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Yelpers Trash Salt Bae’s Restaurant After His Meal With Venezuelan Leader

Plus, a new Somm documentary is coming out, and more food news

Salt Bae.
Salt Bae.
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  • Following real-life internet meme Salt Bae’s meal with Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan president who can afford to eat expensive steaks while the citizens of his country starve, Yelpers are punishing Mr. Bae. Yelp has shut down the page for the Miami branch of his Nusr-Et restaurant after it became inundated with one-star reviews, reports the Miami Herald.
  • Pious chicken-sandwich chain Chick-fil-A is making new plans in Sin City. The Atlanta-based company, which is famously closed on Sundays because of its founder’s religious beliefs, will open a location at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Chick-fil-A currently operates three outposts in the Las Vegas area.
  • Restaurant-delivery startup Postmates is raking in the dough. The company just announced an injection of $300 million from venture capitalists in a recent round of funding.
  • Fans of Taco Bell’s Fritos-stuffed “beefy crunch burrito,” it’s time to thank your lucky stars. The menu item is coming back for a limited time, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.
  • Remember those McDonald’s fans who, unbeknownst to the chain, posted a giant photo of themselves inside a Houston location? Mickey D’s will feature the two in a new ad campaign and give them $25,000 each, per Food Beast.
  • Oenophiles will be thrilled to learn another sequel to Somm, the documentary that covers the master sommelier exam, is coming out soon.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is term-limited and currently running for one of the state’s two seats in the United States Senate, was booed out of a restaurant by environmentalist protestors on Tuesday. Scott was making a campaign stop at Mojo’s Real Cuban in Venice, Florida, according to the Hill, but he had to cut the event short due to an angry mob yelling at him about the state’s red tide algae problem.
  • For the New York Times, Julia Moskin examines how America became obsessed with ranch dressing.
  • New cars are coming with touch-screen interfaces and apps that allow drivers to order coffee from behind the wheel, but, as the Wall Street Journal reports, this tech probably isn’t safe.
  • Pizzeria Locale, the pizzeria chain that counts Chipotle as a partner, has shuttered all locations outside of Colorado, but Eater Denver reports the company has expansion plans inside the Rocky Mountain State.
  • Reservations for Noma’s forthcoming seafood menu are now available online.
  • Shoe brand Converse made some water-repellent sneakers, so Insider tested the kicks by dumping a bunch of beverages and condiments on them.
  • Hero chef José Andrés says his World Central Kitchen has served 100,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. The non-profit is opening another kitchen in the town of Bern.
  • Welsh restaurant the Checkers does not want to be included in the next Michelin guide, reports the Shropshire Star. The restaurant is giving back its star, which was first awarded 18 years ago.
  • A new study reported by CNN finds junk food leads to cancer. Researchers found that “people who ate the most junk food showed a higher risk of colorectal, respiratory tract (lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal cords and part of the esophagus and windpipe), and stomach cancers. Separately, men showed a higher risk of lung cancer, and women showed a higher risk of liver and postmenopausal breast cancers.”
  • Fast-food chains have been making promises to serve cage-free eggs in recent years, but these promises are apparently hard to keep. Nearly three-quarters of the companies that have pledged to go cage-free have failed to make any progress toward their goals, according to Bloomberg.
  • And, finally, congratulations to extremely wealthy person Kylie Jenner, who has somehow just eaten cereal with milk for the first time and described the experience as “life changing.”