In 2016, the Finnish Burker King franchise wanted to localize the American chain and make Burger King a bit more Finnish. This was not by adding a touch of the Finnish kitchen but by turning the burger joint into a…sauna. A spa was opened in one of the restaurants in Helsinki, making the locals feel a bit more at home.
The sauna could see up to 15 people and included a shower room and lounge. This was all set just a few meters from the diner, where guests enjoyed their whoppers.
One in Four
If you think McDonald's chicken nuggets come in random shapes, think again. Apparently, the big M is making art out of their crispy bird bites, and there is a story (and reasoning) behind the shape of the famous nugget. The chicken mixture goes through something that resembles a cookie cutter, which ensures the nuggets are all of the same weight and in one of four shapes.
The four nugget shapes are a boot, bell, ball, and bone. The ball is round, the boot and bone look like deformed rectangles, and the bell resembles a diamond. So, next time you order a box of nuggets, see if you can recognize which is which.
In August 2021, a pop-up KFC hotel was built in London, UK. Each guest had a "press for chicken" button and could earn themselves free fried chicken worth almost $140 every single night. The pop-up hotel stayed open for 11 nights in honor of the 11 secret herbs used in their recipe.
The guests arrived at the hotel in a black limo called the "Colonelmobile," and enjoyed themselves at the "hot-winger arcade." Who were the guests greeted by? The "chick-in" clerk, of course!
Julia Child of Chinese Cuisine
In 1993, Philip Chiang and Paul Fleming opened P.F. Chang’s, a Chinese-American fast food chain. Their menu and recipes were created by Cecilia Chiang, who is an award-winning chef. Cecilia's cooking was so authentic and unique, and she was considered the Julia Child of Chinese Cuisine.
Some of P.F. Chang’s dishes were so successful that they branched out of their 300 restaurants. Chang's spring rolls, for example, can be found in the frozen section at your local supermarket.
I Don't Want to Rock
Chipotle is one of the nation's favorite Mexican fast-food chains, and there are a few things you don't know about it. It was established in 1993 in Denver, Colorado, and brings us much more than burritos. The chain takes music very seriously and invests in it just as much as it invests in its food.
Chipotle has hired DJ Christopher Golub, who created a playlist for the chain. Each restaurant has its own, and it is updated every single month. So, Chipotle is doing wonders with satisfying our stomachs, and they are also doing wonders in satisfying our ears.