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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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New Food Trend: Standing Restaurants

It's standing room only at the trendiest restaurants in Tokyo - and that's by design!  The latest food trend in Tokyo is gourmet restaurants where customers stand to eat their meal, and industry experts predict that it's only a matter of time before they start to appear in the United States

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Source: Manny Hernandez via flickr
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Mandatory Tips Part Of The Experience At Vermont Restaurant

It's a divisive issue.  Once upon a time, tipping was a way to show your appreciation for good customer service from an employee.  Whether it was at the restaurant, the hair salon, or even a taxi ride - it was up to the customer to decide if and how much of a tip was left.

Then, busines

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Domino’s Drops Pizza From Their Name, Changes Their Logo, And Invites Customers To Watch

Domino's is changing the way they do business.   In an effort to re-energize the company, Domino's altering their logo, dropping the word "pizza" from their name.  They're also hoping to evolve from a delivery chain to a restaurant that invites customers to come in and watch the pizzas being made

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Source: Susan Davidson via flickr
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Denny’s Opens Wedding Chapel In Las Vegas

Breakfast is served 24-7 and now you can also get a side of "married" with those eggs!  Denny's is opening a wedding chapel in Las Vegas.

Officials admit that they don't expect to host a lot of weddings at the restaurant

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McDonalds Profits Falter For The First Time Since 2003

They made it through the recession seemingly unscathed.  During the most-recent economic downtown, McDonalds enjoyed plenty of black ink while their rivals saw red.  Now it seems that the tables might be turning

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Applebees Tries New Marketing Route With Inflatable Dolls As Workplace Decoys

I guess you have to grant them some credit - Applebees is trying a unique marketing ploy to drum up lunchtime business.  For $6.99, office workers can buy an inflatable doll to "stand in" for them while they leave the building to have lunch at Applebees

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Food Trucks Okayed In Windy City

The other day I left the office for lunch to run errands and was surprised to see a food truck in downtown Duluth.  Wondering if the lunch-on-the-run fad was making it's was to the Northland, I finally put two and two together to realize it was there for the farmers market

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Source: Anthony Albright via flickr
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Oregon Rescinds Regulation To Make Restaurant Workers Wear Gloves

The gloves are off - once again - at Oregon restaurants.  Regulators had passed a law that would require all food service employees to wear gloves when preparing a meal.  Now, following heavy protests from employees and customers alike, they've rescinded the ruling

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Source: Diaper via flickr
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Olive Garden’s Parent Company Buys Competing Chain

Following what appeared to be a bleak business year for Darden Restaurants - the parent-company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, things seem to be looking up.  Darden Restaurants announced the agreement to purchase the Yard House chain for $585 million dollars in cash

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No Chips – Only McDonalds French Fries Will Be Available At London’s Summer Olympics

The news has diehard Great Brits and "chips"-fans alike hopping mad;  The news has broke that as the sponsor of the games, McDonalds has the rights to french fry sales at the summer Olympics - and they're exercising that clause to keep the monopoly for themselves

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Source: Bob B Brown via flickr
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Minnesota-Based Buffalo Wild Wings Updates Their Logo And Their Atmosphere

"The only thing constant is change" - or so the old saying goes.  It looks like Buffalo Wild Wings is living that adage, as it prepares to roll out a new logo and restaurant design.
Some of the changes to the logo include a buffalo with bigger wings, narrowed eyes, and upward-turned horns

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