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New Burger joint to spring up in South Florida! Print
Friday, 05 December 2014 13:24

Bizjournals.com - A Central Florida restaurateur has signed a deal to bring Wahlburgers – a Boston-based fast-casual burger concept owned by brothersPaul, Donnie andMark Wahlberg– to the Sunshine State.

Manny Garcia, known for former Central Florida restaurants like Pebbles and Harvey's Bistro, will open 20 Wahlburgers locations in Florida over the next several years,Orlando food blogger Scott Joseph reports. Thefranchise agreement was officially announced this morning. Continue

 
Teen not Fired for asking for time off for cancer treatment! Print
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:49

Chicago-based restaurant chain appears to have shifted into damage control this week following a report that one of its employees was fired after asking for time off in order to undergo surgery as part of his cancer treatment.

In an interview with NBC Chicago that first aired Saturday, 19-year-old Jonathan Larson, a delivery driver at Rosebud Restaurants’ location in Naperville, Illinois, claimed he was fired by his employer after he told the restaurant he would need to take six weeks off from his job for back surgery related to his diagnosis with cancer of the brain and spine.

“[My manager] said, ‘No, by that time I’ll already have another driver hired. Just leave, I have to make some phone calls,” Larson told NBC. “I’m really disappointed and saddened by it. It’s not something I can help.” Continue http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/24/rosebud-restaurant-fires-teen-with-cancer_n_6214182.html

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Restaurant sued for $10 million for noise and garlic smell!! Print
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:45

Dailymail.uk -

Mario Batali's Italian restaurant, Babbo, is being sued for $10 million by one of its neighbors over smell and noise complaints. 

Nurretin Akgul, who lives next-door to the star-studded eatery in Manhattan's trendy West Village, says he cannot sleep due to the kitchen's pungent garlic odors and noisy air conditioners.

He told the New York Post: 'I can smell everything they cook, the garlic, and when they use chemicals to clean the exhaust dust we get the stuff in our windows. It's really a nuisance.'  

Bad neighbor: Mario Batali's popular New York City restaurant Babbo is being sued for $10 million by a neighbor for being so loud and smelly

Bad neighbor? Mario Batali's popular New York City restaurant Babbo is being sued for $10 million by a neighbor for being too loud and smelly

The suit alleges that Mr Akgul is having trouble sleeping because of the 'unrelenting vibrations and a chronic hum' from the restaurant's air conditioners. 

Mr Akgul says 'the humming is so intense, I cannot even open my window in the back.'

According to the suit, Mr Batali applied for a special permit required for a commercial eatery in a residential neighborhood last year.

 

Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2847859/Celebrity-loved-restaurant-owned-Mario-Batali-sued-10-million-neighbor-garlic-smell-noisy-air-conditioners.html#ixzz3K4mL1qqm
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Drunk Florida man arrested at Taco Bell drive-through provides saddest Mug shot ever! Print
Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:11

 

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OrlandoSentinel.com An  intoxicated New Smyrna Beach bicyclist was arrested and charged with resisting an officer with violence in an early morning incident at a Taco Bell drive-through,The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Police arrived at the Taco Bell at 3:10 a.m. and found Gabriel Harris, 33, on a bicycle by the restaurant's menu speaker, according to the police report.

 

An employee called New Smyrna Beach police when Harris refused to leave the property after placing a drive-through order on his bicycle as the fast food restaurant was closing. 

 

As police were asking Harris to leave, they noticed a pocket knife on his belt loop. When an officer reached for it, Harris grabbed the officer's wrist and Harris was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and arrested. 

 

Harris was with a woman, Sarah Haliburton, at the time of the incident. Both were intoxicated, according to the report. Haliburton was not charged. 

 

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Florida's 'Growler' Ban Unconstitutional, Lawsuit Claims Print
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:56

Sunshinestatenews.com - Florida is violating the United States Constitution by arbitrarily banning restaurants, taverns, and breweries from selling or filling the most popular portable jug for craft beers -- the half-gallon (64-ounce) growler.

That's according to a civil rights lawsuit filed today in federal court on behalf of the owners of a downtown Stuart craft beer restaurant, The Crafted Keg. The lawsuit was filed by the national free-enterprise legal organization, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF)."It should be an interesting suit as we are fairly certain that this is the first courtroom challenge to the growler ban," said Kate Pomeroy, PLF's Washington, D.C., media director.

PLF always gets its man, so to speak," retired Orange County attorney Sanford R. Craig told Sunshine State News. Craig was part of a legal team that unsuccessfully opposed PLF a few years ago. "The state is in for a fight on this one." Continue

 
Music Industry Sues Restaurant over Music! Print
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:52

 Gothamist.com -Unless it's blasting out your ear drums, music at restaurants usually fades into the background noise of clattering plates and sauced patrons' boisterous laughs. Even so, a group representing license holders for the music industry wants restaurants to pony up cash to play music at their establishments and they're suing to make it happen. Nine restaurants on Long Island are facing lawsuits from ASCAP, which represents 500,000 musicians and publishers, reports Newsday. You can't play Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby" without throwing money to the song's writers.

According to the lawsuits, the restaurants were observed playing copyrighted material without obtaining the proper licenses to do so. Federal law states that any commercial establishment wanting to play copyrighted music in any form must first obtain the correct license that would pay out royalties to whomever deserves them. In the case of Digger's, The Homestead, BobbiQue and six other Long Island eateries, this didn't happen, despite numerous reminders from organizations representing the musicians. Eightyearsworth of reminders. Continue

 
Restaurant Launches fight against Yelp reviews. Print
Sunday, 21 September 2014 13:49

KTVU.com - The owners of Richmond’s Botto Bistro have had it with reviews on the Yelp website so they are asking customers to give them just one star.

Chefs and co-owners Davide Cerretini and Michele Massimo have even posted a sign on the door of the restaurant offering discounts for bad reviews.

“Hate us on Yelp,” the sign reads. “Write ONESTAR review for Botto on Yelp and get an immediate 25 percent off any pizza & get free tickets to our cooking classes.”

Cerretini told the San Francisco Chronicle he has grown tired of the constant calls from Yelp trying to sell him advertising.

“I don’t have anything against Yelp,” he told the paper. “The idea is fantastic, but the blackmailing thing is ferocious. I think I should be the one deciding if I’m on the site or not. At least I can be there on my terms.” Read more http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/richmond-restaurant-launches-fight-against-yelp-re/nhP7G/

 
Restaurant agrees to $1.3 mil Racial Discrimination suit! Print
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:24

Baltimoresun.com - The owners of two popular restaurants in downtown Baltimore have agreed to pay $1.3 million and establish new hiring measures to settle a years-old lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against black applicants and employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2008 against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc. and Schmick Restaurant Corp., owners of McCormick & Schmick's and M&S Grill in the Inner Harbor.

The lawsuit claimed the restaurants violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire black applicants for front-of-the-house positions such as servers and hostesses.

The Companies did not admit to any discrimination or wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which was approved last week by U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson.

Eric Janson, an attorney for the companies, declined to comment Monday.

The EEOC celebrated the settlement. Read More  http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-09-15/business/bs-bz-mccormick-settlement-20140915_1_mccormick-schmick-ms-grill-applicants

 
Restaurant sues Yelp to identify internet troll! Print
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:17

nypost.com -The famed Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown steakhouse has a beef with an Internet troll who posed as former worker at the eatery — claiming on Yelp.com that he “personally spit saliva into dishes,” a new lawsuit claims.

The storied eatery — where Gambino mobster Paul Castellano was famously gunned down in 1985 — is demanding the online review site reveal the name of the user who posted the “malicious and defamatory” comment, according to court documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Sept. 8. Continue

 
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