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Trending this week: Popeyes expands chicken sandwich platform with buffalo ranch version

This week on Nation’s Restaurant News, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is extending its virally popular menu item today by introducing a new Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich. The division of Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International Inc. said the new sandwich will be available nationwide in restaurants and for delivery starting at $4.99 with Popeyes Rewards members receiving 150 bonus points when ordering it on the smartphone app or website.

In other news, Starbucks’ growth streak – in both financial numbers and portfolio size — continued in the second quarter of 2022 as the Seattle-based coffee chain reported 12% same-store sales growth in the U.S. and North America markets. The strength of the North America market was slightly offset by a struggling Chinese market, where sales were down 23% thanks to COVID-centric lockdowns.

Also, DoorDash announced Monday the launch of a delivery-focused food hall-like concept in Brooklyn. DoorDash Kitchens Brooklyn will be the first DoorDash Kitchens location to offer permanent, indoor seating within the ghost kitchen network that launched two years ago. The commissary kitchen will eventually offer five different national and local restaurant brands as part of a delivery-forward food hall concept with limited seating for 20 people.

See what else was trending on NRN this week.

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