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Not-So-Sweet News for Friendly's Chain
Another Corporate
Casualty of COVID

Another Corporate Casualty of COVID

Friendly's restaurant chain, known for its ice cream sundaes, has filed for Chapter 11

(Newser) - Friendly's Restaurants, an East Coast dining chain known for its sundaes, is filing for bankruptcy protection. The company, which runs its restaurants under the parent company FIC Restaurants Inc., will sell substantially all of its assets to the restaurant company Amici Partners Group, per the AP . All 130 of...

McDonald's New Breakfast Sandwiches Have a Lot More Meat

Introducing the Triple Breakfast Stack

(Newser) - Because sometimes, a single layer of sausage, meat, and cheese is just not enough: McDonald's is adding a new breakfast item to its menu, the Triple Breakfast Stack . The sandwiches are basically oversize versions of the fast-food chain's pre-existing McMuffin, McGriddle, and biscuit products, except these have two...

Ireland Gets Krispy Kreme Drive-Thru, Loses Its Mind
Irish Utterly Lose Their Minds
Over ... Krispy Kreme 
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Irish Utterly Lose Their Minds Over ... Krispy Kreme

Dublin 24-hour drive-thru shuts down after one week due to chaos

(Newser) - Honking horns, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and tempers converged upon the Irish capital of Dublin over the past seven days—and it was all due to tasty fried dough. Mashable reports that the Sept. 26 grand opening of the city's first 24-hour Krispy Kreme drive-thru quickly resulted in long lines of...

'Angry' About Customer Complaint, Eatery Owner Puts Up a Sign

Amanda Cartagine didn't take kindly to the gripe about her special-needs staff

(Newser) - A customer at a chain pizza restaurant in South Carolina didn't like that his lettuce bowl wasn't getting refilled the way he wanted, and the owner of that eatery pushed back in the most "bless your heart" way possible. The reason behind the commotion: The customer at...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Joe's Crab Shack No-Tipping Policy Was No Success

Lost up to 10% of its customers at test sites that dumped gratuities

(Newser) - The first full-service national chain to get rid of tipping is, for the most part, reinstating the practice that its former CEO once called "antiquated." Joe's Crab Shack, which had tried out the gratuity-included model in 18 of its 130 or so restaurants across the country, is...

Olive Garden's NYE Dinner Will Cost You $400

Only in New York, kids

(Newser) - Dining in NYC can be expensive, and it's a given that on New Year's Eve, Times Square eateries will be profiting even more from the reveling crowds. That includes the Great White Way's local chain restaurants, set to charge their usual exorbitant prices for the night's...

First Major Restaurant Chain Tests No Tipping

Joe's Crab Shack is testing policy to stave turnover, aid service

(Newser) - Put away the calculator and enjoy dessert: There's no more tipping at Joe's Crab Shack, the first national full-service chain restaurant to test a no-tipping policy, Consumerist reports. In a conference call last week, Ray Blanchette, CEO of parent company Ignite Restaurant Group, told investors that 18 of...

New York First City to Put Salt Warning on Menus

They'll be required at chain restaurants on extra-salty meals

(Newser) - Salty fare from sandwiches to salads will soon come with a first-of-its-kind warning label at chain restaurants in New York City. The city Board of Health voted unanimously today to require chain eateries to put salt-shaker symbols on menus to denote dishes with more than the recommended daily limit of...

NYC Pushing for High-Salt Warnings in Chain Eateries

Would be first US city to make restaurants dish on what meals are high sodium

(Newser) - Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg first took on Big Salt by setting up the National Salt Reduction Initiative , which encourages restaurants and food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the sodium found in their fare. Now current Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is getting into the act: The city's Department...

10 Healthiest Restaurant Chains

Au Bon Pain, Rubio's tie for No. 1 in new survey

(Newser) - A newly launched website called Grellin has crunched nutritional data from the menus of chain restaurants across the US to name the healthiest. Here are the top 10, with the number, or "Grellin grade," reflecting the proportion of meals that quality as "healthy," explains LiveScience :
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This Year's Craziest Restaurant Meal: 3.5K Calories

Watchdog group lists diet-annihilating dishes from US chains

(Newser) - Nearly 3,550 calories for a burger, fries, and shake sounds about right—if it's one of the meals called out on a watchdog group's annual list of fatty, sugary, calorie-heavy foods served at US chain restaurants. The Center for Science in the Public Interest pored over nutritional...

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