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These Major Restaurants Have Secret Menus For Dogs

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The restaurant world is a lot more pet-friendly than you’d think. We’ve seen a dedicated dog cafe pop up recently, making it so that you can dine in with a plethora of puppies around you, but you can also dine with your four-legged best friend at standard restaurants.

While some services are at the discretion of the restaurant’s owner, plenty of well-known restaurants cater to your doggy with special menu items.

Of course, unless you have a service dog, you can’t really eat indoors without the health department throwing a fit, but outdoor patios are a dog-lover’s best friend.

Also, keep in mind that just as we hoomans can be allergic to certain things, your dog can be too. So check with a vet and always make sure you know that your dog can handle the food so you don’t get unexpected gifts on your car rug.

From Starbucks to Shake Shack, a lot of our favorite chain restaurants put in a little extra effort to make sure your companion can share a little something with you while dining.

Check out the dog-friendly secret menu items that they offer:
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Puppuccino from Starbucks

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The Puppuccino is a small cup filled with whipped cream for your canine companion. If you’re taking Scooby for a walk and want to pop in to Starbucks for a Caramel Frappuccino, you don’t have to painfully look into your dog’s sad little eyes as he watches you drink away. Take a seat outside and enjoy Starbucks with Fido.

However, it could be a bit sketchy to order it consistently for your dog, considering Starbucks’ whipped cream has so much sugar and fat, but it’s a nice treat for them once in a great while.
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Dairy Queen Pup Cup

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Everyone loves ice cream (except maybe our own Peter Pham). Chances are your dog will go nuts for this. With a little bit of vanilla soft serve, topped with a doggie treat, your dog will wag her tail nonstop.

*Note* We’ve heard milk could possibly be harmful for dogs, so definitely consult with your vet before trying this one.
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In-N-Out’s Pup Patty

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In-N-Out is a must whenever in California, even for your four-legged friend. If you’re loving a Double Double in your car and your dog is giving you those sad puppy eyes, you can order him a Pup Patty. It’s just a plain, unseasoned burger patty with no salt, just like Uncle Jim used to grill for Memorial Day.

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Doggie Cupcakes from Sprinkles

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Sprinkles is another destination that must be visited when in California. Their famous cupcakes are also extended to doggies as one of their specialized cupcakes is made sugar-free and with yogurt frosting.
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Sonic Drive-In Doggie Treats

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It makes sense that Sonic Drive-In would be pet-friendly since you never even step foot inside. They’re set up so that you order and eat in your car, or pop out and eat at their outside dining area. If you have your pet with you, they’ll often bring you a doggie treat so you won’t eat alone.

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The Pooch-ini from Shake Shack

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An East Coast favorite that’s filled with delicious burgers and milk shakes, of course, Shake Shack has the Pooch-ini for your doggie to enjoy. The Pooch-ini is a custom-made dessert consisting of dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. Your dog’s going to wag her tail for days after enjoying this one.

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Johnny Rockets Dog Burger

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At Johnny Rockets, if you sit in the outdoor patio areas, you can ask for a cut-up burger patty and water. The Johnny Rockets in Southern California’s Victoria Gardens restaurant even teamed up with a local dog bakery to put together a 20-item menu for doggies that includes a Lickety Split Ice Cream and Pupcakes.

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Lazy Dog Rice Plate

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No surprise here. Lazy Dog Cafe is known for its dog-loving inspiration. Here, patrons are encouraged to sit in the outside patio and share meals with their doggies and mingle with other doggies. As you can see above, a cut up piece of beef and a generous serving of rice are provided for Lassie.

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Tim Hortons’ Sugar-Free Timbits

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If you’re a follower of Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, you’d be under the impression that Canada sucks, but what you should know is they’re actually super friendly. Of course the Canadian superpower, Tim Hortons, offers its famous Timbits to doggies in a plain, dog-friendly form.

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Some Chick-Fil-As Give Dog Treats

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There are always restaurants that cater to their demographic. So if they know the area consists of lots of dog lovers they might keep dog treats in-store to hand out. For example, Several Chick-Fil-As, such as the one in Upland, CA, and Fountain Way, MN, are known for providing treats for your pup via the drive-thru.

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Of course, we don’t want to leave out the mom and pops who love dogs just as much as you do. So if you’re on the road with your dog and need to find a spot to plop down and have a meal, some sites pinpoint which restaurants, big or small, are pet-friendly.

It’s not exactly the mega stack of spaghetti they shared in Lady and the Tramp, but these places are pretty considerate to the pet community.

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So don’t let your pup miss out on a treat, and if it’s a hot day, make sure you couple these treats with some water.

Information from Barkpost and The I Love Dogs Site used in this post.
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Hit-Or-Miss

Billionaire Tim Hortons Co-Founder’s Son Sued for Alleged Rape and Battery

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Written by NextShark‘s Augustine Reyes Chan

The son of one of Tim Hortons’ co-founders is being sued for sexual assault and battery that allegedly happened last October. Papers filed on Friday with the Superior Court in Toronto claim that Steven Joyce, 48, raped Elizabeth Kelly, 50, of Toronto, on Joyce’s father’s yacht.

Joyce’s father, Ronald Joyce, owns the doughnut chain Tim Hortons. Ron Joyce is worth $1.2 billion, according to a 2013 Forbes estimate. Kelly is seeking $5.7 million in damages, and the filed claims have yet to be contested in court.

Joyce and his father are both named as defendants and had not filed a statement of defense at the time of this writing. Ron Joyce was not present on the yacht, but is included in the lawsuit because Kelly alleges that, as the yacht owner, “he had a legal duty under maritime law to keep her safe.”

The National Post in Toronto reached Steven Joyce earlier this week. Joyce said, “I am aware of the allegations. My father certainly has nothing to do with this. They are just allegations. It’s unfortunate. We were friends for a long time.”

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That last fact was true, and is part of the reason that Kelly didn’t come forward earlier. Kelly, who has been married three times, dated Joyce after he separated from his wife for three years before the incident. In an interview with the Post, Kelly said, “We really cared about one another.”

But what allegedly happened on the super-yacht, worth a purported $30 million, tells another story.

Kelly and a girlfriend (whose name has not been made public) went to Fort Lauderdale to celebrate her 50th birthday and to join Joyce on the yacht. Kelly and Joyce had consensual sex that afternoon. A while later, in the stateroom, Joyce requested that the two women join him for a threesome, which Kelly and her friend refused. According to Kelly, Joyce then “grabbed her arm and tried to pull her onto the bed with them.” As a result, Kelly was thrown off the bed and Joyce and Kelly’s friend landed on top of her. Kelly severely injured her wrist and hand. She declined to go to the hospital that night, but stated that she would visit a clinic first thing in the morning.

That evening, Kelly and Joyce spent time in a hot tub on the top deck of the yacht. When Kelly rose naked before putting on a robe, she said it was hard because of her injured hand, the court papers say. They then say that “Steven Joyce, without warning, suddenly and inexplicably forced the plaintiff face down on a chaise lounge and subjected the plaintiff to a vicious sexual battery.” Kelly allegedly begged Joyce to stop and screamed that he was hurting her.

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Despite incurring “serious and permanent personal injuries and impairments,” Kelly did not report the attack to the police. That’s allegedly due in part to the fact that Joyce was apologetic to her, before the ship’s captain drove the three of them to a clinic.

Kelly said she was in too much shock at the time to file a complaint and was unsure of how to make one in a foreign country in her interview with the Post. At the medical clinic, she only showed her hand injury.

Kelly, of course, is telling a different story now, which puts into question why she waited so long to file a lawsuit, especially when her claims say that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and “the inability to trust or form intimate relationships” after the alleged assault.

When Kelly spoke about the lawsuit, she was quick to dismiss the “glamorous”  surroundings. “It doesn’t matter if it’s on a $30-million yacht or in the street,” Kelly said. “It affected me a lot more than I realized. [I]t just wasn’t cool.”  When asked about Joyce, Kelly was frank and said, “That is not what love looks like.”

In the same Post interview, Ron Joyce argued that he was being milked because his family is wealthy:

“That’s one of the problems of being wealthy: you become a target for some pretty unscrupulous people.”

Kelly, however, knew Joyce would make such claims. In the report, she said the suit was not a “money grab.”

Written by NextShark‘s Augustine Reyes Chan

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Hit-Or-Miss

Hissy Customer at Tim Hortons Mad About Onions, Throws Snake for Emphasis

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Everyone has faced disappointment when it comes to fast food at some point. They can either cause a scene, complain to management or simply get over it. One customer decided to go with the lesser known fourth option: snake throwing.

An argument over diced onions at a Saskatoon Tim Hortons led to a shouting match between two customers and an employee. In the heat of the argument, one of the arguing customers decided it was a good idea to escalate the matter by reaching into his friend’s coat and pulling out a live snake.

He then chucked it over the counter at the Tim Hortons worker.

Now if you throw a snake in a restaurant, even a harmless one like a garter snake, you’re probably going to upset some folks. Amongst the screams of Tim Hortons patrons, the police were called to take the two suspects into custody and catch the snake.

They are both facing charges of causing a disturbance and mischief.

There have been no reports of injury and the garter snake is currently in a temporary home. It will be released back into the Canadian wilds.

h/t CBC

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Hit-Or-Miss

Burger King Put an $11 Billion Dollar Ring on Canada’s Tim Hortons, Proposal Accepted

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After months of “will they, won’t they” Canada has finally given Burger King the green light to purchase their national coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. The Wall Street Journal reports that Burger King has offered the Canadian government $11 billion to buy up the restaurant. This will make them the 3rd-largest fast food company in the world.

It was first believed that 3G capital, the private equity company that owns BK, was just taking advantage of a Canadian HQ as a tax shelter. Canada, however, disagrees.

With Tim Hortons’ annual profit declining 14 percent in the last financial quarter, Canada’s government believes the merger will help the country’s economy.

Our neighbors to the north had a few conditions for Burger King, however, before the purchase of Tim Hortons could take place. This includes securing the jobs of every Tim Hortons employee at Canadian franchises, maintaining the brand’s image and that Canadians represent 50 percent or more of Tim Hortons board of directors.

Sadly, because of these stipulations, we won’t be seeing any Burger King/Tim Hortons ships. A Whopper inside a doughnut or Timbit onion rings may have been a magical experience at King Hortons. Or Burger Tim.

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An Ex-Local’s Guide to 10 Foods in Toronto That Will Send Your Mouth into Over-Drool

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Coming home after being away for a long time helps you remember who you were before you left. You grab coffee with old friends. You pass familiar streets you bummed around as a kid. Soon, you begin to think about what you wanted before you took off for the big world, the person you wanted to be before life gave you tunnel vision that made it easy to forget.

Every time I come back home to Toronto, Canada, I remember these things. On a more recent trip, I had the chance to catch up with childhood friends and family. As we shared meals at both new and old places, the conversations over fries dripping in gravy and the aroma of hot jerk chicken reminded me why I started writing — “to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.” A naive piece of advice my high school English teacher used to tell me.

So, let me preface this guide by saying this isn’t an expert’s authority to everything you need to eat in Toronto. It’s a rambling conversation about nostalgia and change through food. Toronto locals may notice a strong preference for Queen West and Scarborough — a specific street and area where I spent most of my childhood. Still, if I missed a spot, do let me know. I’ll make sure to visit it next time I’m in town.

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Tim Hortons’ Chili

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TASTES LIKE: MILDLY SALTY, SAVORY 

In Canada, Tim Hortons, or Timmies, is a national icon held in the same regard as the pope. It’s also the same Tim Hortons that Burger King merged with to evade US taxes. Fast food politics aside, the best thing on their menu is their chili. Rich consistency, pieces of diced onion and celery, mushrooms, beans, hearty chunks of ground beef and always hot –Timmies chili is a godsend during those nasty winters.

Oh, and their donuts aren’t too bad either.

WHERE: Anywhere there’s a human

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Mexican Street Corn

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 TASTES LIKE: SWEET, BUTTERY CORN CRACK

I ventured here upon the advice of my elementary school friends, who said La Carnita was one of the first places in Toronto to bring over “not shitty” Mexican food. As someone who’s taken advantage of California’s heartbreakingly great Mexican grub, I have to admit that the tacos at La Carnita are overpriced and not magnificent in flavor. Their Mexican street corn, however, now that’s something California can learn a thing or two from. It’s messy, unapologetically dripping in sweet butter, and you’ll be reminiscing about each bite afterwards.

Where: La Carnita, 501 College Street

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Poutine

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TASTES LIKE: INDULGENT, DRUNK SIN

Dear America, you’re doing poutine wrong. A proper plate of poutine  has three basic ingredients: thick-cut french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. Throwing your leftover cheese and meat on top of a plate of fries ≠ poutine. That’s called a goddamn offense.

Protip: Great poutine should cost you no more than $5. This unofficial drunk food of Canada can be found at every corner in downtown Toronto. A great spot to hit up for both poutine and street meat (below) is the front of New City Hall. There will be a few trucks setting up camp, but the one I head to is the blue truck that claims it’s been Serving Toronto for Over 30 Years. Because their poutine is cheap, messy and 30 years is no joke.

WHERE: 100 Queen St West, in front of new City Hall 

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Polish Dog

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TASTES LIKE: WELL, IT DEPENDS HOW SERIOUS YOUR CONDIMENT GAME IS

The grilled polish dogs from Toronto street carts are on point. Thick, juicy and decadent in that zero fucks-given-to-calories type of way. The overall flavor of your dog, however, depends on how far you want to go with the condiments. Every street cart in Toronto slinging street meat knows to offer the classic condiment line-up: corn relish, bacon bits, pickles, relish, sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, sliced onions, banana peppers, jalapenos, diced onions and crunchy, dried onions.

WHERE: 100 Queen St West, in front of new City Hall 

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High Priest Burger

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TASTES LIKE: THE WAY IT WOULD IN A BIG MAC PROMO

I was pretty put out about this place. I met up with my cousins at Burger Priest — a trendy black and white hole-in-the-wall — and we all came to the same conclusion: We were eating glorified fast food.

The not-so-secret High Priest burger, however, tasted almost exactly like a Big Mac, but with a heftier price tag. I know I’m going to get trolled for saying this (Burger Priest is incredibly popular in TO), but if I’m paying $11 for a burger, it better give me a memorable mouthgasm or at least come with a side of fries and a drink. Don’t get me wrong, it tastes fantastic, but you can get the same effect at Burger King. I’ll stick with my polish dogs and poutine, thank you very much.

PS: Cash only.

WHERE: The Burger’s Priest, 463 Queen Street W

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Jerk Chicken

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TASTES LIKE: SPICY, TENDER, SAVORY

Pat will not take your shit. He asks for your order in a thick Jamaican accent and doesn’t waste time pretending he owes you a favor. His food is awesome, he knows you know that, that’s why you’re here. I like Pat’s for that reason. It’s good, honest food that doesn’t try to bullshit you with exposed brick walls and dangling cable lights.

Which brings us to the badass decor — posters of Michael Jordon, Gretzky, Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, Obama, etc., line the walls. It makes me feel comfortable, like I’m back in elementary school walking around in my fresh pair of Jordans. For $10 you get a large portion of meat + rice + your choice of sauce. The portions are generous and will spill over the takeout box barely containing it.

WHERE: 558 Queen Street W

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Jumbo Veggie Empanada

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 TASTES LIKE: FRESH, LIGHT AND CRISPY

If you’re in Kensington Market — a marvelous little neighborhood tucked behind Chinatown — make a beeline for Jumbo Empanadas. While the joint is mostly known for their humongous pouches of chicken and beef, their Chilean-style veggie empanadas don’t get enough love. Stuffed with fresh spinach and mushrooms encased in a cripsy, fluffy crust, make sure to pour their classic salsa onto each bite. The marriage of hot veggies and crust with the cool, spicy, chopped tomatoes is something I find myself craving every now and then. And I don’t even like spinach.

WHERE: 245 Augusta Avenue

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Patty on a Bun

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 TASTES LIKE: EVERY SCARBOROUGH KID’S CHILDHOOD 

This one is dedicated to every kid that grew up in Scarborough. The Warden beef patty  is the stuff of legends to everyone that went to school in this area. As my cousin Matthew perfectly put it, “All of high school I ate just the patty, then a friend bought it for me with the bun. It changed my whole outlook on life.” Why on a bun? If you’re asking that question, then that’s the first thing you’re doing wrong.

Pro-tip: If it’s your first time getting the patty on a bun: walk in and order it like that’s the only thing they have. Otherwise, they’ll refuse you. They’ll smell you’re not from Scarborough and give you a beef patty on French bread drizzled with vinegar. Bonne chance!

WHERE: Warden station, go upstairs to the dingy little convenience store on the LEFT, not the right. Trust.

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Kentucky Fried Handshake

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TASTES LIKE: MISPLACED FRIED CHICKEN

Going to a kitschy American restaurant draped in the Star Spangled Banner in the middle of Canada was an idea so inglorious, I knew I had to stop by. Upon recommendation, we tried the Kentucky Fried Handshake — a sandwich that squeezes an entire chicken leg, foot included, in between two sesame buns and adds some shredded lettuce for aesthetic’s sake. The whole shake-this-chicken-leg-then-eat-it gimmick is shameless, yes, but the actual sandwich is solid — lightly fried chicken skin, tender meat inside, a respectable amount of buffalo sauce. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was something Guy Fieri would drool over in Texas.

WHERE: 589 King Street W

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Peameal Bacon Sandwich

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TASTES LIKE: FATTY, EGGY GUILT

I know. By not getting a peameal bacon sandwich from St. Lawrence market, I might as well give up any right to being a Toronto native and move to Montreal. But no one wants to live in Montreal, so hear me out. I headed to St. Lawrence market only to find that it was closed and fate have it be, that was my last day in Toronto. Still, my wonderful cousin Asha told me Rashers served respectable peameal bacon sandwiches. The verdict: YES, AND AGAIN PLEASE.

Made from boneless pork loins, peameal bacon originated in Toronto — something the city takes a lot of pride in. So if you can’t make it well, don’t make it. Rashers does it well, and then some. I opted for the Hogtown Sandwich with peameal bacon and added a fried egg on top. The entire thing is a giant, meaty behemoth, but don’t worry, you’ll end up inhaling it. Easy. Your teeth first bite into the sweet, toasted bun, then meet the satisfying pop of the juicy peameal bacon soaked in egg yolk. You’ll be licking the grease and egg guts off your fingers, which will be shaking from how good that just felt.

 WHERE: 948 Queen Street E

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Cravings

Tim Hortons Offers Buffalo Crunch Donut Covered in Buffalo Sauce, Tortilla Chips, and Ranch Dressing

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For a second there, we were worried Burger King’s purchase of Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons would give birth to all sorts of insane savory sweet bmash-ups, but it turns out the TH is capable of creating such monstrosities on its own, thank you very much.

Now available exclusively at the 2014 New York State Fair, the Buffalo Crunch Doughnut is a yeast-based pull-apart donut drowned in hot buffalo sauce and crushed tortilla chips. There’s also a “mild” version with ranch for spice-shy Frankendonut lovers. Each goes for about $2 each, reports First We Feast.

All you really need now is a box of Chicken Fries for dipping and you’ll be golden.

H/T Grubstreet

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Fast Food

Burger King to Merge with Tim Hortons, Will Create 3rd-Largest Fast Food Company in the World

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Burger King and Tim Hortons announced on Sunday night that the two companies are in cahoots to complete a merger. If the deal is successful, it would create the world’s third-largest fast food company, with $22 billion in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants deep in 100 countries.

In a joint statement, BK and Timmies touted that they would benefit “from shared corporate services, best practices and global scale and reach” while still operating as “standalone brands.” In short, BK, now based in Miami, will reap the benefits of it’s neighbors’ lower corporate income tax rates — 15% in Canada vs 35% in the US.

Unsurprisingly, BK shares soared 20% from $6.51 to $33.57 in afternoon trading and Tim Hortons 24% to $77.63. With the coffee-and-donut behemoth’s market value of $8.4 billion and the burger joint’s $9.6 billion, together, the companies are worth $18 billion. Their combined value and reach, coupled with Canada’s favorable corp. taxes, are no doubt making investors thirsty for the tie-up.

However, Canadians are furious over an American chain encroaching on their beloved Timmies. Personally, if they try to pull some whopper-flavored timbits shit, I’m going to cry myself to sleep and lament this pitiful world.

H/T WSJ

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Fast Food

All-Black Tim Hortons Location Serves New Dark Roast

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In a campaign to introduce its new dark roast, Canada’s beloved Tim Hortons blacked out the exterior of an entire Montreal location. Everything from the signage outside to light posts to the building itself were murdered-out.

What resulted was an all-black look that attracted curious passerby to “happen upon the store,” only to find that inside it was also pitch black and a guy in night goggles was waiting to serve them coffee. Why? To take “customers’ sense of sight to supercharge their sense of taste.” Although, as FWF points out, we’re a bit disappointed that Drake doesn’t pull up in an all-black Maybach — we have expected it after his not-so-subtle Instagram hint to collab with the chain.