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Carl’s Jr. Will Open Its First New York Location in Midtown Early Next Year

Source: Grub Street NY

The new and improved Carl’s Jr. (now cleavage-free!) is ready to launch its flagship store in New York, according to some loudmouthed real-estate brokers in town. Two execs at Kassin Sabbagh Realty tell Nation’s Restaurant News that parent company CKE Restaurants has signed a 15-year lease for a …

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Starbucks’ New Holiday Cups Reportedly Have a ‘Gay Agenda’

Source: Grub Street NY

People thwarted in their hunt for something to despise about this year’s Starbucks holiday cups apparently just needed to look harder. Apparently, it’s now clear the coffee chain went covert with its liberal agenda this year. Look at the two hand-holders Starbucks placed above the Siren logo on its …

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Papa John’s Tweets Middle Finger at Neo-Nazis in Latest Desperate Attempt to Win Back Sales

Source: Grub Street NY

After two weeks surveying the damage, Papa John’s is formally apologizing to anyone who considered its comments about NFL protests hurting pizza sales “divisive.” CEO John Schnatter told investors back on November 1 that “the NFL and its leadership” were to blame for the chain’s past bad quarter. That …

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Starbucks Is Launching a Chain of Stand-alone Italian Bakeries

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has unveiled the perfect complement to your next Zombie or Unicorn Frappuccino: upscale Italian pastries like “you’ve never seen in America.” These first-of-their-kind baked goods mark the coffee giant’s latest plans for world domination, which involve spinning off a bakery-only concept called Princi that sells …

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NBC Is Making a Sitcom Based on Chili’s Elite Corps of ‘Super-Trainers’

Source: Grub Street NY

Back in 2016, GQ editor Daniel Riley spent months on a piece for the magazine that attempted to explain Chili’s “super-trainers” — a particular breed of careerists that Riley encountered while working there in his teens who left him wondering “what the hell it was that made [anyone] give …

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Papa John’s Forced to Deny It Makes the ‘Official Pizza’ of the Alt-Right

Source: Grub Street NY

Looks like white supremacists have bad taste in pizza, too: Papa John’s is publicly denying that it makes the “official pizza of the alt-right” after a leading neo-Nazi website gave the chain props for blaming lagging sales on the NFL’s national-anthem protests. The Daily Stormer, the site that …

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KFC’s Latest Beauty Product Is a Bath Bomb That Leaves You Smelling Like Fried Chicken

Source: Grub Street NY

So you’re almost out of KFC’s edible fingernail polish, and have started wondering what the point of personal grooming is if the Colonel’s not involved? Fair! To ensure you maintain at least some level of hygiene, the chicken chain has created a new product: a bath bomb that …

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Environmental Activists Are the Group That Hates This Year’s Starbucks Holiday Cups

Source: Grub Street NY

Nearly a decade ago, in 2008, Starbucks announced an ambitious plan to make its cups recyclable by 2015. It recruited smart minds (including an MIT team) and conducted big tests in New York and other cities that it bragged would “lead the entire industry towards greater access to …

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A Pizza Hut Executive Just Savaged Papa John’s NFL Excuse

Source: Grub Street NY

During an earnings call yesterday, Papa John’s CEO and founder John Schnatter went back to his wheelhouse and blamed the NFL for poorer-than-expected sales. This time, though, he added that “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” by not putting a stop to the anthem protests held by players. (It’s …

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Taco Bell Hints French Fries Could Get a National Release ‘Soon’

Source: Grub Street NY

For reasons that clearly have nothing to do with menu consistency or health concerns, fast food’s most revered side item spent years MIA from Taco Bell’s menu. The chain halfway corrected that oversight last year, when it started testing French fries, but only in the Southern California …

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Papa John’s Founder Blames NFL Protests for America’s Unwillingness to Consume His Bad-Tasting Pizza

Source: Grub Street NY

Peyton Manning soul mate John Schnatter has offered up yet another excuse for why Papa John’s can’t seem to sell more pizzas. Unfortunately, it’s the excuse he’s tried at least two times before, only this time injected with some dog-whistle racism. He lashed out at NFL commissioner …

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Coffee-Obsessed Billionaire Family Might Buy Dunkin’ Donuts

Source: Grub Street NY

The tight-lipped multinational company that owns Panera BreadKrispy Kreme, and like a dozen other chains is reportedly now eyeing Dunkin’ Donuts. JAB Holding, the privately held investment arm of four very reclusive German billionaire siblings, has been steadily amassing a coffee-and-pastry empire since gobbling up …

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People Are Upset About Arby’s Venison Burgers Because Apparently There Aren’t Enough Real Problems in the World Right Now

Source: Grub Street NY

Ten glorious or very weird days ago, depending on how you feel about game meat, Arby’s locations nationwide started selling a limited number of deer sandwiches (plus, if you were near three stores in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, an even tinier number made from elk). This is the

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People Aren’t Exactly Lining Up for Starbucks’s New Zombie ‘Brains’ Frappuccino

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has gone somewhat shamelessly into full-scale gimmick mode for its new Zombie Frappuccino, which “arose” yesterday in cafés while supplies last, to quote one ad. The drink — dubbed “brains for dinner” — is only around through Halloween, and the scariest part might be that it’s decaf …

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Study Says Starbucks’s Door Handles Are the Second-Filthiest Surface in New York City

Source: Grub Street NY

Men’s Health has some good news, should the new Zombie Frappuccino (out today) fail to satisfy your quota for scary things at Starbucks. On the magazine’s latest episode of Gross, editor-in-chief Matt Bean says he made “some very gross discoveries” after germ-testing public surfaces that New Yorkers …

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Taco Bell Is Really Going for It With a New Kit Kat Quesadilla

Source: Grub Street NY

The ingredients in Taco Bell’s latest stunt food make you wonder if the sum is greater than its parts. The new Chocoladilla only has two parts, and they are a tortilla and some Kit Kat bars. The stoners’-paradise chain actually first unveiled this unholy matrimony last fall, …

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Subway’s New Strategy: Tricking People Into Eating Its Sandwiches

Source: Grub Street NY

Billionaire Subway co-founder Peter Buck must be very concerned about his dying chain. The New York Post somehow got the 86-year-old nuclear physicist (who hates press about as much as reclusive In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Snyder) to go on the record and openly criticize Subway’s business plan. He tells …

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We Don’t See How Anyone Could Find Starbucks’s New Holiday Cups Controversial, But Someone Probably Will

Source: Grub Street NY

It appears that a Starbucks employee has leaked the cups that the coffee chain plans to use for the upcoming holiday season. (Yes, mid-October is far too early to mail those suckers out, but really, what were you expecting?) A pic posted to Reddit by a user named …

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People Are Furious That Pizza Hut Took Two Weeks to Tell Anyone It Got Hacked

Source: Grub Street NY

Pizza Hut told about 60,000 customers over the weekend that they should start canceling their credit cards. Or, ideally, that they should have already canceled them. Hackers compromised the payment info for anyone who ordered either online or via the app between the morning of October 1 and midday …

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Starbucks, Please Don’t Terrorize the Nation With a ‘Zombie Frappuccino’ This Halloween

Source: Grub Street NY

Alas, it seems the curtain’s been pulled back on Starbucks’ terrifying plan for Halloween, better known in the industry as the easiest time of year to sell corny sweets. Per a blog run by an ex–Starbucks barista, the chain is going to capitalize this time around by plaguing the living …

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Carl’s Jr. Will Finally Open a New York City Location

Source: Grub Street NY

Carl’s Jr. turned over a new leaf earlier this year when it booted CEO, failed Labor secretary nominee, and noted cleavage-lover Andy Puzder in order to reinvent itself (and, who knows, maybe face fewer sexual-harassment and wage-theft lawsuits). Ads showed “Carl Sr.” schooling his …

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Tim Hortons Actually Introduced a Buffalo-Sauce Latte Because Nothing Matters Anymore

Source: Grub Street NY

Tim Hortons has a new latte out today that doesn’t just titillate your taste buds — it reaches all the way back and slaps your gag reflex. Coffee purists seeking something not pumpkin-spiced to hate need to look no further than this thing, which Tims is calling the Buffalo …

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Owner of America’s Last Howard Johnson’s Accused of Sexually Abusing His Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

The Howard Johnson’s in upstate New York has received no shortage of tributes since becoming the iconic chain’s final outpost a year ago, but looks like that positive press is about to dry up: Media are reporting that police have charged the Lake George restaurant’s …

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Arby’s Will Rerelease Deer Sandwiches and Test Out an Elk One, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Very soon, all 3,300 Arby’s locations in America will sell deer meat. The chain’s sleeper-hit Venison Sandwich is getting a one-day nationwide release on October 21, which strategically coincides with the start of deer-hunting season in several states. The sandwiches debuted last October at …

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The East Village’s Shake Shack Will Take Orders on Cashless Kiosks

Source: Grub Street NY

New Yorkers patiently awaiting a Shake Shack between midtown and Manhattan’s southern tip will get another surprise when the chain’s next location opens in the East Village. CNBC reports today that they’ll be ordering their inaugural Shack Burgers from the chain’s first-ever cashless kiosks. Instead of cashiers taking …

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