claims …

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Why There Might Be Plastic in Your Mussels

Source: Grub Street NY

Congratulations, earthlings: We’ve polluted the planet’s waters so thoroughly that now even super-remote Arctic mussels subsist on a microplastic-laden diet. The sea up there, which most scientists still consider ecologically “pristine,” is apparently teeming with more than its fair share of the ocean’s estimated 165 million tons of …

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Get Ready to Order Burgers With Your Face

Source: Grub Street NY

Hope you’re ready for commitment because fast-food-ordering just got way more intimate. CaliBurger — the better-burger chain that created Flippy, the robot that, true to its name, flips burgers in the kitchen — has created the country’s first point-of-sale kiosk that uses facial recognition. The machine resembles the ones …

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