The Top Fast Food News Of The Week: November 25, 2023

The Takeout's top fast food stories, from Raising Cane's billionaire CEO to Starbucks' holiday drinks.

Fast food is always changing, and we're here to cover the latest menu innovations, the top foot traffic trends, and the corporate shakeups that shape America's eating habits. Here's what happened this week.

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Raising Cane’s CEO Is One of the Richest People on Earth

This past summer, New York City reached pandemonium levels of excitement, and it wasn't because of the Beyoncé concert. Raising Cane's opened its first location in the city, an 8,000-square-foot flagship in Times Square. I saw Instagram Story after Instagram Story of people lined up outside the place and walking out with chicken fingers and branded merch, which I found fascinating because I had never even heard of Raising Cane's. Read More

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The Best Fast Food Merch to Give as Gifts This Season

During the holiday season home-cooked meals and fancy restaurant dinners abound, but we can't forget the fast food brands that have been by our side throughout the year. Whether it was value menu deals that carried us through the impacts of inflation or new menu items that made breakfast just a bit more convenient, fast food has played a big role in 2023. So there's no shame in showing our dedication with some branded merch—and the holidays are the best time to pick up that drip for your loved ones or yourself. Here are some of the best fast food gifts we've seen this giving season. Read More

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Yet Again, Starbucks Has Better Holiday Drinks Outside the U.S.

Man, American restaurant chains always seem to get way more creative once they expand beyond our borders. Take Domino's, for example, which has some pretty incredible topping combinations seemingly everywhere but here. Or how about Pizza Hut's snake-topped pizza (no, really) in Hong Kong? Or Burger King's "Cheese Burger" in Thailand? Or the McSpicy Paneer from McDonald's India? It's just not fair. And Starbucks continues the onslaught with a bunch of seasonal lattes overseas that sound better than the holiday drinks we get. Read More

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Popeyes Adds Chicken Wings to the Permanent Menu

Already having made its mark in the chicken sandwich category, it looks like Popeyes is ready to start a new journey with chicken wings. The brand has announced that it will be adding wings to the permanent menu in five different flavors going forward—the first time wings have ever been permanently available. Read More

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