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Sbarro files for bankruptcy, Again! Print
Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:23

Forbes.com - It may be boom times for some restaurant chains, like stars Chipotle and Panera Bread, but don’t count Sbarro among those benefiting from the fast casual trend.

The fast food pizza chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than three years after it tried and failed to boost sales by revamping its menu and shuttering its worst-performing restaurants. In February, Sbarro said it would close 155 out of the 400 restaurants it owns in North America, though it still has more than 800 locations abroad and about 600 owned by franchisees (the latter will not be affected by the bankruptcy).

In its 2011 bankruptcy, the company slashed 80% of its $400 million debt load. This time, it wants to cut another $140 million worth of debt. While Sbarro is inviting other parties to submit offers to buy the company, its main lenders voted to support a “pre-packaged” plan to exchange the debt for control of a reorganized Sbarro. Continue

Man dies after robbery, assault in restaurant Print
Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:19

WCTV.tv - Police in suburban Atlanta say a man who was assaulted during a robbery in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant has died.

Gwinnett County police say 74-year-old Frederic Cooper died Tuesday of his injuries and 58-year-old Donald Thomas is now charged with murder.

Authorities have said Thomas followed Cooper into the bathroom of a McDonald's on Feb. 28 and tried grabbing Cooper's wallet. Police say Cooper turned around and was pushed to the floor. Investigators say Cooper fractured his back in the fall.

Police say surveillance video showed Thomas leaving the bathroom and hiding the man's wallet in his clothes Continue

Talladega Nights-inspired restaurant sued by Sony Pictures Print
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:31

Motorsportstalk.com -  A restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas that’s inspired by the 2006 NASCAR-themed movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is now being sued by the studio that made the film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures – which distributed the Will Ferrell comedy through its subsidiary, Columbia Pictures – filed a trademark lawsuit last week in federal court against the restaurant’s parent company, Rick’s Cabaret International, which deals primarily in running gentleman’s clubs in the United States.

RCI’s eatery is known as the Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon and Restaurant, which features a full-size replica stock car by its front door and waitresses that are known as “Smokin’ Hotties.” Continue

Zoe's Parent files for IPO! Print
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:21

NRN.com - Zoe’s Kitchen Inc., the parent company to the 111-unit fast-casual Zoës Kitchen chain, filed Monday for an $80.5 million initial public offering of stock.

The Plano, Texas-based company is majority owned by private-equity firm Brentwood Associates, which bought into the concept in 2007.

According to Securities and Exchange Commission Form S-1 documents, the company had revenues of $116.4 million for the Dec. 30-ended 2013 fiscal year, compared with $79.7 million in the prior year. Continue

Town denies allegations made in suit over restaurant Print
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 18:03

Newsday-  The Town of Oyster Bay has denied allegations in a federal lawsuit filed by the owner of a restaurant padlocked last year that the town fabricated building and health code violations.

In the suit filed two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, Philip Morizio, owner of Cafe Al Dente in downtown Oyster Bay, says his rights were violated. He asserts that Oyster Bay's commissioner of planning, Frederick Ippolito, orchestrated a conspiracy to shut him down in September because he would not relocate from 2 Spring St. to a vacant Italian restaurant Ippolito owned or use an attorney the commissioner recommended. Continue

Yelp Data Reveals Top 100 Places to Eat: Bookmark These Babies Now! Print
Saturday, 01 March 2014 15:10

Yelp.com - Remember those lofty goals you made this time last month to eat better? Ha, we don't either. So now that we've all thrown those resolutions out the window, let's talk about the spots Yelpers have deemed the ultimate, try-before-you-die, food-coma-inducing, so-good-it-makes-you-want-to-slap-your-momma places to eat across the globe. Add these babies to your Yelp bookmarks STAT and worry about that unused gym membership later.

From cheap eats to $$$$, food stands to Michelin stars, this list runs the gamut of dining experiences. Leave it to Yelpers to be in-the-know on the spots you’ve heard buzz about (like the fabled Le Bernardin at #45 and Chicago’s molecular gastronomy masterpiece Alinea at #7), and unearth hole-in-the-wall joints the locals would love to keep secret (a food stand serving only sweet potatoes at #54, or the hot dog cart with reindeer, elk and rattlesnake options in Denver at #12). Continue

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Slavery supporter, restaurant owner dies Print
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:10

UPI.com - Maurice Bessinger, the South Carolina restaurateur who lost a landmark civil rights suit seeking to deny blacks service, has died, his family said. He was 83.

Bessinger, who owned a chain of barbecue restaurants in South Carolina that led to a successful retail barbecue sauce business, was infamous for his pro-slavery position, arguing slavery was a good thing for southern blacks.

He also advocated for South Carolina to again secede from the union and proudly flew Confederate flags above his eateries.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/02/24/Slavery-supporter-restaurant-owner-dies/UPI-97251393275134/#ixzz2uLZIirls

Lawsuit filed in Jimmy John's delivery death Print
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:30

WVgazette.com - A lawsuit blames Jimmy John's "freaky fast delivery" for the death of a Morgantown man last year.

The restaurant's policy, which encourages drivers to complete their deliveries with all due speed, endangers the public, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Monongalia Circuit Court.

On August 19, J. Robert McClain was walking his dog on South High Street in Morgantown when he was hit and killed by a Jimmy John's delivery driver.

Levi Sooy, who was working for Jimmy John's as an assistant manager, was speeding when he hit McClain, the lawsuit claims.

McClain's daughter, Linda Lutman, filed the lawsuit. Sooy is being sued along with Jimmy John's and CDL Properties LLC, which operates the sandwich shop in Morgantown.

Jimmy John's knew "or should have known that the foregoing policies encouraged Jimmy John's drivers to drive at excessive speeds and/or to engage in other unsafe practices in order to comply with the Jimmy John's 'Freaky Fast Delivery' policy," the complaint states. Continue

NYC attorneys go after pizza chain for using NYPD logo without visible disclaimers Print
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:27

NYDailynews.com - When the NYPD logo catches your eye like a big pizza pie — call the lawyers.

City attorneys went after an Orlando, Fla., pizza chain for using the NYPD shield on its website without posting highly visible disclaimers noting that the restaurant has nothing to do with the department.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-attorneys-nypd-pizza-chain-florida-article-1.1622057#ixzz2uKuE0SVM

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