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Morning Grind: April 18, 2013

By on April 18, 2013 8:00am EST

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“This can is certainly a conversation starter: eye-catching, easy-to-grip, trendy and — according to our research — very appealing to young adults,” Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation, said in the release. “It’s a beer can like no other.”

A bow-tie shaped can will make people like Bud, eh?

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“The novelty has worn off,” says Kevin Burke, managing partner of Trinity Capital LLC, a Los Angeles investment banking firm that often works in the restaurant industry…It’s a short-term trend and we’re starting to see a real saturation,” he adds. “Demand is flat. And quite frankly, people can bake cupcakes.”

The cupcake trend is ending. Up next, macaroons?

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Inedible sweets. Ridiculous menus. Inquisition-style seats. There’s no end to restaurant nuisances, especially if you love exploring the city’s “must-try” spots.

I love it when food guys get feisty.

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Beginning April 29, Chick-fil-A will seriously play the health card, by junking all of its current salads and replacing them with an entirely new salad lineup focused on fresh ingredients. It will roll out healthier wraps. It will post calorie counts on new menu boards. And in a first for a national fast-food chain, it will open up all of its 1,700 restaurants to instant back-of-the-house tours by curious customers — and give folks a freebie ice cream cone or cookie at the end of the tour.

Chick-fil-A wouldn’t be trying to direct attention to something other than their political brouhaha, would they?

 

 

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