Hungry for company? There's an App(lebee's) for that
May 16th, 2014
12:45 PM ET
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The next time you settle in to an Applebee's for a beer and some queso blanco, you may be struck with the urge to speak with one of your fellow patrons. But, instead of just turning to the booth behind you, or (gasp!) walking up to a nearby table full of strangers, why not use an app?

“What’s Applebee's” (a play on What’s App, the target of a recent $19 billion Facebook acquisition) advertises itself as the latest hot new social network. The app allows you to connect with other Applebee’s fans around the country.

But this is a highly exclusive network; you must be physically inside an Applebee’s to use it. Think of it as a virtual red velvet rope.

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Red Lobster: for the seafood lover with a spare $2.1 billion
May 16th, 2014
10:30 AM ET
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Darden Restaurants inked a $2.1 billion deal on Friday to unload its struggling Red Lobster business to Golden Gate Capital.

Golden Gate may be able to inject some new life into Red Lobster, but the deal is likely to rile up Darden investors. Shares fell nearly 3% in early trading.

2014 Tax Day restaurant deals, freebies and specials
April 15th, 2014
02:00 AM ET
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Feeling a bit cash-strapped this Tax Day? These food and drink freebies and discounts from restaurants, stores and snack vendors just might take a bite out of your financial fretting - even if you have to sing for your supper.

- Arby's
For the fourth year in a row, customers can get a free snack-sized order of curly fries today only by visiting for a coupon.

- Boston Market
Today only, get two Boston Market Tax Meal Chicken Deals for $10.40, no coupon needed. Guests receive two individual meals, each including a half rotisserie chicken with a choice of two home style sides and freshly baked cornbread.

- Bruegger’s Bagels
A coupon for a $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (that's a baker's dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) is yours for liking the bakery chain on Facebook. The offer is valid through today.

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March 10th, 2014
07:05 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

You’ve read about them before: the $750 cupcake and $5,000 burger you can find in Las Vegas; the $10,000 martini on sale in West Hollywood. Some people must be ordering them and feeling like it was money well spent. Lots of others will file those dishes under the Ripped-off-at-a-Restaurant category.

On the other end of the spectrum is a new model that’s gaining traction across the country and around the world: pay-what-you-want spots. You make the call on the price of the dish, and when you pay a little extra it helps feed people who are in need. Right on for the places below.

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February 10th, 2014
11:00 AM ET
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Starbucks to Dumb Starbucks: You can't use our trademark

The real Starbucks isn't happy with the parody coffee shop calling itself Dumb Starbucks that's popped up in Los Angeles, and wants the faux baristas to drop the act.

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