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Restaurants offering free food and deals on Valentine’s Day

Whether Valentine’s Day is a cheerful day for you and your beloved or a day to skip over and celebrate your singleness, everyone loves free food. This year, several restaurants and fast food chains are offering freebies or discounts in honor of the Hallmark holiday. From freebies to heart-shaped snacks, here are some restaurants we’ve rounded up that are spreading the love this holiday. Auntie Anne’s Love can be a little sweet and salty. That’s why a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s is a perfect choice. Get their BOGO free deal on any heart-shaped original or cinnamon sugar pretzel. Participation may vary, so call ahead to be sure. Buca di Beppo’s Valentine’s Day diners can order the “Classic Love Package,” and be delighted with a heart-shaped lasagne, small garlic bread, mixed green or caesar salad, and a mini chocolate chip cannoli for dessert. The deal is offered for just $49.99. Carrabba’s…

18 restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day

When you think of Christmas, you probably think of digging fork first into a massive spread of home cooked feast. But, if you’d rather spend your time with loved ones instead of being stuck in the kitchen, or if you don’t find yourself at home for the holiday, we’ve listed 20 chain restaurants that will be open Christmas Day. Regardless of where you end up dining out, remember that these employees are stuck working away from their own families on the biggest holiday of the year. So don’t be a Scrooge. Tip well! Applebee’s Many Applebee’s locations will be open on Christmas Day, but it is best to call you local Applebee’s ahead of time since individual franchisees may opt out. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/ Boston Market Boston Market locations will be open on Christmas so you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal for just $12.99. Also, if you’re going to be home,…

How to avoid getting gouged on wine at restaurants

If you’ve ever glanced at a restaurant wine list, you know adding a bottle of red or white can inflate your bill pretty quickly. You may be left wondering how you can buy an entire bottle of Merlot at the state store for under $15, but a single glass is going to run you the same price at a mid-range restaurant. Of course, we expect there will be a markup on any type of alcohol, but why so high with wine? Sommelier Mark Oldman clues us in. In his book “How to Drink Like a Billionaire,” Oldman writes that the typical restaurant will markup a bottle of wine at least 200 percent, so that $15 brand you’re familiar with, quickly becomes a $45 bottle  — or in extreme cases, even 400 percent with a $75 price tag. “The need to cover glassware, staff wages, rent, inventory — the reasons are sundry for why wine is marked…

11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about home cooked meals, but that doesn’t mean all restaurants will be shutting their doors. According to the National Restaurant Association, holiday dinners and Thanksgiving brunch are big business. About one in every ten Americans will eat out this Thanksgiving, with Millennials being especially likely to skip out on making the meal. But regardless if you’re giving up cooking this Thanksgiving, going out for breakfast, or in a pinch and need to pick up a take-out side dish, these national restaurant chains have you covered. They’ll be leaving their doors open on national Turkey Day to help you celebrate however you see fit. Here are 11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving. ApplebEe’s Select Applebee’s locations around the country will offer a special Thanksgiving meal with all the usual sides done Applebee’s style. Call your local restaurant ahead of time to make sure they’ll be ope. Boston Market Order by…

Chick-fil-A rolling out gluten-free bun, but there’s a catch

Chick-fil-A has gone gluten free! Not entirely, but the nationwide chicken sandwich chain is poised to capitalize on its consumers’ dietary needs with a new menu offering. Chick-fil-A announced on Monday that it will offer gluten-free buns at restaurants nationwide, after reportedly receiving positive feedback from test marketed areas in 2016. The gluten-free bun is made with ancient grains quinoa and amaranth and sweetened with molasses and raisins. “We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened,” said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A in a release on the company’s Chicken Wire. “Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu.” The new bun can be ordered with any of the restaurant’s sandwiches. But there is one catch. Customers who order the gluten-free buns will have to assemble their sandwiches themselves. According to…

Celebrities taking a bite out of the food world

It was announced last week that Walburgers, the burger restaurant chain co-founded by the famous Wahlberg brothers Mark and Donnie, will expand their restaurant empire once again — this time they have their meat hooks in Pittsburgh, with reportedly two locations opening up in the next year. The Boston-born brothers opened their first restaurant in their home city in 2011, but the chain has expanded to include locations in Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, Florida and Canada. But they’re not the only famous faces lending their celebrity status and financial firepower to please our stomachs. Here are 20 celebrities you didn’t know were in the restaurant biz. 1. Channing Tatum, Saints and Sinners (pictured) The New Orleans restaurant is decked out in contemporary bordello décor, a tribute to the Big Easy’s nightlife. Cocktails, specialty drinks and dirty martinis are in store for the bustling crowds. 2. Robert DeNiro, Nobu DeNiro opened Nobu…