Fast Food Restaurants

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    St. Louis Fast Food Workers to Protest McDonald's Following "Stolen Wages" Lawsuits

    In response to class action lawsuits in three states against the McDonald's Corporation that involves wage theft, St. Louis-area fast food workers will protest the hamburger chain in solidarity with their colleagues on Tuesday. The lawsuits involve 27 plaintiffs and include several allegations, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Basketball Players to Revitalize Wendy's in St. Louis

    When you hear Wendy's, you don't exactly think basketball. But two NBA players are aiming to revive the fast-food chain in St. Louis. Junior Bridgeman, a retired player for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Chauncey Billups, who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons, now own all 29 Wendy's restaurants in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Arby's Brings Fast Food to Hungry Kids That's Actually Nutritious

    Is Gut Check getting soft? When we heard the Arby's Hungry for Happiness Tour Coming was coming to town August 14 and 15, our first instinct was to jeer. Ohh, how nice of the fast-food giant to travel the country peddling its wares to hungry, impressionable kids? The entire spectacle reeked of self- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    St. Louis Fast-Food Workers Protest for Better Pay, Right to Organize

    Rasheen Aldridge had just finished working the lunch rush at the Jimmy John's in Soulard when he says his manager handed him a hand-written sign and asked that he hold it while he snapped a photo. The sign's message? "I made three wrong sandwiches."

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Hardee's Fish Slutburger to Arrive Just in Time for Lent

    Long known for pressing thick, squishy burgers into the hands of famous females who are neither thick nor squishy, St. Louis-based Hardee's (a.k.a. Carl's Jr.) is mixing it up a little bit for this year's Super Bowl commercial. Fret not: It's still porn-y.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Buy One Big Mac, Get One For 25 Cents On Cardinals' Game Days

    Miracles happen every day. The Cardinals are in the National League Championship Series, and on every game day, St. Louis area McDonald's locations are offering a deal on Big Macs. Presumably to give new meaning to "cardiac Cardinals." Including today, that's five opportunities to buy bargain-price ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Carl's Jr., the Hardee's of the West Coast, Test Markets Ice Cream "Brrrger"

    Questionable dessert interpretations of the burger aren't new. Japanese company Happy Kitchen sells a candy hamburger kit to meet the high demand of making fast-food-inspired confections at home, while stateside sweets seller Efrutti produces weirdly adorable novelty gummy candy mini-hamburgers, hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Write a Kate Upton and Hardee's Haiku, Win a Kate Upton Poster and Hardee's Gift Certificate!

    We told you last month how model Kate Upton is the latest female celebrity to get all hot 'n' heavy with a Hardee's burger. Now the fine folks at CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., have sent us a poster of Kate posing with the chain's new Southwest Patty Melt Thick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    The Five Best Hardee's Commercials

    ​Over the weekend, CKE Restaurants announced that Hardee's and Carl's Jr would be leaving David and Goliath, the agency responsible for the Miss Turkey campaign for its new turkey burgers, in favor of the agency 72andSunny. In a prepared statement, Brad Haley of CKE stated: "They are a great g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Dunkin' Donuts Begins Building in Florissant

    Mabel SuenAn assorted dozen from Dunkin' Donuts​Over a decade ago, the last remaining Dunkin' Donuts in the area closed down, leaving a giant donut-shaped hole in St. Louis' donut-hole-loving soul. Still with us? All faith was restored in March of 2010 when the east-coast branded donuts return ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Eat at Hardee's -- Help Joplin

    Hardee'sEat this at Hardee's to help the victims of the Joplin tornado. ​ If you're searching for ways to donate to disaster relief efforts following the deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin on May 22, Hardee's has a couple of options -- and one involves biscuits. On Thursday, June 2, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Hardee's Sings a New Anthem with the Same Message in New Ads

    Hardee's/Carl's Jr.​ Brace yourself - Hardee's is getting hardcore with their new ad campaign. No, they're not going to air XXX girl-on-girl ads. Because that's only a slight change. Instead, they're offering a new campaign titled, "Anthem", featuring the tag line, "Just the way it is". In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    El Pollo Loco Closes Only St. Louis Location

    Jennifer SilverbergThe El Pollo Loco in south St. Louis County has closed.​Following up on a post on the Post Dispatch's "Eat at Joe's" message board, Gut Check can confirm that the only St. Louis area location of the fast-food chain El Pollo Loco (4103 South Lemay Ferry Road, South St. Louis Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    St. Louis Avoids Ignominy of Being a "Fast-Food Capital"

    Image viaJared is everywhere -- watching you.​The Daily Beast is back with yet another of its rankings of American cities. This one charts the top 40 "Fast-Food Capitals" as defined by the number of fast-food restaurants per 100,000 residents. Having driven all over the metro area as part of my re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Egyptian Hardee's Close Due to Revolution, Not Snow

    image viaHardee's in Cairo.​Another reason to be glad you're in St. Louis today instead of Cairo: Even though there's sleet and snow, you can still go to Hardee's, which remains open, even when other stalwarts like the Courtesy Diner have closed, and warm yourself up with a Thickburger. The B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Meatless Mondays Boost Restaurant Sales

    Meatless Mondays have become a boon to restaurants. New York Magazine looks at how the slowest night of the restaurant week is becoming one of the hottest, thanks to the increasing trendiness of veggies and high-end restaurants doing interesting things with them for Monday dinner.Grocery stores are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Online Tests Misdiagnose Childhood Food Allergies

    Online food allergy testing for children isn't effective. The Daily Mail published a report on how British parents, impatient with doctors not recognizing their childrens' allergy symptoms, are often turning to alternative medical tests sold online. The results? Not good. Hundreds of thousands of ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work Takes on New Meaning at Hardee's

    The Hardee's logo of our youth.​St. Louis-based fast-food chain Hardee's announced yesterday a new menu item -- hand-breaded chicken tenders -- and while we'll let Ian determine whether the new dish is worth your money, you can be sure the new commercial is annoyingly quotable. (See video belo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2010

    Kenny Rogers

    7 p.m. Thursday, February 11. The Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.2

    Do fish feel pain? An angler considers the question. (Slate)A fast-food chain as a sign of national security in the Philippines. (Washington Post)Screw the recession: It's a $4,000 (roughly) curry! (Daily Mail)

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.2

    Happy debate day. There is other news, however: Chinese candy tainted by melamine is found in Connecticut. Somehow fittingly, the candy is sold under the English name White Rabbit. (AP) Yum Brands, owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut (among others), will voluntarily add calorie information to me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 7.30

    An appeals court breathes new life into the FTC's efforts to block the merger of Whole Foods and Wild Oats. (Reuters) The full city council of Los Angeles passes a moritorium on new fast-food restaurants in part of the city. (AP) The story of a farmer kicked out of multiple farmers' markets for se ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008
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    January 14, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.14 Carl Karcher, who founded the Carl's Jr. fast-food chain, has died. He was 90. (Orange County Register) The Zagat family is planning to sell its empire of restaurant-, hotel- and, etc.-rating publications. (New York Times) A professor of food studies studies what emigrants from Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Teachers Don't Like 'Em Flat

    Who among us has not harbored the occasional romantic and/or sexual yearning for a teacher? Teachers have power. Power is sexy. More to the point, some teachers are attractive -- hot, even. They didn't include that red-pepper rating on for nothing. This is not to say that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Teachers Don't Like 'Em Flat

    From the files of STLog: Who among us has not harbored the occasional romantic and/or sexual yearning for a teacher? Teachers have power. Power is sexy. More to the point, some teachers are attractive -- hot, even. They didn't include that red-pepper rating on for nothing. T ... More >>

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