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Short-Staffed Restaurants' Solution? 14-Year-Olds

With adult workers scarce, they're turning to young teens

(Newser) - With fast food restaurants across America short of workers—some switched jobs while on furlough; others are reluctant to return during the latest COVID wave—many are trying to attract employees who were too young to work when the pandemic began. A sign reading "Do you have a 14...

Fast Food Giant's Fries Are About to Be Transformed
Fast Food Giant's Fries
Are About to Be Transformed
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Fast Food Giant's Fries Are About to Be Transformed

Wendy's vows that its new french fries will stay hotter, crispier longer

(Newser) - In recent taste tests , Wendy's french fries have done ... OK, but not great. Those mediocre rankings may soon change, as the fast-food chain has announced it's bestowing upon its fries what CNN Business calls "a makeover for the COVID era." Wendy's President Kurt Kane revealed...

Milkshake Shortage Blamed On COVID, Brexit Issues

A shortage of truckers in the UK is snagging McDonald's supply chain

(Newser) - People in the UK can’t get a McDonald’s milkshake, and Brexit and COVID share the blame. The fast food joint isn’t the only restaurant suffering supply chain woes; just the latest. "Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of...

'We All Quit,' Burger King Marquee Sign Announces

9 employees in Lincoln, Neb., call it quits over work conditions

(Newser) - Visitors to a Burger King in Lincoln, Neb., may have come for a burger, but stayed for the sign Saturday. "WE ALL QUIT. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE," read the marquee sign beneath the Burger King logo, a photo of which has now gone viral. Former general manager Rachael...

McDonald's Comes In Last in Fast-Food Survey
McDonald's Comes In
Last in Fast-Food Survey
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McDonald's Comes In Last in Fast-Food Survey

Chick-fil-A took top spot for 7th year in a row

(Newser) - For restaurants and diners alike, the 2020-2021 period was a time like no other—but customer ratings of their experiences at fast-food restaurants remained surprisingly unchanged. The American Customer Satisfaction Index says that in its annual survey, Chick-fil-A took the top spot for the seventh year in a row, with...

Cuddle With This Giant Chicken McNugget for $90

3-foot body pillow part of McDonald's 'lit' promotion with rapper Travis Scott is straining supply chain

(Newser) - "We've created a program that’s so compelling to our customers that it's stretching our world-class supply chain, and if demand continues at these levels, more restaurants will break supply," reads a recent memo sent by McDonald's to franchisees and employees around the nation. That...

Taco Bell's Newest Menu Item Is Simply Intoxicating

Chain's Canadian outpost to offer 'Jalapeno Noir' red wine for $20 a bottle

(Newser) - Starting five years ago, Taco Bell crossed over into boozy beverages, offering liquor-spiked Mountain Dews and punches , margaritas, and even its first branded lager , which seem to make sense with such fare. Now the fast-food chain has an alcohol addition that's slightly more upscale (and "democratizing," per...

Welcome to the 'Restaurant of Tomorrow'

Burger King releases redesign for 'COVID world' that focuses on drive-thru, pickup options

(Newser) - The fast-food industry has been faring somewhat better during the pandemic than the restaurant industry as a whole, but a newly released redesign by a casual-dining giant shows just how much the coronavirus era has changed the way we grab a quick bite. Burger King has debuted its plans for...

Suit: McDonald's 'Intentionally' Hurt Black Franchisees

Plaintiffs say they were steered into difficult situations, while white franchisees weren't

(Newser) - More than 50 former franchisees accuse McDonald's of racial discrimination in a lawsuit that follows a similar complaint by Black executives. Also filed in federal court in Illinois, the latest suit claims Black franchisees were set up to fail with misleading financial information that steered them into undesirable locations...

McDonald's Reacts to the Latest Coronavirus Surge

The chain won't be adding dine-in service for at least 3 weeks

(Newser) - McDonald's is hitting the brakes on its US reopening plans as the coronavirus surges across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The megachain issued a statement Wednesday saying restaurants won't be told to add dine-in service for the next three weeks. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru service, however,...

Taco Bell Worker Who Wouldn't Take BLM Mask Off Was Fired

Taco Bell has since apologized to Denzel Skinner

(Newser) - On June 2, Taco Bell posted a letter from its CEO noting it was "committed to being part of long-term solutions" on "racism or violence against Black people." This week, the fast-food chain took flak for that statement after an employee in Youngstown, Ohio, was fired for...

Starbucks Makes Big Move Toward a New 'Vision'

Company to close 400 stores to focus on takeout-only locations

(Newser) - Starbucks is shifting away from its famous cafe experience in a change only partly inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. The coffee company tells CNN that it was reevaluating its coffee-selling model before the pandemic, as about 80% of transactions at its 15,000 US stores are "on-the-go" purchases. As...

You'll Probably Have to Get That Happy Meal to Go
McDonald's Closing
Its Dining Rooms

McDonald's Closing Its Dining Rooms

Chain shutters dine-in, play areas for company-owned sites in US amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Parents hoping to ease the stress of being cooped up at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak can still treat the kids to Happy Meals—but in many cases, they won't be able to enjoy their fast-food repasts in the restaurants themselves. The chain announced Monday it will be...

Only One Restaurant's Stock Is Up From Last Year

Domino's is up almost 8% in 2020

(Newser) - The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc around the globe, and restaurants are nervously keeping an eye on things as more people hole up at home to practice social distancing . One chain in particular, though, has been doing so well that it's "making analysts nervous," per MarketWatch...

KFC's Latest Ad Campaign Is Victim of Very Bad Timing

Fast-food chain pulls its 'Finger Lickin' Good' series amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - One of the first lines of defense against the novel coronavirus is hand-washing , which doesn't bode well for KFC's latest ad campaign. The Drum reports that upward of 160 complaints have been registered with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority over the fast-food chain's recently launched series...

McDonald's Just Spread Some More 'Big Mac Love'

Welcome the Double Big Mac and Little Mac

(Newser) - The Double Big Mac has arrived. The four-patty burger, dressed like your usual two-patty Big Mac, will be added to the McDonald's menu at participating restaurants for a limited time beginning Thursday, CNN reports. The Double Big Mac—not to be confused with the Grand Mac —has long...

Wendy's Enters the Breakfast Wars
Wendy's Adds Breakfast,
and McDonald's Takes a Shot
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Wendy's Adds Breakfast, and McDonald's Takes a Shot

'National Egg McMuffin' day coincides with rival chain's rollout

(Newser) - For those who like their breakfast fast-food-style, these next few weeks should be good times. Wendy's rolled out a breakfast menu nationally on Monday, and rival chains are expected to cut costs and offer special deals as a way to keep regulars on board. Coverage:
  • Big money: Wendy's
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'Egregious' Actions at a Wendy's Lead to Multiple Firings

Video showed worker bathing in sink in Michigan restaurant

(Newser) - Multiple workers at a Michigan Wendy's have been canned after a video showed one of their own bathing in a sink. The video, which ClickOnDetroit.com notes was originally posted on TikTok before ending up on a community Facebook page , shows a young man up to his chest in...

Wendy's Franchisee Hit With $160K Fine Over Child Labor

Labor Dept.: Nearly 450 minors worked illegally at Wendy's in 9 states

(Newser) - A Wendy's franchisee was just hit with a massive fine after the US Department of Labor found it had violated child labor laws, allowing kids employed by restaurants in nine states to work longer hours than they were supposed to, or outside the parameters of when they were allowed...

You Could Make $100K Working at Taco Bell

Parent company to offer six-figure annual salary for general managers in select locations

(Newser) - Dollar signs don't typically come to mind when one is considering a job in fast food, but during a tight labor market , Taco Bell's parent company is trying to change that. Bloomberg reports Yum! Brands will be testing out a six-figure annual salary—$100,000—for general managers...

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