It’s unusual for chains to announce when they’re changing suppliers, but several are doing it this week. Hopdoddy is switching from Impossible Foods to Beyond Meat as its plant-based protein provider, and is offering a meatless burger in celebration that’s inspired by the Reuben sandwich.
WaBa Grill also has announced a collaboration with Nasoya foods for its own proprietary meatless steak substitute.
Meanwhile, Cava has switched pita suppliers. The flatbread now comes from Damascus Bakery in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In other plant-based news, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar B Que now has cauliflower “steak” on its menu, along with other new meatless options.
Main Event, the family entertainment concept, introduced a line of Shirley Temples this past spring, and is now expanding that line in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the musical group Kidz Bop.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews has new spicy items and Marble Slab Creamery has spicy ice cream.
Baskin-Robbins has new chocolatey ice cream options, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream’s monthly flavor mimics the Creamsicle and Sonic Drive-In has a new shake inspired by banana pudding.
Hardee’s now has the French Toast Dips that were already being sold at sister chain Carl’s Jr., and Carl’s Jr. itself has a new patty melt.
Twin Peaks has a new light beer, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken has chicken & waffles and Pieology customers can now sprinkle their pies with French’s Fried Onions.
Voodoo Doughnut’s monthly special is pink and blue, Torchy’s Tacos has a monthly tequila cocktail with dragon fruit and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature has pulled pork.
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