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Business Thu Aug 14 2008
America is obsessed with Michael Phelps, the swimmer from Baltimore who's racking up gold medals in Beijing. From ruminations on his large feet and paddlelike hands to shock and awe at the amount of calories and carbs he ingests each day, the buzz on Phelps is building faster than a speeding swimmer.
Here in Chicago, local salad spot Dream Salad is planning to offer free salads from 11 am to 2 pm on Friday, August 22, if Phelps wins eight gold medals (which will top Mark Spitz's record of seven)--and if customers show up with a business card. Dream Salad owner Rich Levy is a former high-school swimmer, and he's excited that Phelps has reenergized the sport. (Dream Salad is part of the Salad Spinners chain, but the offer is only valid at 200 E. Randolph Street.)
Free pizzas would be more in line with Phelps's 12,000-calorie a day diet. The guy eats at least a pound of pizza a day, but not a lot of salad. Any pizza purveyors out there willing to sweeten the pot?