Whataburger and Raising Cane's fell victim to the same problem as In-N-Out, although the two restaurant chains did remain open. (iStock/KDFW)
In-N-Out Burger isn’t the only restaurant getting burned by bad buns.
Following news that every Texas location of the fast-food chain had closed due to a lack of “normal, high-quality buns,” reports are emerging that Texas’ Whataburger and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers locations are also being plagued by the same issue.
In-N-Out closed all of its 37 Texas restaurants on Monday, after discovering that the buns provided to those locations did “not meet the quality standards that we demand.” A new shipment was expected Tuesday, though the stores remained closed through Wednesday.
In-N-Out customers across Texas found these signs hanging from the restaurants' doors earlier this week. (Bud Kennedy, 2018 Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
In the days since, however, Texas-based chain Whataburger confirmed that some its restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas would not be serving their usual Texas toast or buns due to an issue with their supplier.
"We voluntarily removed white buns and Texas Toast from some of our restaurants in the DFW area, East and West Texas, Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas because of a quality issue with one of our suppliers. There’s no health risk at all, rather an impact on our bun’s flavor caused by an unbalance in the yeast, and we want to make sure our customers get the best product," the restaurant said in a statement provided to Fox News on Thursday.
Whataburger restaurants, like this one in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, posted signs notifying customers of the bun issue. (KDFW)
Instead of closing affected locations, Whataburger offered to substitute the unavailable white buns with wheat buns or flour tortillas, and extended breakfast hours on Wednesday morning.
"We’re working hard to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible. We plan to have new 5-inch buns delivered to affected restaurants today. The 4-inch buns for the Whataburger Jr. and Texas Toast will follow very soon," added Whataburger.
Raising Cane's restaurants in the affected areas offered customers an extra side or chicken fingers while its Texas toast was unavailable. (KDFW)
Raising Cane’s, a chicken chain that operates 20 locations in Texas, had reportedly stopped serving Texas toast at all of them, but instead offered customers an additional side or chicken fingers as a consolation of sorts, reports KFOX, who dubbed the crisis "#Breadgate."
"At Raising Cane’s, we never sacrifice quality and because of this, our Texas restaurants are regrettably not serving our Texas toast. This is not a food safety issue. Our bread delivery did not meet our high quality standards for taste and therefore we are offering customers a substitution of another side item or additional chicken finger. We are hoping to have this resolved by [Thursday]," said Tommy Van Wolfe, vice president of Raising Cane's restaurants, in a statement issued Wednesday.
Representatives for Whataburger and Raising Cane's were not immediately available to confirm whether the bread issue would be resolved as of Thursday.