The Daily Dish: March 24, 2016

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Obama Family Dines at Local Havana Restaurant     

During President Obama’s key visit to Cuba, he and his family made a visit to a popular family-owned restaurant called San Cristóbal Paladar. Paladares are restaurants that are co-owned by Cuban families and the government. They were recently approved by the Cuban government under economic reforms that encourage small businesses. As for what the First Family ate: The president enjoyed steak on the grill, cooked medium-well with a side of vegetables. Michelle Obama ate sliced steak and drank wine, and their daughters ate steak and pork. Other notable VIPs that have visited the restaurant are Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who dined there during a visit to the country in 2013.

Fire Erupts at Junior’s Cheesecake in Grand Central

The sight of smoke coming out of Grand Central Terminal Wednesday afternoon caused some to panic given the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier in the day. But, as CBS New York reports, the fire was relatively minor and limited to the Junior’s Cheesecake kitchen in the station’s underground food hall. The fire began at around 2 p.m. and was under control by 2:30 pm. Though the fire itself was minor, thick plumes of smoke billowed out of the station and onto the streets, a sight captured by witnesses nearby.

Starbucks and Domino’s Close All Locations in Belgium Following Terrorist Attacks

The city of Brussels has all but shut down after the horrific terror attacks that shook both Brussels airport and a Metro transit station Tuesday. In light of the violence, Starbucks, Domino’s, and more local restaurants have made the decision to temporarily close all units in Belgium. The explosion inside the Brussels airport took place just outside a Starbucks and one employee was injured. In total, the death toll has climbed to 34 and the numbers of the injured swell into the triple digits as the entire country of Belgium is in mourning this week. Domino’s also closed its 30 Belgian locations.

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