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Chipotle to debut first dessert

Chipotle plans to add a dessert item to its menu this year.

The Denver-based Mexican grill announced Tuesday it will begin testing a fried dough dessert next month, Business Insider reported

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Chipotle’s buñuelos, a traditional Mexican dessert, are fried tortillas sprinkled with honey, cinnamon and sugar. They’re to be served with caramel-apple dipping sauce.

“It’s simple to make and requires us to add just a few additional ingredients,” Chipotle CEO Steve Ells said, according to Yahoo. “They’re delicious and complement our menu nicely.”

It’s unclear which locations nationwide will offer the dessert first. 

Although Chipotle announced last year that it would be adding a dessert item to the menu, the buñuelo comes as a surprise, as many speculated the restaurant chain would debut churros as its first dessert.Chipotle is known for being slow to change its menu. According to Business Insider, the addition of buñuelos will be the company’s third major change in 20 years.

The most recent addition was chorizo, which Chipotle began offering in October. 

The company also announced that sales at restaurants that have been open at least a year rose 17.8 percent in the first quarter, and revenue increased 28.1 percent to $1.07 billion. Chipotle’s stock rose, and Ells said the increases indicates a “strong start” to the year.

>> Related: Here's why Chipotle doesn't sell queso

New Eli’s Southern Comfort Food to host grand opening next week

A new restaurant called Eli’s Southern Comfort Food — part of a broader facelift for J.D. Legends Entertainment Complex in Franklin — will host its grand opening April 3-7.

“We completely gutted the prior restaurant, renovated the kitchen, stained the floor, and added new furniture and a garage door that opens towards the (bowling) lanes,” co-owner Wasfi Samaan said.

The new restaurant features home-style, from-scratch cooking, with items prepared daily, Samaan said. Signature items from the Eli’s menu include Kentucky Hot Brown, Brisket Sandwich, Homemade Meatloaf and Beer Brined Pork Chops.

The traditional J.D. Legends menu is still available to diners on the patio or in the sports bar portion of the entertainment complex, Samaan said.

Customer response to the new restaurant’s soft opening “has been amazing, especially to the food,” Samaan said. “People keep coming back and ordering what they had before.”

Samaan — who lived in Kentucky for 34 years before coming to Ohio — said Eli’s also boasts a strong bourbon selection. The new restaurant is named for Samaan’s late brother Eli, and is co-owned by Samaan’s nephew, Charlie Samaan.

RELATED: Franklin entertainment venue expanding (April 2015)

The restaurant renovation is part of a broader facelift that is still underway at J.D. Legends in advance of patio season. Crews are now working to refresh the exterior of the entertainment complex, which is a concert venue, bowling alley, tiki bar, restaurant, sports bar and sand volleyball destination. Samaan said the renovations represent a $50,000-to-$75,000 investment into the facility.

And that investment goes beyond physical improvements. With the opening of the new restaurant, the entertainment complex hired an additional 15 employees, bringing total employment at J.D. Legends and Eli’s to 50, Samaan said.

From Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7, the Eli’s grand opening will include special offers such as a free appetizer with the purchase of two sandwiches at lunch, and free soup or dessert with any entree purchase at dinner. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5, there will be live music with saxophone player Eddie Osborne.

Happy hour is on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes special prices on drinks and beers, as well as half-price appetizers.

Eli’s Southern Comfort Food’s hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Woman finds cow lip in tacos

A Texas woman found what she thought were teeth in barbacoa tacos ordered at El Rincon, a restaurant in Pflugerville.

According to San Antonio’s KENS, Courtney Aguilar took to Facebook to share a picture of the tacos, saying, “When you order barbacoa tacos, but get teeth instead.”

Aguilar wrote that she asked a restaurant server if she was seeing teeth in her food, and the server responded, “baby teeth.”

What she was seeing was actually cow lips.

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The restaurant responded to Aguilar’s claim on Facebook, saying they get their barbacoa from a vendor. The vendor in turn responded clarifying that what the woman saw was actually cow lips.

“Barbacoa is one the few items that we buy pre-made from an approved FDA vendor, and we are no longer going to buy from that vendor,” the post reads. “Barbacoa is cooked with different parts of the cow, but mostly from the head or cheek of cattle. El Rincon will stop selling barbacoa until we get a new vendor.”

“The reality is this: Barbacoa is a rough business. It starts with a whole skinned cow’s head, wrapped in burlap and baling wire and buried in a smoking hole in the ground overnight,” the San Antonio Express News’ food writer Mike Sutter wrote. “In the morning, somebody with a sledgehammer opens up that skull and the harvesting begins: all the fatty and lean soft tissue from lip to crown. Sometimes the brains, sometimes the eyes, sometimes the tongue if it’s not being held out for lengua.”

Starbucks locations to begin serving ice cream treat

Starbucks is switching things up by adding an offering to menus at select locations across the country. 

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The coffee giant will sell a new dessert in more than 100 stores, Business Insider reported. Ten "upscale" stores in Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, DC., will be the first locations to provide the new Roastery Affogato menu, which offers the frozen treat, according to Business Insider. 

The menu item, inspired by affogatos, an Italian coffee-based dessert, is a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of espresso.

Versions of the affogato on the Roastery Affogato menu will range from $6 to $8.50.

Starbucks is also testing a less expensive affogato menu at 100 store locations in Orange County, California, according to Business Insider. 

Starbucks' Seattle Roastery started offering affogatos to its customers last summer.

Starbucks will start serving ice cream at more than 100 stores https://t.co/zifj2AqaYL pic.twitter.com/ESzc941cn5— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 14, 2017

'Top Chef' alum shares pro-immigrant message on restaurant receipts

In the wake of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, a former "Top Chef" contestant and U.S. immigrant from New Zealand is using his restaurant receipts to share a pro-immigrant message with customers.

"Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today)," read the receipts from New York eatery Kiwiana, owned by Mark Simmons.

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According to CNN, the move by Simmons, who appeared on the fourth season of Bravo's "Top Chef," gained national attention Sunday after journalist Mary Emily O'Hara posted a photo of her receipt on social media.

"Breakfast in Brooklyn," she captioned her tweet, which had been shared nearly 100,000 times by Thursday morning.

>> Check it out here

Breakfast in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/JHEtfJhqPO— Mary Emily O'Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) February 5, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

How to get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts all month long

It’s “Freebruary” at Krispy Kreme this month, meaning you have a chance to get a free doughnut all month long.

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Buy a cup of the new "Smooth" or "Rich" brews and get a free original glazed doughnut every time you visit until Feb. 28.

Both blends are made from 100 percent Arabica beans. Krispy Kreme recommends you choose the “Smooth” blends for subtle and easy drinking and “Rich” for a more bold experience.

>> Shaquille O'Neal buys Krispy Kreme store

“We have completely reinvented Krispy Kreme coffee from the bean to the cup, ensuring our customers’ beverage experience delivers the fresh quality and taste you always get from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,” Jackie Woodward, chief marketing officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said in a news release. “Our new Smooth coffee is the only coffee designed to be the perfect complement to Krispy Kreme’s freshly-made Original Glazed doughnuts and other treats. It’s a combination that’s deliciously inseparable, and we’re proud to say that our coffee is now doughnut-worthy.”

The offer cannot be combined with any other coupons and is valid at participating locations only.

Buy any size and get a FREE Original Glazed 2/6 thru 2/28 (US/CAN) Details- https://t.co/xK7ziSUAHe #Freebruary #KrispyKremeCoffee pic.twitter.com/NVv22NCDCd— krispykreme (@krispykreme) February 6, 2017

Single? Hooters has a deal that'll get you free wings on Valentine's Day

Whether you've recently experienced a dramatic, emotionally exhausting breakup or an amicable separation from a recent boyfriend or girlfriend, Hooters wants to show its loyal customers some love and appreciation. 

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The popular restaurant is giving away free wings to anyone who destroys a picture of his or her ex on Valentine's Day.

All you have to do is answer four easy questions and the restaurant will recommend shredding, burning, burying or throwing darts at a photo of your former partner.

>> Hooters to open Hoots, new restaurant with male servers

Complete the task online and get a coupon for 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 at a participating Hooters restaurant on Valentine's Day only. Customers also have the option of shredding the photo in person at participating locations, which will use a shredding machine to ruin pictures, according to Thrillist.

Best way to get over your ex: Shred 'em and Forget 'em! https://t.co/Su1k7NEVvB #ShredYourEx pic.twitter.com/QZ6uSrc2cp— Hooters (@Hooters) February 6, 2017

 

Hooters to open Hoots, new restaurant with male servers

Chicken wing restaurant Hooters, best known for its waitress' distinct uniform of tight tops and orange short shorts, has announced plans to open a new, "fast-casual" restaurant this month.

Lunch shouldn't be boring. Heat up your lunch plans by spending them with us! pic.twitter.com/kzC4wJRhwA— West Coast Hooters (@WestCoastHoots) January 31, 2017

Hoots will not feature the signature outfits and will employ male and female servers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Customers won't be served at traditional tables, but will receive counter service at a full-service bar instead. 

“Just as with any traditional, fast-casual, counter service employee, there will be both male and female employees,” Lizz Harmon, spokesperson for Hoots, told The Huffington Post. “There will be order-at-the-counter (or online) and dine-in or take-away service. The uniform will be shorts or pants and a newly designed Hoots T-shirt.” 

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The new concept restaurant will feature a one-page menu with favorites from the classic Hooters restaurants.

Hoots is expected to open outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, in mid-February, Hooters Management Corp. announced Tuesday. Hooters Management Corp. is based out of Clearwater, Florida. It's unclear if there are plans for additional Hoots restaurants in the future.

New Olive Garden deal offers all-you-can-eat pasta

Get ready to kick your New Year's resolution to count carbs to the curb.

Olive Garden announced Monday that it is offering a new all-you-can-eat promotion – Never Ending Classics. Under the deal, which runs through March 6, customers can scarf down unlimited servings of pasta in one sitting.

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The promotion, which starts at $11.99, allows customers to pick from five entrees and includes unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks. Learn more here.

This isn't the restaurant chain's first time offering obscene amounts of food. In 2015 and 2016, customers could pay $100 for an Unlimited Pasta Pass good for seven weeks. The chain sold 21,000 of those passes last year.

2 new Chick-fil-As in Kettering, Troy to offer free meals for a year

Both the Chick-fil-A at the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering and on West Main Street near Meijer in Troy will offer the restaurant chain’s signature “First 100” promotion starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Both restaurants will then open to the public at 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.

Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” promotion, launched 13 years ago to mark each restaurant opening, has given away nearly $31 million in free food through 2016.

Here’s how it works:

• Participants can begin lining up 24 hours in advance, at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at each restaurant. Only adults residing in specific zip codes within approximately 25 miles of the restaurant are eligible for the giveaway, and they must offer identification to prove their residence.

• A digital gift card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals — 52 meals consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium beverage — will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. Thursday.

• If more than 100 people are on site when the line officially forms Wednesday morning, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning — and those selected still need to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot, Chick-fil-A officials said.

A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/First-100. Other details and restrictions can be found at this Chick-fil-A FAQ web site.

Chick-fil-A also invites First 100 guests as well as restaurant customers to bring in new gently used childrens’ books as part of a book drive Wednesday and Thursday. Those collected at the Kettering location will be donated to Kettering Backpack Program, while books collected in Troy will benefit Free to Read in the Bethany Center in Piqua. The donated books at each restaurant will be placed in a nearly “Book House” that will serve as a free library exchange, Chick-fil-A officials said.

The 4,988-square-foot Kettering restaurant at East Stroop and Shroyer roads will seat 124. It will employ perhaps as many as 100, according to franchise owner Matt Eller. Eller grew up with Chick-fil-A: his father has operated one of the chain’s restaurants in Greensboro, N.C., for more than 23 years.

The 4,137-square-foot Troy restaurant is located at 1910 W. Main St. (Ohio 41) at Experimental Farm/South Stanfield Road. It will seat 106 and will employ 80 to 90, a Chick-fil-A spokeswoman last month. The Troy restaurant’s franchisee is Doug Knostman, a Troy native and graduate of Troy High School.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain currently operates a half-dozen locations in the Dayton region, including a restaurant that opened in 2015 in Cornerstone of Centerville. Another location on Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. completed a $1 million makeover in 2016.

Like other Chick-fil-A restaurants, the two new locations will offer a full-service menu, including breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. operates 2,100 restaurants in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

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