McDonald’s sets up shop in Silicon Valley (Ad Age)
McDonald's is setting up shop in the tech community epicenter of Silicon Valley. The company's new outpost in San Francisco is the brainchild of McDonald's chief digital officer Atif Rafiq. Rafiq said the San Francisco office will enable the burger brand to better attract and recruit digital talent, buttress business development and provide the company "a way for us to be more plugged into the flow of ideas."

—Ron Ruggless

John Besh, Aaron Sanchez expanding taqueria concept to New Orleans (Times-Picayune)
Celebrity chefs and friends John Besh and Aarón Sánchez intend to expand their taqueria concept Johnny Sánchez, a mash-up of their names, to Besh’s home base of New Orleans in the fall. The two are to open their first collaborative 222-seat restaurant in Maryland's Horseshoe Baltimore casino in late summer. The menu will feature tacos, tostadas and other Mexican food, as well as domestic and imported beer, tequila, mezcal and bourbon.
—Ron Ruggless

Airbnb testing group dinners for strangers (Reuters)
The startup is encouraging hosts to throw dinners for strangers as part of a new pilot program in San Francisco.

—Marcella Veneziale

N.C. Chick-fil-A to pay $10K in pregnancy discrimination lawsuit (Fox 8 WGHP)
Chick-fil-A has agreed to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a job applicant.

—Lisa Jennings

Fleur de Lys to close this month (San Francisco Chronicle)
It's the end of an era in San Francisco. Fine-dining landmark Fleur de Lys is closing at the end of the month after more than 40 years of business.

—Bret Thorn