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For Today Only, Denny’s Is Giving Away Free Breakfast Apparel

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Who: Denny’s

What: The diner chain will be giving away swag from their online store. Items include coffee mugs, T-shirts, skateboards, bacon scarves, socks, leggings, and other cool apparel and novelty items.

After the event, Denny’s will post a link on the page where winners can claim their prizes. As you can see from the image above, breakfast lovers will not want to miss out on this giveaway.

Where: You can find the livestream on the Denny’s Facebook page.

When: August 16, 2016 at 2pm and 6pm EST.

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Fast Food

First All-Organic Fast Food Chain Founded By Costco Execs Raises $7 Million In Funding

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A fast-food chain founded by two former Costco executives just raised $7 million in a round of funding that was led by Costco’s founder. The organic chain currently has two restaurants in San Francisco and Pleasanton, California, and is preparing to expand to at least 24 new locations with its new investment.

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The Organic Coup, a USDA-certified organic fast-food chain, is the first of its kind in the United States. It specializes in fried-chicken sandwiches prepared in coconut oil and offers sides such as chocolate-drizzled popcorn. Coconut oil is perhaps the most expensive oil on the market, but was chosen for its obvious health benefits.

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One of the company’s cofounders is Erica Welton, a former food buyer for Costco for 14 years. Cofounder Dennis Hoover has been with Costco for 33 years and responsible for overseeing 53 of the wholesale giant’s warehouses in Northern California.

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In fact, Hoover had a direct hand in transforming Costco into one of the largest providers of organic goods in the world. It’s not surprising that The Organic Coup has noteworthy backers that include Costco’s founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal as well as Costco’s chief financial officer, Richard Galanti. Galanti told Business Insider:

“I have complete confidence in him [Hoover] — he’s a great operator. I also like the fact that my boss [Senegal] for many years is a major investor.”

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Welton and Hoover may not have any previous restaurant experience, but they’re borrowing a thing or two from Costco to ensure their success. Hoover said:

“Our model is based on that Costco model of efficiency and paying employees a great wage.”

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The starting wages for The Organic Coup is $16 an hour in San Francisco and $14 an hour in Pleasanton. That’s nearly double the $7.98 hourly wage fast-food workers in the US reportedly make.

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Organic Coup’s menu is also unfortunately, a little bit pricier than your typical fast-food restaurant. Their fried-chicken sandwich costs $9.99 compared to $4 for one at Chick-fil-A. So far, it seems to be well-received with four stars for its Pleasanton location on Yelp.

Written by NextShark || Images via Instagram

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Fast Food

Philly’s Best Adds Cheesy New Cordon Bleu Sandwich

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If you’re craving some Philly Cheesesteaks in the West Coast, Philly’s Best is as good a place as any to get a quick fix. The West Coast sandwich chain specializes in making the popular East Coast sandwich for Californians. With 21 locations, the restaurant chain added a brand new sandwich to their lineup.

That sandwich is the Philly Chicken Cordon Bleu, based off of the popular meat and cheese dish.

The Philly Chicken Cordon Bleu is made with a thinly-sliced piece of chicken and Boar’s Head ham that’s chopped into chunks and topped with melted White American Cheese and served on a soft Amoroso roll.

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We stopped by a local Philly’s Best to get some intimate shots of the new sandwich and, y’know, try it.

Wasn’t bad at all.

You can get the sandwich for $8.49, depending on the location. The Cordon Bleu will be available at all Philly’s Best locations until May 31.

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Here’s Why Bacon And Sausage Are Banned At This Hotel Chain

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A Nowegeian hotel group is getting rid of bacon and sausage from its hotel menus. Turns out they’re trying to encourage more healthier eating habits in their locations, Fox News reports.

The Nordic Choice hotel group has more than 170 locations (Quality hotels, Comfort hotels, Clarion hotels) scattered throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics. The Comfort Hotel chain, specifically, will no longer feature bacon or sausage. Rather, they’ll be replaced with plant-based options.

Sustainability is said to be the major reason behind the change, said Nordic Choice’s owner Petter Stordalen.

While the pork-less changes will only be on a trial basis, opinions are split behind the lighter more sustainable menu. A spokesman for the Comfort Hotel chain says that they want their guests to start the day off with healthier options.

This isn’t the first time Stordalen has made a radical business decision when it comes to health. He told Vice that his hotels were also the first in the world to ban smoking.

Not sure how we feel about this one. One of the main reasons we stay at a hotel is to indulge. Especially if they have a breakfast buffet.

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Restaurants

Joe’s Crab Shack Just Became The First MAJOR Restaurant Chain To Ban Tipping

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Last month, restauranteur Danny Meyer implemented a much talked-about “No Tipping” rule at his restaurants. Rather than leaving money for their servers, patrons would see a slight price increase in their meals and servers would be paid a higher hourly wage.

Now, in a major move, Joe’s Crab Shack has become the first major chain to implement that No Tipping policy at 18 of their major units. Restaurant Business reports that servers will see a starting pay bump of $14 an hour. While $14 is the base, servers actual wages will vary depending on their past performance.

Joe’s parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group, says that the pay increases will come from the 12 to 15 percent price elevation for menu items. According to Ignite CEO Ray Blanchette, the test began in August and have been implemented in more Joe’s Crab Shacks as recently as last Tuesday.

Blanchette says that the new wage model also fixes some wage problems at the restaurant locations. Waiters and waitresses at Joe’s are usually against having help when it comes to a large table because it means splitting tips. Now, no matter how large the party, tip sharing will not be an issue at the 18 test cities.

Joe’s will continue testing this new model through the end of the year.

 

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Fast Food

Here’s Why Burger King Had The BEST 2nd Quarter Sales In Almost A Decade

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Burger King has seen a great second quarter this year as same-store sales rose 6.7 percent. According to Restaurant Brands International, BK’s parent company, this was the fast food chain’s best quarterly performance in 9 years.

Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, attributed the success of sales to a four-pillar plan: improvements to the menu, marketing, operations and reimagining. The last nine quarters sales have been steadily increasing at the burger chain.

A large part to the brand’s success is thanks to the lack of operational complexity that comes with every new menu item, NRN reports. One of the newest menu items, the A1 Hearty Mozzarella Bacon Cheeseburger, only features one new menu item.

It seems that Burger King has been consistently working on improvements in products, ingredients and overall speed.

Schwartz also mentions that they’re working to garner similar success with the recently-aquired Tim Horton’s.

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This Couple Met and Got Married at a Costco

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One year ago, Costco enthusiast Robert Bonilla met a woman named Meredith at a California Costco. That day, the two found a connection in the frozen foods section and have been together ever since.

Over the weekend, a year later, the two decided it was time they took their relationship to the next step.

Standing in the frozen foods section of that very Santa Maria store, in front of friends and family members, the two tied the knot. The strangely sweet ceremony was held after store hours, so as not to detract guests from trying free samples and buying protein powder in bulk.

While Costco doesn’t regularly book weddings at their store locations, the company made an exception for the couple upon hearing the circumstances of their meeting.

The couple’s first foray into domestic bliss was to relax and unwind on the store’s double recliners.

h/t KEYT Picthx Vexyvox

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BUSTED: Whole Foods Fined for Overcharging Californians

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Ruh Roh, Whole Foods. The popular grocery chain was penalized a sum of close to $800,000 after a year-long investigation discovered that they were overcharging customers in the state of California. There’s about 74 Whole Foods total.

It was uncovered by State and local inspectors that purchased foods weighed less than how much they were advertised to cost for said weight. The weight of salad bar containers were also not subtracted after the final checkout, Fox News reports. According to prosecutors, this violated consumer protection laws under false advertising and unfair competition.

Whole Foods is set to pay $210,000 to the city attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego. The chain must also repay $100,000 to a weights and measurements enforcement fund. There will be both state and store pricing accuracy managers to prevent this from happening again as well as random quarterly audits in all 74 Whole Foods locations in California.

Picthx Yelp