Restaurant News Bites: Burger King, KFC, California Pizza Kitchen


Restaurant News Bites: Burger King, KFC, California Pizza KitchenBurger King is running a chicken sandwich promotion to celebrate Independence Day. The Original Chicken Sandwich will be available for just $1.04, but will go back to its normal price after the 4th. The breaded chicken patty is topped with crisp lettuce and mayo for a classic chicken sandwich.

KFC first introduced their Grilled Chicken options in 2009. Customers who want a lower fat, flavorful chicken meal have made the grilled option very popular with the chain. Now KFC is relaunching their grilled items with improvements. The all-white meat breast pieces are now 20 percent larger.

California Pizza Kitchen is dedicated to innovation and the development of new pizza options. The national chain has announced that it is adding 10 new items to its menu, including new pizza varieties, bigger salads and fresh soups. A gluten-free pizza crust option is also being introduced that works with 29 of the current pizza topping configurations.

Restaurant managers do struggle with a variety of legitimate challenges during day-to-day operation, but taking responsibility for the location’s success is the key. Managers who find excuses not to succeed will simply not be able to deal with the myriad challenges of the restaurant industry. Taking accountability for the restaurant leads to a more successful management style.

Marble Slab Creamery is gearing up to release their newest flavor and will be giving away free scoops. July 11th will be “Red Head Appreciation Day” and anyone with red hair, whether it is natural or a wig, will receive a free scoop of Red Velvet Ice Cream. The new ice cream flavor combines the rich taste of red velvet cake with smooth ice cream.

Cold Stone Creamery released Cake Batter Ice Cream in 2003 and was surprised at its immense popularity. The chain is inviting cake batter fans to visit their local location for National Ice Cream Month. Cake Batter Ice Cream and Birthday Cake mix-ins will be highlighted for July. Customers can add cake pieces to their favorite flavor or other toppings with the Cake Batter flavor.

Classic summer flavors include the sweetly tart taste of lemonade, and Krispy Kreme is using this flavor for their newest creations. Try the lemon glazed cake doughnut, or the Lemon Kreme Pie filled doughnut. The Jolly Rancher Krispy Kreme Chillers make a perfect accompaniment to these new doughnut flavors.

Blue Bamboo is the work of chef Dennis Chan. The restaurant combines the best of Asian cuisine with the flavors and textures of traditional Southern cooking. This new style of fusion has made his restaurant very popular with Southern diners. Menu items include Panko Fried Tomatoes and Red Curry Shrimp and Grits.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is continuing to grow across the country and bring fresh smoked barbecue to small and big towns alike. Irving, California is now home to two locations for the chain as the newest restaurant opens. The chain is celebrating its 70th anniversary and this most recent opening brings the total up to 152.

Buffalo Wings & Rings has launched a completely redesigned website and is giving away nearly 2,000 wings to a lucky fan to celebrate. Guests who visit the official can enter to win 1,984 chicken wings in commemoration of the year the chain first opened. Joining the free Club ’84 loyalty program automatically enters each visitor and gives them access to special news and promotions.