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Beyond Meat: KFC To Test Vegan Fried “Chicken”

CNBC reports: Colonel Sanders will soon be serving vegan fried chicken to see if customers think it’s finger lickin’ good. KFC will start testing plant-based fried chicken from Beyond Meat in an Atlanta restaurant on Tuesday. The test makes the Yum Brands subsidiary the first national U.S. fast-food chain to introduce a Beyond chicken item, beating Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. The …

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Grubhub Under Fire For Making 34,000 “Copycat” Sites That Masquerade As Homepages For Restaurants

The New York Post reports: Grubhub has created thousands of Web sites that masquerade as the sites of restaurants — a practice that can jack up prices for hungry customers, The Post has learned. The online food-ordering giant, which also owns Seamless and Menupages, has scooped up more than 34,000 URLs since 2010 with names that are similar to restaurants’ …

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McSiri: McDonald’s Tests Voice Recognition Drive-Thru

The Wall Street Journal reports: McDonald’s is testing voice-recognition software at a drive-through in suburban Chicago. Inside the restaurant, a robot also tosses chicken, fish and fries into vats of oil. Both technologies are meant to shorten customer wait times that executives acknowledge have grown in recent years. McDonald’s also has stopped serving some burgers and given franchisees more control …

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Burger King Launches Vegetarian Whopper [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Would you like that Whopper with or without beef? This week, Burger King is introducing a version of its iconic Whopper sandwich filled with a vegetarian patty from the start-up Impossible Foods. The Impossible Whopper, as it will be known, is the biggest validation — and expansion opportunity — for a young industry that is …

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Trump Eateries Cited For Filth, Vermin, Sewage Issues

The New York Daily News reports: Their namesake is a Mr. Clean freak, but some Trump-branded eateries are just plain dirty. Mice in the kitchen, filthy food prep areas and broken sewage systems are on the list of recent stomach-turning health code violations at number of Trump-branded restaurants in the city, the Daily News has learned. Health inspections at Trump …

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Dunkin’ Donuts To Drop “Donuts” From Name

CNN Money reports: Starting in January, Dunkin’ Donuts will drop the “Donuts” from ads, packages and signage at new and remodeled stores, as well as its social media accounts. The makeover is part of Dunkin’ Brand’s efforts to relabel itself as a “beverage-led” company that focuses on coffees, teas, speedy service and to-go food including -— but not limited to …

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CDC Report: Hundreds Ill From Parasite In McD Salads

USA Today reports: Some 395 people have become sick from eating tainted McDonald’s salads, according to an updated count Friday afternoon from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses have been linked to salad mix contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite, which is spread through fecal matter. Sixteen individuals have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. Fifteen states have …

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NYC Council To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

The New York Daily News reports: Suck on this — plastic drinking straws could be banned in New York. Businesses in the city would be barred from using disposable plastic straws under a bill set to be introduced Wednesday in the City Council. Plastic coffee stirrers would be forbidden, too. Restaurants and take out spots would either have to forgo …

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Federal Court: It’s Not McDonald’s Fault If Customers Don’t Do The Math On Their Extra Value Meal Prices

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a class-action lawsuit that argued McDonald’s was duping consumers because a single “Extra Value Meal” costs more than the sum total of the individual components of the meal bought separately. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported Monday that Kelly Killeen said she bought a sausage burrito breakfast Extra Value …

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Pay-To-Pee App To Launch For NYC Restaurants

The New York Post reports: Luluapp — a mobile app that, for a fee, promises to direct tourists and other assorted weak bladders to the nearest available bathroom — says it has already signed up more than 100 New York restaurants and bars ahead of its summer launch. “Instead of paying a lot of money for a Facebook or Yelp …

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Carl’s Jr. Ends Famous “Sexy Girl” Ads [VIDEO]

Every few months for the last several years One Million Moms has issued a screeching denouncement of the “pornographic” ads that have made Carl’s Jr. famous. Well, those ads are apparently a thing of the past. Ad Week reports on the new launch: Folksy and charming, Carl Hardee Sr. is a no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t care much for …

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DNA Test: Subway’s Chicken Is 50% Something Else

CBS News reports: How much chicken is actually in your chicken sandwich? A study by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s consumer affairs show “Marketplace” says researchers conducted DNA tests on several chicken sandwiches from fast-food restaurants and found that Subway’s chicken breast contained only about half chicken. The rest was mostly soy. Subway said Tuesday the report was “absolutely false and …

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DC Judge Orders Trump To Sit For Day-Long Deposition Over His Suit Against Celebrity Chef Jose Andres

CNN reports: Before President-elect Donald Trump heads to the White House on January 20, he will find himself back in the witness chair for questioning in his ongoing contractual dispute with celebrity chef, Jose Andres. DC Superior Court Judge Jennifer A. Di Toro ruled Wednesday that Trump must sit for a deposition in New York City the first week of …

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Burger King Launches Mac & Cheetos Sticks

TIME Magazine reports: Thanks to Burger King, we now have something called Mac n’ Cheetos in our world. It’s exactly what you think: basically a giant, crunchy Cheeto stuffed with oozy macaroni and cheese. Also thanks to Burger King, we can say goodbye to our waistlines, because these look to be both ridiculously addictive-tasting and also crazily artery-clogging. Take your …

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Wendy’s Restaurants To Roll Out Self-Serve Kiosks To Cut Staffing Hours Due To Rise In Minimum Wage

Investor’s Business Daily reports: Wendy’s said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations …

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Starbucks Sued For Using Too Much Ice [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A battle is brewing at Starbucks over how much ice the coffee chain uses in its drinks. A Chicago woman is suing the chain for $5 million, claiming Starbucks overfills cold drinks with ice. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Stacy Pincus, who claims the company is misleading customers. The lawsuit alleges an iced …

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MISSISSIPPI: Hospitality Group To Offer “Everyone’s Welcome Here” Signs To Eateries, Hotels, And Shops

A Mississippi hospitality group with 1400 hotels, restaurants, and shops among its members has a plan to mitigate damage to the state’s reputation. From Jackson’s ABC affiliate: Mike Cashion, executive director of the MHRA, said “when HB 1523 was signed, Mississippi was thrust into the national spotlight. Regardless of its intent, this legislation has created a level of controversy and …

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Red Lobster Cashes In On Beyonce

Beyonce’s new single Formation contains this immortal line: “When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster.” Immediately following her Super Bowl performance of the song – albeit a cleaned up version – the Twitterverse hovered over Red Lobster’s feed, hoping for an amusing or at least meme-worthy reaction. But it was a long eight hours before …

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Headline Of The Day

JMG reader Scott points us to this wailing story from Christian News: The embattled Tex-Mex restaurant chain Chipotle, which was founded by an open homosexual and is known for being vocal for its support for “gay rights,” closed all of its more than 2,000 restaurants on Monday to address the food safety issues that have plagued the company nationwide. According …

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“Filth” Closes First NYC Chick-Fil-A Outlet

Update below. Gothamist reports: New York City’s first towering Chick-Fil-A has hit a stumbling block in its plans for domination of the city’s fast food fried chicken landscape. A Christmas Eve inspection by the Department of Health uncovered a host of critical violations, resulting in 59 violation points, squarely in C territory. On December 30th, the restaurant closed its doors, …

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