Hankering for a Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box? If you live in California, you might be out of luck. Seventy California branches of the fast-food chain closed last week without warning. Why? It seems franchisee Abe Alizadeh owes about $1.5 million in unpaid sales tax and had to shutter his restaurants until some kind of agreement was reached with the state. The recession has been particularly cruel to poor Abe. He also owns Kobra Properties, a commercial development firm that faces up to $400 million in debt. The good news, according to the latest reports, is that Alizadeh has mended fences with the state and his Jack in the Box restaurants are now back in business. The bad news: He’s still in debt up to his eyeballs. But at least he didn’t get hit by a bus.
Slam Dunkin’. Do truck drivers really know the best places to eat? When it comes to haute cuisine, probably not. But when it comes to a quick bite and a coffee, we’d definitely trust their opinion. Atlas Van Lines conducted a survey of their drivers and found that 43 percent prefer Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, compared to just 21 percent for McDonald’s and 20 percent for Starbucks. So what does Dunkin’ have over Starbucks? “I’m not into cafe mocha with doubled whipped cream,” says one driver. “Just a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.”
Love is a jelly donut. We love donuts as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous. A Canadian couple took their passion for Tim Hortons (the Canuck equivalent of Dunkin’ Donuts) to the extreme and got married at their local donut shop. The lovebirds met at Tim Hortons 10 months ago and sat in the same corner almost every night. The wedding cake was Blueberry Bloom donuts, and guests also feasted on Honey Crullers, Timbits, and, of course, lots of coffee. The couple honeymooned at a nearby hotel, but promised to be back in their favorite corner the very next night. Now that’s devotion.