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Soon: Get a Cerveza With Your Taco Bell Chalupa

And wine, and mixed-alcohol 'freezes'—but only in one Chicago location (so far)

(Newser) - Anyone who was excited when Taco Bell made a taco out of a biscuit will likely be blown away by this news: The fast-food chain will now be serving beer, wine, and alcohol "freezes," the Chicago Tribune reports. And there's good reason why a Chicago newspaper is... More »

McDonald's Is Changing How It Preps Its Buns

Fasten your seatbelt: the toasting times, they are a-changing

(Newser) - McDonald's has floated some pretty radical changes in its apparently relentless zeal to reboot , or as CEO Steve Easterbrook puts it, the chain's "recommitting to hotter, tastier food." The latest is literally "hotter," but not so radical: As Time reports, the chain will begin... More »

KFC Is Spending $185M to Win You Back

Chain will bring back brand's 'greatest asset': the late Colonel Sanders

(Newser) - "There are few problems a bucket of fried chicken can't solve." That's one of the messages KFC management is banking on to rescue it from fast-food irrelevance, especially after losing major market share to rival Chick-fil-A, the Washington Post reports. The Yum Brands subsidiary is spitting... More »

McDonald's Is Actually Testing Kale

And the Hamburglar is back after biding his time in the suburbs

(Newser) - McDonald's is bringing back the Hamburglar, but maybe they should rename him the Kale Kidnapper: The company announced yesterday that nine locations in California are testing breakfast bowls that include kale, reports Reuters . The chain poked fun at kale in an ad earlier this year , declaring it would never... More »

How McDonald's Plans to Turn Itself Around

CEO Steve Easterbrook expects 'bumpy' path ahead

(Newser) - It's been a difficult few years for McDonald's, with sales falling. Now the company is unveiling a plan to address what CEO Steve Easterbrook calls the "urgent need to reset this business," CNBC reports. "The reality is our recent performance has been poor. The numbers... More »

Lawyer: Fired Popeyes Manager Seeking $5.5M

Marissa Holcomb deserves damages for robbery aftermath, attorney says

(Newser) - Marissa Holcomb did get her job back after Popeyes fired her for not reimbursing the fast-food restaurant for cash taken during a robbery, but that's not all the pregnant employee may get. She's seeking $5.5 million in damages for emotional distress, per a letter attorney Marc Bozeman... More »

Chipotle Goes GM-Free Today

First major fast-food chain in US to stop serving genetically altered fare

(Newser) - If you're looking to scarf down a GMO burrito anytime soon, you won't be able to get it from Chipotle. As of today, customers won't find any genetically modified organisms lurking on the fast-food Mexican chain's menu, after it spent two years working to decimate GMOs... More »

Pregnant Popeyes Manager Fired After Robbery

After word from HQ, franchise owner says she can have job back

(Newser) - A Popeyes shift manager roughed up during an armed robbery says she was fired within 48 hours after she refused to pay back the $400 the thief made off with. Marissa Holcomb, who is pregnant with her fourth child, tells KHOU the robber forced other employees to the floor during... More »

McDonald's Cuts Some Additives From Chicken

'Artisan Grilled Chicken' won't contain sodium phosphates, maltodextrin

(Newser) - McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, marking the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes. The company says it expects the new "Artisan Grilled Chicken" to be in its more than... More »

Can All-Day Breakfast Turn McDonald's Around?

Chain needs to solve griddle riddle first

(Newser) - Forget kale burgers . McDonald's latest strategy to turn around sagging sales is giving customers something they've apparently been long clamoring for: breakfast for lunch or dinner. The company says it's going to try out serving McMuffins, hash browns, and so on throughout the day at some outlets... More »

Mom Accused of Smothering Her Son in NYC Restaurant

Latisha Fisher, 35, 'blamed the devil'

(Newser) - Latisha Fisher said she was only putting her baby to sleep, but shortly afterward the little boy was dead. Charges are pending against Latisha Fisher, 35, who allegedly took 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz into a fast-food restaurant bathroom today, locked the door, and smothered him to death, the Daily News reports.... More »

Taco Bell Is Turning a Biscuit Into a Taco

We know what you're eating for breakfast come Thursday

(Newser) - The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco. Taco Bell is launching a "biscuit taco" this week and ditching its "waffle taco," which got widespread attention last year when it was included in the rollout of the chain's breakfast menu... More »

Opening a Subway Is Surprisingly Cheap

Compare $262K to $2.3M for a McDonald's

(Newser) - Want to open a fast-food restaurant of your own? For a McDonald's, startup costs will run you up to $2.3 million, Business Insider reports. But there's an easier route: Go with Subway, where the startup costs are less than an eighth of that figure, at a maximum... More »

KFC's New Double Down Is a Dog

Hot dog in fried chicken bun only sold in Philippines

(Newser) - Almost half a decade after it gave the world the Double Down , KFC has unveiled another sandwich that could give health advocates coronaries. Take a hot dog, slather it with cheese, put it in a bun-sized piece of fried chicken, and you have the Double Down Dog—which has now... More »

McDonald's Unveils 'Gourmet' Plan as Sales Drop

Company's sales fall 4.5% domestically

(Newser) - Wall Street gave McDonald's a little kick today after the global fast-food giant posted some of its worst numbers in over a decade, USA Today reports. The problem, oddly, may be that its food is too fast. First, the numbers: The company's November sales fell by 4.5%... More »

Burger King Brings Back Yumbo—After 40 Years

Hot ham-and-cheese sandwich that fell off the BK menu in 1974 is back

(Newser) - The people asked; Burger King listened. After becoming what BK marketing chief Eric Hirschhorn calls "one of those things we [could] no longer ignore," the Yumbo ham-and-cheese sandwich once more graces the eatery's menu, Bloomberg reports. You probably won't remember this fast-food delicacy if you're... More »

Chick-fil-A Founder Dies

Truett Cathy, 93, invented boneless chicken sandwich

(Newser) - S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention to gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views , died early today, a company spokesman says. He was 93 and died at home... More »

Fast-Food Workers Plot New Strike, Civil Disobedience

Many ready 'to do whatever it takes' for $15-an-hour wage

(Newser) - As fast-food workers battle for a $15-an-hour wage, they're getting ready to strike this week—and get arrested if they have to. McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's employees are among those planning a protest on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports, and the effort will include broad civil... More »

Behold Arby's $10 'Meat Mountain'

It features every meat the fast-food chain carries

(Newser) - You won't find it on the Arby’s menu, but if you want to sample the overwhelming-sounding "Meat Mountain," just hand an employee $10 and ask for it. You also have to be willing and able to consume a frightening amount of cheese and meat—every type... More »

Yo Quiero ... Lobster? Taco Bell Offshoot Goes Posh

'Fast-casual' US Taco Co. opens in Southern Calif.

(Newser) - We're assuming you won't find horse meat at US Taco Co., Taco Bell's new high-end "fast-casual" joint that's designed "to appeal to a sophisticated clientele" in Huntington Beach, Calif., reports the Christian Science Monitor . The cheeky menu includes the "Wanna Get Lei'd"... More »

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