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Chipotle Hopes Bacon-Topped Burrito Bowls Will Bring Customers Back

Plus, the trailer for Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has arrived, and more food news to end the week

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  • It seems Chipotle has learned something from Steve Buscemi’s celery agent in Portlandia. The burrito chain is dealing with the fallout from yet another foodborne-illness outbreak, so to get back in everyone’s good graces, Chipotle is adding bacon to its menu. The chain has announced a Southern California test run for America’s favorite crispy pork garnish, which can be included as an add-on to its traditional offerings or found in a couple of new items: a bacon bowl and a BLT quesadilla. And, in an effort to become “more culturally relevant,” according to chief marketing officer Chris Brandt, Chipotle is rolling out build-your-own nachos and some late-night specials in Miami and Dallas through September.
  • Thanks to her new book The Incendiaries, R.O. Kwon is one of the hottest authors around right now. For Grub Street, she details her book-tour diet, which includes plenty of tacos.
  • Pizza Hut is trying out a robot waiter in Seoul, according to Fast Company. The robot, called Dilly Plate, is the first of its kind to get work in South Korea.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are making a movie about the wild McDonald’s Monopoly scam that was recently revealed by the Daily Beast. Getting the rights to the story wasn’t easy. Vulture has the inside scoop on the bidding war.
  • Beer gardens in the United Kingdom are under siege from drunk, angry, stinging wasps, reports Munchies. Better stay inside the pub.
  • When traveling, it’s best to avoid tourist traps and their exorbitantly high prices. A Venice cafe charged a customer $50 for two coffees and two waters. The receipt was posted online and, obviously, went viral.
  • Dunkin is phasing out Styrofoam cups, and coming up with a new vessel for the doughnut chain’s coffee beverages has been a decade-long process. Entrepreneur magazine explains why it’s taken so long.
  • A pregnant woman in Maryland recently ate a poppyseed bagel and then failed a drug test, according to Buzzfeed News. Elaine Benes can relate.
  • A restaurant operated by a celebrity chef used to be a guaranteed winner, but as Bloomberg reports, that isn’t the case anymore. “Having a celebrity chef’s name on a restaurant once was a recipe for success. But rising rents and changing consumer tastes have taken a toll.”
  • Finally, it’s time for Maisel-heads to rejoice. Here’s the trailer for Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime’s series about a housewife-turned-comic in 1950s New York, which features some great restaurant and cafe scenes.

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