McDonald’s Canada Is Getting Rid of Plastic Cutlery, Stir Sticks and Straws by December

McDonald’s Canada is saying goodbye to plastic cutlery (except its McFlurry spoons), stir sticks and straws and replacing them with wooden and paper alternatives by December. This phase-out is occurring at all of the more than 1,400 Canadian locations and comes as the government of Canada moves to ban single-use plastics, with regulations expected to…

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Friendly’s Kitchen Designed for Efficiency

New England Chain Rolls Out Upgrade Prototype Gray-on-white cone graphics. LED lighting.  Settee seating.  Online ordering. Friendly’s has come a long way from its staid New England origins.  Friendly’s new prototype, opened in Marlborough, Mass., marks a great leap forward for the iconic ice-cream-and burger chain that dates back to 1935. The prototype easily handles fullservice…

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How a Commercial Laundry Facility Was Transformed Into a ‘Magic Bar’ of Chicago’s Past

Chicago Magic Lounge: Everywhere you Look, There’s Something to Delight the Eye. The Chicago Magic Lounge building, located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood at 5050 N. Clark Street, is easily overlooked by the uninitiated. Its unremarkable brick exterior sports no signage except for a plain white rectangle with an open circle in the center. Old magic…

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