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  • Agitated Customer Leaves Note Expressing Feelings Against Tipping Servers

    06/05/2014 9:39:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 98 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 06/04/2014 | By Dominic Kelly
    A picture circulating online shows what appears to be a note left for a server at a restaurant in which the customer rants about why they decided not to leave a tip. Although the source of the letter has not been confirmed or reported, the picture has angered people all over, with many saying that a liberal-minded person had to be responsible for writing it. “I do not tip anywhere because the law governing tipping causes pay inequality between servers and kitchen staff,” wrote the anonymous tipper. “My meal was made possible by an entire team of kitchen staff,...
  • Two Chains Ask Diners to Keep Guns out of Restaurants

    06/01/2014 6:26:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    NewsMax / Reuters ^ | June 1, 2014
    Two national chain restaurants have asked that customers refrain from bringing firearms into their establishments, saying the weapons can create an uncomfortable atmosphere for other diners. Sonic Drive-In and Chili's Grill & Bar both issued statements Friday requesting that customers keep their guns out of their restaurants even if they have an open carry permit. The request, which stops short of an outright ban, came after members of the gun-rights group Open Carry Texas walked into Texas outlets of Sonic and Chili's carrying assault rifles. Dallas-based Brinker International, which owns the Chili's chain, said in a statement it was dedicated...
  • California: CEOs Rate It Worst U.S. Business Climate For 8 Years Running

    03/21/2014 7:02:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/21/2014 | Carson Bruno
    California's economy continues to experience a tepid recovery since the Great Recession. One reason why: according to CEO Magazine, California has had the worst business climate in the nation for the last eight years, due in no small part to policies out of Sacramento.Any economic growth in the Golden State is largely driven from the continued tech boom in Silicon Valley - although even it may not be immune to California's poor business climate. Depending on how one categorizes "small businesses"- typically, either fewer than either 50 or 100 employees - as of the 3rd quarter of 2012, between 96%...
  • California Republican lawmakers call for immigration reform

    09/12/2013 5:57:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A group of Republican California lawmakers are breaking with their party's skepticism over immigration reform and asking the U.S. Congress to give immigrants a path to citizenship to help their state's heavy dependence on migrant labor for agriculture and construction. Flanked by representatives of the state's agricultural, construction and restaurant industries, 16 Republican state senators and assembly members joined a national push to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • Alarming News From Restaurants Pushing Unhealthy Meals to Public Housing

    04/10/2014 3:30:44 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 52 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-10 | Dr. Harold Mandell
    Findings that unhealthy meals are being pushed by restaurants in public housing developments are disturbing. Clearly, good nutrition is the single most important initial factor for good health in body and mind. The finding that there are not as many healthy meals served in restaurants in public housing developments as elsewhere implies the health and lives of poor people in such instances are being sacrificed for quick profits by such unscrupulous businesses. Restaurants in public housing development neighborhoods offer less healthy entresResearchers decided to compare restaurant marketing by restaurant and neighborhood type, reports the American Journal of Health Behavior. In...
  • Restaurants Would Have to Handle Customers with Food Allergies Under Md. Proposal

    03/22/2014 8:39:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 111 replies
    Crofton Patch ^ | March 18, 2014 | Deb Belt
    A new Maryland bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers. Is the measure needed? County governments may soon have authority to make restaurants accommodate customers with food allergies. A new bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers, reports WJLA TV. The bill would also require restaurants statewide to encourage customers to notify servers about their food allergies. The Senate passed the measure 33-14 Monday evening. A similar bill is pending in a House committee....
  • First Big Gulp, Now Bottomless Bloody Marys: New York Bans Boozy Brunches

    02/28/2014 10:04:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | February 26, 2014 | Evan Bernick
    For many, bottomless drinks are the cornerstone of any delicious (if not nutritious) urban brunch.  But the New York State Liquor Authority is determined to kill boozy brunchers’ buzz.Yes, the state of the soda ban is cracking down on more than calorie consumption. The NYC Hospitality Alliance sent out an alert Monday to its member restaurants reminding them of a prohibition against “selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price.”Is the State Liquor Authority seriously enforcing this prohibition?  Unfortunately, the answer is “yes.” The New York...
  • Uproar over ObamaCares menu rules

    02/19/2014 8:54:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Goad
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to finalizing a rule requiring calorie labels on vending machines and at restaurants and similar retail food establishments. Proposed in 2011, the regulations stem from the Affordable Care Act and are designed to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress intent and...
  • Dead Frog Found in Salad From Chain Sandwich Shop

    12/31/2013 10:57:49 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013
    A sandwich restaurant chain says it's looking into how a dead frog got into a customer's salad in Manhattan Monday. The customer found the small frog in her salad from a Pret A Manger store on 47th Street and Sixth Avenue, according to her colleague Kathryn Lurie, who photographed it and posted it to the photo-sharing app Instagram. Lurie, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, said on Twitter her co-worker wanted to remain anonymous but that "she was pretty shaken, understandably." It's not clear how the frog got into the salad. Pret said in a statement: "Our lettuce is...
  • America's 10 Most Expensive Restaurants

    12/08/2013 9:57:30 AM PST · by Kip Russell · 101 replies
    Yahoo! Shine ^ | May 22, 2012 | The Daily Meal
    Determining which restaurants in the nation offer the steepest prices is a tricky task. Most of the restaurants on this list serve the rarest, most premium, and freshest ingredients available, from kitchens run by chefs with expert levels of craftsmanship and artistry, in dining rooms with an exceptional quality of service provided by the front of house staff. But regardless of the justifications, the fact remains that the restaurants on this list are outrageously pricey. To arrive at the top 25 we compiled a list of restaurants commonly known for being outrageously expensive (such as Masa, which is known for...
  • Food Police Will Soon Hit Businesses with Pointless Regulations

    11/22/2013 10:47:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | November 20, 2013 | Drew Johnson
    A. Barton Hinkle, a Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and Reason magazine contributor, wrote a fascinating and chilling column this week about the Food and Drug Administration expensive and burdensome new menu labeling scheme. The regulations will dictate the disclosure of calorie counts for foods sold in restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bakeries, coffee shops, and even gas stations, according to Hinkle. And those businesses will pay a hefty price to comply with the policy. The federal government figures the rules will cost more than $1 billion and require more than 14.5 million hours of labor to meet. The calorie posting regulations, which...
  • Gas station restaurants are becoming the next big thing in cuisine

    10/01/2013 9:32:32 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2013 | Michael S. Rosenwald
    Gas stations have not historically inspired confidence as palate pleasers. Day-old (or longer) doughnuts or hot dogs rolling (and rolling) on a spinner grill come to mind. But across the Washington region, there are at least a dozen eateries serving delectable, sometimes organic, fare near the pump. Theres Korean bibimbap in Wheaton, authentic Mexican in Jessup, Thai in Leesburg and Latin American in the District. Corned Beef King cooks its meat for 11 hours. Gas station cuisine is partly being driven by popular food truck operators Corned Beef King started as a truck in 2011 seeking permanent locations...
  • Chipotle's Kinda Brilliant Brave New World Propaganda Film for Chicken Tortilla Soup

    09/18/2013 3:02:56 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 9/18/2013 | Ace
    David Harsanyi calls it "preposterous," which I suppose is true enough, but then, it's an advertisement... It's not so much that the ad is preposterous as that it's so... Ruthless. The ad essentially calls all of Chipotle's competitors murderers and pedophiles. It really pushes the line as far as disparaging competitors. It's one thing to do a cooked-up Taste Test. But this employs all the tricks of the greatest propaganda medium ever created -- moving pictures + sound -- and mixes them together with what Harsanyi suggests is food paranoia to attack all fast-food rivals as monsters. I find it...
  • Taco Bell Expanding Test of Waffle Taco

    08/10/2013 8:39:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Time Magazine / The Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2009 | Candice Choi
    Taco Bell says its expanding its small test of waffle tacos, as it prepares to take its breakfast menu national sometime next year. The fast-food chain says the waffle taco, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup, was the top seller during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where they were tested earlier this year. Now the company wants to see how it would fare on a bigger scale; the waffle tacos and a full breakfast menu will be expanded to about 100 restaurants in Fresno, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; and Chattanooga, Tenn., starting Thursday.....
  • why are you hating my cooking so much?????? (Too many Mods spoil the ZOT)

    08/10/2013 2:35:35 PM PDT · by amybouzaglo · 511 replies
    today | Amy and Sammy Bouzaglo
    I discovered this website while looking to see what the bullies and haters are doing against me and my husband and I found this website and all the horrable things you all have been saying just because Gordon Ramsay lies about me. None of you have ever even been to my restarant before and never even tasted my food. YOU NEVER DID SO WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BULLY AND HATE? MY FOOD IS NOT FROZEN! GORDON NEVER EVEN TRIED MY CAKE! WHY AM I AN EVIL WITCH??? WHO ARE YOU TO THINK YOU CAN GO ON THE INTERNET AND...
  • Vanity: Obama supporters angry at Chattanooga restaurant

    07/30/2013 5:15:43 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 40 replies
    Apparently, one of the local TV stations reported that Bea's Restaurant refused to serve President Obama when he was in Chattanooga today. The owner says the president's people did call and ask him to provide some catered food. But the restaurant is closed on Tuesday's, so he turned them down. Apparently, this has become a bit of a controversy, and they had people calling them racist on their Facebook page. The owner tried to explain that the same thing happened back when George H.W. Bush was president and they weren't making any political statement either time. He just thought his...
  • IT BEGINS Trayvon Supporters Leave Nasty Notes Instead of Tips at FL Restaurants

    07/18/2013 1:27:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 198 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/18/13 | Jim Hoft
    Now, Florida waiters, who have nothing to do with the Trayvon Martin decision, are being punished for the Zimmerman verdict. At least, that is what happened at one Florida restaurant. Diners leave no tip because of Trayvon verdict. No Justice No Tip
  • Restaurant Lays Off Workers Via Text

    07/16/2013 4:18:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    The Daily Meal ^ | Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:56 AM | Jessica Chou, Editor
    How touching: A restaurant owner in Winter Park, Fla., decided to tell all his workers that they'd lost their job without prior notice, and all via a mass text message. That's harsher than a text breakup. WFTV reports that the restaurant, Barducci's Italian Bistro, shut down without prior notice earlier this month. The owner, Gregory Kennedy, sent out a mass text to employees on the Fourth of July, saying, "I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close Barducci's effective immediately."
  • WSJ: Restaurants are increasingly moving to part-time hiring

    07/15/2013 1:44:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/15/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    As I mentioned last week, even that most excellent of all grocery stores, Wegmans — much like many other businesses — is adjusting to the new costs of doing business directly imposed on them by ObamaCare, and is now preparing to nix their longtime practice of voluntarily offering health insurance options to part-time employees who work even just 20+ hours/week. In that same vein, the “Affordable” Care Act has made hiring part-time employees (i.e., those who work less than the 30 hours over which employers will be required to provide health insurance) over full-time employees an increasingly attractive option for...
  • The death threats, the rows and a scandal over unpaid tips: ......(Amy's Baking Company)

    07/12/2013 7:55:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    mail online ^ | Sara Nathan
    FULL TITLE: EXCLUSIVE - The death threats, the rows and a scandal over unpaid tips: The most infamous couple from Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares take on their critics The most infamous couple ever to star on Gordon Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares have told how they were left fearing for their lives after being subjected to death threats following their TV debut. Millions watched as fiery chef Ramsay walked out on Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, who own Amys Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a string of rows while filming the Fox reality show. Having been accused of stealing their staffs tips...
  • Harry Lewis dies at 93; launched Hamburger Hamlet chain (he was also an actor)

    06/11/2013 8:24:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 10, 2013 | Rene Lynch
    As an actor, Harry Lewis took second billing to the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, most notably in the 1948 film noir "Key Largo." But he found his own starring role as a Los Angeles restaurateur who helped usher in the concept of the "gourmet burger" when he launched the ground-breaking Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain, among others.
  • Ice in six out of ten restaurants has more bacteria than water from toilets

    06/05/2013 4:50:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ben Ellery
    The ice served in six out of ten of Britains most popular high street restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in their toilets, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found. Scientific tests have shown that ice from branches of McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Cafe Rouge and Nandos all had higher levels of bacteria than samples of water taken from their lavatory bowls. Experts say it could be due to them being cleaned more often than the ice machines. None of the samples found presented an immediate health danger, but four contained such high levels of...
  • Shocker: AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver

    05/20/2011 7:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    sa ^ | May 20, 2011 | Rob Port
    Outside of the unions, there was perhaps no group more ardent in its support of Obamacare than the AARP. The advocacy group spent $121 million on advertising in favor of Obamacare, and millions more lobbying for it on Washington DC. But now AARPs insurance business, Medigap which competes with Medicare Advantage (a program AARP lobbied to have hamstrung by OBamacare), just got a waiver from complying with the law. ... Keep in mind, again, that AARP is set to rake in billions in profits now that Obamacare has effective knocked Medicare Advantage out of the market.
  • Restaurants Debate Gun Control

    04/12/2013 7:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    FSR Magazine ^ | The January 2013 Issue | Daniel P. Smith
    Diners at the Esquire Club in Madison, Wisconsin, may be packing heat, but owner John Kavanaugh has no intention of restricting handgun-toting customers from entering his 300-seat establishment. In 2011, Wisconsin became the latest state to adopt right to carry legislation. Carrying rights are now a reality in every state except Illinois, while only six statesMaine, Louisiana, North Dakota, Illinois, and both Carolinasclaim a complete ban on guns in restaurants. While each states legislation possesses its own language and nuance, from licensing requirements to open or concealed carry permits, many states grant restaurant operators the ability to post their establishmentthat...
  • California Bill Could Shut Down Small Restaurants

    04/11/2013 8:46:03 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 79 replies
    The State of California has one of the worst proposals of any legislature in the country this year with a new bill that would force every restaurant and food service business in the state to commission an expensive "risk assessment" test for every menu item. Such a test could cost thousands of dollars for every food item sold. This outrageous and cost prohibitive testing would certainly cause all but the biggest chain restaurants to go out of business almost instantly. In another exercise in nanny-statism, California's State Senate Democrats want this "risk assessment" conducted to determine whether food being sold...
  • Food Regulations of the Future? A sneak preview of the coming War on Obesity.

    03/30/2013 4:38:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3.29.13 | MARTA H. MOSSBURG
    March 29, 2020 The federal government today announced new regulations for buying fast food. Starting June 1, upon entering a national fast food chain restaurant or before ordering via a drive-thru each patron must undergo a Body Mass Index (BMI) analysis. The score will determine portion sizes for adults and children and restrict the options available. Scores are: underweight, normal, overweight, obese and morbidly obese. Automated tickets issued from the machines will be color coded to alert servers of a patrons options. If a person is obese, for example, he or she will only be able to order sugar-free drinks...
  • FDA head says menu labeling 'thorny' issue

    03/12/2013 9:11:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2013 | Associated Press
    Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines. Writing a new menu labeling law "has gotten extremely thorny," says the head of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it. The 2010 health care law charged the FDA with requiring restaurants and other establishments that serve food to put calorie counts on menus and in vending machines.
  • Effective marketing on a shoestring budget

    03/07/2013 1:13:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Pizza Marketplace ^ | March 5, 2013 | Alicia Kelso
    Mobile, digital, radio, TV, billboards and mailings all have their perks, but restaurant marketing doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Fox's Pizza franchisee Scott Anthony has been searching for the right balance for the past two decades. He offered some approaches that have worked for his business during a recent educational session titled "Marketing on a Shoestring Budget." Getting started, he says, means building a "USP." "A 'Universally Selling Position' is a statement that emphasizes your strengths to your community. You have to be more than a generality," Anthony said. For example, Domino's is known for delivery, while...
  • Traffic Slump at Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn; Smaller Plates, Cheaper Items at Olive Garden

    03/04/2013 11:31:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    High gasoline prices coupled with 2% payroll tax hikes is going to take a bite out of restaurant sales this year. For some chains the slump has already started. Consider Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steak House. Darden Restaurant Traffic is down an average 4.5, with Red Lobster leading the pack down 7.5%. Smaller Plates, Cheaper Items at Olive Garden At Olive Garden, Smaller, Cheaper Plates are on the way, along with new uniforms including a more contemporary black button-down shirt and black slacks. Don't worry, endless breadsticks remain. Olive Garden is also creating a...
  • Olive Garden Owner Darden Restaurants Warns on 3rd Quarter (Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse)

    02/23/2013 2:05:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Darden Restaurants (DRI), struggling to draw more customers into its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, said Friday that its third-quarter profit could fall below Wall Street's expectations and cut its outlook for the year. The Orlando, Fla.-based chain has tried to revamp menus and marketing for its flagship chains. But revenue at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse locations open at least one year is expected to fall 4.5 percent in the quarter ending Feb. 24, indicating those efforts have yet to pay off...
  • Family sues Golden Corral over ADA

    02/22/2013 10:34:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 49 replies
    WESTLAND, Mich., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The owners of a Michigan buffet restaurant are being sued in federal court for allegedly kicking out a family whose children suffer from a rare skin disorder. A lawsuit filed Wednesday against a Westland Golden Corral alleges the restaurant's owners, Kirit and Shakuntla Patel, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to serve the family, The Detroit News reported. The lawsuit alleges that restaurant manager David Robinson approached the family and asked Duford "What is wrong with your baby?" Duford said nothing was wrong and informed the manager about the skin disease. "She...
  • Parents' shock after restaurant bill shows $4 discount for their 'Well Behaved Kids'

    02/07/2013 10:14:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 50 replies
    mailonline ^ | Lydia Warren
    A Washington couple were left stunned after their server handed them the bill for their family's dinner - and they saw they had been given a $4 discount for their 'Well Behaved Kids'. Laura King and her husband took their three children, aged two, three and eight, to an Italian restaurant in Poulsbo to enjoy an early-evening meal last Friday. As they tucked into their feast of pizza, pasta and mushroom ragu, the family discussed planets, racecars, zebra jokes, and commented on the warm decor of the restaurant, Mrs King said. 'They were just being their normal selves,' she told...
  • Chicago Restaurant Barbecues Kangaroo, Alligator

    02/03/2013 10:01:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Holly Bentz
    Three eateries in Chicago's River North neighborhood highlight robatayaki. Yet one has kicked things up a bit on the robata grill, venturing into the realm of delectable and unusual food for Chicagoans. What Is Robatayaki? What exactly is robatayaki? Robatayaki is Japanese-style barbecue -- seafood, meat, and vegetables are grilled over a hot flame of charcoals, called the robata grill. Folklore chronicles this food preparation back to the 1600s in northern Japan. 

 River North Restaurants Trending With a Robata Grill In Chicago's River North, a trio of Chicago restaurants within a 1-mile radius proffer sushi and foods prepared on...
  • Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid in America

    02/02/2013 6:16:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 197 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 1, 2013 | Chelsea Welch, former waitress
    An Applebee's diner refused to leave a tip for religious reasons. The waitress who exposed it wonders if Jesus will pay her bills. I was a waitress at Applebee's restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on Reddit.com of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke. This didn't even happen at my table. The note was left for another server, who allowed me to take a picture of it at the end of the night. Someone had scribbled on the receipt, "I give God...
  • Meet the Animal Rights Movements Rich Aunt (PETA & PCRM 'sugar momma')

    10/22/2009 2:21:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 377+ views
    The deceptively named Cancer Project animal-rights group is at it again. This time its target isnt hot dog makers, but grilled-chicken servers. The group, a branch of the PETA-linked Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), filed a lawsuit in Connecticut yesterday against three restaurant chains demanding warnings about a supposed link between grilled chicken and cancer. As we told the media, PCRM is nothing more than an animal rights front for pushing vegan activism, which is funded primarily by a single rich donor. Since 2003, PCRM and the Cancer Project have derived 60 percent of their budgets from a...
  • NYT Staff Held Party at Guy Fieris New Times Square Restaurant Prior to Scathing Review in Paper

    11/17/2012 5:54:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | JOYCE CHEN
    The most recent development in the ongoing verbal sparring between New York Times dining critic Pete Wells and TV food personality Guy Fieri has escalated the bickering to a whole new level of unseemliness.Awkward, party of one! The most recent development in the ongoing verbal sparring between New York Times dining critic Pete Wells and TV food personality Guy Fieri has escalated the bickering to a whole new level of unseemliness. After Fieri defended himself to the dining community at large during an interview on the Today show Thursday, a panel of experts comprised of Star Jones, Donny Deutsch...
  • Florida restaurant owner to add an ObamaCare surcharge

    11/15/2012 5:47:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 15, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Just telling it like it is I like his style. Per Politico: John Metz, a restaurant franchisor who operates 48 locations of Hurricane Grill & Wings, several dozen Dennys locations and a few Dairy Queens, told The Huffington Post Thursday that hed join the growing list of restaurateurs piling purported Obamacare costs onto their customers and staff. In his case, though, hes going to label it so all of his customers know about it. If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices....
  • What Happened to the American Middle-Class Meal?

    10/21/2012 9:07:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Time magazine ^ | October 17, 2012 | Josh Ozersky
    Living in a big city, as I do, it isnt hard for me to spend a lot on dinner. One big meal, and you can find yourself over $200 poorer, just for two people. Of course, it isnt hard for me to spend very little on dinner either. I got fried pork chops and pork fried rice sent to me from the local Chinese takeout last night, and the whole meal cost me something like nine dollars. What is hard to get is a meal for $50 or so, and that seemingly innocuous fact speaks to an insidious trend not...
  • Sausage or pepperoni? Pizza Hut offers free pies for life to the voter who asks the question

    10/09/2012 2:00:41 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 44 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/9/12 | Kiriten A. Lee
    The crucial question must be asked of President Obama and Mitt Romney during the live telecast of next week's town hall-style debate at Hofstra University. Is sausage or pepperoni the new boxers or briefs? Pizza Hut is offering free pies for life to the brave voter who asks the White House contenders which of the two favorite toppings they prefer during the next presidential debate. "We recognize there are a lot of serious issues to be debated, but we also know a lot less serious but no less important ones are being discussed every night inside houses across...
  • The Obama 30 Hour Work Week (vanity)

    10/09/2012 5:59:34 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    A consequence of Obamacare. Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster) is cutting all of its workers to 30 hours to avoid having them fall under Obamacare requirements. 185,000 people with less hours. But think of all the new part time jobs Obama is creating! Many other companies will do the same.
  • Because I Said So

    09/01/2009 8:17:59 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 13 replies · 1,123+ views
    The Tusk (F.K.A. Right Up Front.org) ^ | 09/01/2009 | Katy Loraley
    Michelle Roberts, AP writer writes in her piece San Antonio, restaurants fight fat by cooperating that San Antonio health officials, along with the help of the of our beloved Major Julian Castro, and the San Antonio Restaurant Association have decided to change the way food is consumed in this city. They are targeting local eateries and encouraging (read: threatening) them to offer healthier meal options, lest the restaurant be faced with future regulations or fines for non-compliance. The argue that the city is "getting heavier" and this is a viable options to combat that. Lest we succumb to the ravages...
  • Lost, Then Found: New York Classics

    07/31/2012 2:31:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 31, 2012 | MIMI SHERATON
    TRAVELING in the United States, one often encounters food proudly touted as authentically New York, including pizza, hot dogs, cheesecake, Manhattan clam chowder, pastrami and loaves of rye. Sadly, such honorifics almost always prompt invidious comparison, resulting in a good laugh if not a few homesick tears. I still recall biting into a bialy about 15 years ago at the Broadway Deli, a favorite in Santa Monica, Calif., that closed in 2010. I was doing research on that scrunchy, savory Jewish-Polish onion roll. Identified as a New York bialy, its rubbery, pale appearance was fair warning. It came as no...
  • Lidia's: The Search for New York Nirvana in Kansas City

    07/31/2012 2:09:15 PM PDT · by Jeanette Pryor · 2 replies
    Jeanette Pryor ^ | July 31, 2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    My husband was so homesick for Brooklyn that I resolved to find a New York-style restaurant here in Kansas City, a sort of home away from home. It would have to serve real Italian food, employ very loud waiters and feature at least one New York accent. In such a place an exile might find relief from the excesses of politeness, tranquility and non-homicidal drivers that plague the Midwest. Research beat a quick path to Lidias owned by the star of P.B.S.s famed Lidias Italy. For weeks I poured over every cookbook the woman ever published. Culled from Kansas Citys...
  • Lidia's: The Search for New York Nirvana in Kansas City

    07/31/2012 2:09:12 PM PDT · by Jeanette Pryor · 28 replies
    Jeanette Pryor ^ | July 31, 2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    My husband was so homesick for Brooklyn that I resolved to find a New York-style restaurant here in Kansas City, a sort of home away from home. It would have to serve real Italian food, employ very loud waiters and feature at least one New York accent. In such a place an exile might find relief from the excesses of politeness, tranquility and non-homicidal drivers that plague the Midwest. Research beat a quick path to Lidias owned by the star of P.B.S.s famed Lidias Italy. For weeks I poured over every cookbook the woman ever published. Culled from Kansas Citys...
  • New Friendly's CEO John Maguire wants chain to get back to basics

    07/30/2012 4:02:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Friendlys future is going to look a lot like its past its distant past according to new CEO John M. Maguire. Itll be a future focused on ice cream and food standbys like Big Beefs, melts, fries and Fishamajigs, coupled with about five standard breakfast items. Gone will be menu items that Maguire said just dont fit with the consumers notion of Friendlys: the bourbon barbecue chicken, the quesadilla. We have to focus on what our core customer wants, he said. Im not sure anyone comes to Friendlys for barbecue. But we have barbecue items on the menu....
  • Restaurant Gets Around Foie Gras Ban By Gifting It To Customers

    07/16/2012 1:34:19 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 16, 2012 | By Chris Morran
    The list of clever end runs around California's recent ban on the sale of foie gras continues to grow. First it was the restaurant that claimed exemption from the law because it's in a national park. Now comes an eatery that says the ban doesn't stop a business from giving foie gras away to customers. The owner of Chez TJ in Mountain View, CA, says he hasn't bought any new foie gras since the ban went in to effect on July 1, but that he did stockpile it in advance of that date so that he could later include it...
  • Good Taste: Hell on a Plate

    04/06/2012 11:48:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 6, 2012 | Tamara Palmer
    Food news and views on the Bay Area's most surprising flavorsThe perception of a meal ahead can be highly influenced by what's on the menu. Presupposing that it is clean and relatively free of unappetizing spelling errors, what's most important is that a little bit of care has gone into how food is worded. There's a trend amongst high-end restaurants to just describe the barest elements of a dish on the menu ("Beef, Kumquat, Pine Cone") and leave the rest up to the diner's imagination. Others overdescribe so that there are absolutely no surprises. It's all a delicate balance, though:...
  • Used kitchen grease is thieves' latest target

    03/17/2012 12:29:54 AM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | Ellen Huet
    Slick-fingered Bay Area thieves are stealing restaurants' used kitchen grease, a product that six years ago was so worthless that some restaurant owners would illegally dump it down the drain instead of paying for proper disposal. The leftover cooking oil, yellow grease, is the easiest material to turn into biodiesel. And as the alternative fuel's popularity has increased, so has its selling price, making it a target for thieves willing to go through the trouble of pumping or siphoning the grease out of storage barrels. "It's liquid gold," said Daniel Rugg, director of engineering at the Four Seasons hotel in...
  • Olive Garden tries to woo back customers after falling into a rut

    01/25/2012 8:25:29 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 98 replies
    McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers ^ | January 23, 2012 | Sandra Pedicini
    With sales slipping, Olive Garden is trying to win back customers who have fallen out of love with the nation's largest Italian chain. It is a major challenge for Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other brands.
  • State Alcohol Control Law Expensive, Unfair, Ineffective

    12/08/2011 11:21:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    The recent release of Ken Burns Prohibition documentary has raised many good questions about the subject of alcohol control. For Michigan, the questions are timely. Gov. Rick Snyders 21-member Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee will soon present its ideas for alcohol control reform, and would be wise to think and reform boldly. Michigans laws and rules governing alcohol control have been treated like the play things of politicians and powerful special interests for decades. They are not as protective of public safety as neo-prohibitionists want people to believe, and are actually protectionist in many ways, treating different businesses and people...