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It’s been a tough week for the food and beverage industry. Yesterday, the owners of Pizzeria Uno announced that the chain was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to DailyFinance, one side effect of this is that the company might begin using cheaper ingredients in its pizza to trim its budget. Yuck.

Meanwhile, there’s trouble brewing overseas in the world of delicious Belgian beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer company in the world, announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs in Belgium. Apparently, the Belgian unions didn’t take too kindly to this, and are now protesting.

According to the BBC, this dispute has affected the production and distribution of beer in the country. Now, it seems that supplies of Stella Artois and Leffe, two of the signature Belgian brews, are running dangerously low in Belgium (though, so far, not outside the country.)

Maybe now is the time to stop and ask, what the heck is going on here? This is not the recession I signed up for. I assumed that as the economy got worse and people had less money, we’d all just live on pizza and beer until the world seemed more tolerable.

So is there any good news out there? Yes. Two words: Whopper Bars.

USA Today is reporting that Burger King will open up its first Whopper Bar next month in Florida, with the possibility of others in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. These bars will serve burgers and beers.

More from USA Today: “A brewski at the new Whopper Bar — served in special aluminum bottles to keep them extra cold — fetches $4.25. Or, order beer as part of a Whopper combo and your bill will be $7.99 — roughly $2 more than the same combo meal with a fountain drink.”

A beer and Whopper combo? I’m sold.

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