Another Chick-fil-A, another Dunkin, another 16 South Florida places failing inspection
A Sick and Shut Down List record of 16 restaurants failed inspection last week, so let’s get right to the paint brushes used for basting, Brickell roaches, another Dunkin Donuts and even a Chick-Fil-A that got closed like it was a Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Taco Bell enters chicken sandwich wars with its own spin: A taco version
The Yum Brands chain will become at least the fourth fast-food brand to announce a chicken sandwich in the last month. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich Tacos are served in flatbread with a piece of crispy tortilla chicken and chipotle sauce and will sell for $2.49 each. Taco Bell also teased that the taco won't be the only new crispy chicken item hitting menus this year. McDonald's told investors last year that it's doubling down on chicken, including the launch of its own chicken sandwich on Wednesday. Restaurant Brand International's Burger King is testing a hand-breaded chicken sandwich for a nationwide launch.cnbc.com
St. Augustine couple of 64 years dies from COVID-19
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A married couple who’ve lived in St. Augustine their entire lives passed away from COVID-19 complications within five days of each other. The children of Roger and Betty Colee said they wouldn’t have been happy living without one another. “We were so shocked this went down so quick.”Their kids, Cheryl Reese and Wayne Colee, say Roger wasn’t feeling well on November 21. A married couple who’ve lived in St. Augustine their entire lives passed away from COVID-19 complications within 5 days of each other. The Colee’s service is this Saturday at Turning Point at Calvary followed by a burial at Memorial Park Cemetery with COVID-19 guidelines in place.
McDonald's will launch 3 chicken sandwiches next month as it doubles down on chicken
McDonald's will launch three chicken sandwiches in February as it tries to reach new customers with more poultry on its menu. Starting Feb. 24, consumers will be able to buy the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the Deluxe Chicken Sandwich. The fast-food giant began testing the Crispy Chicken Sandwich in Houston and Knoxville, Tennessee, nearly a year ago. While the new chicken sandwiches are only part of that strategy, Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald's USA, said at the time that the new options will help consumers look at McDonald's differently. Other rivals have seen success challenging Chick-fil-A with a chicken sandwich, particularly Popeyes.cnbc.com
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: IAC/Interactive, Ford, Eastman Kodak & more
Google told CNBC it is reviewing "enforcement options," while IAC said it had collaborated closely with Google on an extensive review and approval of its entire Chrome product line last year. IAC shares sank more than 3% in premarket trading. Ford Motor (F) – Ford is delaying the launch of its new Bronco SUV until the summer, due to pandemic-related problems at its suppliers. The vehicle had been scheduled to debut in the spring and Ford said more than 90,000 customers have pre-ordered the new Bronco. Exxon shares were off 1.5% in the premarket.cnbc.com
McDonald's to launch its fried chicken sandwich in the U.S. next year
Chick-fil-A and Popeyes will soon face another competitor in the battle for the best chicken sandwich. McDonald's told investors on Monday that it will release its Crispy Chicken Sandwich early next year in the United States. The sandwich features a fried chicken filet served on a buttery potato roll, topped with butter and pickles. McDonald's franchisees asked for a Southern-style chicken sandwich as Chick-fil-A's threat to their business grows. The sandwich is also part of McDonald's broader menu strategy to add more chicken items, because the category is growing faster than beef.cnbc.com
NICU babies at Wolfson Children’s Hospital celebrate Halloween
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville celebrated Halloween in adorable style this year. The tiny tots were dressed as adorable treats such as Jif peanut butter, jelly, Chick-fil-A and more. The team will dress up the babies in costumes on Saturday and post more photos on the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Facebook page. It was definitely a sweet treat for parents and staff. You can view more adorable photos below.
Trump spoke with restaurant company CEOs about coronavirus response
President Donald Trump spoke with executives of the largest U.S. restaurant companies on Tuesday about keeping drive-thru options open to feed people and financial support for the industry. Participants on the call with Trump included the CEOs of Domino's Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Restaurant Brands International, Bloomin' Brands, Yum Brands, Darden Restaurants, Papa John's, Wendy's and Raising Cane's. The White House said that the executives all committed encouraging customers to use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options in response to the coronavirus outbreak. In response the president indicated his support, saying that "I think you're really going to like what we're doing," the source said. BrandsAJ Kumaran, Co-CEO and COO, Raising Cane'sGene Lee, President and CEO, Darden RestaurantsRob Lynch, CEO, Papa JohnsTodd Penegor, CEO, Wendy'sMatt Shay, National Retail Federationcnbc.com
Will more fast-food restaurants be closing dining rooms for social distancing?
Some national fast-food restaurants are already taking precautions by closing their dining rooms to reduce COVID-19 exposure through social distancing. Chick-fil-AMany Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will temporarily close dining room seating, according to an announcement Sunday on the company’s website. McDonald’sAs of Monday afternoon, three dining rooms for Jacksonville area McDonald’s restaurants reached by News4Jax were still open. Jimmy John’sThe dining rooms for Jacksonville area Jimmy John’s restaurants were open as of Monday afternoon. Chipotle Mexican GrillChipotle’s dining rooms were still open as of Monday afternoon, according to a manager at one Jacksonville area store.
Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell and Starbucks are turning to drive-thrus as COVID-19 spreads
Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell and Starbucks are among the restaurants encouraging customers to grab their food and go. All three are making heavy use of their drive-thrus to distribute food, while still limiting crowds of customers from gathering. Even before the coronavirus ushered in an age of social distancing, drive-thru service was hugely popular in the U.S. Experts estimate that about 60% to 70% of a restaurant's sales come from the drive-thru, if they have one. In a segment with razor-thin margins like fast food, providing solid drive-thru service can be make or break.cnbc.com
Chick-fil-A will start selling bottles of its signature sauce
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chick-fil-A sauce lovers, rejoice! Chick-fil-A is entering the grocery business with bottles of its signature and Polynesian sauces, CNN reports. Starting in April, the 16-ounce bottles will be sold in Florida at Publix, Target, Walmart and Winn-Dixie stores. It’s the first time that Chick-fil-A will sell its products in retail stores, CNN reports. All proceeds from the bottle sales will go to Chick-fil-A’s scholarship fund for employees.
Chick-fil-A giving away free chicken nuggets all month!
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s a Chick-fil-A lover’s dream come true! The fast-food chain is giving away free nuggets to all customers throughout the end of January. You can claim the free eight-count order of classic nuggets when you create or sign in to your Chick-fil-A account from now until Jan. 31. Guests can redeem the offer in the restaurant or drive-thru by placing their orders through the Chick-fil-A app. What are you waiting for?
Popeyes pokes fun at Chick-fil-A with job ads seeking chicken sandwich makers who can work on Sunday
The chicken sandwich wars have infiltrated the "help wanted" section. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen said it ran classified ads on Sunday in The New York Times, New York Post, Boston Globe and Miami Herald seeking applicants who can work Sundays and who have experience preparing chicken sandwiches. The contact on the classified ads is "SundayOpenings@Popeyes.com." Popeyes, owned by Restaurant Brands International, introduced a chicken sandwich to its national menu in August, prompting comparisons to sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, the biggest chicken chain in the U.S. by sales. Before long, the "chicken sandwich wars" were in full swing, with brands trading barbs on Twitter and an explosion of taste tests.cnbc.com
Why Chick-fil-A, Popeyes and McDonald's launched a chicken sandwich war in 2019
In fast food, Chick-fil-A has long dominated the chicken sandwich. In August 2019, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen launched a chicken sandwich with pickles and a buttered bun. Chick-fil-A's rapid rise to the top has spooked competitors, including McDonald's, whose U.S. franchisees asked corporate to develop it's own competing chicken sandwich in July. McDonald's started testing a Crispy Chicken Sandwich in two markets, entering the chicken sandwich wars. Who's winning the chicken sandwich war?cnbc.com
Look out Chick-fil-A and Popeyes, McDonald's new chicken sandwich is 'really good,' analyst says
Chick-fil-A and Popeye's are about to get some new, crispy competition. Fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's is expected to launch a crispy chicken sandwich in the beginning of next year and Telsey Advisory Group said its going to be a "big U.S. hit for the chain." Chick-fil-A, Popeye's and Wendy's have achieved great success from the popularity of their chicken sandwiches. The so-called chicken wars have put pressure on McDonald's to find a competitive chicken option for the fast-food chain. "MCD's New Crispy Chicken Sandwich Tastes Really Good!"cnbc.com
McDonald's is testing a chicken sandwich
McDonald's franchisees have asked for a Southern-style chicken sandwich as Chick-fil-A's threat to their business grows. The board of the National Owners Association, an independent franchisee group, wrote in an email in July that a chicken sandwich should be their top priority. The chain is testing a Crispy Chicken Sandwich in Houston and Knoxville, Tennessee. But the Chicago-based chain has not tested anything similar to Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich since 2018, when it tested the Ultimate Chicken Sandwich in more than 160 locations in Washington state. Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich has helped the chain become the nation's third-largest restaurant chain by sales, trailing only McDonald's and Starbucks.cnbc.com
Oops! Chick-fil-A backs Sunday's National Sandwich Day
ATLANTA - Everyone who is a fan of Chick-fil-A knows that the chicken chain is closed on Sundays, in keeping with its founder's Christian faith. But the Georgia-based fast-food chain apparently forgot when it sent an email to some of its loyalty members this week. "Calling all sandwich lovers," the email said. No matter which Chick-fil-A sandwich you love, order yours on November 3 for National Sandwich Day." The company says it was excited about National Sandwich Day and didn't realize it falls on Sunday.
Popeyes' chicken sandwich to return in November
Popeyes' chicken sandwich will return to stores Nov. 3. In August, the Restaurant Brands International chain sold out of its new chicken sandwich in a little more than two weeks. Customers who wanted to compare the new sandwich to Chick-fil-A's classic chicken sandwich reported long lines inside restaurants and at the drive-thru. To prepare for consumer demand of the chicken sandwich, one Popeyes franchisee is planning on hiring 400 more employees, according to a Bloomberg report. Thanks to the launch of the sandwich, Popeyes had its best quarter in nearly two decades, reporting U.S. same-store sales growth of more than 10%.cnbc.com
Chick-fil-A's first UK location will close after pressure from LGBTQ rights group
Chick-fil-A opened its first location in the United Kingdom in early October. A little more than a week later, the British shopping center leasing the location has already said it will not extend the restaurant's six-month lease, BBC reported Friday. The Oracle shopping center in Reading faced pressure from a local LGBTQ rights group, Reading Pride, according to the BBC. This six month pilot licensed location in Reading, UK is part of our exploration in international markets." Read more about the shopping center's decision not to extend Chick-fil-A's lease here.cnbc.com
Chick-fil-A Worker Saves Man by Performing CPR: 'God Placed Me There'
A California Chick-fil-A manager is being credited with saving the life of a 20-year-old man who was unresponsive in the restaurant's parking lot. Handing his tablet to a co-worker, he bolted across the lot and found a man inside the vehicle who was unresponsive and not breathing. The man "wasn't breathing or anything, his eyes were rolled back behind his head, I know this guy was out," Nenguke told KGTV. RELATED STORIESHealth Aide Saves Man Who Drove Into Her House: 'He Was Out of It'Jesus Saves! Uber Driver Takes Woman 400 Miles to Aunt's 100th Birthday PartyDeputy Saves 12-Day-Old Baby After Pulling Over Speeding Car
Quavo jokes about selling Popeye's sandwiches for $1,000 each
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CNN) - From waiting in hour-long lines to hitting up multiple restaurants -- people are going to extreme lengths to find a Popeye's chicken sandwich. Rapper Quavo, of the group Migos, is ready to save the day and make our chicken sandwich dreams come true. Popeye's first announced their new chicken sandwich on Twitter earlier this month, and Black Twitter was all over it, with the sandwich dominating discussions. The Popeye's sandwich is remarkably similar to Chick-fil-A's. It features a fried chicken fillet on a brioche bun, complemented by a few pickles and a slather of mayonnaise.
So, whose chicken sandwich is better? Chick-fil-A or Popeyes?
RELATED: Brands beef about who has the best chicken sandwichOnce the sandwich was unleashed to the masses, people took to social media to praise Popeyes for having the most delicious chicken sandwich on the planet. Is it the traditional chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A that is always served up with a smile, or the underdog chicken sandwich from Popeyes that has changed the game forever? But when you're looking for something with a little more punch in your chicken sandwich, you may want to try elsewhere. Popeyes sandwichThere's a reason that Chick-fil-A is throwing shade at Popeyes chicken sandwich, and that is because in my taste test, Popeyes has the better sandwich. Final resultsFor me, Popeyes' new chicken sandwich is the clear winner, and honestly, it's about time there was a shake-up when it comes to fried chicken sandwiches in the fast-food chain world.
Delivery is stretching restaurant resources. Ghost kitchens can be the answer
Also known by a variety of other names, like virtual or cloud kitchens, ghost kitchens are an evolution of the restaurant model that is meant for off-premise dining only. Delivery business is boomingCousins isn't the only restaurant trying out ghost kitchens as food delivery booms. "Ghost kitchens are largely a response to margin challenges," Technomic principal David Henkes said. Starbucks' delivery program in China, in partnership with Alibaba, is further along than its nascent U.S. delivery business. The Pasadena, California-based company has two ghost kitchens so far: one in Pasadena and the other in Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood.cnbc.com
Chick-fil-A adds mac and cheese to menu
Alex Wong/Getty Images(CNN) - America's favorite restaurant chain just added to its menu for the first time in three years. As of Monday, Chick-fil-A offers macaroni and cheese as a side option nationwide -- the only addition since 2016. "Mac & Cheese is the quintessential comfort food, and something we are so excited to offer our guests at Chick-fil-A," said Amanda Norris, executive director of menu and packaging in a statement. Chick-fil-A is one of the most profitable restaurant chains in the country, according to Nation's Restaurant News. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Chick-fil-A adds mac and cheese to its menu, making a rare change
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America has a new favorite fast food restaurant -- and it doesn't even involve burgers
Well, according to data from Market Watch, cited in a Food and Wine report from earlier this week, its -- drum roll, please! -- Chick-fil-A. Market Force polls more than 7,600 people, and looks at their satisfaction and whether theyd recommend a restaurant to someone else. And then last years No 1, Pizza Ranch, didnt even earn enough votes to qualify for this years poll, Food and Wine points out. As for McDonalds, it actually came in last place -- but as the Food and Wine article points out, the burger continues to top every single restaurant on the entire list in sales.
This restaurant is giving away free entrees for Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday
It seems as though weve got holidays for everything, a lot of which a good portion of us may not necessarily celebrate Lion Day, Penpal Day, Drive-In Movie Day but Cow Appreciation Day is certainly one we can get down with, especially because Chick-fil-A restaurants all over the country will be giving away free entrees in celebration on Tuesday. If youre the type who likes to go all out perhaps a full-body cow suit go on with your bad self. Some examples: cow hat or mask, a T-shirt with black and white spots, jewelry with cow print. More than 2,400 restaurants took part in Cow Appreciation Day last year, but it would still be safe to check with your local Chick-fil-A before heading over to make sure theyre joining in. Happy Cow Appreciation Day!
Fast food manager jumps through window to save choking child
But that didn't stop one Georgia teen when he saw a 6-year-old boy choking in the drive-thru this week. Now, manager Logan Simmons is being called a hero -- and rightfully so. Surveillance video from the Flowery Branch Chick-fil-A shows Simmons, 19, climbing through the window and running to the car where the boy was in the back seat. Simmons said that once he got to the car, he saw that the boy's seat belt was tangled around his neck. "Everyone's been cheering and shouting my name and asking me to come sit with them and stuff," Simmons said Friday.
Once again, Chick-fil-A is named America's favorite restaurant chain
For the fourth year in a row, the Georgia-based chicken chain has been named America's favorite restaurant, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The chain, whose customer service is perhaps just as well-known as its food, scored an 86 on the 100-point scale, down one point from last year. Four chains tied for fourth with a score of 80: Arby's, Chipotle, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. Other popular chains scored much lower. 3 in the industry behind McDonald's and Starbucks, according to Nation's Restaurant News.