— Chipotle is getting in the Halloween spirit with a fundraiser and $3 burritos. On October 31, from 5 p.m. till close, all of the fast-casual mega-chain's locations will serve up the discounted burritos, as well as bowls, salads, tacos, and kids meals, to customers in costumes with something "unnecessary" added to them. It's meant to point out Chipotle's thoughts on unnecessary additives in fast food ingredients. The chain will donate $1 million of the proceeds to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
— Patronizing a fast food drive-thru is the ultimate sacrifice of food quality for speed, but it's not as quick as it once was. Drive-thru lanes are 19 seconds slower on average compared to last year, apparently because restaurants are taking the time to make sure orders are correct. For maximum efficiency, the best time to order at the window is breakfast.
— How excited are Des Moines, Iowa, residents about the city's first Chick-fil-A? Well, they recently held an all-night tailgate ahead of the chain's opening. Although, the offer of a year's worth of free meals to the first 100 customers probably had something to do with the enthusiasm.
— A stock market-themed bar opens Friday in Portland, Maine. The Drink Exchange will be "based on popularity and demand," with screens displaying price changes in real time. If there's a crash, does everyone drink on the ultra-cheap?
— Chicago restaurateur Rick Bayless is getting in on the beer game. Bayless is tapping the first kegs of his Tocayo Hominy White Ale, contract brewed by Chicago's Two Brothers Brewing Co., tonight at Xoco Bistro in Wicker Park. The beer will initially be distributed only in the Chicago area, with plans to expand with distributor Constellation Brands at a later date.