5 Lunchtime Links: Red Lobster sales are up

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

1. Red Lobster experiences sales surge following Beyonce mention.

Popular seafood chain Red Lobster says it’s feeling as good about Beyonce as the singer probably generally feels about herself, after a mention in her new single “Formation” helped boost sales 33 percent from a year ago. The restaurant hasn’t been shy about admitting that Beyonce is at least in some part responsible for the jump in sales. “It’s clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that,” Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup said in a statement. The restaurant also became a trending topic on Twitter for the first time. Personally, we’re surprised those #biscuits haven’t created a Cheddar-Bay-buzz on their own.

2. You want fries with those sneakers?

What better way to profess your love of every Texan’s favorite orange-and-white burger chain than with your footwear? Texas sneakerheads got just what they ordered with these custom designed Whataburger Nike Dunk Lows from San Antonio-based Dank Customs. Although the restaurant first tweeted about the shoes in October, they’ve recently resurfaced on Reddit, and although you’re not likely to cop a pair (no matter how long you wait in line), they’re still pretty tasty.

3. What did UT look like in the ’80s?

Wondering what college would have looked like had you enrolled in 1988? Footage from “Hello, UT!” an orientation video for international UT students, features shots of a very retro-looking co-op, a Barbarella-like club called Flamingo’s and current Austin favorites like Barton Springs and Sixth Street (everyone’s favorite “place to shop”). Not without cheesy ’80s instrumental music or awkward scripted interactions, this video is a true 30-year-old gem.

4. David Cross, Maya Rudolph to perform during Moontower Comedy Fest.

“Arrested Development’s” David Cross will record his next comedy special “Making America Great Again” during the Moontower Comedy Fest at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday. The festival has also announced that Prince cover band Princess, headed by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, will perform, and tickets for the show will go on sale Thursday. Other performers include Martin Short and Maria Bamford.

5. “Friday Night Lights” reunion coming to Austin.

Coach Taylor and his Panthers are back. Entertainment Weekly recently reported that the cast of “Friday Night Lights” will be present at the ATX Television Festival this year, 10 years after the show first premiered. Although the specific cast members involved hasn’t yet been revealed, we expect to see Connie Britton’s hair and our very own Taylor Kitsch. The event is said to include “a pep rally, live music, tailgating activities, and photo ops.”

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