- Mid-level chains are dying, and Applebee’s new business strategy to stave off irrelevancy can be summed up as: Get your diners pretty drunk. On the heels of a $1 margarita promotion that ran last month, the chain has announced it’ll serve $1 Long Island iced teas during the month of December.
- Trader Joe’s confirms to a reporter that its holiday snack Jingle Jangle has nothing to do with the CW’s teen drama Riverdale: On the show, the phrase refers to an illicit drug that is ruining the moral fiber *clutches pearls* of the small town.
- Tony Hovater, the Nazi sympathizer profiled by the New York Times this weekend (to much controversy) has lost his job at an Ohio restaurant. According to the restaurant’s statement, Hovater was “released” from employment after the business was inundated with “phone calls and social media messages that are threatening and intimidating to both us and our employees.”
- Kudos to whoever’s been running the Moon Pie Twitter account lately; you’re on fire.
- Food behavior expert Brain Wansink, who’s often cited in news reports about the psychology of eating, is now under investigation by Cornell University after repeated allegations of “scientific misconduct.”
- Domino’s Pizza has masterminded a new kind of baby registry, allowing new parents to “register” for meals and some admittedly very cute onesies.
- A Super Mario cereal, created by Kellogg’s and featuring toasted oats and colorful marshmallows, will soon hit store shelves in the U.S.
- Here’s a fun new meme: Drake, panicking while pouring grapefruit Perrier into a plastic cup:
Plus, Trader Joe’s says its Jingle Jangle is not inspired by “Riverdale,” and more food news
One state, two days, four burger joints, and a whole lot of griddled onions
By Amy McCarthy