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Subway Closed More Than 900 US Restaurants in 2017

Plus, a Florida man calls 911 over the size of clams in his linguine

  • Subway, you okay? The sandwich giant closed around 900 stores in the USA this year — that’s the equivalent of cutting a footlong sandwich down to an 11.5 incher. That’s triple the number of stores it closed domestically in 2016.
  • A CBS investigation suggests that the FDA is slow to initiate and enforce food recalls, including in cases of salmonella and listeria that posed serious threats to the public.
  • Another reminder that 911 is not intended as a phone service for dissatisfied restaurant customers: This time, a Florida man called the emergency services twice after a restaurant served him a dish of “extremely so small” clams.
  • A Sydney, Australia pastry chef put together a 13-foot-long gingerbread train consisting of over 2,000 pounds of gingerbread bricks and 200 lollipops — it’s on display in the city until December 31.
  • New York governor Andrew Cuomo may be planning to substantially increase the minimum wage for servers, from $7.50 per hour to $11. By comparison, the regular minimum wage is going up to $13/hour on December 31 ($12 for businesses with ten or fewer employees).
  • There are a few more opportunities to live más in China, with Taco Bell opening its second and third restaurants in the country, in Shanghai. Of note: The restaurants offer table service, and a new dinner menu was crafted specifically for China.
  • And finally, the more you know: Why dining at Chinese restaurants on Christmas has become a Jewish-American tradition.

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