Tuesday, July 27

Fast Food

Chipotle, Fast Food, labor shortage, Restaurants, Retail

Chipotle’s stores had their most profitable quarter since 2015 despite the chain raising wages

Chipotle just announced high restaurant operating margins from the second quarter of 2021. Margins were up despite the chain raising wages this summer. Chipotle says raising menu prices led to the increased profitability. LoadingSomething is loading. Chipotle just had a hugely successful quarter, with its most profitable period for its stores s...
Chipotle, Fast Food, Restaurants, Retail, Shipping, Shortage, Transportation

Chipotle customers are reporting ingredient shortages as the chain says it is facing high beef and shipping costs

Customers say Chipotle locations are out of key ingredients like rice and steak. Chipotle says it is facing high beef and freight costs, but there is no system-wide shortage. Taco Bell, Starbucks, and other chains are also dealing with shortages. LoadingSomething is loading. Some Chipotle locations are running out of key ingredients, according ...
Chipotle, Denny's, Dunkin, Fast Food, Moe's, Retail, Taco Bell, Weddings

I just got engaged and I can’t stop thinking about fast food-themed weddings

Taco Bell, Denny's, Dunkin', and other chains sell wedding merchandise. Taco Bell even has a Las Vegas chapel where couples can marry in full Taco Bell regalia. I'm recently engaged and I can't stop thinking about these strange weddings. See more stories on Insider's business page. I got engaged in May, and ever since I can't stop noticing how oddly rich the world of fast food weddings is.For the truly dedicated, there are ways to make your wedding completely decked out with your favorite brand. Taco Bell has held weddings at its Las Vegas Cantina since 2018, and nearly 500 couples have married there since the chain told Insider. ...
Afternoon tea, Fast Food, Food, Japan, Retail, Starbucks, Starbucks Reserve, starbucks roastery

Starbucks is serving a luxury $42 afternoon tea at its massive 4-story roastery in Tokyo. Here’s what you get.

Starbucks is serving a $42 afternoon tea to celebrate 25 years in Japan. The luxury afternoon tea comes with eight small sweet cakes and three savory items. It's so popular that Starbucks says it may have to hold a lottery to allocate spots. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
boba, Breakfast, Dunkin, Fast Food, oat milk, plant-based, Retail, Starbucks

Dunkin’ is embracing trends like Boba, oat milk, and plant-based meat to attract younger customers

Dunkin' just added popping bubbles to menus. Bubbles, like oat milk and Beyond Meat, are trendy foods that Dunkin' embraced early. Experts say this is a clear move to appeal to young customers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dunkin' just added popping bubbles to menus, and it's the latest entry into Dunkin's experimentation with trendy food items.Bubble tea, the Taiwanese milk tea drink with tapioca pearls, has surged in popularity in the last few years, even leading to a nationwide shortage this spring. Variations on the drink, including popping bubbles like the ones at Dunkin', are riding the wave of popularity. Th...
Detroit, Fast Food, Retail, Shake Shack, Weekend BI UK

A brawl outside Shake Shack in Detroit involving up to a dozen young girls was caught on camera

A large group of girls were captured fighting outside a Detroit branch of burger chain Shake Shack. The altercation began inside and continued outside in the parking lot, according to Fox 2. Shake Shack told the outlet it was disturbed by what happened and has launched an investigation. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Fast Food, Food, McDonald's, oregon, restaurant, Retail

Watch a viral video exploring an abandoned 1980s McDonald’s restaurant, complete with pink-and-blue decor and an old McFlurry machine

A 10-minute YouTube video shows the inside of an abandoned McDonald's restaurant with 1980s decor. It has a vivid pink-and-blue color scheme, and syrups still stored underneath its McFlurry machine. An urban explorer filmed the restaurant for a viral TikTok video, and said it was abandoned in 2007. See more stories on Insider's business page. An urban explorer has posted a video of an abandoned McDonald's restaurant – and it's like stepping into a time capsule from the 1980s.The restaurant has retro pink and blue decor, including busy wallpaper, triangular wall art, and framed landscape photos. A lot of the kitchen equipment is sti...
3G Capital, Big Box, Fast Food, Food, Kraft Heinz, Private Equity, Retail

Kraft Heinz employees say their budget was cut so much they had to bring their own coffee to work and could only spend $5 a year on office supplies

Kraft Heinz employees told Insider about the scant resources and high turnover. Cuts backed by private equity firm 3G Capital have forced employees to bring in their own coffee. Subscribe to read Insider's full story on Kraft Heinz's corporate culture. See more stories on Insider's business page. The merger of Kraft and Heinz brought lots of changes to the food company. But one of the most immediate was to employees' food options at the company's Chicago headquarters.Within a month of the merger closing in 2015, Kraft Heinz also removed fridges that held snacks for company employees. While it provided Keurig machines, the company d...