Olive Garden’s downward spiral continued on Monday when the chain introduced a horrible new logo that is about 40 years out of date. The retaliation against this baffling choice was swift and brutal, especially on social media, where it was referred to as “garbage”, “a hot load of crap”, and my personal favorite, “something off a crockpot from the 1970s”.
Strangely enough, Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, is standing by this monstrosity, believing it will bring about a “brand renaissance” along with other changes such as lower prices, smaller plates and remodeled restaurants. According to the PR people, the move will result in “a complete dining experience that is casual, yet stylish, creating an atmosphere that promotes togetherness, nurtures relationships and welcomes sharing.”
Whatever… methinks people will ultimately prefer the more expensive, Dean Martin-soaked Olive Gardens of yesteryear.
(via YF, Slate and BI)
It appears that breakfast items are going to be added to Taco Bell menus around the country, starting March 27.
Taco Bell is looking to make a dent in McDonald’s share of the fast-food breakfast market with a variety of portable items that are designed with the Millennial in mind: According to USA Today, items like the A.M. Crunchwrap (scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese and bacon or sausage in a warm tortilla) and the Breakfast Waffle Taco (A warm waffle wrapped around sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese and syrup) can be eaten with one hand, thus freeing up the other hand for texting, tweeting or other important social media related tasks that can’t wait until after breakfast.
Breakfast will be served at 7 am or earlier, depending upon the local market.
Nabisco’s been pretty keen lately on introducing seasonal or limited-run Oreo flavors, and it looks like they’ve added a new flavor to their product line. The “Lemon” Oreo–which is somewhat different from the “lemon twist” Oreo that Nabisco introduced last year–looks pretty tasty. We’re not sure how long these will stick around for, so make sure to keep an eye out for ‘em at your local grocery store!
(TheImpulsebuy via Consumerist)
A woman filed suit against McDonald’s Corp after allegedly being burned by hot coffee that was spilled on her while visiting one the company’s restaurants in Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman was injured on Jan. 12, 2012, and she seeks unspecified monetary damages. No information on the extent of her injurious has been provided.
This comes 20 years after the legendary lawsuit in New Mexico. In that case, A woman going through a McDonald’s drive-through in Albuquerque filed suit after being burned by spilled hot coffee. A jury awarded $2.9 million to the woman, who’s relatives say that she needed skin graft surgery after suffering from third-degree burns. The 1994 suit attracted worldwide attention and was cited by proponents of tort reform.
(via LA Times)
Sriracha is coming back, baby! A Huy Fong Foods spokesperson told ABC News that they “plan to resume shipments at the end of the month.” and get the much beloved hot sauce back out on the shelves.
If you’ve been following Sriracha-Gate, then you know that Huy Fong Foods were forced to halt production due to the fumes from the plant, which Irwindale, CA residents likened to tear gas.
While the making of the sauce may be on hold, they’re getting ready to bottle up any of the product they’ve already made and that means we should have Sriracha in time for the Super Bowl.
As to what happens when this shipment runs out, well, we’ll have to see what happens in court.
On an amusing note, Texas State Representative Jason Villalba tweeted to Huy Fong Foods saying, “As a fan of Siracha and an opponent of California over regulation, it’s time to bring this company to Texas. On it!”
Huy Fong Foods has not responded to this offer thus far.
A man in Florida caught a 4-foot alligator in a park, and instead of calling Fish and Game, he walked into the nearest convenience store and tried to trade it for beer.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and security footage recovered from the store, the man approached the counter with a live gator tucked under his arms. He tried to bargain with the clerk, who instead decided to call the cops.
“This is absolutely bizarre. I can’t imagine somebody wanting to barter a live, 4-foot alligator for a 12-pack of beer. It makes no sense to me,” said a spokesperson for the commission.
Police confiscated the gator and cited the man for illegally capturing and trying to sell an alligator.
“[The gator] was pretty much in good shape, we didn’t notice any unusual conditions on it,” said the spokesperson, who also added, “I have never experienced anything like this in 25 years in law enforcement.”
If a 25-year veteran of law enforcement in Florida hasn’t seen something, you know it’s pretty damn crazy.
(NBC Miami via Consumerist)
If you’re keeping tabs on the Sriracha battle going on between the factory and the residents of Irwindale, then you’ve likely been mourning because all signs point to the factory shutting down due to complaints of health issues from the fumes.
However, if this banner that went up outside the factory is any indication, it seems the owner isn’t planning to go quietly.
Stay tuned. We’ll report more as this story heats up.
As you may remember, Taco Bell was testing a Breakfast Waffle Taco in California which consists of a folded waffle stuffed with sausage and scrambled eggs served with a side of syrup. It is now being reported that the creation will be available at an additional 100 locations in Fresno, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Chattanooga, Tenn starting today, so you may want to clear your schedule and put on your overeating pants.
Waynesboro, Georgia is heading for a whole new identity thanks to a 7 foot tall KFC bucket that mysteriously showed up in a woman’s front yard last Thursday. The phantom bucket subsequently appeared on Facebook and the local news, turning it into a popular landmark – the woman’s landlord even claims that he will have it mounted on a pole for the world to see. Needless to say, the misleading ad will likely result in a lot of pissed off, chicken-starved passers by who will have to trek more than five additional miles to get the Colonel’s nearest location.
Check out the news report after the jump.
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Next month Châteaux en Bordeaux’s Hausmann Famille will debut Coca-Cola flavored wine called “Rouge Sucette” (‘Red Lollipop’) across France. The new booze will be 9% ABV and will consist of 75% wine and 25% sugar, water, and soda flavoring. Apparently the move is part of an effort by France’s wine industry, who is struggling to capture a younger generation who is “more attracted to beer and spirits”.
Meanwhile, you could easily replicate this at home right now by pouring Coca-Cola into your wine. Better make it boxed wine as that seems more appropriate.
(LA Times via IT)