Tag Archives: The Chain Gang

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Chipotle Shareholders Are Now Suing the Company

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been a hard week for ol’ Chipotle: On Tuesday, a franchise in Virginia closed briefly after multiple customers fell violently ill with what turned out to be norovirus, a throwback to the Great Chipotle Poisonings of 2015. But there’s more, because while burrito fans were getting sick …

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In 100 Percent Unsurprising News, Working at Breastaurants Is Bad for Women’s Mental Health

Source: Grub Street NY

Are you sitting down for this? A new study from the University of Tennessee suggests that working as a waitress at a breastaurant — which is to say, Hooters or any of its many imitators — may not, in fact, be great for your mental health.

In Sexually Objectifying Environments: …

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Poop Bacteria Detected in Ice at European Branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC

Source: Grub Street NY

Fecal coliforms: That’s the secret ingredient in the biggest fast-food chains’ iced drinks. An investigation by the BBC consumer series Watchdog found that United Kingdom locations of Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s all serve ice contaminated by the bacteria. Out of ten samples tested at each of the three …

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Chipotle Reopens Restaurant Where People Got Violently Ill

Source: Grub Street NY

Chipotle says it’s already reopened the Virginia restaurant that yesterday became an embarrassing source of food-safety déjà vu for the chain. Local health authorities are still fielding complaints from customers who ate there — per the latest report, the count’s up to 40 people so far. But Chipotle …

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Chipotle Has Reopened That Restaurant Where People Got Violently Ill

Source: Grub Street NY

Chipotle says it’s already reopened the Virginia restaurant that yesterday became an embarrassing source of food-safety déjà vu for the chain. Local health authorities are still fielding complaints from customers who ate there — per the latest report, the count’s now up to 40 people. But Chipotle continues …

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Chipotle Closed a Restaurant After Yet Another Food-Safety Incident

Source: Grub Street NY

Whatever kind of Tuesday executives at Chipotle expected to have, this sure wasn’t this: A franchise in Sterling, Virginia, closed this morning after multiple reports of customers eating at the restaurant, then falling violently ill. Their complaints, which were posted to the food-safety crowdsourcing website iwaspoisoned.com, describe symptoms …

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Amazing Reddit Post Is Thousands of People Defending Why They Once Ate at the Times Square Olive Garden

Source: Grub Street NY

A hilarious Reddit post is going viral because it asks people to defend why they voluntarily ate at the Times Square Olive Garden. For the uninitiated: This is a serious question many New Yorkers have, so the immense popularity of a post on the “AskReddit” subreddit titled, simply, “Redditors …

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Burger King Gave Disabled People 3-D-Printed Hands

Source: Grub Street NY

Burger King’s marketing stunts are often annoyingly invasive (hacking people’s Google Homes, attempting coup d’états of European countries — the list goes on), but even fast-food corporations get altruistic every now and then: Adweek says the chain used a promo for its new BK Stacker sandwich

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Shake Shack Sets Its Sights on China

Source: Grub Street NY

Over the last two years, Shake Shack has been on an expansion tear. Since announcing its IPO in December 2014, it has more than doubled its locations from 63 to, currently, 134. And next year, the burger chain will dip its toes into China when it opens a …

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McDonald’s Is Using Classical Music to Calm Drunk Customers

Source: Grub Street NY

Desperate to make inebriated customers behave while waiting on their 2 a.m. McFlurry orders, Mickey D’s has started experimenting with a little “Magic Flute” and “Ode to Joy” to set a more civilized mood in certain stores. So far, the chain’s deploying the mind trick in Scotland, England, and …

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Wahlberg Brother Tips $500 After His Posse Bombards Waffle House at 2 A.M.

Source: Grub Street NY

Workers at a Maryland Waffle House admit they weren’t thrilled when a “big old bus” pulled into their parking lot at 2:15 a.m. on a quiet Monday, but if you have to serve a party of eight in the dead of night, it could be much worse than an …

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There May Be a Little Poop in Your Starbucks Iced Coffee

Source: Grub Street NY

The ice at Starbucks — it makes your summer beverage so refreshing, and also might contain a tiny bit of feces. The BBC’s consumer series Watchdog ran some tests on the ice used in several coffee chains’ cold drinks, and fecal coliforms turned up in everybody’s, unfortunately. According to …

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Olive Garden’s Parent Company Warns It’s Testing Amazon Deliveries, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants announced today that, like all businesses hoping to exist in the year 2025, it’s decided to partner up with Amazon. CEO Gene Lee dropped the news in an earnings call, although he didn’t really give any specifics outside of confirming that they …

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The New Must-Have Item at Restaurant Chains Is a High-Tech Veggie Burger

Source: Grub Street NY

Plant-based meat alternatives are about to cross another milestone in America: The industry, already predicted to be worth nearly $6 billion in five more years, is moving squarely into the fast-food realm on Monday when the fast-growing chain BurgerFi adds the popular Beyond Burger to the menu at …

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Dunkin’ Donuts Sued for Making Its ‘Steak’ Sandwich Out of Ground Beef

Source: Grub Street NY

All meat-loving Americans love a good steak-and-eggs breakfast, so of course Dunkin’ Donuts has a bagel sandwich — the Angus Steak & Egg — that tries to mine the combo’s immense popularity. Dishonor such a seminal dish, though, and somebody will come for your neck, as the chain has …

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Taco Bell Is Now Marrying Couples in Vegas for $600

Source: Grub Street NY

Nothing truly says holy matrimony like a white wedding gown and Doritos Locos fingers. Luckily, the nuptials package Taco Bell created for its gimmicky Love and Tacos contest earlier this year will soon morph into a permanent option at its sprawling, new flagship location on the …

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Taco Bell Is Now Marrying Couples in Vegas for $600

Source: Grub Street NY

Nothing truly says holy matrimony like a white wedding gown and Doritos Locos fingers. Luckily, the nuptials package Taco Bell created for its gimmicky Love and Tacos contest earlier this year will soon morph into a permanent option at its sprawling, new flagship location on the …

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Brooklyn’s New Trader Joe’s Opens Tomorrow

Source: Grub Street NY

The wait is over. At 9 a.m. on Friday, after a year and a half of restless anticipation and dreams of Two Buck Chuck–fueled parties, Downtown Brooklyn will finally get its very own Trader Joe’s. The chain’s second location in the borough is opening on the ground floor of …

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The Reviews for Burger King’s Lucky Charms Milkshake Are Savage

Source: Grub Street NY

Burger King has added a questionable new dessert mash-up involving Lucky Charms to its menu, joining the Froot Loops shake, which BK debuted in April. It’s made by blending vanilla soft serve with a syrup version of the General Mills breakfast, and a handful of the actual cereal …

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Chipotle Hints That More Free Burritos Are Coming

Source: Grub Street NY

American consumers probably haven’t seen the last of Chipotle seductively dangling free burritos. The hard up chain apparently sees no reason to abandon giving away food and running lighthearted ads, even though that business strategy has yet to translate into a big boost in sales. In a …

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Starbucks Vows to Hire Another 2,500 Refugees, This Time in Europe

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks is entering round two of its refugee-hiring plan, the backlash be damned. It announced today — which, not by accident, is World Refugee Day — that cafés in Europe will recruit 2,500 new refugee workers over the next five years. This marks the second phase of a …

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Alice Waters Tells Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: You Can ‘Change Our Food System Overnight’

Source: Grub Street NY

On Friday, Amazon announced that it would acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Some responded to the news by speculating about possible antitrust issues, with Representative Ro Khanna of California sharing a statement expressing concern “about what this deal means for suppliers and neighborhood grocery stores.” Food activist …

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Starbucks Baristas in Trouble for Putting ‘Build a Wall’ on Trump Supporter’s Cup

Source: Grub Street NY

A North Carolina woman says baristas at a Starbucks in Charlotte made fun of her for ordering coffee while wearing a Donald Trump campaign T-shirt. According to Fox 46, Kayla Hart was wearing “Trump for President 2016” gear when she entered the shop, and “[i]nstead of being …

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