Chipotle looks to hire 15,000 amid continuing labor shortage
Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle said Thursday it’s looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its busy spring season. U.S. restaurants have added jobs for 24 consecutive months since the height of the pandemic, according to the National Restaurant Association. But restaurant employment is still 3.6% lower than before the pandemic, or the equivalent of 450,000 jobs. But attracting workers __ especially young people __ is still hard.wftv.com
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office investigating alleged Taco Bell tampering after investigators say rat poison found in customer's food
The investigation is categorized as an attempted homicide, but the case hinges on who put the rat poison in the food, when and where. The restaurant manager says the customer, who got sick after eating his food six hours after receiving it, comes in often and has caused problems before.cbsnews.com
Tennessee woman hangs toilet paper all over Taco Bell bathroom
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee woman is accused of intoxication after she allegedly hung toilet paper all over a bathroom at a Taco Bell restaurant, authorities said. According to Sweetwater police Officer Jalen Smith, Coker had refused to leave the Taco Bell when employees told her the fast-food restaurant was closing, The Advocate & Democrat of Madisonville reported. When Smith arrived at the restaurant, he said Coker came out of the bathroom, and he could tell that toilet paper “had been hung everywhere,” according to the newspaper. When Smith questioned Coker and asked if she had been using drugs, she said she had not but had sometimes used methamphetamine, The Advocate & Democrat reported. The officer said Coker appeared to be dangerous to herself and others and arrested her.wftv.com
‘Mad over some chicken chalupas’: Ohio man angry at Taco Bell fires shots at Subway
ASHTABULA, Ohio — An Ohio man allegedly angry that Taco Bell took chicken chapulas off the menu is accused of walking across the street to a Subway restaurant and firing shots, wounding one employee, authorities said. An Ashtabula customer furious at Taco Bell took his anger out on the Subway across the street and opened fire on the restaurant. “He was mad over some chicken chalupas at the Taco Bell,” Cunningham told the television station. “He pulls out a gun, fires a shot in the air and leaves,” Stell told the Star-Beacon. “They were like, ‘He was threatening to shoot us up and stuff.’”An investigation is ongoing, Stell told the Star-Beacon.wftv.com
Yum Brands reports mixed results as KFC and Taco Bell's sales rise
Brands Inc. Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Yum Brands on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings that missed analysts' expectations as the strong U.S. dollar weighed on its results. Revenue came in above expectations, however, with stronger same-store sales at its Taco Bell chain. Excluding Russian profits, lower investment gains and other items, the restaurant company earned $1.09 per share. Net sales rose 2% to $1.64 billion.cnbc.com
Ocasio-Cortez mocks Fox News contributor’s $28 Taco Bell lunch
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday evening mocked a Fox News contributor after he said high inflation made his lunch at Taco Bell total $28. “You want to know how bad inflation is?” said Scott Martin, who is also the chief investment officer at Kingsview Partners. “Yesterday, yes, I had a nice lunch at Taco…news.yahoo.com
Taco Bell customer sentenced for deadly hit-and-run
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A woman who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing an elderly woman with her car after getting angry in the Taco Bell drive-through was sentenced to jail Monday. >> Read more trending newsTammy Renae Olson was sentenced to four years behind bars for vehicular homicide, with credit for 91 days already served, KTSP reported. Olson changed her plea from not guilty to guilty as part of a plea deal earlier this month, according to the station. Police said that when they found Olson at her home that night, they saw damage to the front of her vehicle, KSTP reported. Olson initially told police that Acosta ran out in front of her after she left Taco Bell, but later admitted to leaving the scene after the accident, KMSP reported.wftv.com
'This ain't India': Man recorded verbally attacking, spitting on Indian man in a California Taco Bell
A Hindu man was verbally attacked in a hate incident by another man at a Taco Bell in Fremont, California. Krishnan Jayaraman was waiting to pick up his order at a Fremont Taco Bell on Grimmer Boulevard when another customer began to verbally attack him on Aug. 21. In an 8-minute video recorded by Jayaraman, the man can be heard spewing anti-Hindu speech.news.yahoo.com
Yum Brands reports mixed results, stronger sales for Taco Bell
A woman walks past a Taco Bell Cantina on July 30, 2020 in New York City. Yum Brands on Wednesday reported mixed quarterly results, but said Taco Bell had stronger sales. Shares of the company rose nearly 2% in premarket trading. Excluding items, the restaurant company earned $1.05 per share. Net sales rose 2% to $1.64 billion.cnbc.com
Taco Bell announces Mexican Pizza to return permanently in September
Taco Bell: What you need to know Taco Bell: What you need to know (NCD)Taco Bell announced Tuesday morning that the Mexican Pizza is returning permanently in September. The Mexican Pizza is made with two fried flour tortillas, topped with pizza sauce, Taco Bell’s three-cheese blend and diced tomatoes, according to Taco Bell’s website. According to Fortune, the Mexican Pizza was removed from the Taco Bell menu two years ago and recently, it returned for a limited time. In April, Taco Bell announced the Mexican Pizza return in May with plans to give it its own musical featuring Dolly Parton. “Upon its menu return, demand for the Mexican Pizza was 7x higher than when previously available.wftv.com
Taco Bell manager in Dallas poured boiling water on customers, lawsuit alleges
A woman and a minor claim in a lawsuit that a Taco Bell employee threw boiling water at them as they attempted to resolve an order. (RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images)DALLAS — A lawsuit filed against Taco Bell alleges that a Dallas store manager poured boiled water over two customers after they complained about an incorrect order. The 19-page lawsuit lists Taco Bell and its parent company, Yum! Lawyers release video of boiling water incident at Dallas Taco Bell https://t.co/gUujji0b3s — Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) July 24, 2022The incident occurred on June 17 after Davis and C.T. went through the Taco Bell drive-thru and received their $31 order wrong three times, the lawsuit states.wftv.com
Taco Bell is testing 2 new menu items made with a massive Cheez-It
Taco Bell: What you need to know Taco Bell: What you need to know (NCD)IRVINE, Calif. — Taco Bell announced Tuesday that it is testing a new menu item, which is made with a massive Cheez-It. >> Read more trending newsThe new menu item that Taco Bell announced it is testing is called “the Big Cheez-It Tostada”, according to a news release from Taco Bell. “The Big Cheez-It Tostada” comes with seasoned ground beef, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese for $2.49, according to Taco Bell. “There are few things that everyone can agree on... but the iconic flavors from Taco Bell menu items and Cheez-It snacks appeal to all,” said Taco Bell’s Chief Food Innovation Officer, Liz Matthews, in a news release. Taco Bell is testing both items at only one restaurant in Irvine, California, for the next two weeks, according to CNN.wftv.com
Sold out? Mexican Pizza unavailable at some Taco Bell restaurants
Fast Facts Taco Bell Fast Facts Taco BellSome Taco Bell customers have been frustrated when trying to get Mexican Pizza at the fast-food chain, because it has simply sold out. >> Read more trending newsOn its website, Taco Bell explained that Mexican Pizza has been selling out at restaurants across the country, and that supply chain issues are to blame. Some Taco Bell locations have put signs up saying the Mexican Pizza is sold out, while others are warning customers when they begin their order, WXIN reported. Taco Bell brought Mexican Pizza back to its menu on May 19 after it was discontinued in November 2020, as we previously reported. Taco Bell also said that its plans for “Mexican Pizza The Musical” which was supposed to debut on TikTok on May 26, will proceed but there is no set date for its premiere.wftv.com
It’s back! When you can order Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza again
When you can order Taco Bell's Mexican pizza again (Taco Bell)ORLANDO, Fla. — Taco Bell fans, rejoice. After a two-year absence, the Mexican Pizza returns to menus this month. Originally introduced as the “Pizzazz Pizza” in 1985, the Mexican Pizza consists of two tortillas filled with either beans or ground beef, sauce, cheese, and chopped tomatoes. Read: See where visitors pay the most to stay in local AirbnbsFans will be able to order the Mexican Pizza beginning May 19. When you can order Taco Bell's Mexican pizza again (Taco Bell)Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Dolly Parton, Doja Cat to pay tribute to Taco Bell Mexican Pizza in TikTok musical
Dolly Parton: What you need to know Dolly Parton grew up alongside 11 brothers and sisters in a one-room cabin in Appalachia, Tennessee. (NCD)Country music legend Dolly Parton and rapper Doja Cat will sing the praises of Taco Bell’s newly revived Mexican Pizza in an upcoming TikTok musical. >> RELATED STORY: Viva la pizza: Taco Bell brings back Mexican Pizza“We’re telling the Mexican Pizza fan story – in song!” reads an event preview on Taco Bell’s TikTok page. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 46 Dolly Parton NASHVILLE - 1965: Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) (Michael Ochs Archives)Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Photos: Doja Cat through the years Here are some memorable photos of rapper Doja Cat through the years.wftv.com
Viva la pizza: Taco Bell brings back Mexican Pizza
IRVINE, Calif. — Taco Bell is crediting an online petition and rapper Doja Cat, in part, for its decision to bring back the Mexican Pizza to its menu. >> Read more trending newsIn a news release, Taco Bell announced Mexican Pizza would be returning to restaurants on May 19. Mexican Pizza was discontinued in November 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the chain moved to simplify its menu, CNN reported. The Mexican Pizza features a tortilla shell filled with a choice of beans or ground beef, with pizza sauce and another tortilla shell smothered with sauce, cheese, and chopped tomatoes, CNN reported. Mexican Pizza will be available in the United States, Aruba, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic on May 19.wftv.com
Woman ‘swinging a knife’ climbs through drive-thru window to rob Taco Bell, police say
Taco Bell Fast Food Restaurant Stock photo of a Taco Bell restaurant. Police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are investigating an armed robbery at a Taco Bell after a woman crawled through the drive-thru window “swinging a knife” and made off with cash. (ivanastar/Getty Images/iStockphoto)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are investigating an armed robbery at a Taco Bell after a woman crawled through the drive-thru window “swinging a knife” and made off with cash. Investigators determined that the woman, in her 40s, climbed through the window while “swinging a knife” and stole “an undisclosed amount of money,” The News & Observer reported. According to police, the unidentified woman then fled the area in a brown SUV that was waiting outside, the newspaper reported.wftv.com
Taco Bell parent Yum Brands misses earnings estimates as higher costs weigh on profits
Customers wearing Taco Bell foam taco hats exit the company's restaurant, a unit of Yum! Yum Brands on Wednesday reported mixed results for its fourth quarter as higher costs weighed on profits, leading to an earnings miss. Shares of the company rose less than 1% in premarket trading. Excluding items, the company earned $1.02 per share, falling short of the $1.09 per share expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Net sales rose 8% to $1.89 billion, topping expectations of $1.88 billion.cnbc.com
Taco Bell employee shot and killed after customer tried to use counterfeit money
LOS ANGELES — A Taco Bell employee was shot and killed in the drive-thru of the fast-food restaurant in South Los Angeles, after a customer tried to buy food with counterfeit cash. >> Read more trending newsPolice say a man drove up to the Taco Bell around 11 p.m. Saturday night and tried to pay with the counterfeit money, but an argument ensued when the employee working refused to accept the fake cash, KTLA reported. The victim, identified as Alejandro Garcia, was found unconscious and not breathing, shot with a semiautomatic weapon, KABC reported. [Garcia] got shot in the heart, and that’s what killed him, and he died there … in front of his son’s presence,” the victim’s cousin, Nancy Garcia del Sol, told KABC. Taco Bell released a statement saying, “We are shocked and saddened to hear that this happened.wftv.com
Taco Bell introduces monthly taco subscription
Good news for Taco Bell fans! The fast-food chain has introduced a new “Taco Lover’s Pass.”>> Read more trending newsThe Taco Lover’s Pass costs $10, and offers customers one taco a day for 30 consecutive days, CNN reported. The pass is available beginning Thursday for rewards program members who have also downloaded the Taco Bell app. In September, we reported when Taco Bell introduced the Taco Lover’s Pass at just 20 locations in the Tucson, Arizona area. According to the Taco Bell website, several tacos are included with the pass, including the Crunchy Taco Supreme, Doritos Locos Tacos, and the Spicy Potato Soft Taco.wftv.com
Saturday Sessions: Kat Edmonson performs "Let It Snow"
On a special Christmas day “Saturday Session,” Kat Edmonson makes her return. Born and raised in Houston, she headed to Austin to pursue her music career. Her self-released first album zoomed into the top 20 on Billboard's Jazz chart. Then her last album debuted at number one. She's now out with a special Yuletide collection. From her new album "Holiday Swingin: A Kat Edmonson Christmas,'" Kat Edmonson performs "Let It Snow."news.yahoo.com
Illinois woman accused of shooting at Taco Bell drive-thru
Drive-thru shooting: An Illinois teen is accused of firing a weapon into the window of a Taco Bell drive-thru. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)BELLEVILLE, Illinois — An Illinois teenager is accused of firing multiple gunshots into a drive-thru window at a Taco Bell, authorities said. According to the Belleville Police Department, Gale entered the drive-thru at the Taco Bell and got into an argument with an employee at the window about her order, KMOV-TV reported. Police officers who responded to the shooting found the Taco Bell employees hiding in the kitchen area, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. “We are saddened to hear that this happened and we’re grateful that no team members or guests were harmed,” a spokesperson for Taco Bell told the News-Democrat in a statement.wftv.com
Taco Bell is bringing back its Quesalupa
After five years, Taco Bell’s Quesalupa is back. It’s like a quesadilla with an added crispy chalupa shell that creates a double layer of beef, lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and sour cream. [TRENDING: ‘Manatee graveyard in Fla. | 6 major announcements from Disney | Fla. woman charged in US Capitol attack]The fan-favorite originally debuted in 2016. Taco Bell says this iteration has 50% more cheese. The item costs about $3 and it will be available Thursday, for a limited time, but users of the Taco Bell app can start ordering the Quesalupa on Wednesday.
Taco Bell testing new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco
(Copyright 2020 by CNN Newsource - All rights reserved.) Taco Bell wants to make a chicken sandwich with a twist. The fast-food chain is preparing to test its new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco. It describes the shell as puffy bread that’s shaped like a taco. Taco Bell will test the new taco in restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Taco Bell’s potatoes are coming back
Taco Bell is bringing back its potato bites. The chain took two items off the menu last year that featured the potatoes. Those dishes were the cheesy fiesta potatoes and the spicy potato soft taco. pic.twitter.com/gxrQ1pqRLM — Taco Bell (@tacobell) January 13, 2021[TRENDING: Can Trump run for president again? A change.org “petition for taco bell to not remove all potato items,” among other items, garnered more than 5,000 signatures.
Taco Bell offering free taco for World Series stolen base
(Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell)Taco Bell will be offering freebies again for its rewards members during the upcoming World Series. The fast-food chain says its “Steal a base, steal a taco” giveaway is returning for a ninth year in a row. Which means rewards members can get a free taco if a base is stolen during the series. — Taco Bell (@tacobell) October 16, 2020The company says that this year, the free tacos can be redeemed just hours after the first base is stolen. The World Series gets under way on Tuesday, with the Tampa Bay Rays facing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Taco Bell is eliminating some of your favorite menu items
Taco Bell is saying adios to some menu items. The fast-food chain is eliminating Mexican pizza, pico de gallo and shredded chicken on Nov. 5. The restaurant says the move will make room for new innovations, like a tropical iced drink and a chicken chipotle melt. Last month, in an effort to be more efficient during the pandemic, Taco Bell got rid of several items, including the seven-layer burrito, nachos supreme and the beefy Fritos burrito. This time around, the restaurant says it is getting rid of the Mexican pizza to make good on its eco-friendly commitment.
Police: Man cooks food, takes nap during Taco Bell break-in
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Gwinnett County police need help identifying a man accused of breaking into a fast-food restaurant, preparing food, then taking a nap on Christmas morning. According to a report from Fox5 Atlanta, it happened around 12:15 a.m. on December 25 at the Taco Bell located in the 4800 block of Sugarloaf Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville. Investigators said a black male climbed through the drive-thru window and was seen on surveillance video using fryers to make himself a meal. In the video, the suspect ate the food before taking a nap on the floor of the restaurant. According to police, the man stole a laptop and tablet before leaving.