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Trending this week: Carne Asada returns to Chipotle’s menu for the third time

This week on Nation's Restaurant News the top story was Menu Tracker: New items from Dunkin’, Hardee’s, and Wendy’s. Dunkin’ now has a Frozen Coffee with its Munchkins doughnut holes mixed in. A Wendy’s Frosty arguably counts as a beverage, and it has a pumpkin spice one now, and Tous Les Jours has Pumpkin Pie Macchiato and a Butter Pecan Latte.

In other news, QSR heavyweights Wendy’s and McDonald’s celebrated National Cheeseburger Day Monday with deeply discounted offers – McDonald’s offering its double cheeseburger for 50 cents and Wendy’s offering its Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger for 1 cent with any additional purchase. Both deals were only available through the companies’ apps and both seemed too much for those apps to handle. According to social media and outage websites, both apps eventually crashed under the weight of cheeseburger deal seekers. On X, the site formerly known as Twitter, Wendy’s posted, “Today is the day that is good and nothing bad happens. Yup, National Cheeseburger day. Celebrate with a 1 cent jbc with any purchase on the app.”

Also, Chipotle is bringing back its Carne Asada for a limited time, marking the entrée’s third appearance on the menu after its debut in September 2019 and its return one year later. Upon its initial launch, Carne Asada became Chipotle’s fastest-selling new protein in the company’s history and was up to four times as popular as Chipotle’s previous limited-time protein offering. According to the company, it is one of the brand’s most requested items on social media. This time around and for the first time, customers can order Carne Asada in Chipotle’s customizable quesadillas and TikTok-inspired fajita quesadilla with melted Monterey Jack cheese and three sides. Those offerings are available exclusively on the company’s digital channels, as well as third-party delivery platforms.

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