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Trending this week: Wendy’s, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen offer twists on menu classics

Plus, Friendly’s parent company and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams name new CEOs

This week on Nation’s Restaurant News, the most popular stories were about quick-service restaurant chains launching twists on classic menu items.

Both Wendy’s and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen this week announced new versions of their chicken sandwiches. Popeyes’ Blackened Chicken Sandwich with no breading features a chicken breast marinated for 12 hours and seasoned with a blend of Cajun and Creole spice. Wendy’s Italian Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich is made with fried mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce and aged Asiago cheese on a garlic-knot bun. Wendy’s also debuted a peppermint version of its classic Frosty dessert.  

Fittingly, Menu Tracker is included in this roundup, and another popular story on NRN this week rounded up the 12 restaurant chains consumers crave the most.

Elsewhere in the industry, two chains named new chief executives: Friendly’s parent company BRIX Holdings and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

In this gallery, read these stories plus find out how Texas Roadhouse is bucking negative traffic trends, catch up on Sam Fox’s first bar concept and listen to Extra Serving, where editors discussed the midterm election and the urbanization of restaurants.

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