Chipotle to temporarily close all its restaurants over food poisoning problem.

Alternate title: Chipotle suddenly discovers why there are preservatives in food.  Takeaway passage from the article is probably this: “Chipotle, which pressured other fast food chains to be more health-conscious by serving fresher and less-processed food, has been slow to recover from a salmonella outbreak, an E. coli outbreak and anorovirus outbreak.” No, the takeaway isn’t the aforementioned store closings: that’s more a publicity stunt than anything else. All the stores will close for a short time on February 8th, presumably so that corporate can do a conference call where they tell everybody that everything will be fine. Heck, half the stores might ignore the closing.

Not much else here, except that I’m going to be That Guy and point out that, if you’re a progressive/liberal sort who wants to sell burritos, it’s safest for everybody involved if you remember that your primary responsibility to humanity here is to sell it safe burritos. If you’re not selling safe burritos, then it really doesn’t matter how good you are on the Hot Topic du jour. Awful of me to point out, but then: I am being That Guy.

Via @HotlineJosh.

How stupidly obvious WAS this end result of the San Francisco minimum wage hike?

So stupidly obvious that the English major was telling you* this would happen ahead of time.  That’s really stupidly obvious, for those following at home: we’re widely known for being not very good at math.  At any rate, let us go now to AEI, which is shaking its darn head over what happened to Chipotle restaurants in San Francisco:

San Francisco, however, saw across-the-board price increases averaging over 10%, including 10% increases on chicken, carnitas (pork), sofritas (tofu), and vegetarian entrees along with a 14% increase on steak and barbacoa.We believe the outsized San Francisco price hike was likely because of increased minimum wages (which rose by 14% from $10.74 per hour to $12.25 on May 1) as well as scheduled minimum wage increases in future years (to $13 next year, $14 in 2017, and $15 in 2018).

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