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Mario Batali steps down amid sexual harassment accusations

The high-profile chef and restaurateur Mario Batali on Monday stepped down from operations of B&B Hospitality Group following allegations that he sexually harassed four women, according to a report in Eater New York. 

The women, including three who worked for Batali in the past, shared stories of being groped and touched inappropriately, the report said.

Starbucks launches another extreme LTO

Well, the Seattle-based coffee giant is at it again with the Christmas Tree Frappuccino, which is a red-and-green blend starting with a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino — a seasonal flavor already on the menu — that’s garnished with a “tree” of whipped cream colored with matcha, a caramel drizzle “garland,” candied cranberry “ornaments” and a strawberry on top. It was launched yesterday and is only available at participating locations in the United States and Canada until Monday, Dec. 11, unless they run out sooner.

Pizza Hut passes 9,000 units abroad with Mumbai opening

Pizza Hut has pushed past 9,000 international units with the opening of new restaurant earlier this month in Mumbai, India, the company said Monday.

The Plano, Texas-based pizza division of Yum! Brands Inc. said the Mumbai restaurant, which opened about two weeks ago, offers delivery as well as a dine-in option in a design with an open kitchen. Pizza Hut has 16,500 restaurants worldwide.