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Tommy Bahama to open five stores in Florida in October! Print
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:04

Heraldtribune.com - Tommy Bahama, the restaurant and retail clothing line inspired by the islands, will continue to expand in Florida by opening five new stores in the state this year.

The retailer is opening a 4,400-square-foot retail store inside the Mall at University Town Center on Oct. 16. Tommy Bahama operates a restaurant and small retail store on St. Armands Circle already. Additionally, Tommy Bahama has new locations planned for Naples, Jupiter and St. Petersburg.

Tommy Bahama is known for its relaxed feel and beach-side theme in its clothes and restaurants. It opened its first island location in 1996 in Naples, where it began offering resortware to residents and tourists alike along the Gulf Coast. By the end of the year, the brand will have 20 stores in Florida.

Tommy Bahama will open one restaurant, bare and store concept at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, just north of West Palm Beach, on Nov. 6. The 8,890-square-foot space will connect the restaurant and bar with a retail storefront. Continue

Muscle Maker Grill plans to open 22 new restaurants accross the country.! Print
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:01

/PRNewswire/ -- Muscle Maker Grill®, a fast-casual restaurant franchise that serves freshly prepared meals with its guests' health in mind, announces it will be opening 22 new locations throughout the country, which will raise the number to over 75 units.

"This is a significant achievement for Muscle Maker Grill and we are thrilled to report our steady growth and continued expansion into the Midwest and Western markets," saidRod Silva, founder of Muscle Maker Grill. "Our truly unique concept of great food with your health in mind is gaining popularity throughout the U.S. and we look forward to helping each of our new franchisees grow their local presence with unparalleled corporate support."

Recent store openings includeLas Vegas, NV,Dallas, TX, a third location inConnecticutlocated inHamdenand a second location inStaten Island, NY, located on Clove Road. An additional 22 new franchises will result in the development of restaurants in the following locations: Continue

Former restaurant owner wins $644 K suit against state of MS! Print
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:18

Sunherald.com -  A family that owned a restaurant in Bay St. Louis before Hurricane Katrina has won $644,000 in a lawsuit, with jurors ruling that land Mississippi took to build a new small-craft harbor was private property, not state tideland.

The verdict came Monday after a weeklong trial in Hancock County, Paul Scott, a lawyer for the Murphy family, said.

Testimony showed that the Murphy family, which operated Dan B's beachfront restaurant, had deeds showing their property extended beyond a decades-old retaining wall to the water's edge, Scott said. The Murphys had owned the land since the 1980s, he said.

Pamela Weaver, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, declined to comment Wednesday. Hosemann's office administers state tidelands. The state could choose to pay the judgment or appeal. Continue

378 People "pay it Forward" at Florida Restaurant! Print
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:12

Tampabay.com -  The acts of kindness began at 7 a.m. Wednesday with a woman, her iced coffee and a stranger's caramel macchiato.

The woman paid for her own drink, then asked to pay for the drink of the person behind her in the drive-through. That person returned the favor and paid for the person behind, and so did that person, until the employees at the St. Petersburg Starbucks on Tyrone Boulevard began a tally on green laminated paper near the drive-through window.

By 1:30 p.m., the chain had reached 260 customers. People ordered a drink at the speaker. When they pulled through to the next window, the barista, Vu Nguyen, 29, leaned through and said with a smile that their drinks had already been paid for by the person in front of them. Would they like to return the favor?

"It makes your day better, I think," said Lexie Kane, 17, of St. Petersburg, who ordered an iced coffee.

Tim Burnside, 19, had visited in the morning and paid it forward. He returned later to see whether it was still going on. Seeing that it was, he ordered a second chai tea.

"It's nice just to do a random act of kindness for someone you don't know," said Burnside, also of St. Petersburg. Continue

Why restaurant and hotel workers may soon get a raise! Print
Friday, 22 August 2014 10:20

SCPR.org - Many jobs in the hospitality industry have low pay but don't require specialized skills. So they often serve as a stopgap for people between jobs. In periods when the broader job market is bleak, jobs in this sector tend to get snapped up quickly.

The growing number of unfilled restaurant and hotel jobs implies that many potential workers are finding other jobs or looking at these postings and saying, "Meh, maybe I can do better." After adjusting for inflation, wages in the sector are lower today than they were four years ago. But that could change. If those job postings go unfilled for long enough, employers may offer higher salaries to lure more or better applicants. Continue


Restaurant sued after woman dies from oysters! Print
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:38

WJHF.com - A Nashville, Tennessee man is suing a popular Panama City Beach restaurant over the death of his wife.

Bobbie Sovia died 13 days after eating a raw oyster. Her husband's attorney claimed the restaurant didn't properly warn the couple about the potential dangers. The Sovia's were vacationing at the beach in 2012. During their trip they ate a Dusty's Oyster Bar at least three times, consuming raw oysters. Bobbie reportedly ate one to two oysters on Tuesday, August 14th. The couple returned to the restaurant on Wednesday and Thursday, but their attorney claimed Bobbie did not eat anymore oysters. Over the next several days, her health began to decline. "She's not feeling that well on Thursday, she feels worse on Friday," Sovia's lawyer Elliot Olsen said. The Sovia' returned to Nashville where Bobbie was hospitalized.

She died on August 27. The autopsy found a bacteria infection called vibrio vulnificus, which is found in raw oysters. Continue

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Wendy's worker says she was fired for being sick! Print
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:23

Huffingtonpost.com - A 6-year veteran Wendy's worker in Alabama is alleging that management fired her for "job abandonment" while she was being treated for an ovarian cyst that would require surgery.

In a lawsuitfiled in federal court Friday, Jamila Richey accuses Wendy's of Bowling Green, Inc. of dropping her from the store schedule after two absences due to the cyst. According to Richey, she provided a doctor's note to prove she was sick and would have to be hospitalized.

Richey says in the lawsuit that she learned through coworkers that her manager "told everyone [she] had abandoned her job." After a series of meetings with managers, Richey alleges, she was told "she should not come back to work."

Mike O'Malley, the franchisee of the restaurant, said he had been unaware of the lawsuit or its allegations until contacted by HuffPost. O'Malley said he was concerned by the claims and would try to rectify the situation if they were true. Continue

Couple kicked out of restaurant because of "Service dogs"! Print
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:15

Clickorlando.com -A Florida couple says they were the subject of discrimination after they were kicked out of a restaurant because of their service dogs.

However, the restaurant is saying it is not that simple.

The couple says their Saturday morning breakfast turned into a nightmare. They say they both have disabilities that require them to have their morkie service dogs.  A morkie is a Maltese-Yorkie mix. Police kicked the couple and their dogs out after a worker called 911 and said he did not believe the dogs were service animals.

A manager at the restaurant said she is retraining staff about the Americans With Disabilities Act. The couple plans to file a complaint with the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Inspector finds frozen meat stored in bathroom at Florida Restaurant! Print
Monday, 11 August 2014 21:08

Local10.com - A state inspector found a major roach problem inside popular DiSalvo's Pizzeria in Hollywood last week, and frozen meat was found in a bathroom at Dragon 1 Chinese in Miami.

Records show five South Florida restaurants were ordered shut last week by inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Below is a list of the restaurants and some of their violations. All the places listed were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection. continue

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!

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