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Dunkin' Donuts Plots West Coast Expansion; Shake Shack Doubles Down on Tokyo

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— Dunkin' Donuts continues its Manifest Destiny. The East coast's most popular doughnut and coffee chain has already landed on the West coast, but the company is now looking to expand further across California, reports Marketwatch. Dunkin' currently operates 25 shops in the Golden State.

— According to a release, Shake Shack's second Tokyo outpost opens on April 15 at Ebisu Atre West, near the Atre shopping complex. The Ebisu Shack will offer a black sesame milk shake plus three unique-to-this-location concretes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchcrete, E-bean-su, made from vanilla custard, red bean caramel sauce, marshmallow sauce, salted shortbread cookie and dusted soy bean powder; and The Third Man's Concrete, which is composed of chocolate and vanilla custard, marshmallow sauce, milk chocolate popcorn brownies from Dominique Ansel Bakery, and chocolate sprinkles.

— Starbucks Evenings program, which has been popping up at locations across the country since it launched in 2010, is a menu that offers beer, wine, and a few small savory bites in addition to the company's usual coffee menu, after dark and into dinner hours. It's clear that Starbucks is seeing success with these offerings in the U.S. because the company just announced plans to expand the offerings into shops in Canada.

— René Redzepi has left the building Australia:

— Here's a peek at the cover of chef Vivian Howard's new cookbook, Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the SouthIn 2014 the James Beard Award finalist and Peabody Award-winning chef landed a two-book deal with Little, Brown. In her first book, Howard gets autobiographical while weaving in stories from the south. Deep Run Roots is out on October 4 and available for preorder nowBest know for her PBS show A Chef's Life, Howard is also the chef/owner of Chef & the Farmer and The Boiler Room in Kinston, NC.

— Finally, ever wonder how much the price of a burger has risen? You might be surprised:

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