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Bojangles' feeds the fever on Facebook

Gotta, wanna, needa, getta … online presence these days? Oh, yes, chicken aficionados: Bojangles' has launched its official Facebook page. It's meant as a complement to unofficial groups devoted to the Charlotte-based chain, which proved quite the time drain for CEO Randy Kibler.

“I started reading them – the next thing you know, you've been there two hours,” he notes.

The new page is intended to promote the brand subtly – instead of advertising heavily with prices and the like – and includes some of the chain's commercials with Carolina Panthers Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith.

Pull around to the window, please

Some of McDonald's Chicago-based head honchos hit Concord last week for a tour of S&D Coffee, where a big ol' group donned hair nets – excuse us, “bouffant caps” – with their business suits and strolled the factory floor. Ronald McD's pals were there to talk beans, but we asked: When it's crunch time at the drive-through, what do they order?

Chief operating officer Jan Fields' choice: A filet-o-fish sandwich and unsweetened iced tea. President Don Thompson eats all over the menu, though his all-time favorite is a Big Mac combo. One of the company's newer additions has captured his fancy, too: “Now, I'm an iced coffee nut,” he joked. “Hook me up to an IV, and I'm ready.”

Duke shindigging with Democrats

Duke Energy is at the Democratic National Convention this week supporting organizations that run the gamut from politically popular to politically potent. The Charlotte-based utility is co-sponsoring events at the convention that support a literacy program, Rock the Vote, and rebuilding New Orleans.

It's also co-sponsoring a Distilled Spirits Council of the United States event for all Democratic members of Congress – the party that controls the fate of environmental bills Duke wants to influence next term.

They say it takes one to know one

Scene following the big United Way news conference uptown Tuesday, where the nonprofit's board officially gave Gloria Pace King the boot:

Holding court with reporters, high-profile King lawyer Bill Diehl denounced the board's move to not pay King's remaining retirement pay, calling it a “grandstand play.”

Later, a handful of United Way officials snickered. They noted that the comment came from a man who appeared on the cover of Business North Carolina magazine 10 years ago with his clothes off, red sheets pulled up over his bare chest.

And so forth

Fastest items in town!™: Uptown dining mogul Pierre Bader will open Pie Town, a joint venture with Johnson & Wales University's Peter Reinhart, on Sept. 6 at 710 W. Trade St. in the Gateway complex. The restaurant touts artisan pizza, “the kind that excites your imagination,” Reinhart says. Tim Groody, Bader's chef at Sonoma Modern American, also is part of the collaborative effort. … People invited to the Sept. 18 grand opening of the 1927 South Tryon Street building in South End will see something that's becoming more common in Charlotte: solar panels on the roof. They'll generate about 25 percent of the power to the 80,000-square-foot office condo building, for which Merrifield Partners' Mark Newell is seeking silver LEED certification.

staff reports

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