Tag Archives: The Chain Gang

Burger King Launched Its Quarter Pounder Knockoff in an Ad About Death

Source: Grub Street NY

If the only thing standing between you and a McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder is the fact that the two patties aren’t flame-grilled, lunch could get super exciting today: Burger King has released a “Double Quarter Pound King,” an unapologetic knockoff of its rival’s sandwich. If your first question is …

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McDonald’s Says All Its Packaging Will Be Recyclable by 2025

Source: Grub Street NY

To make customers feel better about eating the food, McDonald’s has come up with a plan to make its bags, cups, and wrappers better for the environment. It will take seven years, and Big Macs will probably still have 500 calories by then — but, assuming they still require …

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Pro-Family Chick-fil-A Ejects Diner for Breastfeeding Her Baby

Source: Grub Street NY

Chick-fil-A’s second location in all of North Dakota made a memorable grand entrance on Saturday by kicking out a diner who was breastfeeding her infant inside the restaurant. Macy Hornung says she, her husband, and their baby were eating at Fargo’s very highly anticipated new location — about …

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Hooters Thinks Home Delivery Might Make Its Brand Less ‘Polarizing’

Source: Grub Street NY

Hooters has decided, in our current cultural moment, that it should probably push delivery as a way to covertly eat the chain’s acclaimed food without the baggage of having to physically enter one of its breastaurants. Hooters’ sales have slipped in recent months, and apparently …

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Starbucks Closes Café After Fake News of Contaminating White People’s Orders

Source: Grub Street NY

Consider this a dark horse for Trump’s upcoming Fake News Awards: An eye-rolling falsehood posted to a race-baiting Facebook group, 4chan, and other places has gone viral after falsely accusing a Georgia Starbucks of doing vile things specifically to white customers’ orders. The post — an early version …

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A 7-Eleven Worker Could Have Given Hepatitis to Thousands of Utah Customers

Source: Grub Street NY

7-Eleven customers in Utah are probably taking big gulps right now. Health authorities warn that a location in the Salt Lake City suburbs could have exposed as many as 2,000 people to hepatitis A. The county’s health department says that people who visited a West Jordan store between …

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Jack in the Box CEO: It ‘Just Makes Sense’ to Replace Workers With Robots

Source: Grub Street NY

Boy is it turning into a bad week for people who’d like to defeat the fast-food robot uprising. Yesterday at CNET, Pizza Hut unveiled a driverless delivery vehicle so scary, even Black Mirror tweeted about it. (“We know how this goes,” the show’s account quipped.) Also yesterday,

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Starbucks Debuts Its First ‘Blonde’ Espresso in Cafés Today

Source: Grub Street NY

Trying again to show it can hang with the third wave’s cool kids, Starbucks is giving customers a second espresso option. A “blonde” roast, following its tried-and-true nomenclature for drip coffee, the new option rolls out nationwide today. For years latte drinkers have had a variety of milks …

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Dunkin’ Donuts Slashed Its Menu — Did Your Favorite Item Survive the Purge?

Source: Grub Street NY

Dunkin’ Donuts, you might recall, is in the process of decluttering. Things that didn’t land in the “Keep Me” pile include half of the name (buh-bye “Donuts”) and a bunch of the chain’s food options, part of an effort to market Dunkin’ as “a beverage-led brand and coffee …

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

Source: Grub Street NY

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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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

Source: Grub Street NY

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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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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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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Taco Bell Has Its Own Beer

Source: Grub Street NY

The company that began as a tiny SoCal taco stand with the slogan “Ding Dong! Tacos!” has come a long way. The world’s biggest Tex-Mex-ish chain now marries people, sells French fries, and — at a brand-new Cantina location in Orange County’s Newport Beach — has started …

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McDonald’s McVegan Sandwich Is a Big Hit

Source: Grub Street NY

The unlikely addition of a PETA-approved sandwich under the Golden Arches is turning into a brilliant play by the world’s largest beef-buyer. The burger — obligatorily christened the McVegan — debuted in an extremely limited capacity this fall. (At five locations in a small Finnish city …

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Chipotle Will Try Giving Its Queso Away for Free

Source: Grub Street NY

Chipotle has announced a fitting holiday promotion: Wear an ugly sweater into Chipotle, and the burrito chain will publicly embarrass you further by including a free side of the new queso everybody keeps mocking. It’s a one-day-only event — December 12. The company says that anyone who orders …

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Starbucks Releases Strategic Holiday Frap That’s Both Instagrammable and Christmassy

Source: Grub Street NY

Critics convinced that Starbucks is morphing December 25 into a combo Chrismahanukwanzakah/International Refugee Day, you lose: Probably thanks partly to your whining, the coffee chain has squeezed one final, unnecessarily photogenic drink into the final weeks of 2017, and it’s a literal Christmas Tree Frappuccino.

Available starting …

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Arby’s Is Reportedly Building a $2 Billion War Chest to Buy Even More Restaurant Chains

Source: Grub Street NY

Call Buffalo Wild Wings Arby’s $2.9 million appetizer. Last week, word dropped that it was acquiring the 1,200-location wings chain, but now Axios warns that this was merely step one of “much greater acquisition plans.” Parent company Roark Capital is reportedly amassing $2 billion that it can fling …

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Taco Bell Finally Gets Its Act Together and Tests French-Fry-Stuffed Burritos

Source: Grub Street NY

No Mexican staple is safe once Taco Bell’s R&D team discovers a new ingredient (one word: Doritofied), so it should surprise no one that burritos are already being colonized by the French fries used in the chain’s nachos mash-up. It seems they’ve stuck the leftovers …

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Golden Krust Founder Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Source: Grub Street NY

Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, was found dead at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday after committing suicide. Surveillance video from his Bronx factory described to the New York Post shows Hawthorne speaking with two workers in his office who then …

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App Truthers Claim Domino’s Is Lying About Who Makes Their Pizza

Source: Grub Street NY

Domino’s, a chain frequently celebrated as tech-savvy, is now having to convince app users that its so-called Pizza Tracker actually isn’t a digital promulgator of lies. For years, the delivery app has allowed customers to track their orders’ progress in real time, from what time the pie …

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Chipotle’s Beleaguered CEO Has Agreed to Step Down

Source: Grub Street NY

Steve Ells, Chipotle’s longtime and longembattled CEO, says he’s going to step aside to see if some fresh blood helps the struggling burrito chain regain some of its pre–E. coli–era luster. He’s run the company since opening the very first store in Denver in 1993 — coming …

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Arby’s Announces Plan to Acquire More Meats

Source: Grub Street NY

The protein-lovers who run Arby’s will buy sports-bar chain Buffalo Wild Wings for a cool $2.9 billion, the two companies announced today. These are of course the two chains that sport the unsubtle slogans “We Have the Meats” and “Wings, Beer, Sports,” so the pairing is really something of …

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Starbucks Gives in and Releases Second Holiday Cup That’s Red

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has a surprise today for people who are boycotting its holiday cups for this, that, or the other reason. It’s released a second cup in a conspicuously red color that will be around for the rest of the season. It has a white heart in the …

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