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Fire guts restaurant that helped revitalize Seminole Heights Print
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:16

Tampabay.com _ A fire early Tuesday destroyed one of the popular restaurants that helped propel a recent rejuvenation of Old Seminole Heights.

A caller to 911 reported seeing flames and smoke just before 2 a.m. coming from inside Domani Bistro Lounge at 6421 N Florida Ave., fire officials said. When firefighters arrived, flames engulfed the rear of the building.

The fire, which also badly damaged a furniture store next door, stunned neighborhood residents and business leaders. Continue

 
Group Drops Lawsuit on Shark Fin Ban after Member Is Caught Smuggling Them Print
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:12

Allgov.com - The bust of a Bay Area restaurant last month for serving shark fin soup led investigators for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to San Francisco fish vendor Kwong Yip Inc., where they found 2,138 pounds of recently-banned shark fins.

It was the first significant haul of contraband since the 2011 California law banning the traditional Chinese delicacy was fully phased in last July. DFW Lieutenant Patrick Foy told the San Francisco Chronicle the fins came from “probably thousands of sharks.”

California joined a worldwide movement against the mutilation of sharks for their fins—and decimation of shark populations in general—when it passed the law banning possession and sale of shark fins. Fishermen catch sharks, cut off their fins and then throw the fish back in the ocean because demand for shark meat isn’t high. Continue

 
Hooters sues escort service over Name Print
Saturday, 15 February 2014 13:09

Miamiherald.com - What’s the difference between a waitress slinging chicken wings and an escort with an “exclusive” clientele, flexible hours and “the best pay scale in the business”?

A lot, says Hooters of America, the Georgia-based restaurant chain that has sued a local escort service over a help-wanted posting on Craigslist.

In November, a photograph showing five preening women wearing tight orange shorts and Hooters Ecuador t-shirts appeared under the heading “NOW HIRING HOOTERS GIRLS $100 AN HOUR,” according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami in December Continue

 
Man stiffs restaurant over 30 times? Print
Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:11

Sun-sentinel.com - A 65-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night for having dinner at a Boca Raton restaurant and not having any money to pay for it.

It's nothing new for Howard Robison, according to arrest reports.

Since the late 1980s, reports show, Robison has been charged at least 33 times in Palm Beach County with defrauding an innkeeper. Continue

 
Text message coupons boost business for Southwest Florida restaurants Print
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:57

News-Press.com - A new wave of marketing in Southwest Florida has select restaurants doubling their sales thanks to text message coupons.

This modern marketing technique is a growing fad for local restaurants.

“It’s a unique way, the best way, to get the customer’s attention,” said Justin O’Brien, owner of two Fort Myers Pita Pits.

Customers are agreeing to receive SMS message coupons from select restaurants. SMS stands for a short message service, which is the most common text messaging service.

Through a mobile marketing service, restaurants purchase an allotted amount of text messages each month to send to registered customers. Continue

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Sign Similarities result in lawsuit! Print
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:40

Theintelligencer.com - You can almost see it looking south from the “Bobby’s Frozen Custard” sign on Route 159 in Maryville: a “Bobbys Buffalo Park” sign by the side of the highway, three-tenths of a mile down the road.

While the signs are somewhat similar, they are also different. A quick glance shows that the former beckons drivers to a popular custard stand (”HOME OF THE TURTLE SUNDAE,”), while the latter promises live country bands and line dancing. In addition, the latter touts itself as a “BAR • NIGHTCLUB • RESTAURANT” with, as its web site suggests, a dance floor big enough to “accommodate 2-steppin,’ 10-steppin,’ cha-cha, or any of your favorite line dances.” Continue

 
Restaurant Sued for $25 million after train accident! Print
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:35

Timesfreepress.com - The Hamilton County Circuit Court trial of a $25 million lawsuit against the local Hennen Restaurant Group continues today.

Lisa Barnes, the mother of deceased Hannah Barnes, is suing the group alleging that her 19-year-old daughter drank alcohol at the restaurant hours before she and her manager, Michael Hennen, 27, were killed by a train near McDonald Farm at about 6 a.m. On Aug 22, 2011. Continue

 
Plaintiffs join Salmonella against Iguana Joe's! Print
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 12:17

Foodpoisonjournal.com - Nine plaintiffs who claim they fell ill with Salmonella infections after eating contaminated food purchased from a Houston-area Iguana Joe’s were added to a lawsuit against the restaurant late last week.

The original lawsuit was filed last July by Seattle-based Marler Clark and Houston attorney John Ramsey on behalf of a couple who allege their child fell ill with a Salmonella infection during an outbreak that originated at the restaurant.  According to the complaint, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services linked at least a dozen Salmonella cases to Iguana Joe’s in June of 2013.  The public health agency allegedly found multiple violations at the restaurant during its Salmonella outbreak investigation. Continue

 
Restaurants pass on SuperBowl Ads! Print
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 12:10

NRN.com - Restaurant brands are punting on expensive in-game commercials for Super Bowl XLVIII in favor of more cost-effective marketing strategies like pregame commercials or, increasingly, social-media campaigns before and during the big game.

Unlike last year, when Taco Bell and Subway ran in-game commercials during the National Football League’s championship game, no restaurants have announced plans to advertise during the Super Bowl, which will be televised Feb. 2 on Fox. The game’s airtime reportedly sold out last December, and marketers reportedly paid as much as $4 million for a 30-second spot. Continue

 
Restaurant owner indicted for murder! Print
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 12:03

Patch.com - A Cobb Grand Jury has indicted an Alpharetta man for the apparently accidental shooting death of another man at a Marietta Square restaurant in November.  

Raouf Sanad, 63, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, according to Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds. 

Investigators believe that Wael Ali was showing a gun to Sanad late in the evening of Nov. 1 at the Laziza Restaurant, when Sanad accidentally pointed the gun at Ali and pulled the trigger, assuming that the safety was on. Continue

 
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