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America's Egg Shortage Threatens Austin's Breakfast Taco Supply

Bird flu is hitting U.S. industrial egg production hard, driving up costs for businesses and consumers.  
Delicious breakfast tacos at Magnolia Cafe.
Delicious breakfast tacos at Magnolia Cafe.C.C. Chapman/Flickr

The Magnolia Cafe moves a lot of breakfast. Both of its locations in Austin are open 24 hours a day, and both of them serve up migas, omelets, breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros—eggs any way you like—around the clock.

In fact, the Magnolia Cafe on South Congress goes through a whopping 14,760 eggs each and every week. “That’s what you call job security,” says Jeff Musgrave, floor manager for the restaurant.