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Menu launches surge as summer gets under way

Taste Tracker: Sip watermelon at Jamba and strawberries at Wendy’s; Dog Haus goes Hawaiian; Piada shops the farmers market; BD’s and Gott’s take to the street; snack on fried pickles at Zaxby’s and Sonic; and more menu news of the week.

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Franchisee unrest grows as McDonald’s changes its rules

A group representing Black franchisees voted “no confidence” in CEO Chris Kempczinski. Other groups could take similar steps amid anger over new renewal standards. “An absolute declaration of war on owners," one operator said.

Food

Cracker Barrel sheds 'old country store' image for a hipper vibe with menu upgrades

In a push to expand its customer base and increase check averages, the chain is focusing on breakfast customization, plant-based choices and on-trend menu items.

Food

A wealth of new menu items entices diners over the Fourth of July holiday weekend

Taste Tracker: Chicken in new guises at BWW, Slim Chickens and Toppers; Mooyah, Auntie Anne’s and Smashburger shake it up; refreshing thirst-quenchers for Starbucks, Dunkin’ and Charleys; and everything from cocktails to concretes to cookies make their debut.