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Free tacos! Taco Bell offers freebie Wednesday

Free tacos, anyone? 

Thanks to Taco Bell and Houston Astros outfielder Cameron Maybin, anyone can snag a free taco today between 2 and 6 p.m. local time.

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The deal is a part of Taco Bell’s Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion during the World Series. 

Maybin stole a base Oct. 25 in Los Angeles during the 11th inning of Game 2 of the World Series.

Participating locations will offer Doritos Locos taco to customers while supplies last. There is a limit of one taco per customer.

The Astros and the Dodgers are tied with three wins each in the World Series. Game 7, to be played tonight in Los Angeles, will determine the championship winner. 

If any player steals a base in tonight’s game, Taco Bell will offer another free Doritos Locos promotion.

Woman: Waffle House served me bleach

A woman claims in a lawsuit that an employee at a Waffle House in DeKalb County, Georgia, served her bleach, causing $50,000 in medical expenses. 

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Atavian Moore went to the restaurant, located at 2842 Panola Road in Lithonia, Georgia, on Oct. 28, 2015, and was given a drink with the chemical in it, the suit said. The bleach came from a recent cleaning of the drink dispenser, Moore alleges.

Waffle House was served with the suit on Friday and is looking into the situation, said spokesman Pat Warner.

“Since it is pending litigation we will have no further comment and will respond to the allegations through the legal system,” he said. “The safety of our customers is a responsibility that we take very seriously.”

Moore’s complaint says she is expected to have future bills from treatment of gastrointestinal issues and psychological trauma. The suit was filed in DeKalb County State Court by attorneys Charles Richards Jr. and Mak McAllister of Suwanee, Georgia.

“As a result of the negligence and failure of Waffle House to remove of the bleach from Moore’s drink, Moore suffered injuries to (her) esophagus, stomach and other internal areas of her body,” the lawsuit claims. 

The suit asks for the amount she’s owed to be determined in court.

Could Krispy Kreme, Panera parent company be looking to buy Dunkin' Donuts?

Speculation that Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts could be purchased by Panera’s parent company, JAB Holding Company, sent the coffee-and-doughnut company’s stock soaring 8 percent higher this week, according to Bloomberg

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The business publication reported Tuesday morning that Luxembourg-based JAB Holdings, which also owns Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caribou Coffee, Keurig Green Mountain, Peet’s Coffee and Krispy Kreme, could be looking to buy out Dunkin’ Brands. 

A buyout of Dunkin’ would help JAB take over even more of the coffee market not owned by Starbucks. 

>> Related: Dunkin' Donuts considers cutting ‘Donuts' from name

Bloomberg reports that Dunkin’ Brands, which includes Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins, is valued around $8.2 billion. It would be JAB’s second priciest acquisition in the past 19 months, behind Keurig Green Mountain. 

According to Bloomberg's Gillian Tan, Dunkin’s costly upgrades to its digital ordering could be something JAB would be prepared to tackle, having already acquired Panera Bread and that chain’s lavish digital ordering system. 

>> Related: Krispy Kreme owner buys Panera Bread for $7 billion

There hasn't been any evidence of a deal, but the speculation is buzzing. 

Read more at Bloomberg.

Arby’s expands sale of deer meat sandwich, tests elk meat

Arby’s’ “We have the meats” slogan is right on target. 

The fast food chain, known for its slow-roasted roast beef sandwiches, began selling limited-edition venison sandwiches a year ago in select markets. 

The company announced this week the “100 percent deer meat” sandwiches will be available nationwide in the chain’s 3,300 locations later this month. 

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The sandwiches, which were originally offered at locations in heavy deer hunting states, including Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, will be available everywhere starting Oct. 21, USA Today reported. 

“The positive response to our limited offering of venison last year was so widespread and passionate that we knew we had to find a way to offer it nationwide,” Jim Taylor, chief marketing officer of Arby’s said in a news release. “On October 21, we want hunters and meat enthusiasts across the country to visit their local Arby’s and enjoy this amazing sandwich. It’s a perfect example of the level of innovation coming from our teams and our commitment to creating experiences that guests can only get at Arby’s.”

When Arby’s first introduced the venison sandwich at 17 U.S. locations last year, the sandwich sold out within hours. 

Arby’s brand president and chief marketing officer, Rob Lynch, said customers should expect similar demand for the sandwiches when the offering expands to the new locations.

“If people are interested in trying the sandwich, the only way to guarantee they can get one is to get there when we open or a little before and make sure they are in line, just like the folks last year,” he said in a news release.

The venison sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper. The meat is topped with crispy onions and a juniper berry sauce.

Beginning Oct. 21, Arby’s will also start testing a limited-edition elk sandwich. The elk sandwich will be available initially in only three restaurants in the popular elk hunting states of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. 

Trendy raw cookie dough shop being sued for making people sick

A raw cookie business that’s gotten a lot of attention for its social media presence and intriguing photos has suddenly found itself in the middle of a lawsuit.

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Two Manhattan College students have filed a class-action lawsuit against Dō, alleging that the business’ product caused food poisoning, Eater New York reported.

The crux of the lawsuit is that Dō’ states on its website that raw cookie dough is “completely safe to consume” and specifically says, “That means no chance of food-borne illness or the risk that comes along with eating raw flour products.”

The business further described consuming their pasteurized egg and heat-treated flour product as “worry-free.”

If what is alleged is true, that is not the case.

Dō has responded publicly to the suit, telling Eater, “We stand behind the safety of our products and our representations about our products. We will fully and faithfully defend ourselves against any and all false accusations.”

Grub Street reported that the plaintiffs are named as Julia Canigiani and Katherine Byrne. They claim they both got sick even though they ordered different things.

Canigiani and Byrne alleged that Dō has fraudulently concealed, negligently misrepresented and unjustly enriched itself off of an unsafe product and are consequently suing for upward of $5 million in damages.

World's biggest Chick-fil-A with 5 floors, rooftop deck to open in 2018

Popular chicken chain Chick-fil-A will open its largest location, a five-story restaurant with a rooftop terrace, in early 2018, Chick-fil-A announced Monday.  

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But hungry Southerners hoping to eat at the massive restaurant, a 12,000 square-foot space, will have to travel to lower Manhattan’s Financial District.  

It will be the third Chick-fil-A location in New York City.

In a press release, Nathaniel Cates, design manager for restaurant development at Chick-fil-A, said the new location will have floor to ceiling windows and will allow lots of natural light. Visitors dining on the rooftop deck will have views of the Freedom Tower. A “monumental” staircase will connect the five stories.

The restaurant, located less than half a mile from Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, will seat 140 guests across three levels. Two levels will house kitchen space. A semi-private multi-purpose space will feature white boards and cork boards for group trainings or meetings, according to the release.

“We are always thinking about how to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as possible for our customers,” Cates said

There is no opening date for the restaurant yet.

See illustrative designs of the restaurant below.

Chipotle to start offering queso dip at all restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill will start offering queso dip at all restaurants next week.

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The fast-casual restaurant chain announced it was going to “fulfill the wishes of queso lovers from coast to coast” by adding queso to its menu at all stores on Sept. 12.

The company has been testing queso in 350 restaurants in Southern California and the Colorado area.

Customers can order queso on their entrée or on the side in two sizes with chips. Prices vary slightly by city, but range from $1.25 to add it to an entrée to $5.25 for a large side order, the company said in a statement.

» RELATED: Chipotle food scare highlights issue that impacts thousands annually

“Although queso was the No. 1-requested menu item, we never added it to our menu before now because we wouldn’t use the industrial additives used in most quesos,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO at Chipotle. “Additives make typical queso very consistent and predictable, but are not at all in keeping with our food culture. Our queso may vary slightly depending on the characteristics of the aged cheddar cheese used in each batch, but using only real ingredients is what makes our food so delicious.”

Chipotle, which opened its first restaurant in Denver in 1993, now operates more than 2,300 restaurants.

Read more here.

How to score free Chick-fil-A breakfast this month 

Chick-fil-A often gives away free food, but with the latest promotion, you don’t have to dress like a cow to win. 

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Through September 30, Chick-fil-A is dishing out one free breakfast entree to each person who downloads the fast food chain’s mobile app and either creates a new account or updates their existing app. 

>> Related:Chick-fil-A tests large family style meals

Customers who do so can choose between three options: A hash brown scramble, egg white Grill Sandwich or a chicken biscuit sandwich. 

“You’ll find it in your ‘available treats’ section on the main page of the app if you scroll down a little,” a Chick-fil-A spokesperson said. “In order to see this breakfast offer, you may need to scroll horizontally through your available treats if you have other treats available.”

According to Thrillist, “Once you claim the deal in the app, you have until the end of September to hit up your local Chick-fil-A restaurant during breakfast hours (until 10:30 a.m.) and redeem it for the free food.”

Easy, peasy. Enjoy!

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Chick-fil-A adds breakfast bowl, breakfast burrito menu options

Chick-fil-A this week unveiled its new breakfast bowl, the Hash Brown Scramble, adding it to the breakfast menu at all of its participating restaurants nationwide.

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The new menu item is made with “tot-style” hash browns, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and a choice of either sliced chicken nuggets or pork sausage. It can also be ordered as a burrito, with the ingredients wrapped in a soft tortilla. The dishes are served with a side of jalapeño salsa.

>> Related: Chick-fil-A adds new sandwich, lemonade to summer menu

Chick-fil-A officials said in a release that the new menu item is the “first breakfast bowl for the national quick-service restaurant company.” The chain previously added an Egg White Grill as an “on-the-go” breakfast option.

>> Related: About that Chick-fil-A ‘gluten-free bun’ — there’s a catch

“At Chick-fil-A, we understand the importance of breakfast and want to provide a wide range of options to our guests who are looking for a fast and delicious breakfast,” Amanda Norris, senior director of menu development for Chick-fil-A, said in a release. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in popularity for breakfast bowls, and the Hash Brown Scramble combines two fan favorites – our chicken nuggets and hash browns.”

>> Related: Chick-fil-A tests large family style meals

The Hash Brown Scramble Bowl has 450 calories and 30 grams of protein when made with nuggets. The Hash Brown Scramble Burrito will replace the current Breakfast Burrito.

Chick-fil-A customers in the states of New York and New Jersey, and cities of San Diego, Columbia, S.C., and Washington, D.C. test-marketed the Hash Brown Scramble and two other potential breakfast items in the fall of 2016.

Dunkin’ Donuts considers cutting ‘Donuts’ from name

Coffee and doughnuts restaurant Dunkin’ Donuts may be considering dropping ‘Donuts’ from its name. 

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The Massachusetts-based company announced plans on Thursday to open a restaurant location in Pasadena, California, with the shortened name Dunkin’.  

Other restaurants will also feature signage and material with just Dunkin’, The Associated press reported.

The company hopes the move will encourage customers to think of the stores as more than just coffee and doughnuts shops. 

“While we remain the No. 1 retailer of doughnuts in the country, as part of our efforts to reinforce that Dunkin' Donuts is a beverage-led brand and coffee leader, we will be testing signage in a few locations that refer to the brand simply as ‘Dunkin,’” the company told CNBC.

Dunkin’ Donuts, which has been referring to itself as just Dunkin’ since it began its “America runs on Dunkin’” campaign in 2006, said it won’t make a final decision on the name change until late next year, according to the AP.

“We do not anticipate making decisions regarding our branding until the latter half of 2018 when we begin rolling out our new store image,” the company said.

>> Related: Dunkin’ Donuts replaces Coffee Coolatta with Frozen Coffee, offers free samples

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