Restaurant News Bites: Taco Bell, Chipotle, Bob Evans

Restaurant News Bites: Taco Bell, Chipotle, Bob EvansTaco Bell has launched a large ad campaign, including full page ads in many national newspapers, to combat the rumor that their beef mixture contains less than 30% actual meat. The chain is also requesting an apology from the Alabama law firm that began the class action lawsuit. The law firm dropped the case recently without a settlement, and Taco Bell would like the public to know that the claims were unsubstantiated.

The Board of Directors of McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants has dismissed the buyout offer recently began by LSRI Holdings. The offer would pay $9.25 in cash for any unowned stock in the chain, but this was only 30% of the stock’s value on the closing of the day the deal was announced. The Board of Directors feel that the deal undervalues the potential of the chain and believes that the economic recovery will bring the McCormick and Schmick’s company back on its own.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing a criminal investigation by the U.S. Government based on accusations of hiring illegal immigrants. The probe will investigate if the Mexican fast food chain has knowingly hired anyone who does not have a legal working status within the country in the last few years. A chain location recently fired 40 workers who they claim applied with forged documentation for their legal work status.

Saladworks was born in New Jersey, and the Northern state is a big focus for new growth at this time. To extend their reach into the Southern part of the state, Saladworks will open a new location in Washington Township to celebrate their 25th anniversary. A new franchisee will be opening the location that fits in with the other 30 branches in New Jersey alone.

FohBoh Social Media and NetWorld Alliance are working together to start a new industry conference for franchisees and restaurant owners. The Foodservice Social Media Universe conference will help owners learn how to use social networking tools to grow and improve their businesses. The event will be held September 18th through 20th this year in San Francisco.

The Bob Evans company wants to make Easter easier for your family with their holiday Farmhouse Feast. Ordered over the phone or online, the feast contains delicious dishes like boneless ham, mashed potatoes and a lemon meringue pie. It serves up to eight guests and can be picked up at any Bob Evans restaurant location.

Denver may be the easiest location in the world for finding great tacos after Del Taco opens its 15th location in the metro area on April 22nd. Franchisee Mountain Taco owns this store and six others in Denver. The fresh ingredients and 24 hour drive thru make Del Taco a very popular chain in Colorado and other states around the country.

San Francisco’s Market Street now has a new coffee and wine bar. The Ma’Velous location opened April 1st with a eco-chic interior and an expansive coffee and wine menu that caters to aficionados. Only fully trained, professional baristas were hired for the bar so guests can rest assured each cup of coffee will be brewed correctly.

While Moroccan cuisine is popular in California, only Morocco’s Restaurant serves lunch. Located in downtown San Jose, the restaurant has a menu created from 150 year old family recipes and an authentic Moroccan dining area. Each meal consists of a cold salad, meat entree and a grain dish on the side like families in Morocco still eat to this day.