To Keep Guests, Fast Food Loses the Fiberglass Decor

Brandweek reports that with slate floors and subdued lighting, Arne Jacobsen-inspired egg-chairs and printed wall panels by French architect Philippe Avanzi, a certain lunch spot in Manhattan’s uber-hip Chelsea district fits right in with the nearby boutiques and art galleries. Less predictable is the place’s name: McDonald’s.

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Carl’s Jr. Owner CKE Bought by Thomas H. Lee Partners

BusinessWeek reports that Thomas H. Lee Partners LP agreed to acquire CKE Restaurants Inc., owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food chains, for about $619 million in cash. The shares jumped the most in almost nine years in New York trading.

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Tim Hortons Bets on Michigan Expansion

Jennifer Youssef of The Detroit News reports that as Starbucks Corp. shutters stores in Michigan — seven closed last year and 11 more are on the chopping block — Canada’s Tim Hortons Inc. is moving in to serve coffee-drinkers left in the lurch.

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Dunkin’ Donuts To Expand Throughout Missouri

QSR Magazine reports that franchise owner Sai Jitta signed a multi-unit store development agreement for three new Dunkin’ Donuts in Blue Springs and Independence, Missouri. The first location is anticipated to open in 2011 and the remainder by 2013.

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Breakfast Wars: Burger King turns to Starbucks’ Seattle’s Best coffee

USA Today reports that Burger King(BKC) plans to launch a massive new coffee line as it tries to overhaul its breakfast menu and boost its slumping business.
The nation’s No. 2 burger chain will add Starbucks’ Seattle’s Best Coffee to all its U.S. restaurants in a phased roll-out that begins this summer, executives told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates 60 Years

Dunkin’ Donuts, founded in 1950, is celebrating 60 years of delicious coffee, donuts, and baked goods, and the brand is inviting customers all around the world to join the party with festivities planned throughout the year. Since its humble beginnings as a coffee and donut shop in the Northeast, Dunkin’ Donuts is now one of the world’s best-known brands.

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