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NRN editors discuss Taco Bell and Hopdoddy Burger Bar menu trends and Boston Market’s decline

Plus hear from Carissa De Santis, chief technology officer of Brix Holdings


This week on Extra Serving, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Leigh Anne Zinsmeister spoke about menu trends.

Taco Bell has been experimenting with partner Mountain Dew for a few new products in test. One is a gelato made with Mountain Dew, and another is an energy drink in collaboration with the soda company. On the other side, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is introducing regenerative beef to its restaurants.

Elsewhere, Boston Market is still in the news. The chain has seen its fair share of trouble recently between labor violations and its owner Jay Pandya’s track record, but 27 units that were closed in New Jersey have reopened. Boston Market may be headed for bankruptcy, and the editors discussed what that could mean.

This week’s guest is Carissa De Santis, chief technology officer of Brix Holdings.


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