Bistro Bytes: 32 Remarkable Facts About Restaurants

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1Doritos Locos tacos

Doritos Locos tacos

Taco Bell sold 100 million Doritos Locos tacos in the first 10 weeks. It took McDonald's to sell the same amount of burgers 18 years.


2. All meat in a Subway's Cold Cut Combo sandwich (ham, salami, and bologna) is actually made from turkey.


3. Burger King was forced to change its whole franchise name to Hungry Jack's in Australia due to a small takeaway joint already trademarking the name in Adelaide.


4. All the McDonalds in Argentina were forced to sell the Big Mac at an artificially low price to hide inflation and to manipulate the country's performance on the Big Mac index.


5. Hooters in China is known as "American Owl Restaurant."


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6Little Caesar's

Little Caesar's

Little Caesar's makes only a .90 cents profit on a $5.00 hot and ready pizza. $3.50 goes to the ingredients and 60 cents for overhead.


7. When McDonald's set up its first restaurant in Soviet Russia, it had to teach workers how to smile and pretend to be cheerful.


8. In 2009, Burger King launched a promotion in which if you unfriended 10 of your friends on Facebook you got a free Whooper. The catch was that the friends were told that you unfriended them for just one Whooper.


9. The original "Dunkin' Donut" from Dunkin' Donuts had an actual pastry handle for dipping into coffee. It was discontinued in 2003 because it had to be cut by hand.


10. In 2001, a Hooter's restaurant held a sales contest for servers offering the prize of a new Toyota. When a server named Jodee Berry won, she was presented with a new "Toy Yoda". She sued the restaurant for deception and won enough money to buy a new car.


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11Popeyes

Popeyes

Popeyes gave Beyonce a free-Popeyes-for-life card after they heard how much she loved their food.


12. In the late 80's and early 90's McDonalds brought in the McPizza as part of their dinner menu. Customers who were used to fast service were irritated by the long wait times for made-to-order pizza and it was discontinued. Some franchises were left with pizza ovens they paid fifty grand for.


13. Mark Wahlberg has a restaurant called "Wahlburgers."


14. Pizza Hut once sued Papa Johns, claiming that the slogan "Better ingredients. Better Pizza." is false advertising.


15. Many of Denny's restaurants were built without locks, which was problematic when they decided to close for the first time ever on Christmas 1988.


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16Starbucks short

Starbucks short

Starbucks serves a smaller and cheaper size than “Tall” called “Short”, which it doesn’t mention on their menus.


17. Subway's most popular sandwich, the Italian BMT, is named after ‘Brooklyn Manhattan Transit’, literally a Subway.


18. Burger King has a 'BK Crown Gold Card' which it gives out to celebrities. It is good for a lifetime of free food at any Burger King location.


19. In 'n' Out Burger used to let customers add as many extra patties with cheese as they wanted to their burgers until one group of 8 ordered one with 100 patties which contained 19,450 kcals.


20. Auntie Anne's make it a point to hire disabled people to pass out samples. According to its owner, the sampler position was created with this goal in mind. “It is sometimes hard to find teenagers willing to pass out pieces of pretzel, but many people with disabilities enjoy the public interaction.”


21Chipotle experience

Chipotle experience

Chipotle has a policy of bringing ingredients to the tables of disabled diners and doing tableside preparation so that they don’t miss out on the “Chipotle experience.”


22. Panera Bread tried to stop a Qdoba Mexican Grill from opening nearby by trying to argue that a 'burrito is a sandwich' and thus breaking the lease agreement restricting rent from another 'sandwich shop.'


23. The Jack in the Box mascot commercials were made to bring good PR to the company after they had one of the worst E. coli outbreaks in modern US history.


24. In 2009, KFC made an offer to cities in the US to fix their potholes for free as long as they could add "Re-Freshed by KFC" on top of it.


25. The Domino's Pizza logo has 3 dots because that's how many stores there were in 1969. They planned to add a new dot for every store that opened, but that was quickly scrapped as the franchise grew rapidly.

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