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NRN editors discuss discounts at McDonald’s and Domino’s, and how KFC is appealing to Gen Z and Alpha

Plus, hear from G.J. Hart, CEO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers


This week, on the Extra Serving podcast, a product of Nation’s Restaurant News, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Leigh Anne Zinsmeister spoke about discounting.

McDonald’s was in the news this week for not one but two stories. First, the chain revealed it would be giving fries away on Fridays to customers who purchase anything over $1 on the chain’s mobile app. How far can McDonald’s go with its deals? Also, the chain is making its McFlurry more sustainable. The spoon used for the treat will now be the same spoon it uses for its sundaes.

Also, KFC is embracing boneless chicken. To reach out to Gen Z and Alpha, boneless chicken is the way to go. Following the debut of the chicken chain’s first nuggets, KFC is trying out different tenders. The chicken sandwich wars seem to be evolving as Gen Z and Gen Alpha’s tastes evolve and they become the generations with the most spending power.

Finally, the editors talked about another brand offering discounts. This time, it’s Domino’s. The pizza brand is offering customers with student loan debt a free pizza. The chain is giving away $1 million in free pizza only to the more than 44 million people with student loans who have lost discretionary income due to loan repayment restarting.

This week’s guest is G.J. Hart, CEO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.


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