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Bertucci’s files for bankuptcy


Bertucci’s files for bankuptcy

Bertucci’s, the Northborough-based casual pizza chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday and announced plans to sell its business for around $20 million. An an affiliate of Chicago-based investment firm Right Lane Capital LLC is lined up as the lead bidder. The company will close 15 of its locations immediately as part of the filing, and said it intends to keep a total of 59 of its restaurants open for business. The company has already shuttered many of its Boston-area locations this year, including those in Faneuil Hall, Kenmore Square, and Wellesley. The full list of locations was not available at press time. The pizza chain, which started in Somerville’s Davis Square in 1981, currently employs over 4,200 people. — JANELLE NANOS


LA startup will link restaurants and Uber rides in Boston area

A Los Angeles-area startup looking to connect patrons with restaurants has picked Boston for its second market, formally launching in the Boston area last week with more than 100 local restaurants on board. Freebird Rides allows restaurants to pay for or partially subsidize customers’ Uber rides to their establishments. CEO Kurt Brendlinger started the company as a way for businesses to build customer loyalty. They pay Freebird a $2 per trip fee, but can choose how much of a ride’s cost they’re willing to subsidize. Brendlinger picked Boston in part because of its density, expensive parking, and tech-savvy consumers. — JON CHESTO


Domino’s to deliver to the outdoors

Domino’s, which has been bringing pizzas to doorsteps for more than half a century, will now deliver to the great outdoors. The pizza chain said Monday that its drivers can meet customers at US beaches, parks and landmarks to hand over pizza, cheesy bread, and other food on its menu. In all, Domino’s said it will deliver to 150,000 outdoor locations including under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; by the Las Vegas welcome sign; or next to a statue of soul singer James Brown in Augusta, Georgia. The locations show up in the company’s app or website as ‘‘Domino’s Hotspots.’’ — ASSOCIATED PRESS


GM discounts Cadillacs to keep people from buying Lincolns


In Cadillac and Lincoln showrooms, the battle of the behemoths is on. General Motors is stepping up its defense of the Escalade SUV, a cash cow for Cadillac and the company, by offering $10,000 discounts to some current customers to keep them from straying to Ford’s hot-selling new Lincoln Navigator. The nationwide deal applies to lessees of all 2016 model Escalades, and owners are being offered a $7,500 discount. The promotion runs through May 31, according to a memo GM sent dealers that was obtained by Bloomberg News. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Korean Air Lines suspends troublesome daughter of
its chairman

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Korean Air Lines said Monday it has suspended one of its chairman’s daughters from her marketing work after she threw a tantrum at a business meeting, triggering public outrage and a police investigation. The daughter, Cho Hyun-min, also known as Emily Cho, is the younger sister of another Korean Air executive whose onboard ‘‘nut rage’’ outburst delayed a flight in 2014. The flag carrier said Cho, a senior vice president, was suspended from work starting Monday. It said it will take further action following the police investigation. Cho allegedly hurled a cup of water at an ad agency official during a meeting last month. She later apologized on Facebook, saying the outburst was sparked by her passion for commercials. Cho oversaw the company’s marketing and commercials. Cho’s sister, Hyun-ah, achieved worldwide notoriety after delaying a flight at John F. Kennedy Airport over the way nuts were served. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Steve Wynn and ex-wife settle lawsuit

A six-year boardroom battle involving the company founded by embattled former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn and his ex-wife has been settled on the brink of a trial in Nevada state court. A judge dismissed prospective jurors Monday after attorneys told her the case had been dropped pending an undisclosed payment from Steve Wynn to Elaine Wynn. Lawyers declined to provide specifics outside court. They said details would be posted later in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Wynn Resorts Ltd. said in a statement that Elaine Wynn dropped claims against the company, and it made no payment under the agreement. The settlement came after Wynn Resorts reached a $2.4 billion settlement last month with the main plaintiff in the 2012 case, Japanese business tycoon Kazuo Okada. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Spending increases
in March

US consumers bounced back in March and bought more cars, furniture, and appliances after three months of declining retail sales. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.6 percent last month, the largest increase since November. Auto sales jumped 2 percent, the most in six months. Sales at retailers slipped in the first two months of this year as consumers pulled back after heavy spending during the winter holidays. Last month’s figures suggest Americans are returning to more free-spending ways. Easter holiday purchases also likely lifted spending. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


American Express to end its Plenti program

American Express is ending its frequent-shopper program Plenti, despite years of marketing and high-profile partners like RiteAid, ExxonMobil, and Macy’s. The Plenti program will end on July 10, the company announced in a tweet Monday. All Plenti points will expire on that date. Plenti was launched in mid-2015 to great fanfare as a frequent-shopper program that would involve multiple companies and brands, similar to other programs found in Europe. American Express even launched a Plenti credit card that would give customers Plenti points for each dollar they spent on the card. While American Express was able to partner with big brands at the beginning, the program lost several key members in 2017 like Macy’s and Chili’s and was considered to be on life support. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


About 207 million eggs recalled over suspected salmonella


About 207 million eggs supplied by a North Carolina farm are being recalled after more than 20 consumers became ill from suspected salmonella poisoning. The eggs from a Rose Acre Farms facility in Hyde County, N.C., may be contaminated with a form of salmonella, which can cause serious infection, the US Food and Drug Administration said in an April 13 statement. They were sold under several brand names to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.