Restaurant Employees Who Just Couldn't Help But Be Smartasses

Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. This week, we’ve got restaurant employees who completely ran out of fucks to give and let their inner smartass run wild. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers. » 5/18/15 11:00am Monday 11:00am

Astoundingly Stupid Restaurant Customers, Part 2

Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. We’re on Week 2 of stupid customer stories, and if you don’t think I could easily fill a month with stories like these, you’ve never worked with the general public before. As always, these are… » 5/11/15 11:00am 5/11/15 11:00am

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Plans to Raise Fast Food Wages On His Own

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put the fast food industry on notice when he proposed to raise fast food wages in the Empire State through use of an appointed “Wage Board,” circumventing the state legislature. But do such powers fall under his purview? Actually, most likely yes. » 5/07/15 5:32pm 5/07/15 5:32pm

MD Pol Thinks State Should Revoke Protesters' Families' Food Stamps

With protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray (not to mention decades of police violence) still ongoing, you knew we were going to see some people showing their asses. Earlier this week, Maryland state Delegate Pat McDonough may have won the Most Unconscionably Horrible Quote From a Politician Award when… » 5/03/15 11:00am 5/03/15 11:00am

This Story is Why Restaurants Need to Take Allergy Requests Seriously

It’s time to talk about why allergy requests are so damned important to honor as restaurant employees, and to illustrate just why that point is so crucial, we’re going to use a story from a Behind Closed Ovens submission to drive the point home. Consider this your early Cinco de Mayo* present. » 5/02/15 11:00am 5/02/15 11:00am

Chicken Fight: McDonald's Artisan Grilled Vs. Taco Bell's Chickstar

Traditional fast-food sales are in decline in America, maybe because we’re finally smartening up and becoming more reluctant to treat our tongues, wallets, and digestive systems as mortal enemies. We’re still fat, ridiculous bastards, of course, but chain-restaurant sales data indicates that we’re starting to become a… » 4/30/15 6:45pm 4/30/15 6:45pm