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McDonald's testing seasoned fries

McDonald's testing seasoned fries

USA TODAY

Even the iconic McDonald's french fry, a linchpin to the fast-food giant's multibillion-dollar success, is getting a second look as the company seeks new product hits.

On Thursday, the same day McDonald's announced that domestic sales were flat in April, the company confirmed to USA TODAY that it will begin testing seasoned fries -- dubbed Shakin' Flavor Fries -- on Friday in the Northern California and St. Louis markets.

Caribbean restaurant opens in Ingleside Village

Caribbean restaurant opens in Ingleside Village

It took a while.

They've been trying to open for a few years.

On Thursday - finally, "we're here to feed the community and do the best we can," said Everald Gordon, manager of Tropical Flava on Ingleside Avenue.

The location was formerly Ingleside Village Pizza, which moved across the street. If you were ever in there, you wouldn't recognize the place now.

Completely transformed from the eclectic IVP decor, Tropical Flava gives the feel of a warm Caribbean hide-a-way.

Gordon started the transformation of the building in 2011. As for why it took so long, he said "A combination of obstacles ... it was treacherous."

Tropical Flava opened its first location at 5201 Houston Road about 5 years ago and they hope to open a third in Warner Robins next year.

Gordon said he was attracted to the Ingleside location because of the traffic. "I like the feel of the place," he said.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks


If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.


Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks


If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.


Hardee's to open in Macon

Hardee's to open in Macon


A stretch of Macon road that's rich with fast food options will soon be richer.

A sign went up in the 1000 block of Gray Highway last week announcing that Hardee's is coming soon. The empty lot, which is currently under construction, is located adjacent to Pawn Mart.

The sign includes a box of handouts soliciting general and restaurant managers. To learn more about job opportunities, go to hardees.com.

With no Hardee's restaurants in Macon, the pending opening is good news for fans of the chain. The closest locations are in Warner Robins, Byron and Forsyth.

Hardee's is joining a block of Gray Highway that certainly doesn't have a shortage of fast food options.

Area unemployment rates fall

Area unemployment rates fall

Central Georgia's unemployment rate continues to dip, falling from 7.8 to 7.7 percent from December to January.

The rate has declined mostly because the amount of new layoffs decreased by 41 percent, according to a release.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.

Wendy's to freshen up salad line

Wendy's to freshen up salad line

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Wendy's has big plans to return to its salad days.

On Tuesday, the burger chain will announce the March 17 national rollout of two new menu items to its salad lineup: an Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and a BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. Also, Wendy's will announce plans to add more fresh veggies — cucumbers and red peppers — to its spiffed-up side salads,