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Business briefing: New Lebanon establishment to make coffee, tea and brew, too

The recent void left by Fezziwig’s Marketplace in Lebanon will soon be filled by a new establishment that offers coffee, tea, beer and wine.

Brickstreet Brew is planning to occupy 220 W. St. Louis St. When the doors open Aug. 10, the new cafe will also serve espressos and homemade sweets.

Fezziwig’s left Lebanon earlier this month for a new locale at 225 W. First St. in O’Fallon.

Brickstreet will open at 7 a.m. on Aug. 10 and will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Chicken Fries have boosted Burger King’s bottom line. The recent entry into the burger chain’s menu has helped account for a recent 7.9 percent boost in sales during the second quarter, while competitor McDonald’s recorded a 2 percent drop during the quarter. Burger King returned the deep-fried chicken fries to its menu earlier this year after initially and briefly introducing them three years ago. Read more here.

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Speaking of fast food, New York’s wage board is expected to endorse a $15 minimum wage for these restaurant workers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the wage hike that would be phased in over three years in New York City and in six years elsewhere across the state. The state’s $8.75 minimum wage is already scheduled to rise to $9 by the end of the year. Learn more here.

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Railroads are reporting less profit as coal shipments drop. Norfolk Southerns has recorded a 23 percent drop in second-quarter profit while both the Union Pacific and CSX railroads had similar declines. Norfolk Southern’s $433 million net income, or $1.41 per share, is down from $562 million, or $1.79 per share, a year ago. Find more here.

-Will Buss, BND business writer

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