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Chipotle Swears All the Queso Haters Will Come Around Eventually

Source: Grub Street NY

Fast food’s first all-natural queso was supposed to be Chipotle’s big break: Customers begged for it more than any other item, so executives naturally expected the glorified glop of melted cheese to sell itself. But when the dip rolled out nationwide last week, it accomplished one thing nobody …

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Fast-Casual Chain Chili’s Happily Demystifies Health Care for People on Twitter

Source: Grub Street NY

Late last night, Twitter user @subtlerbutler went on a rant, seemingly about websites like Quora or Yahoo Answers, where people crowdsource their problems and wait, rather than ask a live human being:

McDonald’s Might Try to Sell Amazon Its Old Headquarters Outside of Chicago

Source: Grub Street NY

The sleepy Chicago suburb of Oak Brook says it’s got just the thing to beat the approximately 90,000 other cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. Since 1971, the small Illinois village of 7,883 has been the work home of thousands of McDonald’s corporate employees, but the burger chain …

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New Yorkers Are Getting a 5-Story Chick-fil-A That ‘Pays Homage’ to 9/11

Source: Grub Street NY

Chick-fil-A has quietly resumed its Gotham-wide expansion tear. It’s been over a year since its last location opened, New York’s third that invaded the Queens Center food court, setting off multiple boycotts and a public censure by Mayor de Blasio. Undaunted by that cool reception, …

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Ex-Employee Claims Shake Shack Let Sick Workers Serve Food

Source: Grub Street NY

A disgruntled ex–Shake Shack employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that one of the chain’s New York locations repeatedly turned a blind eye to workplace-safety violations, and that he got fired for asking his manager about this. Derrick Via worked for the company from 2012 to 2017, and transferred …

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Chipotle Will Dump Chorizo to Focus on Its Subpar Queso

Source: Grub Street NY

Chipotle has bad news for that tiny sliver of customers who crave authentic Mexican burrito meat, but want it covered in America’s most infamous cheese sauce. To free up space for the queso it added to the line last week, “Chorizo is going away,” spokesperson Chris Arnold informs

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New Yorkers, Better Start Preparing Now for ‘At Least’ 50 More Taco Bell Locations

Source: Grub Street NY

Do you belong to the niche school of thought that holds that fast-food chains are vastly underrepresented in New York City? Great news: Your imperfect municipal area is about to get a bonkers number of new Taco Bells. The chain today announced plans to blanket the city in “at …

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McDonald’s Will Put Watered-down Juice Boxes in Happy Meals So They’re Healthier

Source: Grub Street NY

McDonald’s has a new trick to make Happy Meals better for kids, and it involves eliminating those incredibly unwholesome … 100 percent juice boxes. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, only maybe halfway: Like most past tricks to promote healthier eating under the Golden Arches, the chain is …

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Olive Garden Sold Americans 22,000 Pasta Passes in Less Than a Second

Source: Grub Street NY

Yesterday was the day Olive Garden executives await all year with bated breath — Never Ending Pasta Pass day — because for one magical but all-too-brief minute, half the internet is interested in their food. At precisely 2 p.m., the chain released the annual Pasta Pass, now in its …

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Shake Shack’s Boozy Will & Grace Milkshakes Will Benefit GLAAD

Source: Grub Street NY

To give fans something more inclusive than eel burgers, Shake Shack’s going mainstream with its next promotion: boozy shakes tied to the Will & Grace revival. The show is highly anticipated already, but the chain says the NBC-approved drinks ensure that its September 28 return is “even …

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Florida Pizza Hut Threatens to Punish Workers Who Flee Irma

Source: Grub Street NY

People are calling a Florida Pizza Hut a variety of unkind names after the location casually threatened to punish staff who evacuated Hurricane Irma. The storm isn’t expected to hit Jacksonville (where the store’s located) until Tuesday, but considering that it’s killed at least 42 people

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Workers Claim McDonald’s Made Them Under-Fill French-Fry Orders

Source: Grub Street NY

All burger chains are judged by their fry-to-box quotient — if a carton is so full, you have to scrape loose fries from the bottom of the bag, that’s a win. Per this arithmetic, Mickey D’s has been generous in the past, but now the chain is having

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Chili’s Is Mercifully Putting Nearly Half Its Menu Out of Its Misery

Source: Grub Street NY

Believe it or not, turns out a 125-item menu might be overkill. Chili’s today has announced that its menu — a Poor Richard’s Almanack of Tex-Mex stretching 18 sections long — will be pared down by nearly half, to a more respectable 75 items.

People heading to …

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Chipotle’s Queso Goes on Sale Nationwide Next Week

Source: Grub Street NY

Chipotle is a step closer to competing with rivals like Taco Bell, Qdoba, and Moe’s; its queso is finally getting an actual national release. The company says stores will start carrying the dip next Tuesday, September 12. It will come two ways — as a stand-alone side with …

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Fight for $15 Held Protests Across the Country on Labor Day

Source: Grub Street NY

On Labor Day, fast-food workers across the country once again went on strike for workers’ rights. They were joined by teachers, hospital employees, day-care workers, and others in the latest nationwide demonstration by the Fight for $15 campaign. The last major protest was on the campaign’s four-year anniversary on November …

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Alabama Chick-fil-A Locked in Sign War With Barbecue Joint and Local Strip Club

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Back in July, a Chick-fil-A in Mobile, Alabama, got excited to advertise the chain’s newest sandwich. It was the company’s first seasonal menu offering and its first foray into barbecue — Hawaiian-style bun with grilled chicken, Jack cheese, lettuce, bacon, and a “zesty” barbecue sauce. The store put up …

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Starbucks Livestreamed an Inert Pumpkin for 80 Hours This Weekend

Source: Grub Street NY

Today’s the first “official” day of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, although anyone who’s half-industrious has been drinking them all weekend, because the barista consensus was that following protocol wasn’t worth risking life and limb. The company itself gets a lot of blame for this — it …

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Go Ahead and Get That First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Year Today

Source: Grub Street NY

It is PSL season, but unlike past launches, when the drink was given out a week or more ahead of time, Starbucks decided to be especially coy for this year’s debut, and it’s driving customers nuts.

In lieu of a normal announcement, there’s a Facebook Live stream and not …

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KFC Has Made the World’s First Store Where You Pay by Face

Source: Grub Street NY

A KFC in China has released a new payment method that’s incredibly convenient on the one hand, and deeply alarming on the other. Say hello to the planet’s first store where customers buy food with their face. “Smile to Pay,” as the feature is being called, will be part …

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Houston Couple Trapped by Harvey Calls Chick-fil-A to Order Burritos and a Boat

Source: Grub Street NY

J.C. Spencer and his wife, Karen, successfully rode the bulk of Harvey out inside their north Houston home, but on Monday, water suddenly started flooding the bottom floor pretty fast. Realizing they’d have to leave, J.C. did the only logical thing:

“We had to get out of there so …

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Baristas Are Again Blasting Starbucks’s Parental-Leave Policy As Unequal and Elitist

Source: Grub Street NY

Back in January, Starbucks touted its brand-new six-week parental-leave policy as proof of the chain’s “commitment to be a different kind of company and put our people first.” But eight months after getting that benefit (no doubt a generous one for fast food), a growing number of employees …

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Missouri Just Took Away the $10 Wage St. Louis Gave Its Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

This week, St. Louis became the first major American city to move its minimum wage down, from $10 an hour to $7.70. Earlier this year, Missouri’s Republican-controlled statehouse passed a so-called preemption law intended to stymie local governments that seek to raise wages. It went into effect Monday, …

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Domino’s Is Testing Driverless Cars That Make Door Delivery Your Problem

Source: Grub Street NY

No reason for alarm or anything, but today Domino’s says it’s putting the first driverless delivery cars on America’s roads. It’s starting things off slowly — it partnered with the autonomous-vehicle team at Ford Motor Company to see if customers even “like the idea.” For their joint test, …

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Starbucks Now Serves a Turmeric Latte

Source: Grub Street NY

With everybody unicorning and pumpkin-spicing foods these days, Starbucks has to really stay on its A-game so that customers don’t patronize rivals (which now include Country Crock and Pringles). The strategy lately has largely consisted of adding painfully trendy menu items — hello avocado toast, mermaid …

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America Is Running Out of Chicken Wings

Source: Grub Street NY

If you weren’t already annoyed by the big Floyd Mayweather–Conor McGregor fight this weekend, this should probably do the trick: It’s at least in part contributing to a looming chicken-wing shortage. According to The Wall Street Journal, whole-wing prices have climbed by more than a third in the …

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