FREE FISH: Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar is offering free fish sandwiches during this year’s Lent season. Through Good Friday fans who dine with Primanti Bros. during the week are eligible to receive a free fish sandwich on their return on Friday. Visitors need to scan their receipt using the new Primanti Bros. Rewards app during the week and a coupon for the free sandwich will appear on Friday morning.
The new rewards app is available for iOS and Android users and is available in the App Store or the Google Play Store.
“Some people claim the biggest fish sandwich during Lent,” said Toni Haggerty of Primanti’s original location in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. “But we think we’re the only ones crazy enough to give it away for free.”
The details of the deal are pretty simple, officials noted. Guests should download the app, dine with Primanti Bros. and spend at least $5 on food between Saturday and Thursday and scan the receipt using the app. On Friday morning a coupon code will appear that’s good for a free fish sandwich.
“I’ve been working here for more than 40 years,” said Haggerty. “And this is the best deal we’ve ever had. There are a ton of places with a fish fry, but only one place for free fish.”
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Primanti Bros. has 43 locations, including three in Pittsburgh’s professional sports venues.
MERGER: WesBanco Inc. has received all necessary regulatory approvals for the merger between WesBanco and First Sentry Bancshares Inc. of Huntington.
Officials of WesBanco, which is based in Wheeling, announced the approval this week.
On Friday shareholders of First Sentry approved the merger through adoption of a previously announced agreement in which First Sentry Bancshares will merge with and into WesBanco.
“WesBanco and First Sentry expect that the closing of the merger will occur early in the second quarter of 2018,” officials said in a release.
WesBanco’s banking subsidiary, WesBanco Bank Inc., operates 172 financial centers in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In addition, WesBanco operates an insurance agency and a full service broker-dealer.
First Sentry Bancshares is a bank holding company with headquarters in Huntington.
Sliming: McDonald’s will soon banish cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.
Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid’s meal, but the fast-food company said that not listing them will reduce how often they’re ordered. Since it removed soda from the Happy Meal menu four years ago, orders for it with Happy Meals have fallen 14 percent, the company said.
The Happy Meal has long been a target of health advocates and parents who link it to childhood obesity. McDonald’s has made many tweaks over the years, including cutting the size of its fries and adding fruit. Most recently, it swapped out its apple juice for one that has less sugar.
Setting sights: FAO Schwarz, whose famous New York store was closed two years ago, is setting its sights on China as it continues its revival begun late last year.
The toy retailer said Thursday it will open locations in Beijing and Shanghai this year through a collaboration with China’s largest toy distributor, Kidsland. Kidsland will also open 30 smaller FAO Schwarz stores and shops in 200 department stores across China over the next five years.
FAO Schwarz also signed an agreement with Hudson Group, one of the largest travel retailers in North America, to open a chain of FAO Schwarz-branded airport shops in the U.S. and Canada. The first will open later this year.