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Shake Shack Bets Big on LA; Blue Bell Swears Its Ice Cream Is Safe

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Shake Shack's surf and turf, last summer's special burger.
Shake Shack's surf and turf, last summer's special burger.
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It's Wednesday, January 13. Here are today's top stories:

— Shake Shack is popping up in LA on January 25 at Son of a Gun, a seafood-focused restaurant in Mid-City owned by James Beard favorites Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. In other Shake Shack news, the company confirmed plans to open a third location in Los Angeles late yesterday. In other cross country expansion news, Brooklyn's food mart and flea market Smorgasburg hits LA this summer.

— This Twin Peaks video ode to coffee is fun and full of gems, even if you don't take your coffee like Agent Cooper: "Black as midnight on a moonless night."

— After news broke last week that Blue Bell Creameries was still finding Listeria — the deadly bacteria responsible for the company's embarrassing 2015 shutdown, massive recall, and subsequent federal investigation — in its plants, the company is on the defense. It's telling customers they "can be confident in our ice cream because of all the steps we have taken to ensure a safe product. Our enhanced testing program confirms that these procedures are working." But if these procedures were working wouldn't that mean the company wouldn't be finding Listeria in its products anymore?

— Fast food has relied on so-called value meals or deals to attract consumers for decades, and this year companies are doubling down on their efforts and offers. But what about the new kids on the block, like Shake Shack? Will we ever see a 2-for-1 special at New York's beloved burger chain? CEO Randy Garutti says no. He told CNBC yesterday, "You've never seen us discount like that, and you won't. I don't know how they can afford to sell those things."

— Finally, watch Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart play Drinko, Fallon's signature wacky drinking game.

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