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What's the best city in the US to start a Restaurant? Print
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:11




Orlando Business Journal - A new ranking has placed Orlando as the 38th-best city in the nation to start a restaurant.San Francisco-based NerdWallet examined 530 cities in the U.S., each with a population of at least 50,000. The website said it used U.S. Census Bureau data to calculate the score for each city based on demand for new restaurants and local economic conditions that could affect the success of those restaurants.Boca Raton was the only other Florida metro to best Orlando, coming in at No. 27. Miami ranked No. 68, Tampa No. 101 and Jacksonville No. 427.Topping the list is Cedar Park, Texas, followed by Mission, Texas; Franklin, Tenn.; Smyrna, Ga.; and Round Rock, Texas. Continue


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Hooter's sued "again" by man wanted to be a "Hooters Girl"! Print
Sunday, 09 August 2015 23:06

Caller.com - A Corpus Christi man is suing Hooters, accusing the restaurant chain of gender discrimination for not hiring him as a food server in a filing that attempts to reopen an issue that was settled 11 years ago.




Nikolai Grushevski's suit acknowledges the earlier agreement, which established that the chain's signature Hooters Girls would continue to be the restaurants' only food servers and established gender neutral jobs. But the suit challenges the policy, saying it still is discriminatory, and invites other men to seek a class action suit.

He asserts in the suit that when he applied to be a waiter at the local restaurant in May he was not hired because of his gender. The suit says that even though food servers are referred to exclusively as "Hooters Girls," the job should not be limited only to women. Continue

Restaurant, Bouncer sued over man's death. Print
Sunday, 09 August 2015 13:08

SFbay.ca - The parents of a 24-year-old Palo Alto man, who was killed earlier this year after a bouncer at a San Jose restaurant punched him, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the bouncer, restaurant and its owners.

The suit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court claims Daniel Adam Esquivel was fatally struck in the head and knocked unconscious by 28-year-old Jose Bonilla Rodas around 1:30 a.m. on March 28 at Myth Taverna and Lounge, located at 152 Post St. in downtown San Jose.

“There’s no excuse for killing someone and punching them so hard that they never get up,” said attorney Richard Alexander, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Esquivel’s parents.

Police said an investigation indicated that Esquivel stepped outside the club where he got into an argument with Rodas, a bouncer at the restaurant.

Rodas allegedly punched Esquivel, who fell down and became unconscious, police said.

Esquivel’s friends took him to Stanford Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Continue

Famous Toastery Set to Open 35 Restaurants by 2017 Print
Thursday, 06 August 2015 11:23

Famous Toastery Set to Open 35 Restaurants by 2017, Ranked on Technomic's Emerging Concepts List

After First Year in Franchising, Gourmet Scratch-Kitchen Brand Drives Innovation and Growth in New Markets

Famous Toastery Set to Open 35 Restaurants by 2017, Ranked on Technomic's Emerging Concepts ListCharlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  As the brand prepares for six openings this fall, doubling its unit presence, Famous Toastery was recognized by Technomic at the food and restaurant research firm’s Restaurants Trends & Directions Conference this summer as one of 12 emerging restaurant brands.

“What Famous Toastery is focused on is an upscale, more sophisticated breakfast,” Darren Tristano, executive vice-president of Technomic said. “It’s higher-end, polished and more brunch-oriented.”

The Charlotte-based franchise’s success story dates back ten years since the first location set out to become the best restaurant in the breakfast, brunch and lunch category.

“There is no frontrunner in the better-breakfast segment and we see that as our niche to fill,” said co-founder and CEO Robert Maynard. “We do breakfast and lunch better than anyone else in the game. Our kitchen is fresh, our dishes are made from scratch daily, and we provide unique and enticing specials that keep our loyal fans coming back week after week.” Continue!

New restaurant opening report for vendors! Print
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 17:11

Restaurant Vendors Find New Leads for Restaurants Opening Soon

Restaurant Vendors Find New Leads for Restaurants Opening Soon Flhip.com has released its latest restaurant openings report, providing restaurant vendors with a sampling of fresh sales and marketing leads that can be found on their website.

Flhip provides regularly updated lead lists, allowing vendors to check for updates at any time.  To see leads in your sales area click here.

Atlanta, GA – Heavenly Dolce
Heavenly Dolce, a web-based bakery and dessert catering service, is going brick-and-mortar in the East Atlanta Village (EAV). The dessert boutique is under construction at 491 Flat Shoals Ave SE, and should be finished in the next four to five weeks. A building permit application was filed with City of Atlanta Tuesday to convert an existing 530-square-foot retail space into the bakery.

Sacramento, CA – Alley Katz (unnamed restaurant)
The owner of the midtown bar and grill Alley Katz has signed a lease to bring an Asian-Themed sports bar to an existing space a block from the future Golden 1 Center. The space has proved unlucky for other restaurants. Both a Chinese buffet and more recently an Indian restaurant came and went there; it appears from Yelp reviews nothing has operated in the space since 2010. The bar could be open early next year.

Houston, TX – Pour Society
Pour Society will be opening at 947 North Gessner on September 1, and the Facebook page is calling for applications. Menu items include Mexican fried chicken with a puffed potato quesadilla and fried egg. They will also be featuring craft beers as well.

Orlando, FL – Tako Chenna
A popular Mexican-Asian fusion eatery in the Mills 50 District has plans to expand. Tako Cheena will open a second location at the former Forbidden City building at 948 N. Mills Ave. just north of Tako Cheena’s current restaurant at 932 N. Mills Ave.

Baton Rouge, LA – Bar Frances
The Salad Shop, a build-your-own salad and wrap restaurant founded in Baton Rouge, is set to open its second Baton Rouge location in the Coursey Place Shopping Center, at 11445 Coursey Blvd. Owner Bradley Sanchez says they are planning on expansion into 2016. This new location is expected to be opening in the fall.

Arlington, VA – Texas Jack’s Barbecue
Texas Jack’s Barbecue will be opening in the former Tallula and EatBar location sometime in September. Co-owner Steve Roberts said Texas Jack’s will be a neighborhood-centric restaurant serving “classic central Texas barbecue.” Roberts noted that he has no plans for making Texas Jack’s a franchise – rather, he and his business partner plan on treating it as their “second home.”

For more information or to view the leads in your area, please visit www.flhip.com.

Ken Roberts
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Hooters officially opens VIP draft party registrations across the nation at Raymond James Stadium! Print
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:28


Hooters Takes Over Raymond James Stadium to Kick Off Fantasy Football SeasonTampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bucs legends, iconic Hooters Girls and hundreds of diehard fantasy football fanatics descended upon Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, August 2 to take part in the Hooters World’s Largest Fantasy Football Draft Party. Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks, three legendary players from the Bucs franchise, helped Hooters officially kick off fantasy football season in style. Registration is now open to book a VIP fantasy football draft party at any Hooters in America, complete with a free ESPN draft kit and season-long savings, by visiting http://football.hooters.com.



Hooters Takes Over Raymond James Stadium to Kick Off Fantasy Football Season

Trump sues chef for $10 million plus attorneys fees! Print
Sunday, 02 August 2015 23:25

WTOP.com -  A food fight continues between Donald Trump and chef José Andrés as he abandons their restaurant deal at the Old Post Office Pavilion in the District after the Republican presidential candidate made widely criticized comments on immigrants.

On July 31, Trump Old Post Office LLC put words to action and is suing Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup and an affiliate, Topo Atrio LLC, for $10 million and attorneys fees, accusing them of two counts of breach of contract. The suit was filed in U.S. District court for the District of Columbia.

In response, Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup released this statement:

“This lawsuit is both unsurprising and without merit.  Simply put, Mr. Trump’s comments made ThinkFoodGroup’s participation in this project impossible and constituted a breach which the landlord, Trump Old Post Office LLC, refused to remedy.  And despite our attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution, we were ultimately forced to terminate the lease.  We had every intention of running a successful business that celebrates and welcomes people and cultures from around the world. The landlord allowed Mr. Trump to saddle us with the burden of his inflammatory statements, such that operating a high-end Spanish restaurant is no longer viable for us at this location.”

Andrés pulled out of the D.C. hotel deal after Trump made disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants during a June 15 speech declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. The Spanish-born chef said earlier this month that after those comments, opening a restaurant in Trump’s hotel was “impossible,” given his proud immigrant heritage and that of many of his employees and guests.

Buffalo Wild Wings CEO says $15 minimum Wage hurts teens! Print
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:20

Fast food workers are clamoring for a higher minimum wage. But the CEO of one big restaurant chain worries that boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour could hurt teens looking for their first job.

Sally Smith, the CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, told CNNMoney Wednesday that her company and other restaurants may not want to hire teens for $15 an hour because that’s too much to pay for an inexperienced worker.

“It’s important to remind people that the restaurant industry trains a lot of people. Restaurants are often where a person gets their first job. They get it in high school or college,” Smith said. “So a $15 minimum wage could have an impact on youth employment.”

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BBQ Restaurant sued over smoke! Print
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:14

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Neighbors who live behind Terry Black’s Barbecue on Barton Springs Road have filed a lawsuit against the restaurant claiming the smoke coming from the restaurant is a nuisance.

The lawsuit claims the barbeque joint’s five smokestacks burn wood 15 hours a day which is causing damage to their property as well as mental anguish and physical impairment. Terry Black’s has been in their current location for the past year. “The smoke, both the particles and the odors permeate into homes,” said Guy Watts, the attorney who is representing 15 neighbors on Daniel Dr. who are bothered by the smoke.

Watts said for the past year they’ve tried to work out a solution with the restaurant, but nothing worked, which is while they filed the lawsuit. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter if your windows and doors are closed, you can still smell the smoke inside your house,” said Watts, who also lives on Daniel Dr. “We have a neighbor, 6 months ago never really had a respiratory problem, but he does now, my son has greater respiratory problems now than he did 18 months ago.” Read More!

Food Truck owners rolling into Brick and mortar locations. Print
Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:27

Tampabay.com - Remember when food trucks were a hot new trend? In 2011 the Tampa Bay area started with about 13 food trucks; today that number is more than 150, with new ones coming onboard each week.

The trend is evolving again. An increasing number of those mobile vendors are using their food trucks to build a client base and refine a concept before launching brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Chicago Little Italy Restaurant in Lutz and Anise Global Gastrobar, Wicked 'Wiches and Chop Chop Shop in Tampa all began as food trucks, where the price of starting a business can be as low as $20,000 versus an initial outlay of more than $100,000 with a brick and mortar.

This truck-to-table phenomenon is playing out nationally in cities like New York, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles, with a number of surprising rationales. They never planned to stay small in the first place. Read more!

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