News – “Fast-Food Roundup: Dunkin’ loses a top exec… Chick-fil-A’s ‘family style’ meals” – Here is a quick look at stories about the leading brands in the fast-casual restaurant industry recently reported by The Business Journals.

McDonald’s flips fortunes with back-to-basics approach 

It is the “dead zone” lull between lunch and dinner, yet McDonald’s is bustling with customers tapping their orders on huge screens. The Chicago store is acting as a blueprint for an overhaul of the world’s biggest fast-food chain in its biggest market. A glass case displays freshly baked apple pies and croissants. Smiling employees, dressed all in black, carry trays of burgers and fries to minimalist tables. “It doesn’t even smell like a McDonald’s,” says a colleague. (Financial Times) Subscriber content

Des Plaines McDonald’s museum slated for teardown

The McDonald’s museum in Des Plaines, Illinois will be torn down in December. The museum, which is a replica of Ray Kroc’s first chain restaurant, was a popular tourist spot. But repeated floods have kept tourists out of the space for the past decade, causing visitations to drop, per the Chicago Tribune. (Chicago Business Journal)

Dunkin’ to lose one of its top executives

A top executive at Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), Canton-based parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, will leave the company next year. In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, Dunkin’ said Bill Mitchell — who oversees nearly 8,400 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in 61 countries outside the U.S. — will leave the company on March 16, 2018. Mitchell, president of Dunkin’ Brands International, joined the company in 2010 from Papa John’s International, where he worked for a decade. (Boston Business Journal)

It’s here: Taco Bell Cantina now open downtown: PHOTOS

After more than a year in waiting, Taco Bell’s Cantina – a new twist on the fast food restaurant aimed at millennials – is now open downtown. The Taco Bell Cantina in the AT580 Building on East Sixth Street, between Main and Walnut streets, officially opened 7 a..m. today. The space hasn’t been occupied in years, since the building was redeveloped. It is downtown’s first fast food restaurant since Wendy’s closed in June 2016 after 37 years on East Fourth Street. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

Can’t even front, one of those Taco Bell cantinas opened up down the street from the crib and their prettyyyyy pretty damn swanky.

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