KFC on Poole Road in Raleigh, NC Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the KFC at 3416 Poole Road in Raleigh, NC is now open! The fresh new design prominently features the Colonel on the exterior and the traditional red and white color scheme so familiar to KFC fans.

The location was formerly a Taco Bell and KFC. The new building is an attractive new addition to the Walnut Creek Shopping Center.

New Double Steak Grilled Cheese Burrito starting November 11

Following a successful test at select locations in the Houston area last year, Taco Bell is launching the new Double Steak Grilled Cheese Burrito nationwide starting November 11, 2021.

The Double Steak Grilled Cheese Burrito features a double portion of the brand’s marinated steak, plus a double serving of seasoned rice, crunchy red tortilla strips, chipotle sauce, nacho cheese sauce, reduced-fat sour cream, three cheese blend all rolled up in a soft tortilla with cheese grilled onto the outside of the tortilla.

While the Double Steak Grilled Cheese Burrito officially makes its nationwide debut on November 11, Taco Bell is offering Rewards members exclusive early access via the brand’s app for two days only on November 9 and November 10, 2021.

Limited-Edition KFC “Finger Lickin’ Chicken Mitten Bucket Hugger”

KFC customers can receive the limited-edition “Bucket Hugger” with the purchase of a qualifying bucket meal at KFC.com or on the KFC app November 9-11, while supplies last. The Finger Lickin’ Chicken Mitten Bucket Hugger is a knitted sweater featuring a festive KFC holiday design that slides onto a bucket of our world-famous fried chicken. Plus, you can slip your hands into its built-in mittens to safely carry your chicken to the holiday potluck or to keep your fingers toasty while enjoying your bucket meal outdoors with friends and loved ones. Customers who order a qualifying KFC bucket meal for delivery or pickup on KFC.com or the KFC app will receive a confirmation email to claim their Bucket Hugger.

Free taco Nov. 4 after Braves’ Ozzie Albies steals base in World Series

For the 10th year, Taco Bell is giving away free tacos with its “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” World Series promotion.

Atlanta Braves’ second baseman Ozzie Albies is this year’s “Taco Hero”. Albies stole second base in the first inning of Game 1 of the series against the Houston Astros.

Taco Bell previously announced the deal ahead of the World Series and said it would “celebrate America’s Taco Hero and give away a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos for everyone in America, while supplies last, on a specified date that will be unveiled at a later time.”

The free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco giveaway is scheduled for all-day Nov. 4 while supplies last. Limit one per person.

Free Burritos on 10/21 to Celebrate Return of Breakfast

Breakfast is back at Taco Bell. Taco Bell is giving fans a reason to celebrate with a free Toasted Breakfast Burrito on October 21 from 7-11 AM (local time), while supplies last. Taco Bell will help to ensure they don’t miss their free Toasted Breakfast Burrito opportunity on October 21 by offering a “Wake Up Call.” By texting “Wake Up” to 1-866-WAKEUP3, fans can sign up to receive a pre-recorded wake up call from Taco Bell to kick start their morning with a reminder.

To wrap up this breakfast celebration, the brand has also debuted a Breakfast Sleepwear Collection on Taco Bell’s retail eStore: Taco Shop. The collection includes an ultra-plush hot sauce packet blanket perfect for snuggling and pajama sets and eye masks.

Steal a Base, Steal a Taco

Taco Bell fans can come together to cheer for the first stolen base in the World Series with the “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” deal.

For the 10th year, Taco Bell will give everyone a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco after the first stolen base in the World Series. The first stolen base triggers the big prize, and then Taco Bell announces the date when the free tacos will be doled out at locations across the US.

The World Series will kick off on October 26. Tune in to see your favorite team and/or solely because you want a free taco.

New Cantina Crispy Melt Taco Launches

Taco Bell introduces the new Cantina Crispy Melt Taco nationwide this week. The Cantina Crispy Melt Taco features a freshly fried white corn shell that’s filled with melted nacho cheese sauce and three-cheese blend, seasoned beef, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced tomatoes. You can also make it vegetarian by switching the seasoned beef for black beans. As part of the nationwide launch, Taco Bell is offering Rewards members exclusive early access to the new Cantina Crispy Melt Taco from October 5 through October 6.

The Cantina Crispy Melt Taco will be available to everyone starting Thursday, October 7.

National Taco Day – Monday, October 4th

Celebrate National Taco Day with Taco Bell! Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos! Get a Free Crunchy Taco with a $1 purchase on the Taco Bell app on October 4. The reward on the app is valid for a free Seasoned Beef Crunchy Taco with any food or drink purchase of $1 or more at participating locations. It is not available with a delivery order.

KFC Names New CEO

Yum! Brands announced Wednesday that KFC executive Sabir Sami will take over as CEO of the chicken brand to begin 2022.

Sami, who serves as KFC’s COO and managing director of KFC Asia, will succeed Tony Lowings, who is retiring early next year. Lowings has been with the company for nearly three decades, and has led KFC as CEO since 2019. Throughout his career, he has worked as president and COO, managing director of KFC Asia-Pacific, and managing director of KFC SOPAC (Australia and New Zealand), among other roles.

Sami will start January 1 and assume global responsibility for driving brand strategy and performance of KFC.

[QSR Magazine, 9/22/21]

Long John Silver’s Celebrates “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

On September 19, “X” marked the spot at Long John Silver’s for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. Customers were encouraged to give their best “Aargh, ahoy, and heave ho,” for a special treat—a free piece of fish or chicken for customers that talk like a pirate and a free two-piece fish or chicken basket for those who suit up in their best pirate gear.

Stephanie Mattingly, chief marketing officer of Long John Silver’s said “Talk Like a Pirate Day is just another way that Long John Silver’s can continue engaging with and giving back to our customers.”