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Yelpers Aren’t Happy With Amazon’s Takeover of Whole Foods

Plus, an interactive Abba-themed restaurant is opening in London, and more food news

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  • Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has led to some big discounts for Prime customers, but New Food Economy reports the upscale-grocery chain isn’t winning over Yelpers. It seems the association with a company that is run by the world’s richest person, but can’t give its employees quality working conditions, is a turn-off. “According to an analysis by a pair of Yelp data scientists, reviews of Whole Foods Market that also mention Amazon have grown more negative over the past year. Since the acquisition, 20 percent of reviews on the site mention Amazon in some way, suggesting that the takeover has strongly shaped consumer perception of the grocer’s brand.”
  • In greater Mexico City, a new Starbucks location is staffed entirely by employees over the age of 55, reports WXPI in Pittsburgh. The cafe is part of a ‘Bucks initiative to give senior citizens greater opportunity for employment, and the company is working with Mexico’s National Institute for the Elderly.
  • In other ‘Bucks news, the chain is good for home owners (but maybe not for potential home buyers). When a new location opens in a neighborhood, according to a Harvard study reported by CNBC, housing prices go up by a half-percent.
  • Condolences to Danny Meyer: Deadspin has determined Shake Shack is the most overrated fast-food chain.
  • The New York Times has a photo essay covering state fair meals across the United States. Fans of fried things on sticks, be sure to click through.
  • Southern food and culture evangelist John T. Edge is working on a new television show about the “real” South. True South will air on the SEC Network, an ESPN offshoot that covers Southeastern Conference athletics.
  • Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci are starring in a movie about GMOs, reports Deadline. Titled Percy, the independent film is based on a true story and “follows small-town Saskatchewan farmer (Walken) who challenges major conglomerate when the company’s genetically modified (GMO) canola is discovered in the 70-year-old farmer’s crop.”
  • Late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien recently visited Japan, where he enjoyed a traditional kaiseki meal, per Sora News 24.
  • Congratulations to the residents of London, which will soon be home to an interactive Abba-themed restaurant. Called “Mamma Mia! The Party,” this new dining experience will open at the O2 Arena in spring 2019, according to Entertainment Weekly.
  • An Orlando man was arrested for firing shots at the home of a woman who left a negative restaurant review of his father’s restaurant on Facebook. The victim, who was uninjured in the shooting, tells WFTV her disabled mother was denied service at Daybreak Diner on her birthday and that the restaurant’s staff was “unnecessarily rude.”
  • Famed French chef Alain Ducasse is opening a new floating restaurant beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Ducasse Sur Seine is scheduled to begin service on September 10, according to Food & Wine.
  • Meanwhile, Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén tells the Michelin Guide he is taking over the old Restaurant Andre space in Singapore. The new the Scandinavian fine-dining establishment will be called Zén and should open on November 21.
  • And, finally, thank you to People magazine for describing Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s recent makeout session over pasta at New York City hotspot Carbone as “iconic.”

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