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Trending this week: Black ex-franchisees file discrimination lawsuit against McDonald's Corp., and more on Krispy Kreme’s New York City flagship

California launches cautious reopening plan that will allow limited-capacity dining in for certain counties

This week on Nation’s Restaurant News, the battle between McDonald’s Corp. and its former chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, continued with the chain calling the fired CEO a liar and ‘morally bankrupt’ for denying wrongdoing in what the chain is calling a deceitful coverup of sexual relationships with other employees.

“When McDonald’s investigated, its CEO lied,” the company said in a legal response filed Monday, Aug. 31, in the Delaware Court of Chancery. “Steve Easterbrook conceded having an intimate relationship with one employee, entirely by phone, but said he never had a sexual relationship with any other employee. That was untrue, multiple times over.”

Also in McDonald’s news, more than 50 Former Black-franchisees file discrimination lawsuit against McDonald's Corp., alleging the burger giant misled them about economic opportunities of being an operator when in reality the company placed them in “crime-ridden” neighborhoods with underperforming sales. 

Krispy Kreme has finally opened its NYC flagship location after a three-month delay due to the pandemic. The 24-hour, 4,500-square foot Krispy Kreme — part “doughnut theater,” part doughnut factory, and part merchandise shop — will “serve more Krispy Kreme customers” than any of their 1,400 shops worldwide starting Sept. 15.

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