Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Imma be rolling down my windows on Judge Ely from now on.

Everybody and their mother (okay, a handful of people) are buzzing about the new location opening Saturday inside the new Schlotzsky's on Judge Ely.

This will be Abilene's only Cinnabon location. There's one inside the Schlotzsky's in Sweetwater on I-20.

Okay, so what Schlotzsky's on Judge Ely, you ask? It's the old Burger King location next to Rosa's.

The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Skeet's coming to Abilene

Skeet's grill is opening up a new location in Abilene, across from the Wal-Mart on Southwest Drive.

This will be Skeet's fifth location, but the first in A-Town. There are two Skeet's Grills in Sweetwater, one in Snyder, and one in Merkel.

Employees say they're hoping to open on October 1.

While they offer a wide variety of food, and we hear the chicken fried steak is to die for, the staff says its ribeye steaks are the customer favorite.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Menu Changes Cause Stir at Starbucks

While going through the Starbucks drive through on Monday, my wife noticed some changes...and apparently she was right (for once)! The cheap drinks have been removed from the menu! Here's more from USA Today:

What a difference a new sign makes.

At Starbucks (SBUX) drive-throughs — one-third of the chain's 11,000 U.S. stores have one — newly redesigned outdoor menu boards advise customers that they can buy Grande (16 oz.) and Venti (20 oz.) sized beverages. Curiously, the signs no longer mention the smaller, cheaper cup size that's still for sale: Tall (12 oz.).

This has set the blogosphere abuzz. Some believe Starbucks is being sneaky — nudging hurried, drive-through customers to spend a tad more than they might have intended.

While Starbucks' same-store sales have grown nicely the past year — following very difficult years in fiscal 2008 and 2009 — the brouhaha comes as the restaurant industry is desperately searching for ways to boost traffic and sales. Some 44% of restaurant operators reported a same-store sales decline in July, the National Restaurant Association says.

But Starbucks officials strongly insist this isn't about nudging sales. They say the change is actually something that drive-through customers have requested — a simplified menu board. Starbucks shrank the number of items on drive-through menus from 70 to about 25. The change was made at all drive-throughs on Aug. 31.

"We are not being sneaky," Starbucks spokeswoman Deb Trevino says. "We did it because our customers were frustrated with the difficulty of reading our drive-through menus."

What's more, she notes, drive-through customers can still order Tall beverages. For that matter, they can even order Short (8 oz.) drinks, which aren't posted on menus inside or out.

But Robert Passikoff doesn't buy it for a minute. The founder of Brand Keys, a brand consulting and research consultancy, says Starbucks is playing fast and loose with its customers.

"It's disingenuous to suggest that how they simplified the menu was to benefit the customer," he says. "I don't know why you'd suddenly drop your cheaper item off the menu."

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