The Subway FreshBuzz newsletter declares that Android Pay is live at the fast food chain, but it looks like Google is not yet ready to announce this news.

Subway Says It Is Now Taking Android Pay, Even Though It’s Not Live Yet

After leaked McDonald’s memos indicated that Android Pay — Google’s answer to Apple Pay — would launch this week, we have another sign from the fast food industry that the debut of the mobile payment platform is imminent. [More]

Possible Food-Borne Illness Sickens 77 At California Chipotle

Possible Food-Borne Illness Sickens 77 At California Chipotle

Health officials in Ventura County, California, are investigating a possible outbreak of a food-borne illness after dozens of people who either ate or work at one local Chipotle fell ill.
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Federal Court Rules: Chicken Sandwich Not Protected By Copyright

Federal Court Rules: Chicken Sandwich Not Protected By Copyright

You may recall that we recently tested various burger recipes sent in by readers. What if I took one of those recipes, slapped the name “Morranwich” on it and made it the basis of a billion-dollar burger empire? While the reader whose recipe I used for the sandwich might be really upset, they couldn’t make a copyright claim against Morranwich Worldwide (a division of Cyber Dynamics Systems Corporation) because, as precious as a sandwich recipe might be, it’s not copyrightable. [More]

New Fast Food Item Ideas Are Born In Test Kitchens, In Franchises, And Everywhere Else

New Fast Food Item Ideas Are Born In Test Kitchens, In Franchises, And Everywhere Else

Back in 1972, McDonald’s only served two meals each day: lunch and dinner. It took one enterprising franchisee to invent the Egg McMuffin, and with it, the entire fast food breakfast sandwich industry. Yet there aren’t many new menu items that survive the testing phase in the fast food industry, and a variety of factors could stop a new item on its way to international greatness. [More]

Chipotle Plans To Hire 4,000 People In Single Day

Chipotle Plans To Hire 4,000 People In Single Day

Chipotle has a plan to grow its workforce by 7%, not over the course of a year or even a few months. The burrito chain’s goal is to accomplish this feat — hiring 4,000 new employees — in the course of a single day in September. [More]

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Couple Says Taco Bell Nachos Came With Extra, Unwanted Crunch: A Fake Fingernail

Here’s to hoping you’ve already eaten your lunch, because if you haven’t, you might want to do that first. We can all appreciate a crunchy serving of chips, cheese and tasty toppings, but one Florida couple says that their Taco Bell nachos came with an added bit of texture in the form of a long, acrylic fingernail at the bottom of their order. [More]

Jared Guilty Plea Could Burst Subway’s Growth Bubble

Jared Guilty Plea Could Burst Subway’s Growth Bubble

There are two pieces of Subway-related news going around this week. You’ve likely heard the first — that Subway has ended its relationship with longtime spokesman Jared Fogle as he prepared to enter a guilty plea on child pornography-related charges. The second is that the latest stats for the nation’s largest fast food chains has been released, highlighting the perilous position in which Subway finds itself, with so many stores making not that much money. [More]

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Experimenting With New Ingredients Isn’t So Easy For Fast Food Chains

When I want to make a kale salad, I go to the grocery store and buy a bundle of kale. When McDonald’s wants to make some kale salads in their restaurants, they have to set up an entire supply chain for millions of pounds of kale. As fast-food customers are demanding that restaurants use recognizable, pronounceable ingredients, that makes it difficult to mass-produce food that doesn’t seem mass-produced. [More]

Arby’s Introduces Sliders That We Will Call Meat Molehills

Arby’s Introduces Sliders That We Will Call Meat Molehills

Sure, you can go to Arby’s and order the off-menu Meat Mountain, which comes in at an estimated 1,275 calories and will probably attract some attention wherever you eat it. Or you could sample the meats available from Arby’s in a more modest way: by trying the chain’s new selection of petite “sliders,” or mini sandwiches that max out at 290 calories. [More]

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Park Ranger Drives 12 Hours To Remove Fake McDonald’s “Opening Soon” Sign From Middle Of Australian Desert

Like some kind of fast food mirage rising from the middle of an Australian desert, a McDonald’s sign sat towering over the emptiness, beckoning travelers with the promise implied in its golden arches. Upon closer inspection, the sign noted that a restaurant would be “opening soon.” But almost a month after pranksters installed the sign 124 miles from the edge of the desert, the South Australian government says it sent a park ranger on a 12-hour trip to take it down. [More]

Chick-Fil-A Franchise Owner Pays Employees During 5-Month Renovation

Chick-Fil-A Franchise Owner Pays Employees During 5-Month Renovation

The owner of a Chick-Fil-A franchise in Austin, Texas needed to expand his restaurant, which required closing it for a few months. Instead of letting his workers go and wishing them luck finding work elsewhere, he decided to just keep paying them for the four months that the restaurant was under renovation. Wait, really? [More]

Florida Domino’s Shuts Down Because Live Roaches Shouldn’t Be Near Food

Florida Domino’s Shuts Down Because Live Roaches Shouldn’t Be Near Food

If the thought of bugs crawling around in a restaurant kitchen near food terrifies you, it’s best to stop reading now. A Florida Domino’s had to shut down temporarily after inspectors say they witnessed more than 20 lives roaches crawling on a table on the cook’s line and hanging out in a bin of onions. [More]

Burger King Says Testers Found Its New Fiery Chicken Fries To Be “Spicy As $#*!”

Burger King Says Testers Found Its New Fiery Chicken Fries To Be “Spicy As $#*!”

If there’s one thing big companies have learned, it’s that if you’ve got a good thing going, it’s best to just cling to that, and repeat it as many times as possible to achieve ultimate success. So not only is Burger King hoping to draft off its success with its chicken fries, it’s now jumping on the trend bandwagon and make them super spicy with new “Fiery Chicken Fries.” [More]

Could Avian Flu Hurt McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Plans?

Could Avian Flu Hurt McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Plans?

McDonald’s has been testing an all-day breakfast menu in various pockets around the country, and it’s reportedly planning on going nationwide with the concept in the fall. But could the ongoing avian flu problem — and the high egg prices that have resulted from it — scuttle this long-awaited change? [More]

Checkers Is Really Sorry About That Video Of Burger Bun Wiped On Kitchen Floor

Checkers Is Really Sorry About That Video Of Burger Bun Wiped On Kitchen Floor

After the Internet went nuts over a YouTube video showing a Checkers employee deliberately dropping a bun to the kitchen floor, then rubbing it around for a second before continuing to make a sandwich, the fast food chain has finally issued a statement, claiming the bun was never served and the employees involved are no longer working there. [More]

Video Shows Checkers Employee Wiping Burger Bun On Kitchen Floor

Video Shows Checkers Employee Wiping Burger Bun On Kitchen Floor

UPDATE: The company has finally released a statement saying the employees involved have been fired and the bun was, according to Checkers, never served to a customer. [More]

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Robot Driver Continues Time-Honored Tradition Of Totally Freaking Out Drive-Thru Workers

Do you know why we’re so certain the robot uprising is in the future? Because humans just can’t resist the lure of artificial intelligence, even if it’s just to freak out fast food workers at the drive-thru. Which, we must admit, is pretty funny. [More]

Alcohol-Serving Taco Bell Will Abide By Hour Restrictions, Staff Security Guards

Alcohol-Serving Taco Bell Will Abide By Hour Restrictions, Staff Security Guards

Don’t even think about getting a bit unruly at the soon-to-open boozy Taco Bell, because you’ll be under the watchful eye of a security guard. [More]