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Take a Break With These Sweet Tax Day Restaurant Deals

April is the cruelest month. With lilacs dying off because of the bipolar weather, worrying over an array of tax forms and having an existential crisis as you realize how scant your income has been this past year really puts a damper on things.

However, while you scrounge out those old receipts to find any form of a tax benefit, there are some companies out there that have you in mind.

Whether you need some tropical shaved ice to cool you off or a free pizza with a big ass mouse, this tax day doesn’t have to be as dire as it might seem.

Here are a few spots offering a deal on that fateful Tuesday:

Great American Cookies

The 1977 classically American cookie company is once again sharing some sweetness on a bitter day by giving away one free Cookies & Cream cookie to any individual aware of the deal. Although you don’t need any proof of taxes to receive the cookie, the sullen, groggy, and broken look will fare as evidence.

Hot Dog on a Stick

While it might not be the first place you would run to, Hot Dog on a Stick is still attempting to alleviate any stress the day might bring by offering one veggie or turkey dog to each customer. Nothing amazing, but if you happen to be in a mall and you see one, now you know.

Chuck E. Cheese’s

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Okay, this one is amazing. You get an entire large pizza for free with a purchase of one large pizza from April 18-20. I don’t know if you remember these pizzas, but they tasted like how playing Mortal Kombat against the big, sweaty competitive kid and then beating him felt. I mean, you have to have a kid to get in, but that’s not a problem, just go to the Party City that’s invariably across the street and find one.


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This one is pretty delicious. Anyone who follows the scent of these succulent little morsels to the source will be treated with two Cinnabon bites. While it might not be worth it to go out of your way to get only two of these tiny little dudes, consider the fact that most of the deals on this page can be found in a mall, so just go to a mall and take in the sweet tax day deals.

Hungry Howie’s

Though locations are sparse, this is a pizza joint on a level above Little Caesars and they’re giving away a one topping medium pizza for 15 cents with the purchase of a one-topping large pizza at regular menu price using the promo code 18TAXDAY. The deal is valid for online carryout purchases only through 4/15-4/17 at participating locations. Can’t really go wrong with pizza for 15 cents.

Piada Italian Street Food 

If you’re craving something more Italian than pizza, then look no further than Piada Italian Street Food which will be handing out a free blackberry lemonade with every purchase on Tuesday.

Potbelly Sandwiches

So if you’re on the West Coast this isn’t a great deal, mainly because there are no locations there. However, if you’re close to one of these shops, try to get their app and sign up for their perks program. Customers who sign up for Potbelly Perks by downloading the Potbelly app (iPhone / Android) or online will receive a free sandwich (the free sandwich offer ends until 75,000 sandwiches have been given away). Those already enrolled in Potbelly Perks can enjoy a BOGO Sandwich that will automatically load in to the app for redemption on Tax Day (April 17). For a fast food sandwich joint, this one knows what it’s doing, and what it’s doing is delicious sandwiches.  


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For when you don’t feel like moving too much after you’ve experienced once again how bleak your economic life is, Sonic is the place to go. Without even stepping outside of your car — hell you can even keep the car going and listen to a podcast about why living a healthy life is the key to stability — all while chowing down on a half-priced burger at any time of the day, because this is America.

Kona Ice

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The traditional shaved ice company is hoping to help the hot headed tax payers by offering a free cup of shaved ice on their National “Chill Out” day, which is really just tax day. If you like shaved ice, this aint’ a bad pit-stop on your Tuesday. 


Finally, something that’ll actually help everyone in misery. For $6 you can get a pretty average blueberry or pineapple margarita from this fine establishment. Hey think about it, you get a pretty significant amount back for your taxes in a few weeks, right? Just consider it already in the bank and use this time in life to reflect. No better place to do that than Chili’s at like 11 AM, sitting next to a 70 year-old woman wearing stilettos, with a chihuahua in her leather purse, who smells vaguely like your grandmother’s dishwasher.


Well, that’s basically all of the deals you’ll want to consider. I mean there’s other stuff, like Quizno’s, but it isn’t worth it. If you have to be a member of something to get a deal that’ll save you a whopping $4 on an average sandwich, that might just stress you out more.



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Jack In The Box Sells Qdoba To Chuck E. Cheese’s Owner For $305 Million

After over 14 years of ownership and growth, Jack In The Box sells Qdoba off to Apollo Management Group in a massive $305 million deal.

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Qdoba, which has become the second-largest Mexican fast casual brand in the US, will now be a part of the same company that controls Chuck E. Cheese. Proceeds of the deal, which is expected to close in April of 2018, will be used by Jack In The Box to retire outstanding debt, according to a release about the sale.

When Jack In The Box first acquired Qdoba in 2003, it had 85 locations and just $65 million in annual sales. Today, the chain has grown to 700 national locations with $820 million in sales in the 2017 fiscal year.

In a statement, CEO Larry Comma called Qdoba’s sale “the best alternative for enhancing shareholder value” and noted it as “consistent with [Jack In The Box’s] desire to transition to a less capital-intensive business model.”

Jack In The Box was known to be looking at strategic options to possibly sell or refranchise Qdoba for several months, especially after the chain’s same-store sales fell 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, Nation’s Restaurant News reports.

Shareholders of Jack In The Box seem to be pleased with the sale. As of press time this morning, shares of the fast food giant had climbed 2.57% to $102.92 each, according to Google Finance.


Chuck. E Cheese’s Threw Cheetos On A Mac N Cheese Pizza And We Need It NOW

It’s safe to say that Cheetos has been peaking these past few years.

The classic cheese curls we all know and love have been popping up everywhere in ways we didn’t think possible. As if their pop-up restaurant in New York wasn’t big enough, they’ve also launched their innovative creations on a nationwide scale with Burger King’s Mac N’ Cheetos. We’ve also seen Cheetos being used in grilled cheeses, chicken, corn-on-the-cob, bagels, and even poke burritos.

Now, pizzerias are even starting to embrace the glorious Cheetos.

Chuck E. Cheese’s is now offering their Cheetos Mac-Cheesy Pizza at all participating locations starting today until the end of the year. For cheese-lovers, this is the real deal: A cheese pizza is loaded with macaroni and cheese, and then topped generously with crunchy Cheetos for a texture of creamy, gooey, and crunchy. Try getting it on their cheese-stuffed crusts for an even cheesier experience.

Brb, time to find a kid to babysit.

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Exploring The Chuck E. Cheese’s Lunch Buffet High On THC Toffee

“Did you know Chuck E. Cheese offers an All-You-Can Eat Lunch buffet?”

That was the question Elie asked me, as I proclaimed the deliciousness of Chuck E. Cheese pizza in the FOODBEAST office a few months ago. I’d recently gone for a young child’s birthday, and the pizza was more than memorable. I was unaware of the buffet, though, but interested to hear more.

Come to find out, Chuck E. Cheese has an AYCE lunch buffet Monday – Friday from 11am – 2pm, for about $7.50.

“We should go review the buffet one day,” Elie continued. “But, we should take [weed] edibles before we go — and vlog it!”

This immediately seemed like a fantastic idea. So, for the last few months, through Slack channels and Google Calendar, Elie and I began scheduling — and canceling — a date.

With both our schedules peppered with out of office dealings, remote photo shoots, and just general unavailability, pinning a date for this eventful day proved very difficult.

Most of us can remember going to Chuck E. Cheese’s as children. From my perspective, it was mostly fun. Chuck, the giant mouse, seemed reputable. The neon lights, video games, and animatronics were the perfect atmosphere for an 80s baby wired for sensory entertainment.

As I aged, I figured the Chuck E. experience was exclusive to parents with children. A few years ago, some dude I knew decided to have his birthday dinner there, and it was pretty dismal. One beer, per hour — we were told, after our group was almost denied entry. Since then, I figured Chuck E. Cheese was off-limits, and it was best to steer clear of the establishment unless invited. I was fine with that.

Upon my recent return, I discovered that Chuck E. Cheese pizza was delicious. Perfectly cooked pepperoni, flaky crust, melty cheese — good enough to share with the FOODBEAST crew, anyway.

As interested as I was in attempting to partake in the “all-you-can-eat” the buffet, I voiced my opinions about feeling unwelcome, expressing doubts that our plan would work. Elie convinced me otherwise.

Elie explained that he had ordered a pizza to go with his girlfriend a few months prior, when he saw the flyer for the buffet, and knew it was something he wanted to check out. So, I trusted his judgement.

After months of planning and replanning, we finally pulled the trigger. Conveniently enough, I received a package from a new cannabis infused toffee company, which would act as our PED for our nostalgic culinary journey.

We arrived at our destination about an hour after consuming the infused toffee. The sweetness and stickiness of the toffee, paired with the slight tinge of cannabis lingered in my mouth as I prepared myself for a cerebral journey. My body vibrated with strong waves of highness. I could tell this high would be intense.

Upon entering, a red rope separated us between reality and a neon-lit brainchild spawned by the inventor of Atari. The moment of truth was upon us. As the rope lifted, my anxiety subsided.

It worked. Mission one: Completed. We had successfully entered Chuck E. Cheese without the accompaniment of a child.

Now it was time to buffet.

However, the buffet was less than sad. It was depressing. Considering my enhanced emotional state, I was completely floored by the piss-poor presentation of the “buffet” which merely consisted of a large bowl with a divider down the center, separating two types of salad, a squirt bottle of Ranch dressing, and a small bowl of croutons. There was literally a half pizza under a heat lamp when we entered.

Elie wasn’t impressed either. His vision of the buffet was much more grandiose, with multiple toppings to choose from and a variety of dressings to enrobe our salad. I thought perhaps his visions of grandeur had rubbed off on me. There seemed to be a collective deflation between us.

As we sat down to eat, I started my voice recorder on my phone, just to capture the poignant moments of our discussion. I time stamped the audio after to discuss it on Foodbeast’s The Katchup Podcast.

My first note reads: “1:40 min: “I’m high as fuck.”

Through about an hour of audio recording, Elie and I seemed completely distracted by random noises from the surrounding video games. I mentioned how there was no salt and pepper at the table several times. Elie claimed his beer was the best he’d ever had. It was Bud Light.

Yet, the pizza was good. We mentioned how the food began tasting better each time we went back to the buffet. That could have been the magic toffee talking, but I’ll give it to Chuck E. Cheese, they’ve been in the pizza game for 40 years, and let’s face it, it’s pizza — there’s not much that can go wrong.

As we wrapped up our business lunch, the inebriation from the toffee began to really take hold. I consumed much more than I thought, and was soaring into a stoned, anxiety riddled mindset. I explained to Lyft driver that I’d gone to a “business lunch” at Chuck E. Cheese, she told me that I “looked tired,” repeatedly.

After that, I decided not to talk, as I was nervous I’d just ramble incoherently.
I began to question why I let Elie talk me into something like this, but nonetheless thankful for the opportunity to be able to tell a story of this nature.

In retrospect, I’m glad we were able to prove that Chuck E. Cheese doesn’t require children to enter, but I’m not sure when I’ll return. Maybe we will meet again, if I eventually enter fatherhood, although I am in no rush. Thanks to this trip, I was able to revisit the positive memories of my childhood — but perhaps it’s best those stay as they are — simply good memories of my youth.

Because, not even consuming 60mg of THC could have made the buffet any better.

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Adults Keep Brawling At This Rowdy Chuck E. Cheese’s In Massachusetts

Chuck E. Cheese’s seems to be the hot spot for Worldstar-level fights, as adults seemingly can’t handle the childish atmosphere, and snap at the sight of bratty kids screaming and crying all night.

We’ve seen fights at Chuck E. Cheese’s a fair amount of times, but this particular Massachusetts restaurant had two incidents within two months, which may or may not be surprising.

The most recent dust up happened Monday, as two people were hospitalized after a fight that involved tossed objects that may have busted someone’s eyebrow, according to FOX 25.

One of the employees tried to stop the fight, but it was too late as a pregnant woman had her eyebrow cut, with blood gushing out of it.

As unfortunate as this incident was, exactly two months before this fight, there were five drunk people arrested at this same Chuck E. Cheese’s. The worst part, that Chuck E. Cheese’s doesn’t even sell alcohol, but these assholes brought in their own before starting a brawl.

This one got so bad, that police officers were actually punched and kicked by the intoxicated guests.

Can you imagine how lit this place would be if they actually sold alcohol?

These altercations might pale in comparison to the 50-person brawl that went down at a separate Pittsburgh Chuck E. Cheese’s, but I wouldn’t blame anyone who stays far away from any Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Last thing you want at little Jimmy’s birthday party is a crazy brawl. Or maybe that’s exactly what you want. I don’t know, live your life, bro.

h/t Consumerist

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Watch These Families Start A Massive Brawl At A Chuck E. Cheese’s

Chuck E. Cheese’s seems to be a hot bed for ratchetry, and it’s understandable. No one really wants to be there. Their pizza might be fire, but other than that, it’s musty, smells like feet and ass, and you’re probably around people you hate, just to celebrate some asshole little kid’s birthday.

Video of a brawl was posted to Twitter by Krystel Jimenez, as a group of Floridians lost their cool after some dirty looks were given, and families didn’t appreciate it, according to the Miami Herald.

A Chuck E. Cheese’s spokesman told WSVN 7 News that “an argument between two guests escalated into a physical altercation.”

Thank you, Chuck. We can see that.

This was a good old fashioned baseball-style brawl where four or five different fights were going on at the same time, and everyone was just jumping around, trying to get a piece of anyone they could get their hands on.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen things go down at the kids restaurant, as an even bigger, 50-person brawl broke out in a Pittsburgh Chuck E. Cheese’s once.

Thankfully, it looked like no kids got caught in the crossfire, although you do see a little girl run across the bottom of the screen, trying the get the heck out of there.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s Unveils Their Sketchy New Spaghetti Pizza

Despite how gross this might sound to most adults, it would come as no surprise if this freak-from-the-oven resonated really well with kids. After all, it’s universally known that children are really big fans of pizza and spaghetti, so how would combining them be?

Well, Chuck E. Cheese’s set out to discover the answer to that question by doing that exactly: combining them. The finished product is, at the very least, interesting to look at.

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The pizza is made with their standard dough, a layer of marinara, a helping of spaghetti noodles spread all around it, a drizzle of marinara on top, some classic Italian mozzarella, then finally a handful of meatballs.

Although the spaghetti pizza is not a permanent menu item, the fusion food will be available at all participating Chuck E. Cheese’s until June 30th, 2016.



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Pizza Geography Map Charts the Closest Pizza Chains Near You


There’s nothing quite like the 2AM pizza delivery call to soothe our grease-lovin’ souls, and there are tons of different establishments from which we can choose. While the most recognizable are usually the chain restaurants (a la Pizza Hut and Papa John’s), have you ever thought about how prevalent these pizza chains are in the US?

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Nathan Yau of Flowing Data compiled all relevant research and created the above map that charts the nearest pizza chain within a 10-mile radius across the US — Chuck E. Cheese’s, CiCi’s, Domino’s, Godfather’s, Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Pizza Hut and Sbarro. While this data distribution alone is valuable, Yau broke it down in even further detail:


Where Individual Chains Can Be Found

Pizza Locations

When the data is broken down by chain, it seems that Pizza Hut and Domino’s reign supreme, although Papa John’s and Little Caesars might give ’em a run for their money. Interestingly enough, a few restaurants are still popular in the locations they originated — Little Caesars is strong in the Michigan area, and Papa Murphy’s has a decent presence in the northwest.


Location Comparisons

Pizza Map

Have a pizza hankering? This chart shows you how each restaurant matches up against each another. Simply choose a chain on the left, one from the top and follow to wear they intersect to see how they compare.

While I’m a fan of these spots, we’re just stoked people are finally recognizing that Chuck E. Cheese has some high quality pie. Truth.

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