— Now that New York City has a Chick-fil-A, it's time for another outside chain to take a bit out of the Big Apple. Ohio-born and Georgia-based Arby's is planning its first NYC outpost, taking up residence at 40th Street and Eighth Avenue. The restaurant should open in a few weeks, bringing New York to the big time.
— And on the other end of the dining spectrum, PYT is serving a burger inspired by NYC artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Made from American Kobe beef, the burger checks in at an eye-popping $64.
— Not satisfied with pouring assorted varieties of Mountain Dew, Taco Bell has something called a Rockstar Energy Drink Freeze in the works. The Tex-Mex chain is testing the shushie drink in Tennessee, and it joins Snapple and Starburst Freezes on the beverage menu.
— For those who want to be bummed out:
— Shake Shack is celebrating Halloween with a few specialty items. Through Saturday, the iconic New York burger chain is serving a Pumpkin Pie Oh My concrete, a mix of vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of Shack-made pumpkin pie, topped with whipped cream. There's also Shackenstein Frozen Custard, a blend of marshmallow crème custard and frosted chocolate pieces. Anyone who wears a costume into their local Shack Friday through Sunday will get a free single scoop of frozen custard.
— Globetrotting food dude Anthony Bourdain has discovered a new delicacy that surely will be the next big thing in American dining:
— McDonald's is working on organic burgers and online reservations, so it only makes sense for the chain to break out some fancy new packaging.
Does this McD packaging for custom burgers look kinda....classy? pic.twitter.com/Zd3QawDQPR— Venessa Wong (@venessawwong) October 29, 2015
— A Chick-fil-A in St. Pete Beach, Fla., has a new promotion that is making fans of the chain go bonkers, but most won't be able to enjoy it. The restaurant is offering all-you-can-eat nuggets and waffle fries for $12.99 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and the promotion has spread like wildfire on social media. Because of the excitement, a spokesperson has had to come out and be a wet blanket: "It is just that one St. Pete Beach location, not all Chick-fil-A's in the Tampa and St. Pete area," said company spokesperson Mark Baldwin. "This happens sometimes when individual restaurants do promotions. They have to be extremely clear that it is just one location."