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Trending this week: P.F. Chang’s plans 27 to-go locations, and more on COVID option for blowing out birthday candles by Main Event

Guillermo Perales’ Sun Holdings buys 41 IHOP restaurants from bankrupt CFRA Holdings

This week on Nation’s Restaurant News, BurgerFi announced the appointment of former Burger King executive Julio Ramirez as their CEO. Prior to joining BurgerFi, Ramirez held multiple positions at the Restaurants Brand International company, including president of the Latin America/Mexico/Caribbean division, senior executive of franchise operations and development in North America, and executive vice president/chief operations officer.

Texas-based family eatertainment brand Main Event, began offering 'Wishing Wands' as an alternative to blowing out birthday cake candles. 

“The wishing wands are for use during birthdays celebrated at each center,” a spokesperson said. “Afterward, they are returned and will be sanitized per Main Event’s standard COVID sanitization protocol.”

Scientists at Clemson University found candle-blowing spread a lot of bacteria. Their report in the Journal of Food Research in May 2017 found 1,400% more bacteria were found on birthday cakes after the candles were blown out.

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