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Chains Like Chopt and Sweetgreen Overrun by Salad-Eating Mobs

A podcast about McDonald’s short-lived foray into pizza, and more news to start your day

Salad chains plagued by insanely long lines

Fueled by all those damn New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, Manhattan salad chains like Chopt and Sweetgreen are being plagued by lines of as many as 100-plus people. Meanwhile, local outlets of fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A are seeing a major slowdown — though that trend will surely reverse by February, at which point 80 percent of people will likely have abandoned their resolutions. The situation looks to be the same in other cities including D.C. and Boston.

McPizza podcast reaches its 100th episode

TIL there’s a podcast called Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald’s? that investigates that very subject, and it’s now on its 100th episode. (Don’t have that much time to invest? Here’s an explanation of the McPizza’s short life in 1,200 words.)

And in other news...

• Thousands of people have joined a Facebook campaign to get Stevie Nicks to work a shift at a McDonald’s in — where else? — Fleetwood, England. [IHeartRadio]

• Dunkin’ Donuts has officially begun its transition to just plain ol’ “Dunkin’,” rolling out new packaging and napkins that drop the “Donuts.” [Restaurant Business]

• Does red wine really cause headaches? The current medical evidence is inconclusive, but there is a research study in the works to potentially identify which wines in particular seem to make people’s heads hurt. [WSJ]

• DoorDash is partnering with GM to test food delivery via self-driving cars. [The Verge]

• Bethenny Frankel’s flight was forced to turn around after the Real Housewives star, who is deathly allergic to fish, realized bass was being served as part of the in-flight meal. [People]

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