If you thought that John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO Papa John's Pizza, was going to leave his business without a fight, you don't know John. Schnatter has filed suit against the pizza chain on Thursday (July 26) as part of what seems to be a larger mission to clear his name, and prove that he was wrongfully forced out of the company after Forbes reported that he used the n-word during a media training session.
Schnatter is suing to recover business and financial records. He chose the legal route, “because of the unexplained and heavy-handed way in which the company has treated him since the publication of a story that falsely accused him of using a racial slur.”
In the lawsuit, filed in a Delaware court, Schnatter repeatedly denies using the racial slur (despite issuing a public apology two weeks ago), and attacked Papa John’s for the way the incident was handled. “Instead of standing behind the founder and working with the news media to explain what actually occurred, the company followed its usual, and flawed, manner of dealing with false and mistaken reporting.”
Schnatter, who still owns a reported $510 million stake in the company, reportedly uttered the slur during a conference call in May. Forbes retroactively reported the comments in a story published on July 11. A special committee of board members ousted Schnatter as board chairman hours later, and promptly evicted him from company headquarters.
Since the committee was formed three hours before the decision, Schnatter’s lawsuit questions whether or not board members have been “grossly negligent or are acting in bad faith, or both.”
Papa John’s responded to the lawsuit in a statement expressing sadness and disappointment, before calling the legal filing a “needless and wasteful” attempt by Schnatter to “distract from his own words and actions.” The company added that Schnatter will receive “all of the materials that he is entitled to as a director.”
When it comes to "Big", NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is second to none. From big dunks to big shoes, Shaq's whole life has been about "Big". So when the 4-time NBA champion announce he was opening up a Las Vegas restaurant, it's no surprise that he went big.
Shaq is going all out with his new eatery, Big Chicken. Located on Paradise Road, across from the Hard Rock hotel-casino, the restaurant looks to bring big flavors and variety to one of America's favorite foods. While the new restaurant is big, Dr. O'Neal isn't stopping with just a new place to eat, he is also launching a new Facebook Watch show called Big Chicken Shaq.
Big Chicken Shaq will be an eight-episode miniseries that will chronicle Shaq’s decision-making process in launching the Big Chicken restaurant while simultaneously acting as a collaborative effort between the former NBA star and fans.
“[Viewers will be able to tell me] what kind of dishes they like, decor, probably ask about designs,” O’Neal told Bleacher Report on Wednesday (July 25). “We’re going to make it like a big contest. We’ll be flying people in, inviting people to taste tests, stuff like that…I want [fans] to see that this is what we built together.”
Big Chicken Shaq is set to premiere sometime this fall, with the Big Chicken restaurant opening its doors shortly after.
The next time you get an iced drink from Starbucks you may notice something quite different. The coffee giant will be phasing out plastic straws in all of it's more than 28,000 locations around the world. They will replace the straws with a cup that may remind some of their childhood, like very early childhood.
They are introducing adult Sippy Cups.
Starbucks isn't officially calling their new sippy cups of course. In reality, they just redesigned the lid for their ice drink cups. The lid is now designed with a raised spout for sipping. The lid is also 100% recyclable unlike the old straws.
Joining a growing horde of brands, chains, and entire cities that have eliminated or banned plastic straws in an effort to cut down on plastic pollution in the ocean, Starbucks announced on Monday that it will be phasing them out entirely from all locations by 2020. They will still have straws available for their Frappuccinos and to anyone who requests one, but they will be made out of alternative materials like paper and compostable plastic.
Starbucks also announced on Monday that it's permanently adding two new cold beverages to its menu: a Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew (cold brew with a hint of caramel and topped with salted cream Cold Foam) and an Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte (vanilla bean and Coconutmilk shaken with ice with espresso poured on top).
The phasing out will begin starting this fall in Seattle and Vancouver, and eventually expand to other markets.
The Taste of Chicago official kicks of today (July 11) and it will feature some of the best Chicago restaurants along with some amazing musical acts. The annual food festival will take place in Grant Park and will go from July 11 thru July 15.
The 38th edition of the Taste of Chicago will feature over 70 eateries and 230 dishes ranging from giant turkey legs to tacos and everything in between. Along with all the food and drinks (did we mention all the pizza), the fest will feature a wide array of musical acts including the Flaming Lips, George Clinton and local favorite The Boy Illinois.
Location: Grant Park (between Lake Shore Drive, Monroe Street, Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 to 15, Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Tickets: Admission is free. General admission seating for performances at the Petrillo Music Shell range in price from $18 to $50 (lawn seating in Butler Field is free). Performances at the Goose Island Stage are free.
Food and beverage tickets can be purchased in strips of 14 for $10 (includes $3 charge for Taste amenities). Cost in number of tickets for menu items differs. There are smaller "Taste of" items available from most vendors for 3 to 6 tickets each.
Guess what day it is! It's 7-Eleven Day, because you know the date is 7/11. The popular convenience store 7-Eleven is celebrating today big giving away the perfect treat to get you through Hump Day. They are giving away free Slurpees.
For its 91st anniversary, the convenience store will let you drop in and pick up a free small Slurpee. Flavors of Slurpee vary from store to store but they are featuring a breakfast favorite flavor this month, Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries. You can pair your free Slurpee with $1 Big Bite hot dogs, according to a press release.
7-Eleven will celebrate inching one year closer to its centennial with freebies for all of its 7Rewards members all week long. It's easy to become a 7Rewards member, just download the store's free mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, and you've just become a member.
Other promos for the week include:
July 12: Free 7-Select Pure Water with the purchase of any Bodyarmor sports drink.
July 13: Free Big Gulp with the purchase of a share-size Snickers.
July 14: Free popcorn with the purchase of a 20-ounce Smartwater.
July 15: Free Reese's with the purchase of a share-size bag of 7-Select gummies.
July 16: Free 20-ounce Coke with the purchase of any package of Cheez-Its.
Costco is cutting one of customers' favorite options from the menu in its food courts.
The retailer is taking the Polish hot dog off the menu to make way for new items, The Seattle Times reports. Locations will be deeply discounting the Polish dog in an effort to make room for new, healthy menu items such as açai fruit bowls and organic burgers.
Costco is well-known for its inexpensive but surprisingly tasty food court. However, when the retailer makes adjustments to the menu, there is bound to be backlash.
Customers are not pleased with the fact that the Polish hot dog — a variation on Costco's wildly popular classic hot dog, which will remain on the menu — will no longer be available.
Tuesday (July 10) is National Piña Colada Day! To celebrate this, Logik Eats has search far and wide for the best Piña Colada recipes out there. We promise that if you try one of these cocktails, you will have a wonderful kinda day!
Strawberry Piña Colada (Lava Flow Cocktail)
If you have ever wanted to dive into a delicious burrito bowl or devour some chips and guacamole but you didn't want to leave the comfort of your car, you are in luck. Chipotle is finally adding drive-thru lanes to their restaurants.
Chipotle is trying to move us into the future by adding drive-thrus to its existing locations, but the twist is that you won't be able to order at them. They'll be used to furnish burritos ordered online or via its app. And since you're a busy person who also knows their salsa preference, this will probably make your life easier.
There are already drive-thrus at two Chipotle locations in Ohio, and one each in Tennessee, Texas, and Massachusetts. More are in the process of rolling out across the country, with one coming to Virginia for sure, according to CNBC. A digital order tends to take 12 minutes to complete, but the idea is that most customers will be placing lunch and dinner orders hours ahead of time and just swing by to pick them up.
While digital orders only make up about 10% of their business, the company believes that with this "new" innovation the numbers will increase. More info about when and where more drive-thrus will come after a special investor call on June 27.
America's biggest fast-food franchise is making a major change to one of their most iconic meals. McDonald's Happy Meal will no longer be available with a cheeseburger or chocolate milk. In addition to those changes, they will also reduce the amount of fries that come with the meals.
The changes are being made because McDonald's wants to improve the health benefits of its Happy Meals everywhere. They have been working in tandem with Healthier Generation since 2013 in an effort to increase customers' access to fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and water, this is just another part in the grand plan to be healthier overall.
The changes will fully roll-out by June of 2018. Happy Meal combinations offered on Happy Meal menu boards will be 600 calories or fewer, and 100 percent of those offerings will be compliant with the new nutrition criteria for added sugar, saturated fat, and 78 percent compliant with the new sodium criteria.
Customer will now be able to choose from a hamburger meal, a 4-piece Chicken McNuggets meal, or a 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. Guests can still special order cheeseburgers if they want; it just won’t be on the board. McDonald’s is also replacing the small French fries with kids-sized fries in the 6-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which decreases the calories and sodium in the fries serving by half, McDonald’s said.
For the beverage options, McDonald's will be removing the choice of chocolate milk from the Happy Meals. The restaurant is currently working on reformulating the chocolate milk formula and will later reintroduce a healthier, less sugar version of the beverage.
The announcement was part of McDonald’s expanded commitment to families revealed Thursday. The chain aims to improve access to reading and wants to help keep families together through Ronald McDonald House Charities, in addition to the Happy Meal upgrades.
By: Patrick Ketza
Swiss based Nestle is selling off their US candy business to Italy's Ferrero, the makers of Ferrero Rocher and Nutella, for $2.8 billion in cash, Ferrero announced Tuesday.
The deal gives Ferrero control over major candy brands like Butterfinger, BabyRuth, 100Grand, Raisinets and Wonka. They will also acquire Nestle's U.S. manufacturing facilities in Bloomington, Franklin Park and Itasca, Illinois.
While the deal itself is huge, the US candy sales only represented about 3% of there overall sales. Nestle is the world largest producer of coffee, and late last year they acquired a majority stake in gourmet coffee company Blue Bottle and purchased premium coffee brand Chameleon Coffee. Nestle already owns coffee brands Nescafe and Nespresso.
Nestle also makes Purina pet food, bottled water, Stouffer's and Gerber baby foods.