Wendy's Return to Japan Marked by ... a $16 Burger

It comes topped with foie gras

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 29, 2011 8:49 AM CST

(Newser) – For two years, Japan's fast-food lovers were forced to go without Wendy's. Now the chain is back—with a bang. Its first new store to open in the country will serve up the Foie Gras Rossini Burger, which, yes, is topped with foie gras and costs 1,280 yen, or around $16. The Tokyo store will also serve a Truffle and Porcini Grilled Chicken Sandwich and a wasabi-avocado burger, reports the Wall Street Journal. The paper explains that Wendy's pulled out of Japan in 2009, shuttering its 71 stores.

This time around, it has teamed up with a new partner (which also happens to be behind the country's Domino's) and has plans to blanket 700 stores throughout the country. If you're interested in the luxurious burger, though, you'll have to make a trip overseas. Wendy's corporate office (located in Dublin, Ohio) says they "really don't have anything to do with" the new menu item, which won't be popping up in the US, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A man walks by a Wendy's hamburger chain restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Customers are seen at the entrance of a Wendy's hamburger chain restaurant in central Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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