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Burger King Owner Buys Popeyes for More Than $1.6B

Restaurant Brands also owns Tim Hortons

(Newser) - Doughnuts, hamburgers, and as of Tuesday … chicken. That's what's now on the menu for Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons that just raided the fast-food henhouse to buy the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain for nearly $1.65 billion, per the Wall Street ... More »

Burger King Offers 'Adult Toys' With Adults-Only Meal

Only available in Israel after 6pm

(Newser) - If you think Burger King isn't a romantic enough destination for a Valentine's Day date, it's willing to sweeten the deal with a couple of beers and a sex toy. In a deal being offered only in Israel, and only after 6pm on Tuesday, the chain is... More »

McDonald's Is Giving Away 10K Bottles of Big Mac Sauce

Bigger, smaller Macs to be launched Thursday

(Newser) - To get you to come into McDonald's and buy new versions of its Big Mac, the chain is giving away 10,000 bottles of its trademark special sauce for people to use at home, the AP reports. The move is to celebrate the introduction of the Mac Jr. and... More »

McDonald's Is Brewing a McCafe Makeover in 2017

Watch out, Starbucks and DD: McCafe is getting major overhaul

(Newser) - When McDonald's rolled out its McCafe in 2009 , it ramped up caffeinated competition, notably with Starbucks. But sales of McDonald's coffee products have been stagnating since that initial jolt, per Crain's Chicago Business , with Nick Karavites, a Chi-Town owner of 18 McDonald's, revealing his own mixed... More »

Why Folks May Now Feel Like Royalty at McDonald's

Chain announces table service, self-order kiosks, other upgrades

(Newser) - You deserve a break today. No, really, don't get up—a McDonald's server will bring your Big Mac right to you. That was the Thursday announcement from the company's execs, who said the new table-service option they're offering will help transform Mickey Dee's into a... More »

If You Hate Fast Food, Don't Stare Into the Crystal Ball

Indie restaurants don't stand much of a chance against global chains

(Newser) - An industry expert recently told Megan McArdle that fast-food chains are beginning their slow, inevitable decline—an opinion she dismantles for Bloomberg . McArdle acknowledges chains suffer from "added layers of bureaucracy" and sacrifice quality as they try to "wring out economies of scale," and that should give... More »

McDonald's Ditching Controversial Ingredients

Fewer preservatives, same calories

(Newser) - McDonald's, which is trying to shake its image for serving processed junk food, said Monday that it's eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its most popular menu items. That includes making Chicken McNuggets and other items without artificial preservatives, and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its burger buns, the... More »

Corpse Spends Weekend at Fast-Food Restaurant

It wasn't discovered for three days

(Newser) - The crew over at Hungry Jack's on Wanneroo Road in Westminster, Western Australia, might want to step up the restroom maintenance. Case in point: A dead man sat in a bathroom at the fast-food restaurant for three days before he was discovered on July 18, the AFP reports. Police... More »

Dress Like a Cow, Get Free 'Chikin'

Tuesday is Chick-fil-A's annual Cow Appreciation Day

(Newser) - Want a free entrée from Chick-fil-A? All you have to do is head to one of the fast food joint's more than 2,000 locations Tuesday dressed as a cow. It's part of the 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day , Consumerist reports; the day is a celebration of... More »

Wendy's Hit by Huge Credit Card Hack

Almost 1 in 5 outlets nationwide affected

(Newser) - Wendy's has apologized and offered help to customers affected by a massive cyberattack that has affected nearly one in five of its restaurants nationwide. The company says credit and debit card data was stolen by malware in payment terminals at 1,025 US locations, all of them franchisee-owned, Restaurant ... More »

These Chili's Workers Don't Just Serve, They Believe

GQ magazine profiles the 'super-trainers'

(Newser) - You may never look at Chili's the same way again after reading a lengthy new profile at GQ . The company need not worry, though, because this is a flattering piece about how the chain is a "strange and singular" place to work. The first clue would be the... More »

Elon Musk's Brother to Sell Organic Fast Food

The Kitchenette will open in Memphis in August

(Newser) - Healthy food might finally be as affordable as a Big Mac. Elon Musk's brother plans to open a healthy fast-food restaurant in August with each menu item costing $5 or less, reports Food & Wine . The Kitchenette—the brainchild of 43-year-old Kimbal Musk and co-founder Hugo Matheson—is set... More »

Burger King's New Item Involves Cheetos Breading

It's mac and cheese plus Cheetos

(Newser) - Love mac n' cheese? Love Cheetos? Burger King hopes you'll love Mac n' Cheetos. The new 310-calorie snack is basically mozzarella sticks but stuffed with macaroni along with the cheese and cased in Cheetos-flavored breading, per Time . So far, reviews are mixed. One Twitter user says it's the... More »

Top 10 Fast-Food Chains for Customer Satisfaction

Chick-fil-A is tops, McDonald's at the bottom

(Newser) - The bad news keeps on coming for Chipotle . The restaurant saw the biggest drop in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index for fast-food restaurants, reports Consumerist . It was No. 2 last year and No. 9 this year—but at least it's ahead of McDonald's, which finished dead... More »

Chipotle Just Got Dethroned as the No. 1 Mexican Chain

Moe's Southwest Grill is now king of the casual, fast burrito

(Newser) - A faltering Chipotle has stumbled yet again, this time losing its place as the No. 1 casual, fast Mexican restaurant to a chain that has about a third the number of eateries as Chipotle, USA Today reports. With more than 650 restaurants to Chipotle's 1,900-plus, Moe's Southwest... More »

Introducing Burger King's Whopperito

Right now, you can apparently only get it in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Today under the heading of "Why, God, why?": Burger King has introduced a new menu item called the Whopperito. As you might expect, it's made up of the Whopper ingredients (beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, onions) but inside a tortilla instead of on a bun. Grub... More »

Coming Soon: Wendy's Self-Serve Kiosks

Thanks to minimum wage increases

(Newser) - By the end of the year, Wendy's plans to have self-service kiosks available in all of its US restaurant locations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The fast food chain made the decision after New York and California passed legislation that will eventually raise minimum wage to $15 per hour... More »

McDonald's Is Testing Fresh Beef in Its Burgers

Starting with 14 restaurants in Dallas

(Newser) - McDonald's says it's testing fresh beef at 14 restaurants in Dallas, but claims it's too early to say whether fresh beef could replace its frozen patties nationally, the AP reports. The company says the test is limited to its quarter pounder patties. "Like all of our... More »

McDonald's Is Cleaning Up the McNugget

Mickey Dee's is testing recipe free of artificial preservatives

(Newser) - While the Big Mac is getting bigger , McDonald's Chicken McNuggets are getting "cleaner." Since early March, McDonald's has been testing a "simpler recipe" free of artificial preservatives (McNuggets are already free of artificial flavors and colors) at 140 restaurants in Oregon and southwest Washington state.... More »

Arby's Bacon Thief Said He Was From the Future: Cops

Would-be Chuck Norris 'kicked crap out of' cars

(Newser) - If we were able to time-travel, our first pit stop in the past might aspire higher than fast food—but even time-travelers have to eat, and we bring you the case of Dante Rashad Anderson. The 36-year-old is being accused of robbery, assault and battery, and destruction of property after... More »

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