Five Reasons McDonald’s Is Back on Top


After years of declining sales, McDonald’s has seemingly righted its ship: Since CEO Steve Easterbrook took over in 2015, changes such as the launch of all-day breakfast have helped propel the fast-food titan out of its sales slump. It’s managed to maintain its upward trajectory over the past year, with its stock price rising by more than 40 percent in 2017.

The chain just reported its best sales growth in six years, with domestic same-store sales up 4.5 percent, and it’s seen an increase in foot traffic to its restaurants for the first time in four years. “We’ve successfully completed the transition from turnaround to growth,” Easterbrook told investors on the company’s quarterly earnings call.

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Popular Taiwanese Dessert Chain Takes on NYC


Popular Taiwanese dessert chain Meet Fresh has opened its first New York City location, offering taro balls, shaved ice, tofu pudding, and more at 35 Cooper Square at East 6th Street.

The East Village store opened to long lines this weekend, EV Grieve reports, for the treats made in Taiwan and imported here. Started by siblings in Taichung, Taiwan, the chain now has more than 100 stores in Taiwan, plus a few sprinkled across the U.S., Asia, and Australia. The extensive menu, below, offers many variations of its signature items with over 100 dishes on the menu, such as mango shaved ice, boba tofu pudding, green tea with whipped cream, and hot almond soup.

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