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Trending this week: DoorDash to acquire contactless ordering and payment solutions company Bbot

This week's top story was, DoorDash to acquire contactless ordering and payment solutions company Bbot. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this quarter and will introduce tableside QR code ordering to DoorDash’s suite of options for restaurant operators, along with other features like the ability for guests to order with one another and add each form of payment to a single tab. These capabilities will also be able to integrate with other loyalty and reservations platforms, as well as handhelds and tablets that restaurants might already be using.

In other news, Domino’s CEO Ritch Allison is retiring on April 30, the pizza chain announced Tuesday ahead of its quarterly earnings call. Russell Weiner, Domino's COO and president, will be promoted to CEO effective May 1. Allison will remain on in an advisory capacity through July 15, 2022 until he officially retires from the company, during which time David A. Brandon will transition from chairman of the board to the newly established position of executive chairman.

Also, this Flavor of the Week was Spicy Drunken Noodles. Drunken noodles, a translation of pad khi mao (though a more accurate translation would be “drunkard’s noodles”), are spicy Thai noodles traditionally enjoyed late at night after an evening of drinking, or as a nice lunch dish. They are a great menu addition for an operator looking to add more global flavors as consumers flock to more dishes beyond the “big three” cuisines of Italian, Mexican and Chinese.

See what else was trending on this week. 

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