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Red Lobster Shutting a Bunch of Locations
Red Lobster Opts for
the 'Best Path Forward'
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Red Lobster Opts for the 'Best Path Forward'

Seafood chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

(Newser) - The whispers are now official: Red Lobster has filed for bankruptcy protection. The seafood restaurant chain announced Sunday that it filed for relief under Chapter 11, under a stalking-horse agreement in which Red Lobster will sell the business to an entity created and controlled by its existing term lenders, reports...

Judge Makes the Final Call on Whether a Taco Is a Sandwich

Ruling: Yes, it is, clearing the way for a Fort Wayne, Indiana, restaurateur to open his new eatery

(Newser) - Since before the pandemic, Martin Quintana has been trying to get zoning approval in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to open a second location for The Famous Taco, his Mexican-style eatery serving up tacos, burritos, and the like. This week, a judge finally issued a ruling that clears the path for that—...

Say Goodbye to Chuck E. Cheese's Animatronic Bands

It's part of the chain's 'most aggressive transformation' yet, per CEO David McKillips

(Newser) - The animatronic band that breaks out in song at Chuck E. Cheese locations around the US has been described as everything from "endearing" and "nostalgia-inducing" to "slightly creepy," but thanks to what CEO David McKillips calls the chain's "most aggressive transformation" yet, the band...

In 'Diner Capital of the World,' 150 Have Shut Down

NPR digs into what happened to some of New Jersey's favorite diners

(Newser) - If all-night diners aren't one of the first images that come to mind when you envision New Jersey, then you're probably not a local. "I'm sure people in other states love their diners, too," Michael Gabriele, who wrote The History of Diners in New Jersey,...

McDonald's Scoops Up All of Its Restaurants in Israel

Fast-food giant buys 225 eateries from franchisee Alonyal after costly boycotts amid war

(Newser) - McDonald's is buying its restaurants in Israel from a longtime franchisee, hoping to reset sales that have slumped due to boycotts in the region. The Chicago-based burger giant said Friday it will buy Alonyal Limited, which owns and operates 225 restaurants in Israel. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The...

Staff Left in 'Absolute Disbelief' at Patron's Tip
Staff Left in 'Absolute
Disbelief' at Patron's Tip
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Staff Left in 'Absolute Disbelief' at Patron's Tip

Customer left $10K gratuity on a $32 tab at Michigan restaurant in honor of friend who'd died

(Newser) - A 20% tip on a $32 restaurant tab would come out to about $6.40; a more generous tip of 25% would be closer to $8. One server in a Michigan eatery, however, received a tip that went right off the charts: $10,000, or about 30,835% of the...

Restaurant Put on Blast for Health Insurance Fee on Bill
Patron Didn't Appreciate
Eatery's 4% Surcharge
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Patron Didn't Appreciate Eatery's 4% Surcharge

Fee added by Atlanta restaurant is to help cover costs for employee health insurance

(Newser) - An Atlanta restaurant is taking heat over what its owners say is an optional fee on customers' tabs to help cover employees' health insurance costs. Fox Business reports on the blowback that JenChan's Pizza and Chinese, an eatery located in the Cabbagetown section of the city, has received since...

Restaurant That Inspired Ratatouille Reopens in Paris

Tour d'Argent is back in business, overlooking a Notre Dame Cathedral also undergoing renovations

(Newser) - The Tour d'Argent already boasts a 320,000-bottle wine cellar, a world-famous duck recipe, and a storied 441-year history. Now, the legendary Paris restaurant is about to serve up its "plat de resistance": a front-row view of two of the biggest events of 2024—the renaissance of Notre...

We May Never Get Out of Our Cars Again to Eat

Drive-thru use has spiked since the pandemic hit, as consumers still balk at being social

(Newser) - There's always something going on at the drive-thru, but that may be simply because so many people are using it these days. It's an uptick that arose after COVID's arrival, with customers who now crave "speed and solitude" when picking up a meal outside the home,...

NYT Columnist Ridiculed for $78 Burger Claim
David Brooks Posts a
Burger Picture, Chaos Ensues
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David Brooks Posts a Burger Picture, Chaos Ensues

Restaurant at Newark Airport pushes back at 'NYT' columnist's suspiciously high tab

(Newser) - David Brooks' op-eds for the New York Times have raised eyebrows before , but it was a tweet about his recent airport meal, and an insinuation about the US economy under President Biden , that put the newspaper columnist on the radar this week. That post has since gone viral, and the...

Want to Cross Paths With the Rich? Head to IHOP
Want to Cross Paths With
the Rich? Head to IHOP
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Want to Cross Paths With the Rich? Head to IHOP

Chain restaurants are where those of diverse socioeconomic statuses may get to interact

(Newser) - If you were asked to come up with venues that represent a true melting pot of the rich, poor, and everyone in between interacting, you might think of the likes of churches, parks, and post offices. But the Messenger reports on a new study out of MIT and California's...

South Park Creators' Eatery Outlaws Tipping

At Colorado's Casa Bonita, servers and bartenders will instead make $30 an hour

(Newser) - In September 2021, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the animated sitcom South Park, purchased Casa Bonita, a sprawling 52,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant in Lakewood, Colorado, that was featured in one of the show's episodes. The pair shuttered the eatery, which had declared bankruptcy before they purchased it,...

Restaurant's Fake Priest Just Cost It $140K
Restaurant's
Fake Priest Just
Cost It $140K
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Restaurant's Fake Priest Just Cost It $140K

California eatery had workers confess their 'sins' in 'most shameless' plot to intimidate them, per DOL

(Newser) - It may have seemed a bit unconventional for a priest to show up at their place of employment to offer confession, but workers at the Taqueria Garibaldi restaurant in Sacramento took the holy man up on the chance to admit their "sins." Now, the owners of the Northern...

Axe-Wielding Man Attacks New Zealand Restaurants

4 injured in the incident

(Newser) - A man with an axe attacked random diners at three neighboring Chinese restaurants in New Zealand, wounding four people, police and witnesses said. Police said the man began the attack at about 9pm Monday in the north Auckland suburb of Albany, the AP reports. Police arrested a 24-year-old suspect at...

Restaurant's $480K Suit Goes After Teen for 'Sushi Terrorism'

Japan's Sushiro chain says high schooler licked sushi, claims customers fled after viral video

(Newser) - A high schooler in Japan has been hit with a nearly half-million-dollar lawsuit, after a sushi eatery says viral footage of his antics caused a huge customer dip. Broadcaster NHK reports that Akindo Sushiro Co., parent company of the Sushiro chain, is suing the teen for $480,000, accusing him...

Restaurants Are Ditching QR Code Menus
Customers Reject
a Pandemic-Era
Restaurant Staple
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Customers Reject a Pandemic-Era Restaurant Staple

Eateries are ditching QR code menus

(Newser) - We all got used to an avalanche of changes in our daily routines during the peak of COVID, including ways in which to safely dine in public once lockdowns were lifted. Now, one of those eating-out protocols is falling by the wayside: Restaurants are starting to ditch scannable QR codes,...

A Fateful Dinner in 1965 Led to a Food Revolution in US

'Los Angeles Times' explains how Noritoshi Kanai and Harry Wolff Jr. popularized sushi

(Newser) - If you've ever been to a sushi bar or even tasted the Japanese dish, the credit might belong to two men described by Daniel Miller in the Los Angeles Times as the "ultimate odd couple." Harry Wolff Jr. was "an imposing Jewish man who’d cut...

Ordering at Panera? Put Up Your Palm

Critics say chain's plan to use biometrics payment system could lead to privacy issues

(Newser) - Soon, paying at Panera Bread will be as easy as holding up your hand. That's because the bakery-cafe chain will be rolling out a palm-reading payment system over the next few months, expediting transactions but raising concerns among privacy advocates. NPR reports that the biometrics technology it plans on...

Restaurant and Chill? Subscriptions Are Expanding

It's not just Netflix anymore

(Newser) - Consumers are willing to pay monthly subscription fees for streaming services, pet food, and even toilet paper. And as the AP reports, now some restaurants are betting they'll do the same for their favorite meals. Large chains like Panera and PF Chang’s, as well as neighborhood hangouts, are...

Subway Ponders $10B Sale: Report
Subway Eyes $10B Deal: Report

Subway Eyes $10B Deal: Report

It would be 'one of the most expensive deals for a restaurant chain in history'

(Newser) - Subway, a fast-food company that has remained in the hands of its two founding families for more than 50 years, is exploring a possible sale. The restaurant chain with more US locations than any other has retained advisers to explore selling the company for as much as $10 billion, the...

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