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Philly Fast-Food Worker Threw Hot Oil at Customer, Cops Say

It all unfolded at a Checkers

(Newser) - Police say a Philadelphia fast-food worker threw hot oil at customers during an argument at the drive-thru window. Police allege the employee threw the cooking oil through the window during a dispute with three women over an order at about 3 a.m. Saturday at a Checkers restaurant. A 20-year-old... More »

Subway to Franchisees: Sell $5 Footlong Only If You Want To

Complaints over slim margins on cheap sandwich has led to pullback on program

(Newser) - Customers love Subway's $5 Footlong deal; franchisees, not so much. That's why the chain's CEO has decided to let individual owners decide whether they want to offer the sandwich at that price to their customers, per USA Today . Trevor Haynes tells the paper that, after hearing complaints... More »

Chick-fil-A Makes Big Leap in a Fast-Food First

Chain will do 12-week trial run of meal kits in Atlanta

(Newser) - Meal kits are all the rage: The $2.2 billion business supplying consumers with fresh ingredients to be turned into a delicious dish at home is likely to see 25% to 30% annual growth over the next five years, USA Today reports, citing food industry consulting firm Pentallect. Now, Chick-fil-A... More »

McDonald's Offering Free Fries Every Friday

Giveaway will last rest of 2018

(Newser) - National French Fry Day fell on a Friday the 13th this year, but McDonald's is going to make it happen on a lot of other Fridays. The chain says it will give away free french fries every Friday for the rest of 2018 to customers who download the McDonald'... More »

Cop Complains Burger Was Tainted. He Got It Wrong

Tim McCormick thought dirt had been put on his burger

(Newser) - A Fort Myers police officer noticed something unusual on his Burger King receipt: The word "POLICE" appeared on the ticket, something Tim McCormick hadn't seen done before. And he suspected there was something nefarious going on: The News-Press reports he took to Facebook on Wednesday with a big... More »

New Jimmy John's Sub Is a 'Cardiologist's Nightmare'

The 2,190 calories in the Gargantuan exceeds the US government's recommended daily intake

(Newser) - Construction workers and college students are apparently ravenous. Those are the ones, among others, being targeted by the Jimmy John's sandwich chain with its newest offering: the JJ Gargantuan , a 2,190-calorie beast that exceeds in caloric content what the US government recommends most people should eat in one... More »

A Subway Near You May Be Closing Soon

Fast-food chain says it's closing 500 US stores, but opening 1K internationally

(Newser) - Sandwich lovers may soon have to drive a few more miles more for their footlongs. Bloomberg reports that Subway Restaurants will be shuttering 500 or so of its US stores, leaving about 25,400 open. (No specifics yet on which locations are closing.) This latest round of closures follows... More »

Sonic in Mississippi Takes a Stand Against Pot Smokers

With a laminated sign and everything

(Newser) - The "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" sign apparently needs an update. The Sun Herald reports on a sign that's been getting some attention since it was taped up in the drive-thru window of a Sonic in Gulfport, Miss., about two weeks ago. "ATTENTION," the laminated... More »

In-N-Out Burger Files Legal Action Against YouTube Prankster

He claimed to be CEO, demanded food

(Newser) - In-N-Out Burger isn't laughing about a YouTube prankster who claimed to be the company's CEO making a surprise visit. The burger chain has gone to court to seek a restraining order against prankster Cody Roeder, whose videos appeared on his popular "Trollmunchies" YouTube channel, the OC Register... More »

Fast-Food Chain Introduces New Pickle-Based Drink

Get your pickle juice slushes this June at Sonic

(Newser) - Pickle juice is having a bit of a moment (a disgusting, disgusting moment), Food & Wine reports. You can get your whiskey shot with a pickle juice back at hip bars, and pickle juice sports drinks are apparently a thing. Now USA Today brings news of a brine too far:... More »

Chain Has New Employee— a Burger-Flipping Robot

Meet Flippy

(Newser) - Welcome to 2018: Robots are cooking hamburgers now. Fast-food chain CaliBurger is using a robot called Flippy at its Pasadena, Calif., location, KTLA reports. A human employee loads up the grill with raw burger patties, and Flippy uses thermal imaging, 3D and camera vision to detect the temperature and size... More »

KFC Customers Get Their Chicken Back, With a Catch

Now there's no gravy at many UK locations

(Newser) - Winner winner chicken dinner? Sure, but likely without the gravy. That's the conundrum KFC is facing in the UK, where feathers were ruffled earlier this month when the fast-food chain had delivery issues that resulted in a chicken shortage and mass restaurant closings . Now, even though all but about... More »

KFC Suffers Mass Closures Over Lack of Chicken

Some 600 of its 900 UK locations were closed Monday

(Newser) - The chicken has crossed the road, "just not to our restaurants," explains KFC UK in a tweet addressing its weird problem: no chicken. USA Today reports about 900 of the chain's roughly 21,500 locations are in the UK, and only 300 of them were open Monday... More »

Managers at In-N-Out Get Shockingly Huge Paycheck

'In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else'

(Newser) - In-N-Out is famous for its secret menu, but perhaps the fast-food chain's most shocking secret is the six-figure salaries its managers are pulling down. The California Sun reports managers at In-N-Out make more than $160,000 a year on average. That's more than the average software engineer, lawyer,... More »

Guy Cooks Own Meal After Finding Waffle House Worker Asleep

He says was 'pretty inebriated'

(Newser) - A Waffle House customer in South Carolina decided to get behind the counter and cook his own meal after he couldn't find any employees who were awake. Alex Bowen says he was "pretty inebriated" when he stopped by the West Columbia restaurant at around 3am Thursday, WIS-TV reports.... More »

Guy Discovers KFC Secret, Gets Special KFC Painting

Um, wow

(Newser) - "Dreams DO come true." And for Mike Edgette, who tweeted just that on Saturday morning, his dream entailed receiving a painting depicting him riding piggyback on Colonel Sanders against a picturesque mountain landscape, all the while waving a KFC drumstick. Edgette tells Mashable he received the artwork, along... More »

Kit Kat Quesadilla May Soon Come to a Taco Bell Near You

Or maybe one stuffed with Twix, if the chain's test goes well

(Newser) - If Taco Bell can stuff a tortilla with three different types of Doritos, why not a candy bar filling for a quesadilla? Consumerist reports the latest offering from the taco chain is a "Chocoladilla" packed with bits of melted Kit Kats or Twix. And all that mouthwatering goodness will... More »

KFC Only Follows 11 People on Twitter, and It's Genius

'5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb'

(Newser) - We're not sure if the guy who goes by the Twitter handle @edgette22 does any detective work on the side, but he may want to look into it. Mashable reports the online sleuth made a startling find during what must have been a day filled with downtime, and it... More »

Wendy's Discontinues Spicy Nuggets; Burger King Jumps In

'People miss spicy nuggets'

(Newser) - Burger King is adding spicy nuggets to its menu and firing up a rivalry with burger chain Wendy's, which pulled the peppery snack from most of its restaurants earlier this year. Burger King said Tuesday that its version of spicy nuggets will roll out nationwide this week, the AP... More »

Dunkin' Donuts May Be Nixing a Big Part of Its Identity

Parent company plans to drop 'Donuts' from brand name in test-drive

(Newser) - Dunkin' Donuts is thinking about dumping "Donuts" from its name. A new location of the chain in Pasadena, Calif., will be simply called Dunkin', a move that parent company Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. calls a test, the AP reports. The Massachusetts-based company said Thursday that a few other stores... More »

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