- With attorneys general in 11 states looking into fast-food chains’ practice of holding workers down with “no-poach” contracts, seven chains have volunteered to do away with this policy, reports CNN Money. The “no-poach” rules prevent workers from moving to different restaurants that are part of the same company, thus keeping wages low by eliminating competitive pay. Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carl’s Jr., Cinnabon, Jimmy John’s, and McDonald’s are the chains that have decided to ditch the rules.
- Ando, celebrity chef David Chang’s delivery-only New York City restaurant, closed at the beginning of the year. It’s a shame, because had Ando lived on, the marketing would have been amazing.
on two separate occasions i worked on quick marketing pitches for david chang's deceased food app. bummer we never got to make any of it real. pic.twitter.com/DgFeeKRG5V— not bobby. a different guy. (@bobby) July 12, 2018
- People love interacting with the friendly workers at Chick-fil-A, so the Atlanta-based fried chicken chain is testing dine-in tableside ordering, per QSR Magazine. The service is currently getting a trial run at three CFA locations in Houston.
- Pizza Hut is expanding on its greatest ever idea, which is beer delivery. The chain is adding the suds-on-demand option at more locations this year, reports Bloomberg, in an attempt to connect with Generation Z (millennials, you’re so last generation).
- For connoisseurs of the bolder things in life, today is a big day. Duke of Donkey Sauce Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives spin-off, Triple-D Nation, premieres on Food Network this evening at 9 p.m. ET. The new series will return to restaurants previously featured on Fieri’s original show to see how their chefs and owners’ lives have changed.
- And a new baking competition called Sugar Rush is now available to stream on Netflix. In the eight-episode series, bakers race the clock to make desserts for judges Adriano Zumbo (of the Australian TV show Zumbo’s Just Desserts) and Candace Nelson (the proprietor of LA-based cupcake chain Sprinkles). Game Show Network veteran Hunter March is in as host.
- To celebrate a made-up holiday called Global McDelivery Day, McDonald’s is launching a line of limited-edition throwback merchandise (hm, sounds familiar). Customers can get their hands on the swag by ordering Mickey D’s delivery via Uber Eats next Thursday, July 19, starting at 10:30 a.m. local time.
- Celebrity chef David Kinch, who starred in his own season of documentary series The Mind of a Chef, is improving his restaurant by improving himself. Kinch tells Food & Wine finding a better work-life balance in the wake of a devastating fire has made Manresa better. “The restaurant got better, because perhaps the decisions I’m making are happier decisions,” he says. “They’re more lucid decisions. They’re more pragmatic decisions because I’m not killing myself here at the restaurant. My health became an issue.”
- The Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball team had a “millennial night” on Thursday, with lots of avocados and “free things without doing much work.” Sensitive millennials are taking great offense.
- In honor of France reaching Sunday’s World Cup final, Esquire recommends drinking a French 75. The cocktail that combines gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar is a refreshing summertime tipple.
- In an open letter published by the Los Angeles Times, a number of “silence breakers” are calling for a stop to the cyberbullying of actress and director Asia Argento. Some terrible people have been blaming Argento for the death of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.
- The Onion’s take on Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s racism: “Papa John’s Removes N-Word From Menus.”
- More serious Papa John’s news: SB Nation’s Card Chronicle reports that Schnatter’s racist comments have left University of Louisville football players feeling uneasy about playing games on their home field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
- Blended burgers, which cut down on beef by adding meaty mushrooms to the recipe, could be the future of the American hamburger, according to Mic.
- Finally, the latest viral video that is sweeping the internet showcases — drumroll, please — a lemon rolling down a hill. The thrilling scene has more than three million views.
Today as I was walking home after my run I saw a large lemon rolling down the hill. It kept rolling for about a quarter mile. And now you can see it, too. pic.twitter.com/dQoHi4RrXS— Mike Sakasegawa (@sakeriver) July 11, 2018