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Starbucks Plans to Open in Ferguson; Chick-fil-A Destroyed by Vandals

Plus the battle over GMO labeling hits congress, and more news and reviews.


— Coffee giant Starbucks wants to open a store in Ferguson, Mo., two miles away from where Michael Brown was killed by police officers last August, which set off a firestorm of protests. CEO Howard Schultz noted in April that he wants to open a store in the city as "a way to create employment in the area." The City Council will vote on the store's permit this month. If it passes, the chain hopes to open by early 2016. Is this part of Starbuck's new 100,000 jobs initiative?

— A woman in England has been banned from driving for three years after she drunkenly drove through a McDonald's drive-thru earlier this month. Employees could not understand Leanne Seddon as she slurred her order. The staff called the cops and when an officer went to confront Seddon, she drove her car straight into the officer, knocking him to the ground. She crashed near a supermarket and fled on foot before she handed herself in.

— For those who dream of being a restaurateur, here's your chance: The next official Restaurant Day is taking place August 15. According to the organization's website, restaurant day "is the world's biggest food carnival" that happens four times a year. People are encouraged to set up a restaurant, cafe, or bar anywhere — including in places like your house, a park, or at an office — for one day only. One-day restaurants have popped up in 71 different countries around the globe.

— Someone took their anger out on a Chick-fil-A in Texas. On Sunday — a day that Chick-fil-A is always closed — at least one person broke into a Houston outlet of the restaurant and "completely destroyed its interior." The burglar shattered glass and pulled wires and tiles from the wall, leaving the restaurant in a total state of disarray. Though the restaurant is being repaired, the drive-thru has managed to remain open.

Today is a sad day for Chick-fil-a Lake Houston. This morning, while the store was closed, an unidentified person(s)...

Posted by Chick-fil-A of Lake Houston on Sunday, 12 July 2015

— GMOs — or genetically modified foods — are in the midst of a congressional battle. The conflict is over a bill that "blocks state and local laws from requiring food labels to disclose genetically engineered ingredients." However many states have passed or are planning to pass laws that require companies to label genetically modified foods. Even restaurants are joining the debate: In April, Chipotle announced that it no longer serves food made from GMO-ingredients. Currently, about 90 percent of corn and soybeans grown in the United Sates are genetically engineered and consumer groups argue that the bill will "rob Americans of their right to know what they are eating."

— The 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival takes place this fall and for the first time, the festival will have its very own wines in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The two wines — the Napa Valley Festival Chardonnay and the Paso Roble Festival Cabernet Sauvignon — will come with a special imprinted cork. They will be available to purchase by the bottle, or by the glass.