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November 17, 2017
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Pret a Manger parent signs on as UK Burger King franchisee
Pret a Manger owner Bridgepoint has signed a deal to become Burger King's master franchisee in the UK, and has also acquired a British franchisee that operates 74 Burger King units. Burger King has about 500 units in the UK.
City A.M. (London) (11/16),  Metro (UK) (11/16) 
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New restaurant openings soar in Seattle
New restaurant openings soar in Seattle
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At least 40 new eateries opened in Seattle in less than two months this summer, highlighting the fast-changing nature of the city's restaurant scene. The number of dining places grew 25% to 2,696 in the past decade, according to the Department of Revenue, and the one-year survival rate for eateries in Seattle is around 87%, despite some recent high-profile closures.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16) 
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Leading Voices
David Chang to bring Korean culinary news to Olympics coverage
David Chang to bring Korean culinary news to Olympics coverage
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Chef and Momofuku founder David Chang has been named to the NBC Sports team covering the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Chang will tell stories and share insights into Korean food and the country's traditions and culture.
Eater (11/16) 
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CC's Coffee House CEO isn't one for complacency
Curiosity about the world and a need for constant improvement are what drive CC's Coffee House CEO Celton Hayden Jr. "The pace of American business just doesn't hold favor to the type of people who just stay the way they are," he says.
Success Labs (11/14) 
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City Harvest celebrates solutions in new campaign
New York City based nonprofit City Harvest has launched a multichannel marketing campaign with a positive tone, highlighting the 35-year-old group's accomplishments and the solutions it has found for feeding the city's hungry. City Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, retailers and other sources and distributes it to about 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and other food programs.
MediaPost Communications (11/17) 
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Remodeled Subway stores caught readers' attention
Subway's Fresh Forward store remodeling plan made this week's top 10 list of most-read food and beverage stories, as did the rise of plant-based burgers at Chicago eateries. Several stories about sweet snack makers also rated, including a social frenzy around Little Debbie and the new Bakery Petites line from Hostess Brands.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (11/17) 
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Culinary Spotlight
Fuss-free Roman food proving popular in the US
Fuss-free Roman food proving popular in the US
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Many eateries across the US are embracing Roman cuisine and traditions, offering simple pasta dishes and pizzas suited to on-the-go eating. Al taglio pizza is showing up on more US menus, with rectangular slices being sold at Bonci in Chicago and Il Romanista in Los Angeles.
Eater (11/15) 
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Modern Asian-American cooking celebrates the cuisine of many countries
Asian-American cuisine has spread to all corners of the US, with soy, ginger, fish sauce and pickled cabbage becoming common ingredients among US chefs of various backgrounds, writes Ligaya Mishan. Representing dishes and ingredients from countries across Asia, contemporary Asian-American cooking is celebrated by restaurants such as New York's Momofuku Noodle Bar and Los Angeles' Kogi BBQ truck.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/10) 
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