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Taco Bell Is Giving Away Free Doritos Locos Tacos Because of Sports

Plus, Uber wants to patent technology that could identify drunk riders, and more food news

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  • Taco Bell is giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos today, June 13, as a way to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ National Basketball Association championship. Officially, the giveaway comes because the Warriors managed to win a game on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home court. Of course, T-Bell would have given away free tacos if the Cavaliers had won a game in Northern California, too. It’s as if the chain isn’t actually celebrating the Warriors, but is just using their win as a promotional opportunity to lure potential customers to its restaurants.
  • The incomparable Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire, among other memorable roles) told a story about Anthony Bourdain on The Late Show last night. Williams also spoke about his love of cooking — he claims to do a “mean jerk salmon.”
  • Uber wants to patent technology that could help it identify drunk riders. It’s not a breathalyzer or anything. Instead, it “may track how many typos appear in a new ride request, or the angle at which the rider holds a phone when hailing an Uber.”
  • Michelin-starred chef Atul Kocchar, who operated the acccliamed Rang Mahal India restaurant at Dubai’s JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, was fired for an anti-Islam tweet.
  • Cheesecake Factory, rapper Drake’s favorite restaurant chain, must pay $4.7 million to janitors as the result of a wage-theft lawsuit. An investigation found the employees at locations in Southern California “started their shifts around midnight, worked until morning without proper periods for meals or rest breaks, and were not allowed to leave until kitchen managers conducted walk-throughs to review their work, the investigation found,” according to the New York Times.
  • And finally, Nobu, every other celebrity’s favorite restaurant chain, expects to reach $1 billion in revenue over the next five years. The cash flow is coming thanks to forthcoming developments that put Nobu restaurants in condo and hotel buildings.

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