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Trending this week: Taco Bell and Milk Bar partner up to create strawberry bell truffles

Plus, Pokeworks announces continued national expansion

This week on Nation's Restaurant News, the top story was Taco Bell teaming up with Milk Bar — the iconic New York City bakery by Christina Tosi — to create special limited-edition strawberry cake “Bell” truffles that will be available for two weeks in August at select Milk Bar and Taco Bell locations in New York City and Los Angeles.

Milk Bar is known for its bite-sized decadent truffles, particularly the birthday cake flavor. This variety will be made with vanilla cake, small strawberry pieces and soaked in strawberry milk. The cake itself is filled with a sweet corn fudge and the outside is coated in a strawberry and sweet corn cake coating with small pieces of the iconic Taco Bell crunchy shell.

In other news, private equity firm and Modern Market Eatery parent company, Butterfly Equity, announced Tuesday the intent to acquire fast-casual chain, Qdoba Mexican Eats for an unspecified amount. The transaction, which is expected to close in Q3 2022, will merge Modern Restaurant Concepts (comprised of Modern Market Eatery and Lemonade) with Qdoba into one fast-casual restaurant platform, though all three will continue to operate separate brands.

Butterfly Equity is a healthy and organic food-focused private equity firm, with other portfolio investments including Bolthouse Farms and Chosen Foods.

See what else was trending on this week. 

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