Japanese McDonald’s Get A “World Of Warcraft” Makeover: The Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft hits in November and Blizzard is doing a huge tie-in to promote the game in�several McDonald’s locations in Japan. Three restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou were given World of Warcraft makeovers with posters and banners for the game. Even employee uniforms were changed to either Horde or Alliance t-shirts. The front entrances also got cool pillars and some locations even had Thrall’s hammer at the ready for photo ops.
McDonald's confronts its junk food image - Business news - Boston.com: A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was made with Chicken McNuggets doused in sweet and sour sauce and garnished with parsley. Slow-cooked beef was served with gnocchi fashioned out of McDonald’s french fries and a fruit sauce from its smoothie mix. For dessert, its biscuit mix was used to make a pumpkin spice ‘‘biznut,’’ a biscuit-doughnut hybrid.
The event, held in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, was billed ‘‘A transforming dining experience of ‘fast food’ to ‘good food served fast.'’’ Attendees tweeted out photos and the night was written up on various websites.
Handsfree Whopper holder | Gadget | Gear: For burger lovers who like to multi-task, Puerto Rico's Burger King has introduced the Hands-Free Whopper holder. The plastic burger holder hangs from the neck, leaving your hands free to perform all sorts of tasks.
Drunk Florida Man Tries to Use Taco as ID After His Car Catches Fire at Taco Bell: Tacos are not recognized as legal forms of identification in the state of Florida [insert bad joke about immigration laws here]. Matthew Falkner found out the hard way after he passed out drunk in the drive-thru of a Jensen Beach Taco Bell and his car caught fire [insert bad joke about Taco Bell's fire sauce or volcano taco here].
McDonald's Dollar & More Menu - Thrillist Nation: The apocalypse is upon us, friends: McDonald's just announced that it's gonna kill off its beloved Dollar Menu in favor of the super-catchy Dollar & More Menu, which goes all the way up to $5 and for some reason isn't just called "menu".
Consumer demand and the right partner lead Hardee’s to bring its popular 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers and Made from Scratch Biscuits to New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut
CARPINTERIA, Calif. --With vast growth potential, Hardee’s® and parent company CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. announce plans to expand the burger chain and innovative premium-quality menu selections into the Northeast, starting in New Jersey and New York, then onward to Connecticut and Massachusetts. The new restaurants are expected to open in the next 12 to 18 months.
“It’s a massive advance into prime territory and a tremendous opportunity for a highly anticipated return,” said Jim Sullivan, senior vice president of domestic franchise development for CKE, which owns both the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.® burger chain brands. “We’ve heard from residents all across the region for years, begging us to bring our food back to them. We just needed the right partner.”
CKE makes the announcement in concert with franchisee Bhupen “Bob” Patel, who was selected for his deep knowledge of the industry and the area. Patel said he chose Hardee’s because he was “in search of a better burger brand to support and grow, and as soon as I learned there was interest and the potential to reopen Hardee’s here in the Northeast, I knew I had found what I was seeking.”
According to Sullivan and Patel, the potential exists to open some 200 Hardee’s restaurants in the region in the next five years and ultimately 1,000-plus throughout the Northeast. The stand-alone units will average 2,500 to 2,750 square feet each and they will include drive-thru service, Patel said.
Before it was bought by CKE in 1997, Hardee’s operated restaurants in the Northeast, but all had closed by the ’90s. Since the brand’s purchase and successful turnaround by CKE, the renewed Hardee’s restaurants feature partial table service and quality menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus premium charbroiled burgers, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™, Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes™ and, of course, the iconic Hardee’s Made from Scratch Biscuits™.
White Castle Slides Into Food-Truck Trend - Businessweek: White Castle is getting ready to serve its square-shaped sliders on wheels with the planned launch later this month of two food trucks in Louisville, Ky., and Columbus, Ohio, where the company is based. The so-called CraveMobiles will be available only for events at first—that includes weddings, in case either Harold or Kumar are planning to tie the knot—while company officials determine exactly where the trucks will be stationed, says Jamie Richardson, a White Castle vice president. Once regular locations are mapped out, the trucks will likely stay open 24 hours, just like almost all of White Castle’s brick-and-mortar stores. Richardson says the food-truck menu, although not yet finalized, will include three variations on the chain’s signature sliders and might see items not available in stores, such as salty caramel fries.
ShakeShack.jpgThe fast food restaurant is seeking to open in the Galeria building at 57 JFK Street in Harvard Square and is scheduled to go before a couple of city boards in the next week for its needed approvals.
After first opening in New York, Shake Shack now has restaurants in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia and opened at the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center in March.
Image: Twitter / @candicechoi We Tasted Dunkin’ Donuts’ Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich:
The news that Dunkin’ Donuts is testing out a breakfast sandwich on a glazed donut in limited Eastern Massachusetts locations has taken today’s internet by storm. Dunkin’ won’t advertise the locations where it’s for sale, nor does it have plans to make it more widely available. But interest in the forbidden doughnut being what it is out there, our staff was pretty anxious to see what it might be like. Thus did we journey into the wilds of Allston to find a participating location such that we might get a taste of what is maybe to come.
Innies The Original " Topless Bread Roll by Ivor Cowan and Alan Serebro — Kickstarter: The main idea of this Innies Hot Dog Bun project was to manufacture a bread bun, that is unlike any other - with a groove or slot in the middle. To achieve this shape was not as easy as it may sound . It took 2 years of various prototypes , to achieve a shape that would work . It also required a unique balance of ingredients, so that heat in the baking process, was just enough to form the U shape .
Pizza Hut Debuts 'Crazy Cheesy Crust' | Slice Pizza Blog: The limited release Crazy Cheesy Crust ($12.99 with 1 topping) features 16 detachable "pockets" of bread filled with a five-cheese blend. Disappointed? Execs sure hope so! Spokesman Doug Terfehr explains that "by not making it an over-the-top indulgence...people would buy the pies repeatedly rather than just trying them once as a novelty.
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Toast Arrival of New Jim Beam Bourbon Burger | Business Wire: In yet another fast food first, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will begin selling burgers with the distinctive taste of a branded, distilled spirit when they introduce the new Jim Beam Bourbon Burger this week. A mature burger for mature tastes, the Jim Beam Bourbon Burger features rich and tangy sauce flavored with Jim Beam bourbon – the world’s No. 1-selling bourbon – crispy onion straws, two strips of bacon, pepper-Jack cheese, lettuce and tomato, all atop a charbroiled beef patty and served on a sesame seed bun. The Jim Beam Bourbon Burger is available now at all Hardee’s restaurants and at all Carl’s Jr. locations starting tomorrow.