Thomas Maresca Special to USA TODAY Published 4:34 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 SINGAPORE — One bargaining chip Kim Jong Un may bring to the negotiating table for his summit meeting with President Trump on Tuesday is an offer to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang. However, that franchise wouldn’t be the first fast-food joint in the isolated nation. The man who introduced the hamburger to North Korea is actually right here in Singapore: 63-year-old Patrick Soh, who opened his first restaurant in Pyongyang in 2009. Soh operates a local franchise of tiny Virginia Beach, Va.-based restaurant Waffletown USA. In 2008, he was connected by a pair of Singaporean businessmen to a North Korean state-owned company looking to start a franchise. Soh said he immediately jumped at the offer. “I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’” he said. “In business, if you don't try, you don't know. I thought it would be a good … [Read more...] about They’re lovin’ it: Meet the man who introduced the hamburger to North Korea
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Hamburger Mary’s grandiose return to SF comes with side of controversy By Jonathan Kauffman April 29, 2018 Updated: April 30, 2018 6:00am Photo: Rosa Furneaux / Special To The Chronicle Image 1of/7 CaptionClose Image 1 of 7 Carnie Asada serves customers at Hamburger Mary’s, which opened on Folsom Street in 1972 and now operates in the space previously occupied by the Patio Cafe. Carnie Asada serves customers at Hamburger Mary’s, which opened on Folsom Street in 1972 and now operates in the space previously occupied by the Patio Cafe. Photo: Rosa Furneaux / Special To The Chronicle Image 2 of 7 Carnie Asada performs at Hamburger Mary’s, which occupies a Castro district space that had been vacant for 18 years. Carnie Asada performs at Hamburger Mary’s, which occupies a Castro district space that had been … [Read more...] about Hamburger Mary’s grandiose return to SF comes with side of controversy
The Food and Drug Administration will finalize their menu labeling rules later this year, and the food industry is watching closely to see which establishments will be included. Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. However, it's still unknown whether grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes will also need to adhere to a new mandate. Non-restaurant establishments have lobbied hard for exemption, which has delayed the FDA. The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger if they know that it has 1,000 calories. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress earlier this month that writing the rules has been "much more challenging than expected." The agency issued proposed rules in 2011 but has faced pressure to revise them to exclude retail outlets like grocery and convenience stores. The FDA has sent the rules to the White House, meaning they could be released soon. The restaurant industry pushed for … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Food industry braces for new menu label rules
Welcome to 60 Minutes Presents. Tonight, we have three flavorful stories on the 60 Minutes menu. We begin with a yogurt entrepreneur. Chief of Chobani At a time when Americans are debating whether immigration and refugees are a good thing or a bad thing for the country, it is sometimes noted that Tesla, Google, eBay, and Pepsi Cola are all either founded by or currently run by immigrants, and, in one case, a refugee. It's a reminder that foreigners don't always take jobs from Americans, sometimes they create them. And of all the success stories none seems more relevant to the current debate than the tale of Hamdi Ulukaya, who came here from Turkey 24 years ago on a student visa with almost no money. As Steve Kroft first reported in April, Ulukaya is now a billionaire who has changed American tastes with his Chobani yogurt, resurrected the economy in two communities, and drawn praise and some hostile fire for the way he's done it. He is a familiar, paternal presence on the factory … [Read more...] about 60 Minutes Presents: On the 60 Minutes Menu
McDonald's is nixing some ingredients from a number of its most popular menu items to try to win over healthy eaters. The fast food chain announced Monday it is removing artificial preservatives from its McNuggets and several breakfast items, and will also roll out new hamburger buns this month that no longer include high-fructose corn syrup. These changes are the latest to a series of ongoing efforts to improve the quality of food. That includes a shift to using only cage-free eggs by 2025, real butter on the Egg McMuffins, and chicken raised without antibiotics. The changes affect almost half of the food on the McDonald's menu, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss thinks they have a potential impact far beyond the chain's 36,000 locations worldwide. "McDonald's is not only the biggest quick-service restaurant, but I mean, it established us a fast food nation. It defined our love for this kind of food. And when McDonalds' changes, the rest of the industry changes," Moss … [Read more...] about McDonald’s scrambling for healthier menu, but is it enough?