Tipped workers face a different minimum wage battle (NPR)
States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 an hour since 1991.

—Marcella Veneziale

Wendy’s replays nostalgic card to reintroduce Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger (Ad Age)
It’s “second verse, same as the first” for Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s, which is reprising last year’s smash hit “Pretzel Love Songs” to reintroduce the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken sandwiches. Once again, Wendy’s will produce love songs written from fans’ tweets and Facebook comments about the sandwiches, and to follow last year’s campaign that starred 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey, Wendy’s this year will produce new videos with beloved ‘90s acts Boyz II Men and Jon Secada. Clearly, it’s not the “end of the road” for Wendy’s pretzel bun or its nostalgia-driven social campaigns.

—Mark Brandau



The saga of a restaurant chain America once loved (The Daily Beast)
The story of one-time 1,117-unit Sambo’s is one of the most incredible in the history of American restaurateuring. It’s got bootstraps business acumen, meteoric success, catastrophic failure, a late-stage family revival and a king-sized racial controversy to top it all off. A writer visits the last existing location in Santa Barbara, Calif.
 
—Ron Ruggless

Anthony Bourdain’s theory on the foodie revolution (Smithsonian)
The television personality discusses food trends and the changing tastes of Americans.

—Bret Thorn

The last Hamburger Hamlet in L.A. closes (Eater Los Angeles)
The casual-dining burger chain was once a Hollywood favorite.

—Lisa Jennings