Perhaps it was to satisfy an atavistic desire, connecting across the eons with our hunter/gatherer forebears by gazing in awe as a slab of animal meat cooks slowly, the fat rendering, collagen melting. Or perhaps we’ve reached another stage in the mind’s evolution, with some next-level humans able to divine meaning and narrative out of watching a brisket cook through the lens of a single fixed TV camera. Please let there be some sane, acceptable explanation why hundreds of thousands of people would tune in to watch an Arby’s marketing stunt, and why they would give it more attention than they would the average TV show. [More]
For humans, the 50th anniversary is the golden anniversary. For fast-food restaurants, it’s apparently the “give everyone free shakes” anniversary, since that’s how Arby’s is celebrating its 50th year in business tomorrow. Print out this coupon and head over for a Jamocha (which is just mocha) shake tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014. No other purchase required. [Brand Eating]
In the most exciting development in fast-food cross-brand synergy since Taco Bell started serving up tiny Cinnabons, Arby’s is testing cheddar-filled Auntie Anne’s pretzel nuggets in some of their outlets in the Midwest. As you might expect based on that “cheddar-filled” description, we know that Wisconsin is one test site. [More]
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “artisan,” my mind automatically turns not to sepia-toned photos of craftspersons putting their passion into creating something you can’t get elsewhere, but to a chain of roast beef restaurants with more than 3,000 that is owned by a private equity firm. Thank goodness, some Arby’s are helping to make my vision of artisan foods a reality with a test of mass-produced sandwiches with grill marks on them. [More]
In another reminder of how real life is not like a movie, police in South Carolina say a man trying to sneak into an Arby’s restaurant in the middle of the night through the roof instead found himself stuck inside a ventilation shaft for up to 10 hours… with nary a roast beef sandwich to keep him company. [More]
When Pharrell Williams showed up on the red carpet for the Grammy’s last month wearing a tall, tan, oddly shaped hat, anyone who’s ever eaten a roast beef sandwich and curly fries had one thought, “That’s the Arby’s hat.”
There’s asking a fast food employee to do you a minor favor — like asking for extra condiments or having a dirty booth wiped down — and then there’s asking that employee to do something against the law — like stashing your bottle of booze in the eatery’s fridge for a day or so. [More]
Last week Subway announced that it would stop using azodicarbonamide, an ingredient known as a dough conditioner that’s also a chemical found in yoga mats, shoe rubber and other synthetic leather. It’s recognized as a safe ingredient in the U.S., but is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. But of course, Subway isn’t the only fast food restaurant to use it. So where else can you find azodicarbonamide? [More]
You know how sometimes you’ll make a debit or credit card purchase and it doesn’t show up on your statement right away? Some businesses process their transactions in batches, so it’s just a matter of time until it pops up. But what about when there is a six-month delay on those transactions being processed? [More]
What could possibly make your night worse after surviving an armed robbery by slipping through the drive-thru window where you work? Maybe getting fired less than 24 hours after the incident for fleeing, which is what Arby’s did to an assistant manager in Dayton, Ohio who escaped a knife-wielding robber. [More]
An Arby’s customer in Colorado has sued the restaurant chain over a 2010 incident in which he claims his genitals were burnt when the urinal he was using “caused a jet of hot steam to shoot forth.”
Tip to fast food workers: If you lose part of your finger while on the job, let your coworkers know so they don’t just pick up making that sandwich where you left off. A 14-year-old boy in Michigan ended up with the “fingerprint portion” of an employee’s finger in his sandwich recently after a trip to the drive-through.
What’s a nation obsessed with British import Downton Abbey to do while waiting for the third season to land on our shores? Why, indulge in fast food parodies of the show, of course. And even in the land of Downton Arby’s, ugh-inducing Edith is the utter worst and Bates just can’t catch a break.
A week ago we asked you to send in your best Consumerist love stories, tales of romance, love and heartbreak that centered around a specific product or service. While most of you took the opportunity to curbstomp the whole idea of Valentine’s Day as a made-up holiday designed to drain your money and make you sad, commenter infohound10 wrote in her touching recounting of how the best V-Day meal was the one her then boyfriend, now husband, bought her at Arby’s.
Just three years after combining in a $2.2 billion merger, Wendy’s and Arby’s are about to part ways. The supersized 2008 deal created the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, but Arby’s has struggled and parent Wendy’s/Arby’s Group is now ready to slice the roast-beef chain out of the family.
Strapped for cash and got a jones for Arby’s? Good news for you — the company announced they’ll be offering more lower-priced items, including the roast beef sandwich, curly fries and their “jamocha” shake to entice customers dealing with budget constraints.