In an email, Moe's Southwest Grill President Bruce Schroder wrote: "Because everything on our menu is customizable, guests can create meals based on their unique tastes and lifestyles. We help them make informed decisions by being transparent about our ingredients through our online nutrition calculator and attributes that are posted on the walls of our restaurants."
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Au Bon Pain defended its presence, pointing out that it eliminated trans fats and posted calorie counts on its menus long before any laws required it.
"Au Bon Pain has always been committed to a balanced menu, with choices for everyone from the most health-conscious to someone in search of a little indulgence," said Maria Feicht, the chain's chief brand officer. "We have long been recognized as a pioneer in the healthful fast casual dining industry."
A spokesperson for the hospital insists McDonald's is not being singled out.
"All I can tell you is that there are many more changes to come. Can't provide specifics at this time. McDonald's is not singled out. They had a 20-year lease with us that expired," wrote Eileen Sheil, the clinic's executive director of corporate communications, in an email.
The location's owner/operator Turan Strange issued the following statement: "My family and employees have enjoyed serving the Cleveland Clinic community for the past 20 years. All of the employees at the clinic restaurant are being offered opportunities to continue working in other locations within my organization. We invite families and residents in the hospital community to visit our other Cleveland-area restaurants for the variety of balanced choices of food and beverages that we're proud to serve."