Restaurant News Bites: McDonald’s, UFood Grill, Baskin-Robbins

Restaurant News Bites: McDonald's, UFood Grill, Baskin-Robbins
Restaurant News Bites: McDonald's, UFood Grill, Baskin-Robbins

McDonald’s is expanding the offerings at their McCafe in-store coffee shops for the holidays. The new Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Mocha both match the refreshing taste of mint with rich coffee or chocolate flavors. This will be the brand’s first holiday themed McCafe menu items and will become unavailable on January 2nd.

The Canadian branch of the McDonald’s is expanding their beverage options with the introduction of the McCafe concept to stores in the country. McCafe beverages began in US stores, but are now being introduced to international locations where coffee is popular. Prior to adding McCafe drinks the Canadian restaurants doubled sales of regular brew coffee.

The UFood Restaurant Group, operator of the UFood Grill chain, is slashing sodium content. The chain is working on dropping the sodium content of all breaded chicken products by 20% or more. Affected items will include the Chicken Parmigiana Wrap, the Oven Crisped Chicken Fingers meal for kids and the Crispy Chicken Chopped Cobb Salad.

The seven locations that make up most of the Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill brand are being purchased by Granite City Food & Brewery. The restaurants are mainly located around the Midwest in Minnesota and other areas. The chain cost about $9 billion and the Granite City company has the option to purchase an additional eighth restaurant.

Odus Mundy owns and operates three Fazoli’s franchise restaurants and he was honored by the company recently as the 2011 Franchisee of the Year. He received his reward at the annual National Brand Conference  held last month. His quick implementation of the new store design helped earn him the recognition.

Baskin-Robbins has developed a new chocolate based ice cream that is perfect for the holidays. Winter Chocolate Marshmallow combines the flavors of rich hot chocolate, a fluffy whipped cream ribbon and chunks of chewy marshmellow flavored dough. Customers will only be able to enjoy this flavor until the end of December.

Robert Earl’s new concept restaurant, Earl’s Court, has opened in Manhattan. The location is a food court containing 9 different brands. Restaurants found within include Sushi Express, Billy’s Bakery, Italy’s Favorite Coffee and The Original Soupman. Despite being modeled after a food court the establishment is upscale and elegant.

Kennesaw, Georgia saw the opening of its first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurant on November 5th. This is the sixth location for the chain in the Southern state. New franchisee Kent Latham chose Dickey’s due to the rising popularity of Texas-style barbeque in the area.

Eat’n Park kicked off their 2011 Caring For the Kids Campaign recently to sell raffle tickets for a 2012 Ford Focus. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This will be the restaurant’s 33rd celebration and fundraiser. The Ford Focus was donated by a local dealer and tickets cost $2.