Why Your Waiter Hates When You Order Dessert

Sadly, we have news about a popular restaurant trend that doesn’t involve tasty new foods.

Have you noticed that your favorite local eatery has stopped offering dessert specials? Or your server just seems really reluctant to ask if you want a slice of cake after your meal? It sounds paranoid, but you could be right.

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The reason behind this weird behavior is desserts just don’t make money for most restaurants. And there are a number of reasons why.

First and foremost, customers love to share a small dessert, and any menu item with the cost split between two people is bad news for a restaurant owner.

Economics professor Tyler Cowen also told the Washington Post that people have a very tight mental limit for how much they’ll pay for dessert.

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“Dessert needs good ingredients to taste good, but you can’t psychologically convince people to pay even $20 for dessert,” he explains.

Ordering dessert can also double your meal time, and the restaurant business demands tables “flip” to new customers quickly, to keep money and tips flowing.

More and more restaurants are eliminating dessert from their menu entirely, but there’s a good reason they shouldn’t.

Waitress Denied Tip Due To Her “Bad Tattoo”

Serving staff at restaurants have a tough job. They are constantly on their feet, deal with with rude people all day, and make less than minimum wage. They count on their tips to supplement their income, which is why it’s always encouraged to tip a minimum of 10%, with 15% being the average.

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However, one couple in Illinois felt their server, Samantha Heaton, didn’t deserve a tip, all because of a tattoo she had on her arm. The couple left a note on the receipt, claiming her “bad tattoo” was the reason she was being jilted.

“I went above and beyond for this couple, and for them to leave that (note) kind of hurt,” Heaton told the Rock River Times. “Like, I have bills to pay too.”

The bill came to $60, and by normal 15% tipping standards, should have come to $69 with the gratuity.

So what was so offensive about Heaton’s tattoo?

Chick-fil-A Broke Their Biggest Rule And Opened On Sunday For A Heartwarming Reason

The restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is famously known for two things: tasty chicken, and closing their doors on Sunday.

The second tradition dates back to the chain’s founder S. Truett Cathy, a devout Southern Baptist who decided to run his business based on his deepest convictions.

Cathy poses in front of one of his restaurant.Zuma Press

That means your local Chick-fil-A is closed every Sunday, and on holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, when workers like to be home with their families.

It’s a big trade-off between religious beliefs and profits, but it’s one that was very important to Cathy. Here’s how he explained it:

“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”

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Even the chain’s location in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Atlanta Falcons play on Sundays, isn’t open on the seventh day, the stadium’s busiest day by far.

But despite all the importance the restaurant puts on this one rule, they broke it earlier this week. As you’ve probably guessed, they had a very good reason.

15 Original Locations Of Your Favorite Fast Food Chains And The Crazy Story Behind Their Success

Many of your favorite fast food chains are only a five minute drive or less from you, but before you could find at least one of them at every plaza, mall, or on the corner of your street, they could only be found at one location in the country, and they looked nothing like what the fast food chain does today.

Here are the photos of 10 original locations of your favorite fast food chains and the story behind their sweet success.

Location: Wichita, Kansas

Two brothers borrowed $600 from their mom to open a pizzeria in Kansas in 1958, and the rest is history. Fun fact: the sign only had room for nine letters, so they agreed on the name Pizza Hut.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

The first McDonald’s that opened in 1948 had a pretty simple menu. Did you know that the first menu items were hot dogs, and not their famous hamburgers? That being said, the McDonald brothers realized their hamburgers sold best, and now McDonald’s hamburgers are one of the most famous in the world, making the company the most successful fast food chain in the world, feeding approximately 68 million people every day.

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Dave Thomas’s “old-fashioned” hamburgers became quite a hit in 1969. He named the restaurant after his fourth child, Melinda Lou “Wendy” Thomas. What many don’t know is that Dave was a high school dropout, and his success proved that he didn’t need a degree to become a wealthy businessman.

Location: Joliet, Illinois

The first store opened in 1940 and served a variety of frozen products. But way before that, a father and a son were experimenting with soft frozen dairy product to come up with a recipe that would make the world fall in love.

Location: Downey, California

Before there was Taco Bell, Glen Bell started Bell’s Drive-In and Taco Tia in San Bernardino in the ’50s. In 1962, he opened the first Taco Bell, serving what customers called “Tay-Kohs.” The first location also featured fire pits and mariachi bands, now that was a bang for the buck – literally.

Location: San Diego, California

Businessman Robert O. Peterson had a snazzy idea back in 1951 of a restaurant equipped with an intercom system and drive-thru window. Some of the first Jack in the Box employees served up hamburgers to passing motorists for only a few cents.

Parents Outraged As Diner Begins Charging Kids Extra

A diner in Wayne, New Jersey is coming under fire for adding an 18% gratuity on the bills of children unaccompanied by their parents.

As a frequent customer with her family at Wayne Hills Diner and Restaurant, Melissa Desch was shocked when she discovered an automatic tip was added to her 11-year-old daughter’s bill.

“My daughter was coming to me, telling me that every time she and her friends went to the diner, they’re being charged the gratuity,” Desch told WCBS-TV. “And when I asked her why, she said [it’s] because they’re children.”

Desch said she, along with several other parents have begun boycotting the establishment in defiance over the the new upsurge.

“There are enough parents that are willing to not let their kids go back there, and if it’s the same group [my daughter is] always hanging out with, it could be 20-30 kids,” Desch said. “I’m never going to go back, not after this.”

Despite the backlash, the diner’s owners have defended their new policy.

You Can Now Literally Have Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn fans rejoice, because starting Nov. 10 you can literally have breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The Tiffany’s flagship store in Manhattan will be opening a retail dining space, The Blue Box Café (named after the store’s classic packaging).

The restaurant will be opening on the fourth floor, serving classic American cuisine. It’ll be decorated with Tiffany-Blue colored chairs, walls, and fancy Chinaware.

The fourth floor also features a lavish “Home & Accessories” collection, which has faced heavy criticism for its extravagant prices.

For those feeling extra boujie, the flagship store also offers a baby boutique, sterling silver hollowware, a selection of vintage books curated by Assouline, and a Tiffany fragrance laboratory, Forbes reports.

“Both the café and redesign of the Home & Accessories floor reflect a modern luxury experience,” Reed Krakoff, Chief Artistic Officer at Tiffany & Co. said in a statement. “The space is experimental and experiential – a window into the new Tiffany.”

The Blue Box Café
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Now for the most important part: What’s on the lavish menu?

Parents Are Divided After Pizza Restaurant Bans Children

Another battle in the fight over where parents can take their kids for a bite to eat has sparked controversy.

It seems like there’s always a new restaurant taking a side on the matter. Some have banned young children entirely, while others have offered parents discounts if their kids show good behavior at the dinner table. At the same time, parents have been speaking out about what it’s like to eat out while you have young children.

Now a pizza restaurant and bar in Tampa, Florida has weighed in on the argument, and local parents are upset. The new sign on the front door of the Hampton Station restaurant warns parents “NO CHILDREN” in bright pink letters. The new rule came as a shock to some families, who say they have been eating there for years.

An image of the sign was post on Facebook’s Tampa Bay Moms Group to let local parents voice their thoughts on the decision. Some say the restaurant advertises itself as a “beer garden,” meaning parents shouldn’t expect the Station to be kid-friendly in the first place.

But other insist they’ve been going to the restaurant for pizza with their children for years. As the arguments raged, the business owner was forced to explain his decision…

This Footage From A “Haunted” Restaurant Will Keep You Up At Night

Do you believe in ghosts? If you do, then you don’t really need any convincing, but if you’re a skeptic then a couple of security footage from a restaurant that is allegedly haunted could change your mind.

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Cronies Sports Grill, a restaurant located in Ventura, California, is the latest establishment to claim ghost sightings. Being that it’s almost Halloween, you’d think that this is just another prank, but from the looks of it, there may be more to the mystery than meets the eye.

The restaurant posted two videos from their security cameras to their Facebook page, each one showing some spooky on goings in the dining area.

The eatery’s co-owner Dave Foldes told CBS2 that since starting the restaurant 27 years ago, “nothing weird like that has ever happened.”

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So what exactly has everyone freaking out?

Queen Elizabeth Owns A McDonald’s And Of Course It’s Fancier Than All The Rest

Apparently even the royal family loves fast food! The Queen of England owns a McDonald’s and it’s not just like any other fast food restaurant. The McDonald’s is located right outside of London at the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park.

The franchise is owned by the Crown Estate so any and all profits go to the Treasury, but it has been changed to fit more of the royal tastes. It is the fanciest McDonald’s you could possibly go to!

You might think that McDonald’s isn’t the best fit for the royal family, but in the United Kingdom McDonald’s has a modified menu that includes a few more interesting options. The facility itself is also top of the line.

What kinds of things can you eat there?

Restaurant Blasted For Reselling Popeye’s Chicken As Their Own

When you sit down at at restaurant and order something off their menu, you expect that it will be something fresh from the kitchen that will be served to your table.

Yelpers recently blasted one restaurant for not only serving food that wasn’t made by them, but being brought in from a local fast food restaurant. Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California recently received a one-star review for using Popeyes chicken in one its dishes and then passing it off as their own.

When Yelp user Tyler H. and his friends sat down at the restaurant they saw employees bring in boxes of Popeyes into the kitchen.

“Before my friends and I got seated, we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen,” the user wrote in the review.

Tyler hoped the chicken was just a snack for restaurant staff, but unfortunately he was wrong.

The ordered the chicken and waffles off the menu, a dish that was priced at $12.95.

He inquired about the cooking methods of the dish with the server, who admitted that it was, in fact prepared by a local Popeyes fast food restaurant.

Tyler’s table was compensated for their meals, after he admitted that his waffles were “hard as rocks.” Three of the five people at the table “thought their food was ok or enjoyed it.”

Opening in 2013, Sweet Dixie Kitchen prides itself on sourcing local food and they don’t consider their alliance with Popeye’s to be a secret that they need to hid.

They have only been serving the fried chicken for about two months, saying they don’t have a deep fryer in their kitchen because they are located in a historic building with residents living above the restaurant.

To get city approval and install a deep fryer, could take years at a cost of $75,000.

“People came in all the time asking about fried foods, because when you come to a Southern restaurant that’s what you expect on the menu,” she said. ”[Popeyes] was the easiest and best option, because Popeyes chicken is actually really good.”

On Tyler’s review, owner Kimberly Sanchez said that the staff PROUDLY SERVES” Popeyes spicy tenders, which they consider “the best fried chicken anywhere and from New Orleans.”

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She further on went to explain that the restaurant has the famous chicken delivered twice each day, but that’s not all she has brought to the restaurant to serve to customers.

Dunkin Donuts Is Adding A New Drink To Its Menu, And It’s Everything You Need

Move over, pumpkin spice! Dunkin’ Donuts is stepping up their seasonal drink game and we could not be more excited.

Dunkin’ Donuts is arguably America’s most beloved restaurant chain, and over the last couple of years they’ve started rebranding themselves into more than just a donut shop.

News broke recently that Dunkin’ Donuts would soon be changing their name to just Dunkin’ in an effort to showcase their broad product offering.

“While we remain the number one retailer of donuts in the country, as part of our efforts to reinforce that Dunkin’ Donuts is a beverage-led brand and coffee leader, we will be testing signage in a few locations that refer to the brand simply as ‘Dunkin’,” the company told CNBC.

In addition to dropping donuts from their name, they’re also dropping some from their menu.

“The test locations will offer a minimum of 18 core donuts with the opportunity to expand based on consumer feedback and regional preferences,” a spokesperson said. “We believe this approach will provide a more consistent experience from store to store, and in some cases, will actually increase both the variety and quantity of donuts available to our guests. We will assess the results of the test before making any determination about a possible national roll-out.”

But in what looks like an effort to win back some frustrated customers, Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out a new drink that has everyone talking.

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Cutting 50% Of Its Menu

Donut lovers, don’t freak out, but one of our favorite coffee chains is seriously scaling back its donut selection and we are heartbroken.

In August the coffee giant was toying with the idea of changing its name.

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They have been considering going from Dunkin’ Donuts to just Dunkin’, testing out the new branding in some stores.

“While we remain the number one retailer of donuts in the country, as part of our efforts to reinforce that Dunkin’ Donuts is a beverage-led brand and coffee leader, we will be testing signage in a few locations that refer to the brand simply as ‘Dunkin’,” the company told CNBC.

So it should come as no surprise their most recent announcement affects the donuts on their menu.

“We’ve shrunk the amount of doughnut variety, and we’re seeing a lift in those markets instantly,” Dunkin’ Donuts’ U.S. and Canada brand president David Hoffmann told Nations’s Restaurant News.

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The decision to reduce the menu size from 30 flavors to 18 was made for the company to streamline its offerings.

From Boston cream, to jelly-filled and chocolate sprinkles, did your favorite ones get the cut?

The Most-Ordered Foods From Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

You probably have a go-to dish at your favorite restaurant. Burger and fires? Chicken fingers? Steak dinner?

But is your go-to the same as everyone else’s? Let’s find out!

Who doesn’t love a burger with bacon and a giant onion ring? No one, that’s who. The Legendary Burger is the most ordered menu item.

Shocking, right? I for sure thought this one would be the Bloomin’ Onion. But I guess they aren’t called the Outback Bloomin’ Onion house. The Special Sirloin is the most ordered menu item.

Even though for the most part these biscuits are brought to you without being ordered, you can still request them to take home. Over 350 million of the Cheddar Bay Biscuits are produced each year.

Loaded Potato Skins are the most popular menu item at TGI Fridays, and honestly it makes sense. The appetizer debuted in 1974 and it has been flawless ever since.

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