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Chick-fil-NAY: A Meat Alternative Could Be Coming to Your Favorite Homophobic Chicken Chain

Plus, some guy dressed up as the Joker is terrorizing Toronto restaurants and more food news

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Imagine if this Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich were chickenless.
Jenny G. Zhang

Could Chick-fil-A be the next fast-food chain to add a meatless option?

Fast-food’s push towards a plant-based future shows no signs of slowing down, with chains like Burger King, White Castle, and Del Taco all having added meatless protein items to their menus. Chick-fil-A — known for its solid lineup of chicken options and much less palatable politics — could follow suit, as Amanda Norris, the executive director of the chain’s menu, told Business Insider recently.

According to Norris, Chick-fil-A has been watching and studying vegan options for a few years at this point. With a more limited menu compared to its competitors, the chain tends to take longer — typically 18 to 24 months — to research, test, and roll out new products. Chick-fil-A is now moving “from the watch stage” into the initial “understand” or “imagine” stage, Norris told BI.

As for what that vegan option might look like, Norris said: “We think it is certainly beyond just no meat on salads or no meat in a wrap. It might be some kind of alternative protein on a sandwich.” So don’t be too surprised if, in a year or two, Chick-fil-A debuts a version of its fried-chicken sandwich, hold the chicken.

And in other news…

  • Plant-based meat is hot — celebrity-hot. Serena Williams, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, and Trevor Noah are all among Impossible Foods’ latest round of investors, bringing the company’s valuation to more than $750 million. [Eater SF]
  • Students at an Australian university were forced to evacuate the library after the — uhh — pungent aroma of a discarded durian fruit prompted concerns of a gas leak. [CNN]
  • Some guy dressed as the Joker is stealing tip jars and performing other acts of villainy in Toronto restaurants. Where’s Batman to stop this asshole? [Vice]
  • A court ordered Steak ‘n Shake to pay up $7.7 million in unpaid overtime. [San Antonio Express-News]
  • There’s an E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef that has affected 196 people in 10 states. [USA Today]
  • A fascinating look inside the “pampered and personalized” world of D.C.’s VIP diners, from politicians to athletes. [Washingtonian]
  • Say hello to your new Oreo flavors for the summer: S’mores, Latte Thins, Marshmallow Moon, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Maple Creme. [Today]
  • How A.I. engineered the world’s smartest batch of basil. [The Daily Beast]
  • Popeye’s is serving heart-shaped biscuits at select locations for today only, in honor of the definitely-fake-sounding National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. [People]

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