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Pizza Hut and Other Fast Food Chains Offer Limited Time Cheap Eat Deals
The slumping economy has affected all areas of commerce including the billion-dollar fast food industry. According to NPD Group, the annual fast food restaurant visits by the 18-24 group has gone from 245 to 192 making it one less visit every week per person. Today fast food giants responded to the dwindling sales with a new plan to revitalize their businesses: cheap eats.
Wendy's Sort Of Launches a New Burger
It’s a sign of the times when nothing is sacred anymore including hamburgers. On Monday, Wendy’s re-launched their signature burger that’s remained unchanged since the third largest burger chain opened 42 years ago in 1969. Just like a 40-something getting plastic surgery, the new Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy burger features a thicker burger patty, crinkled pickles, a square yet wavy edged patty, a buttered and toasted bun, red onions, mayo and the one thing left untainted, ketchup.
White Castle Served with Lawsuit from Booth-Challenged Customer
All over the news this week was the incident where a 290-pound, six-foot man sued White Castle because he couldn’t fit into their booths. Suffern, New York’s Martin Kessman’s had been dining at the 90-year-old White Castle chain since 1959 but stopped going there two years ago when he discovered he couldn’t fit into their new booth-seating.
Dunkin' Donuts Plans on Franchising Stores Beyond the Mississippi
On Dunkin’ Donuts' Facebook page, fans write on the wall beseeching the coffee and donut connoisseur to open stores in Texas and Southern California because right now there aren’t many locations west of the Mississippi. America might run on Dunkin,’ but unfortunately not every city gets the opportunity to sip fresh lattes, iced coffee and devour Munchins every morning, or experience the specialness when someone brings donuts to share with their co-workers.
Subway Gets Green With Eco-Conscious Locations
Subway ousted McDonald’s as the world’s largest fast food chain with 35,065 restaurants in 98 locations and now the juggernaut is on track to become one of the first chains with an eco-conscious. Currently, there are 12 Eco-Subway restaurants with more being developed for the future.
Burger King Jumps on the Oatmeal Bandwagon
As reported recently, Burger King’s been trying to refurbish its image with healthier foods like the new California Whopper. The chain is also trying to keep up with the Joneses, i.e., number one burger competitor McDonald’s. Just like McD’s, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, BK now offers a cup of warm oatmeal on their breakfast menu.
Burger King Unveils Its California Whopper But Ditches The King
This week, Burger King’s rolling out its new and highly anticipated healthy burger the California Whopper for a limited time only. In an effort to increase their sales, BK’s ditched their iconic The King mascot in favor of focusing on what actually sells food: the food itself.
Taco Bell Will 'Feed' a 100 Hungry Indie Bands This Fall
It’s 2 a.m. and a craving for tacos and burritos hits, so you and your rock band pull into a Taco Bell drive-thru because they offer what’s called a Fourthmeal, the meal between dinner and breakfast. Even better, if you and your band have $500 to spend, you won’t go hungry while driving across the country trying to make it big. Taco Bell understands the difficulty in playing a live set in a different city every night, which is why in 2006 they formed their Feed the Beat competition where they re
McDonald's Partners with Smurfs to Help the Environment
It’s turning into a Smurferific summer for McDonald’s and the newly released 'The Smurfs' 3D film. McD’s has partnered with Sony Pictures (distributor of the film) and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) in releasing a Smurf-themed Happy Meal that’ll help the environment. When kids purchase a Happy Meal served with Apple Dippers, the package comes with something called a mCode where kids can go online to HappyMeal.com, type in the code, and in return, KAB will plant a tree. The worldwide Earth-friendly
Chick-fil-A Adds Multigrain Oatmeal to Its Breakfast Menu
Chick-fil-A, a purveyor of breaded chicken fast food items, announced on July 25th, 2011 the introduction of a new breakfast selection: Multigrain Oatmeal. Along with McDonald’s, Starbucks and Jamba Juice, Chick-fil-A joins the ranks of fast food restaurants who are looking to add healthier foods to their normally saturated-fat heavy menu. Listening to their customers, Chick-fil-A finally acquiesced to demands for better options.
McDonald's Kicks Off 19th Season of Monopoly Game This Week
Instead of winning fake money on a board game, starting on Tuesday, September 27th through October 24th, McDonald’s will host the 19th season of its immensely popular Monopoly game in 14,000 restaurants and embedd 125 million winning game pieces on their food products. Better than ever, everyone who plays has a one in four chances of winning, and since a lot of the food items come with two or more game pieces, those odds are pretty good. Of course the chance of winning the grand prize of one mil
Darden Restaurants Joins Forces with the First Lady's Campaign to Reduce Childhood Obesity
This week, First Lady Michelle Obama continued on her path to eradicate childhood obesity in America when she joined forces with the world’s largest full-service restaurant chain, Darden Restaurants, and nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America. With Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille and Bahama Breeze, Darden operates 1,900 restaurants and serves over 400 million meals a year. Now with Obama on its side, Darden could be the first restaurant chain to truly make a
Fast Food Chains Demand Approval of Food Stamps
With 45 million Americans on food stamps (aka EBT) right now, it’s no surprise when a few days ago fast food restaurants made a plea to allow food stamps to be used at their restaurants. Yum! Brands eateries (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and Long John Silver’s) think they should be allowed to service hungry folks with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program, but so far the response has been polarized.
The 2011 Zagat Fast-Food Survey Reveals the Top Fast Food and Full-Service Restaurants
America's diners have spoken and Five Guys makes their favorite fast food hamburgers, while Wendy’s ranks as the top overall mega chain. Since 2007, the reputable Zagat has tallied votes from fast food and quick-serve consumers for their annual Zagat Fast-Food Survey. Akin to the highly rated Zagat guides for restaurants and other arts and entertainment sectors, the survey polled over 6,000 people and rated their remarks on a 30-point scale to find out what people liked the most in these restaur
Chipotle Announces Short Film Project, Food Festival
Known as one of the first quick-serve chains to adopt sustainability in their foods, Chipotle’s launching a new campaign to spread awareness via a short film and a foundation. In September, “Back to the Start” will debut in 5,700 movie theaters before the main feature begins.
TCBY Celebrates 30th Anniversary With a Social Media Contest
It’s hard to believe, but groundbreaking frozen yogurt chain TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) is turning 30-years-old. To commemorate three decades, the company’s giving back to their customers with a month-long sweepstakes.
Subway Temporarily Introduces Oven Crispy Chicken Sub to Their Menu
Continuing their mission in offering healthier items for their customers to indulge in, behemoth “Sandwich Artist” chain Subway started serving an Oven Crisp Chicken sandwich on August 15th, which the company describes as “deep flavor without the deep fryer.” Instead of frying the chicken, it’s breaded, baked and then placed inside of bread piled with veggies of choice.
Energy Kitchen Proves Eating Healthy Fast Food Is Possible
In a push to decrease fatty meals in fast food restaurants and increase healthier items, the New York and Florida-based chain Energy Kitchen might be striking at the right moment. A lot of chain places offer at least a few items under 500 calories, but Energy Kitchen goes all the way with an entire menu for under 500 calories proving healthy food can be inexpensive and tasty.
Boston Market Offers Chicken and a Movie Deal
Starting On August 8, 2011 and going until September 10, 2011, Boston Market customers will now be able to get a movie with their rotisserie chicken meals. For any meal purchased after 5 p.m. at Boston Market that’s priced at $5 or more before taxes, patrons will get a $1 DVD one-night rental voucher for Blockbuster Express. Customers will have until the end of September to use the voucher before it expires on September 30th, 2011.
McDonald's Making A Change to the Popular Happy Meal
McDonald's is making a change to its popular Happy Meal to serve apples with each meal and cutting the size of the fries in half.