Consumers are cutting back on restaurant spending, but CEOs say not all chains are affected

Consumers are cutting back on restaurant spending, but CEOs say not all chains are affected

Howard Schultz David Ryder | Reuters Some restaurants are reporting weaker sales or declining traffic in the second quarter, signaling that diners are cutting back on eating out to save money. But CEOs are split on how consumer behavior is changing and whether it’s impacting their companies. McDonald’s Chris Kempczinski and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Brian … Read more

Higher prices, skimpier portions, apps — fast-food deals are changing

Higher prices, skimpier portions, apps — fast-food deals are changing

Fast-food chains are playing up the value of their burgers, pizzas and tacos as inflation squeezes budgets — but expect higher prices, skimpier portions and more deals enticing people to sign up for rewards programs as companies rethink their value strategies. Citing rising costs, Domino’s Pizza earlier this year raised the price of its Mix … Read more

Here are the top 14 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 14 things to do in Houston this weekend

This weekend, NRG Stadium will welcome country titan Garth Brooks, which promises to be a massive sellout. Speaking of massive, giant dinosaurs take over Houston; folks can get up close and personal with their favorites. Folks can also get up close and personal with an astronaut this weekend. The symphony celebrates 75 years of India, … Read more

Keep running with the bond bulls, says Bank of America

Keep running with the bond bulls, says Bank of America

The rally in bond markets of late has been startling. Hopes grow that inflation may have peaked, and evidence of a US economic slowdown build, benchmark 10-year Treasury yields BX:TMUBMUSD10Y fell from around the 3.5% level touched in mid-June, to near 2.5% at the start of this week. A 100 basis point retreat in less … Read more

Owner of Greek restaurant that ‘scams’ tourists hits back

Owner of Greek restaurant that ‘scams’ tourists hits back

The owner of a restaurant in Greece that has finally been spoken of scamming tourists has finally spoken out. Dimitrios Kalamaras, owner of DK Oyster in Mykonos, has hit back at tourists’ bad reviews, claiming they’re all influencers trying to score a free meal. DK Oyster’s Tripadvisor rating is a measly 2.5 stars accumulated from … Read more

Robot cooks are rapidly making their way into restaurant kitchens

Robot cooks are rapidly making their way into restaurant kitchens

A White Castle team member next to Miso Robotics’ Flippy. Courtesy: Miso Robotics Before the end of this year, a brand-new pizza purveyor plans to hit the Los Angeles area. But this isn’t just another pizza place. This company plans to serve pizza from trucks and the pies themselves are put together not by humans … Read more

NYC restaurateur expands empire to Tribeca with Smyth Tavern

NYC restaurateur expands empire to Tribeca with Smyth Tavern

A veteran restaurateur behind some of the city’s trendiest eateries is betting that diners are still willing to dig deep into their wallets amid the economic belt-tightening. John McDonald, who launched his first hit, MercBar, in Soho in 1993, is opening Smyth Tavern this week in Tribeca — his third new restaurant since the 2020 … Read more

Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores

Starbucks union asks coffee giant to extend pay hikes, benefits to unionized stores

With pay increases set to kick in at Starbucks cafes around the US Monday, labor organizers are asking the coffee giant to extend the benefits to unionized stores as well without going through the bargaining process. The request comes after Starbucks announced in May that it would hike wages for workers and add other benefits … Read more

NYC workers wait 90 minutes in line for Cava’s trendy lunch

NYC workers wait 90 minutes in line for Cava’s trendy lunch

The Midtown lunch rush is back. On a sweltering summer weekday in Midtown Manhattan, where, supposedly, nobody works anymore, a fashionable crowd lined up on the sidewalk in front of Mediterranean fast-casual eatery Cava. The Broadway and 38th Street location of the Greek-inspired chain has been hailed, jokingly, as “the hardest club to get into … Read more

Naughty Bits STL Wants St. Louis To Eat a D*ck [NSFW] | Food & Drink News | St. Louis

Naughty Bits STL Wants St.  Louis To Eat a D*ck [NSFW] |  Food & Drink News |  St.  Louis

click to enlarge Stefanie Graham Naughty Bits STL features freshly made penis and vagina shaped waffles. Austin Blankenship and Corey James want St. Louis to know one very important thing. “We have the best tasting dicks in St. Louis.” Soon, folks throughout the metro area will be able to taste that assertion for themselves thanks … Read more