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Chipotle Ordering Manners; Thirteen Things To Avoid Doing

Now that Duluth has a Chipotle - and the opening day-line has diminished - it's a good time to review ordering ettiquete.  In some ways, these tips are transferrable to just about any restaurant - especially fast food places.

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(Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/ Getty Images)
(Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/ Getty Images)
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Obama’s Favorite Burger Restaurant Closes Two Locations

It's possible that Barack Obama might start to develop a complex - what with nose-diving approval ratings, a crumbling economy, international scandal, and now - his favorite D.C. burger joint is closing.

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Source:  McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
Source: McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
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Fish McBites Join Chicken Nuggets On McDonalds Menu For Lent

Just in time for Lent, McDonalds is adding a new option to their menu!  Fish McBites join Chicken Nuggets on the Happy Meal menu - tailored towards kids and adults who are looking for fish options during the lead-up to Easter.

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Source:  Zen via flickr
Source: Zen via flickr
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Rethink the Way You Eat Chinese Takeout

Okay, so this has been making the rounds on the web for the last day or so - and as the resident "foodie", I thought I would pass it along to you.  A new story online suggests that we've all been eating Chinese takeout the wrong way;  The blog suggests that instead of eating our food out of those deep containers, we should "unfold" the paper vessel to create a make-shift plate - with a larger surface area.

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Obamacare Equals Reduced Hours For Some Wendy’s Employees

Apparently they weren't empty threats.  When The Obama administration pushed for the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, some of the nations largest employers said that the costs associated with the new mandate would force them into reducing hours, a cut-back on hiring, or worse

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Source:  Old Shoe Woman via flickr
Source: Old Shoe Woman via flickr
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Olive Garden And Red Lobster Owner Darden Continues To Underperform

Revamped menus and marketing didn't help Florida-based Darden Restaurants boost their sales in the most-recent quarter.  The parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse posted numbers that were even lower than analysts had forecasted.

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Source:  Lees95014 via flickr
Source: Lees95014 via flickr
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Holiday Warmth Turns Ugly At A Denny’s Restaurant In Texas

Police are investigating an incident that happened at a San Antonio, Texas Denny's restaurant.  Apparently an angry customer set an in-restaurant Christmas Tree on fire.

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Source:  Mike Baird via flickr
Source: Mike Baird via flickr
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Fast Food Wars: Taco Bell Ups The Ante With New Options

The age-old adage in business is to "get big or get out" - and it appears that Taco Bell subscribes to that theory.  The fast-food chain is rolling out new menu options aimed at targeting outside of their usual customer demographics.

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Source:  Hummanna via flickr
Source: Hummanna via flickr
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Restaurant Industry Battles Cell Phone Use by Customers

I think we've all been there.  You go to a nice restaurant for a relaxing meal - and the person at the table next to you is talking on their cell phone.  Or texting.  Or snapping pictures and updating their Facebook account.

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Source:  Wendys.com
Source: Wendys.com
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Wendy’s Updates Logo To Match Restaurant Upgrades; Company Hopes To Ignite Long-Term Growth

No, the pigtails aren't going anywhere.  But the "Wendy's experience" is about to change - company officials hope for the better.

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Mc-TV Is Coming: McDonalds Launches In-Restaurant TV Network

It's a growing trend.  First it was at the airport - where travelers were subjected to watching the airlines in-house television network.  Then, the proprietary channels started showing up at gas pumps, where drivers could get news updates and information on small screens that were built right into the pumps themselves.  Now, it appears that the world's largest fast food restaurant is getting into the game as McDonalds gets ready to launch their own in-restaurant television network.

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Source:  Dave_mcmt via flickr
Source: Dave_mcmt via flickr
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McDonalds To Start Putting Calorie Counts In Lights

In a move towards further nutritional disclosure, United States locations of McDonalds restaurants are getting ready to display the calorie count of their menu items in lights - making it easier for customers to know exactly what they are ordering and eating

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