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Chinese Restaurant sues Landlord over mouse infestation! Print
Friday, 08 August 2014 11:04

Daninfo.com - "Cesspool" sludge and decaying mouse carcasses doomed the much-buzzed-aboutMission Chinese Foodrestaurant, according to a lawsuit filed by celebrity chefDanny Bowienand his partners against their former landlord.

The restaurateurs are demanding at least $500,000 from Abraham Noy, owner of 154 Orchard St., to make up for their lost profits and "immeasurable harm to their reputations and brand" after the restaurant was shut down twice by the Health Department and closed for good last year, court records show.

The lawsuit, filed July 31 inManhattan Supreme Court, accuses Noy of leasing Mission Chinese a space that was not up to code and then refusing to make repairs even though structural issues contributed to a rodent problem so severe that a "cesspool" of sludge and mouse corpses was discovered in a storage closet, according to the suit.

“As a result of these wrongful acts... [Mission Chinese] was forced to discontinue and abandon their use of the property," the suit says.

Noy's lawyer said his client denied the lawsuit's allegations, but declined to comment further. The lawyer for Mission Chinese declined to comment. Continue!

 
Carolina Restaurant stops offering discount for praying! Print
Friday, 08 August 2014 10:58

WFMYnews2.com -Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem was offering discounts to some customers who prayed before eating their meal. After word of this got out, the restaurant has been getting national attention.

According to CNN's Headline News (HLN), this all started with a receipt posted to an Orlando radio station's website. Like most receipts, it showed the subtotal and then discounts. The discount listed was 15 percent for "praying in public."

Jordan Smith said she traveled to Winston-Salem for business and stopped for a meal there. She told HLN the group "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, 'Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying,' which I'd never seen before."

She posted it to her Facebook page and then a friend posted it to the radio station, where it took off. Continue

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 11:41
 
Pizzeria Owner wins $6.5 mil against city for racketeering! Print
Friday, 08 August 2014 10:48

Chicagotribune.com - Mount Prospect has agreed to a $6.5 million settlement that will end an unusual lawsuit filed by a restaurant owner who sued the village using a federal law more commonly used to bust organized crime.

The Village Board on Tuesday night approved the settlement with the owner of Ye Olde Town Inn, Tod Curtis, who has run the pizzeria for more than 40 years, said one of his lawyers, Riccardo DiMonte. Under the agreement, the village and its insurer will pay $6.5 million, $2 million of which will go toward attorney fees and legal costs. The village will pay $439,002 and an insurer will cover the rest, according to the agreement.

Curtis' lawsuit was noteworthy because he cited federal civil racketeering law in 2008 as he accused village officials and a local developer of trying to force him out of his downtown business to make way for a new development project. The lawsuit alleged the village and Oz Development LLC collaborated to try to push him out, violating the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, known as RICO.

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Restaurant Economies shift with minimum wage increase! Print
Friday, 01 August 2014 12:58

Sacbee.com -When California’s minimum wage jumped from $8 to $9 on July 1, owners of restaurants, coffee shops and bars braced for the fallout. They would either have to bump up prices and risk losing customers or absorb the hit and deal with slimmer margins.

Some had developed new cost-and-pricing strategies months ago to account for the 12.5-percent hourly increase, sprinkling in price hikes here and there throughout the menu so they wouldn’t be so noticeable to the consumer.

“We did it two-fold,” said Troy Paski, owner of Hoppy Brewing, a popular restaurant and brewpub in East Sacramento. “We addressed the issue early so there wouldn’t be so much sticker shock. Beer and liquor went up last November.Food priceswent up in April.”

“We hemmed and hawed about raising prices,” said Kimio Bazett, co-owner of Hook & Ladder and The Golden Bear, two busy midtown restaurant/bars that employ 84 people, half of whom earn minimum wage. Continue

 
Florida Restaurant & Lodging show set for Sept 7-9 in Orlando. Print
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:40

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Scheduled For The Orange County Convention Center, September 7-9, 2014

April 04, 2014

ORLANDO, FL– Thousands of restaurant and foodservice industry professionals from throughout the Southeast will gather atThe 2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show.  The tradeshow and conference will be held Sunday, September 7 - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and offer educationalPROGRAMS, special events, new food products, and equipment and services from over 400 exhibiting companies.   Dates:   Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 11am-5pm   Monday, September 8, 2014 from 11am-5pm   Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 11am-4pm

Location: The Orange County Convention Center, 9990 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Highlights include: • Over 400 leading industry suppliers • Open access to the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum with 30+ complimentary sessions • Special Events include: Food Trends Experience, Culinary Demonstration Theater, Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, ACF Culinary Competitions and Chefs Table Luncheons, New Product Gallery, Foodservice Council for Women and more!

The 2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (www.frla.org). For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website atwww.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com.  The tradeshow and conference is managed and produced by Kennesaw, GA based Urban Expositions, which offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including exhibit sales andMARKETING, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions and services, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management.  Through a logical, hands-on approach, Urban Expositions has become one of the fastest growing and most successful trade show companies in the United States.  Contact Urban Expositions atwww.urban-expo.com.  

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640 Pounds of Fish stolen from Restaurant! Print
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:15

Browardpalmbeach.com - If the economy ever gets so bad that fish becomes our new currency, these two Dania Beach thieves are going to be Rockerfellers.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says that two men broke into the popular dockside restaurant Rustic Inn overnight and ganked themselves 200 pounds of Maine lobster, 100 pounds of blue crab, 40 pounds of crabmeat, 100 pounds of Dungeness crab, 100 pounds of grouper and 100 pounds of snapper.

All told, the seafood robbery is estimated at 640 pounds and worth $6,435, according to BSO.

The burglars broke into the Rustic Inn on July 5th at around 4:20 a.m., according to surveillance footage turned into authorities.

The two men, described as in their 20s, seemed to know exactly what they were doing, and where to go to get what they wanted. Using a wrench and a fishhook, the two opened the locked kitchen freezers and went to town on all the seafood. Continue

 
NRN Top 100 US restaurant chains! Print
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:16

NRN.com -The annual NRN Top 100 report, now in its 41st year, ranks the largest restaurant chains and foodservice companies based on U.S. sales, unit counts, growth rates, market share and various other metrics. The industry-leading report has been used as a benchmarking tool for restaurants, suppliers, distributors and analysts to track brands, private-equity ownership and industry growth.

This year, the Top 100 U.S. restaurant chain market totals $222.1 billion in sales, a 3.2-percent increase from a year earlier, compared with a 5.6 percent increase in the Preceding-Year. That two-plus-point retreat in Latest-Year aggregate sales growth for the Top 100 reflects challenges restaurants faced in 2013 Continue

 
Survey: McDonald's franchisees report dire outlook Print
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:18

NRN.com - A group of 27 McDonald’s owner-operators representing 231 domestic restaurants have given the most pessimistic outlook for the next six months of business in the history of Janney Capital Markets’ quarterly McDonald’s Franchisee Survey, placing a majority of the blame on the brand’s senior leadership.

Janney’s restaurant analyst, Mark Kalinowski, wrote in a research note that the franchisees surveyed on their six-month outlook gave an average rating of 1.84 on a scale of 1 to 5, in which 1 means “poor” and 5 means “excellent.” Nine of the 27 respondents rated their outlook at 1, and no franchisees indicated their outlook was a 5.

“This 1.84 number is meaningfully below the 2.9 average result over the history of the survey and below the 2.21 result from three months ago,” Kalinowski wrote. “Indeed, this result becomes the worst ever in our decade plus of conducting this survey, even lower than the previous low score of 1.89 from six months ago.” Continue

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:20
 
Pie Five Pizza signs 18 unit deal in Florida! Print
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:33

Fastcasual.com - Pie Five Pizza has awarded 18 franchise units to retired Cleveland Indian Matt LaPorta to bring the brand throughout the Tampa, Fla., area beginning in early 2015. LaPorta, who is also a former University of Florida baseball player, will be joined by fellow MLB retiree Josh Fields and restaurant operators Brandon Birdwell and Jeff Engle to expand the chain from Pasco County to Sarasota, Fla.

“For the longest time I’ve wanted to open up a cool pizza place like this. I guess you could call pizza my new passion,” LaPorta said in a news release. “So when Josh told me about Pie Five, and my family and I tried it out for ourselves, I knew this was it. The operational model is excellent, the company’s leadership is top notch and the food is fantastic.  I’m convinced Pie Five is going to be a huge hit in this area.”

Fields is also currently spreading the Pie Five brand throughout Oklahoma City with former NFL star Billy Bajema.

 
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