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Trending this week: McDonald's is hopping onto the latest drink trend

1000 Degrees Pizza acquires My Pie. 1000 Degrees Pizza, a 25-unit chain based in Galloway, N.J., has announced its purchase of six-unit My Pie Pizza in the first of what the new owner of the larger chain said will be a series of acquisitions. Amandeep Judge acquired 1,000 Degrees in October of last year. That chain focuses on traditional Neapolitan and Roman style pizzas, while My Pie offers New York Style pizza, calzone, chicken wings, and salads, but the acquiring company said the synergies between the companies would help enable both concepts to grow.

in other news, it may come as a bit of a surprise that McDonald’s hasn’t traditionally sold lemonade, but that changed, at least partly, earlier this month when the Golden Arches introduced the drink in select markets. The beverage, which the quick service chain said is made with lemon juice, bits of lemon pulp, and cane sugar, is being introduced in participating markets, including Seattle, Chicago, New York City, and Dallas, for a limited time while supplies last.

Also, Wendy’s and more restaurant brands are moving away from the ghost kitchen model. As the post-pandemic dust settles, the restaurant industry is realizing that ghost kitchens aren’t for everyone. Wendy’s was one of the first restaurant brands that initially projected major investments in ghost kitchens, only to admit that they were not going to be focusing on them moving forward.

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