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Texas Proposes ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ Bill After the Chain Is Ousted From Airport

Plus, one restaurant’s $5,000 mistake, and more news to start your day

Does a major corporation need saving? Apparently so.

It might be on track to becoming the third-largest chain in the country, but Texas seems to think that pious fried chicken sandwich purveyor Chick-fil-A needs rescuing from mean ol’ city councils. In response to San Antonio blocking Chick-fil-A from opening in its airport (due to the company’s ongoing donations to organizations that impose anti-gay “sexual purity” pacts on their employees), Texas lawmakers have put forward a bill that would ban any arm of the government from taking “adverse action” against businesses for their affiliations with religious groups.

The bill does not mention Chick-fil-A, but supporters are dubbing it the “save Chick-fil-A” bill, and it’s clearly in response to San Antonio city council’s decision this winter. Texas Republicans are framing the bill as something that will protect free speech. Opponents point out that the bill is general enough that it could force public institutions — such as schools — to work with any religious organization, such as the notoriously aggressive and anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. In short, it’s not really about the small-potatoes Chick-fil-A kerfuffle, but instead shoehorning Christian organizations (or, a particular set of Evangelical groups) into positions where they can work with the government, and nobody can say no.

And in other news...

  • The New York Times stirred up controversy in Florida with a crossword answer declaring Tampa to be the home of the Cuban sandwich, despite popular opinion that it originates from Miami. [NPR]
  • Famed London steakhouse Hawksmoor accidentally served a 4,500 pound ($5,740) bottle of wine to a customer that ordered a 260 pound bottle, and is having a moment in the limelight for handling it so well. [ELON]
  • Today’s feel-bad story about capitalism is a New Hampshire school cafeteria employee who was fired for giving a kid $8 of food when he was short on money, asking him to pay it back the following day. Meanwhile, the company, Café Services, is still acting like it did the right thing. [CNN]
  • Prince Charles is getting into the bed-and-breakfast biz, opening a royal castle to the public for the surprisingly reasonable sum of around $200 per night. [People]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts now has its own line of eight nail polishes, although it seems nobody in its marketing department realized that “coffee brown” isn’t the liveliest color for decorating one’s hands — three of the polishes are in various tones of the caffeinated beverage. [Delish]
  • Gaggan Anand, known for Bangkok restaurant Gaggan (which topped the Asia’s Best Restaurants list for several years) is opening a supper club in his own home. Oh, and the meals will be free, but you have to bring wine. [The Peak]
  • The Los Angeles Times’ two critics, Bill Addison and Patricia Escarcega, debate whether or not restaurant reviews should still deal in star ratings. [LA Times]
  • Amazon continues to spread its tentacles with an investment in major UK food delivery platform Deliveroo. [CNN]
  • Wasp steals noodle. That’s all you need to know here. [Twitter]

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