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The wait for burgers at Colorado's first In-N-Out locations topped out at over 12 hours

  • In-N-Out opened two Colorado locations on Friday.
  • The wait at the Aurora location was over 12 hours, according to local police.
  • In-N-Out is reportedly planning other locations in the state. 
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In-N-Out opened its first two Colorado locations on Friday, and people were ready to wait hours for the beloved chain's food. The restaurants in Aurora and Colorado Springs both opened with drive-thru and take-out service, as indoor dining is currently closed because of the coronavirus.

The Aurora Police Department tweeted updates of the situation around the popular burger chain's grand opening. "Traffic is double double animal style right now all around the mall. We are on hand helping manage the massive traffic response," one tweet read, referencing the fan-favorite animal style serving of burgers and fries.

Around 2 p.m. local time, Aurora PD tweeted that the wait had increased to 12 hours. "They will close before you get to the window most likely," the department warned. In-N-Out restaurants are open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, according to Denver CBS Local. The Aurora location will only offer drive-thru service after 10 p.m. following local ordinances, CBS reported.

Read more: The pandemic is permanently changing fast food as Wendy's, Burger King, and Chipotle double down on high-tech drive-thrus

Reporter Ben Warwick shared an image of the long drive-thru line for the restaurant, compared a relatively meager line for COVID-19 testing.

Kate Klann at The Gazette shared another look at the line.

 

In-N-Out has more 350 locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oregon, and now Colorado, according to The Gazette. The chain is reportedly looking at adding more Colorado locations, and the nearby distribution facility can potentially serve up to 50 restaurants, The Gazette reported. 

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Krispy Kreme, McDonald's, and more fast-food giants are giving away free food on Election Day

  • Election Day is bringing a wave for free food deals across the US. 
  • Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts, while McDonald's has a free "post-Halloween" pastry deal starting on Tuesday.  
  • Boston Market has a late-night free sliders deal. 
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As Americans across the US vote on Tuesday, election day is bringing a wave of deals. 

While few fast-food chains give workers time off to vote, many are giving customers free food.

Read more: White Castle is closing restaurants and giving workers paid time off to vote on election day, in a move few fast-food giants are willing to make

Here is a round-up of where to get the best deals: 

  • Krispy Kreme is giving customers free doughnuts if they visit on election day. The chain is also handing out "I Voted" stickers, in case customers voted early or by mail. 
  • McDonald's is giving away Apple Fritter, Blueberry Muffin and Cinnamon Roll with the purchase of coffees starting on Tuesday. The "post-Halloween" deal will last from November 3 to 9. 
  • Boston Market is giving away free sliders from 9 p.m. until close across the US on Tuesday, with no additional purchase necessary. The chain launched its new late night menu in October. 
  • McAlister's Deli is doing a buy-one-get-one-free sandwich deal to celebrate National Sandwich Day, which also falls on November 3. Customers need to sign up for the chain's rewards program to access the deal.
  • Chili's $5 Presidente Margarita deal is ending on Tuesday. Customers can use the hashtag #PresidenteForPrez for a chance to win free Chili's for a year. 

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Starbucks' Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew outsold the PSL this fall, as pumpkin sales hit record highs at the coffee giant

  • Starbucks sold more Starbucks' Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews than its classic Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall. 
  • Sales of all pumpkin-flavored drinks reached record highs in 2020, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said on a call with investors on Thursday. 
  • Starbucks launched its fall drinks earlier than ever in 2020, with the Pumpkin Spice Latte returning to the menu on August 25.  
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This PSL season, cold brew reigned supreme. 

Starbucks sold more Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews than classic Pumpkin Spice Lattes this fall, CEO Kevin Johnson said on a call with investors on Thursday. 

The coffee chain's sales in the US and Canada declined 9% in the most recent quarter, with transactions down 25%. However, sales of all pumpkin-flavored drinks still managed to break average-daily-unit records, according to Johnson. 

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte and other autumnal drinks returned earlier this year than ever before, hitting menus on August 25. Dunkin's Pumpkin Spice Latte also returned early, hitting menus on August 19. 

Read more: Starbucks and Dunkin' are starting Pumpkin Spice season earlier than ever, as customers grow desperate for 2020 to end

The company has been growing its cold beverage sales and "optimizing" innovation in the category, according to Roz Brewer, the chain's chief operating officer and head of the US business. 

While Starbucks has not fully bounced back from its pandemic slump, the coffee giant said it is recovering faster than anticipated and is optimistic about 2021. 

The company introduced its 2021 guidance on Thursday, predicting that same-store sales will grow 17% to 22% in the US in the next fiscal year. Starbucks executives said the company expects US locations to achieve full comparable sales recovery by the end of the second quarter. 

With PSL season coming to a close, it is time for Starbucks' famous red cups to make their return. The company announced on Thursday that its holiday menu will launch next week. 

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Burger King's new 2021 restaurants will have food lockers, conveyor belts that deliver Whoppers to your car, and modern, minimalist dining areas. Take a look inside.

  • Burger King is rolling out new-look restaurants from 2021.
  • The sites focus on minimizing contact through new collection and delivery options. 
  • You'll be able to pick up your burgers from lockers — or, in some locations, have them delivered to your car via a conveyor belt.
  • The first new-look stores will open in Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
  • Read on to view pictures of the new-look stores.
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From 2021, your local Burger King could have food lockers, conveyor belts, and Whoppers delivered to your car.

The fast-food chain is rolling out new look restaurants, with the first opening in Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean next year.

The two new stores designs provide multiple ordering and delivery options for customers. You can collect from a food locker or have your order delivered to your car, by either a person or conveyor belt.

Parent company Restaurant Brands International's head of design described it as "the restaurant of tomorrow," and said they designed the sites "like we had a blank sheet of paper, designing without preconceived notions of how a Burger King restaurant should look."

Here's what the new stores will look like, inside and out.

From the outside, the restaurants looks different, with multiple ordering and delivery points.

From the street, you can see the three car collection options – drive-in, drive-thru, and curbside collection – as well as the outdoor dining.

The new sites will be 60% smaller than the current ones, Burger King says.

At the drive-in, you can have food delivered to your car…

Diners can park their cars in what Burger King calls the "drive-in area" under solar-powered canopies. Customers place their orders through the app by scanning a QR code at their parking spot, and staff deliver the order to their car.

A revamped drive-thru service will also be available.

The drive-thru has two or three lanes for both ordering and pick-up, which will speed up the process. Some locations have a designated motorcycle lane, too.

You can also collect curb-side deliveries.

If customers or delivery services place orders in advance through the Burger King app, they can park in dedicated parking spots for curb-side delivery. They can use an app to notify the restaurant when they arrive, and the order is brought to their vehicle.

You can collect your food from lockers if you order through the app.

As well as the drive-thru and drive-in lanes, customers and delivery services can also collect orders from food lockers using a pin they get on the Burger King app when ordering. The food comes straight from the kitchen to the pick-up lockers.

KFC is currently trailing a similar system at restaurants in Japan. This allows customers to order on the app and collect orders contact-free.

The restaurants have a designated section for "walk up" orders.

This is a separate area for customers on foot or bike to order take-out.

You can eat outside…

The restaurants feature covered outdoor dining on a shaded patio.

…or in the redesigned indoor dining space.

The interior has a modern, minimalistic design.

Burger King also has a second store design for urban areas. This focuses heavily on collection options.

The "Next Level" concept will be used for busy urban locations with high drive-thru demand.

The sites feature a suspended kitchen above the drive-thru lanes, which takes center stage.

This means the restaurant format can serve more customers in a smaller space.

The restaurants will use conveyor belts to deliver orders to cars.

Drive-thru options dominate the design of the store, and most of the ground space is given to drive-thru and collection lanes.

Because the kitchen is upstairs, orders are delivered to cars by conveyor belts, and each lane will have its own pick-up spot. There is also be a dedicated lane for delivery drivers on motorcycles.

This design allows a 100% touchless experience, Burger King says.

But customers will still be able to dine in.

The restaurant has a suspended indoor dining room and covered outdoor seating above the drive-thru entrance.

If you do want to collect food to go, you don't have to be in a vehicle: The restaurants also have walk-up take-out facilities, as well as lockers for mobile orders.

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