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Golden Corral Employee loses 4 fingers in meat grinder. Print
Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:10


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An employee of a Golden Corral restaurantin Orlando, Florida, lost four fingers when his left hand got caught in a meat grinder, authorities said Friday.

Restaurant staff cleaned the area, rinsed the grinder, and threw away the remains of the fingers and ground pork by the time police and firefighters arrived Thursday morning, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Joshua Simpkins, 19, of Orlando was grinding pork at a Golden Corral at 5535 S. Kirkman Road at 7:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. A co-worker heard screaming and saw that Simpkins was bleeding, and yelled for someone to 911.


In-N- Out Burger Gets top marks from consumers Print
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:06

NRN.com - For the third year in a row, Irvine, Calif.-based cult phenomenon, In-N-Out Burger, earned the top ranking from consumers among the Limited-Service restaurant chains in Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Consumer Picks report.

The family-owned brand won consumer’s hearts and did so at a time when limited-service restaurants have struggled to keep their heads above water. Visits were down three percent in the segment overall in 2014, resulting in more than 370 million lost visits, according to Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm The NPD Group. Continue

Restaurant employee wins $6 Million lawsuit from accident! Print
Sunday, 12 April 2015 11:53

News Herald.com - A Gulf County jury last week awarded a Port St. Joe woman over $6 million due to injuries suffered while working at a now-closed restaurant.

Whether Evelyn Holland receives a dime remains an open question, despite a life her attorney said has been relegated to a wheelchair due to disabling injuries to her pelvis and spine.

What further made the case of Holland against Gracie O’Malley’s Restaurant one for the books was that the defense was a no-show: no defendant, no defense attorney, nobody on one side of the courtroom during last week’s trial. A jury of six awarded Holland the $6 million after a trial that consumed, from opening statement to verdict, roughly six hours and which included no cross-examinations, motions or witnesses for the defense.


Hooter's Waitress wins $250,000 in " Blond Streaks" Lawsuits. Print
Friday, 10 April 2015 11:14

NBCnews.com - A former Hooters waitress has been awarded more than $250,000 after an arbitrator found that racial discrimination contributed to her getting fired.

Farryn Johnson, who is African-American, was fired from her Baltimore restaurant job in August 2013 because "Hooters prohibits African-American Hooters Girls from wearing blond highlights in their hair," according to a lawsuit.

While other women were allowed to highlight their hair, the restaurant manager told Johnson she couldn't be at work with blond streaks because it didn't look "natural" on African-Americans, the suit said.

"The manager at the time literally said, 'You can't have blond because black people don't have blond hair,'" Johnson, who had worked at the restaurant for about a year, told NBC affiliate WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

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51 Franchise agreements signed by Tropical Smoothie in the First QTR! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:10

The deals represent 51 cafés that will expand the sandwich and smoothie franchise in Atlanta; Detroit; Providence, R.I.; Miami; Charleston, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. Additionally, the brand reported a 12.31% growth in same-store sales over the first quarter of last year.  “We had great momentum heading into 2015 after reporting incredibly strong results last year, including positive comp sales of 11.4% and our highest average unit volume of more than $526,000 — with the top 50% reporting an AUV of $669,000,” says Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café. “Clearly, Tropical Smoothie Café is well-positioned to continue our aggressive growth and reach our goal this year of signing franchise agreements to develop an additional 150 new locations.”

Southern Expansion in the works for Newk's! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:27

Newk's Eatery Announces Southern Market Expansion


The fast-casual restaurant chain, known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, is expanding its footprint to meet the growing demand for its unique brand of fast casual – incorporating bold flavors and a full-service level of hospitality with fast-casual lunch and dinner fare like hot sandwiches, salads, soups and California-style pizzas.

The chain is actively seeking multi-unit franchise partners to bolster its growth plan that calls for more than 200 units by 2018.

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World's Largest Hooters to open this Spring in Las Vegas! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:22

World's Largest Hooters to Open Poolside at Palms Casino Resort

The more than 15,200 square foot space alongside the Palms Pool plans to seat more than 500 guests, claiming the title of World’s largest Hooters. The large poolside bar is slated to open in early May, and the two-story main dining room inside Palms will open shortly after.

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Chef on trial for stealing food to open his own restraurant! Print
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 18:31

A head chef cheated his bosses by going on a theft and fraud 'spree' to stock up with food and equipment to open his own restaurant, a jury was told today.

Emanuele Lamanuzzi, 42, was running the Pirandello restaurant in Cheltenham when the owners went away for six months leaving him in charge, Gloucester crown court was told.


While they were away he used their card to buy food, drink and utensils from a cash and carry and Tesco's but those items never made it into the restaurant, alleged prosecutor Caighli Taylor.

Read more:http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Cheltenham-chef-trial-allegations-stole/story-25960756-detail/story.html#ixzz3QnosjuWO

New Burger joint to spring up in South Florida! Print
Friday, 05 December 2014 13:24

Bizjournals.com - A Central Florida restaurateur has signed a deal to bring Wahlburgers – a Boston-based fast-casual burger concept owned by brothersPaul, Donnie andMark Wahlberg– to the Sunshine State.

Manny Garcia, known for former Central Florida restaurants like Pebbles and Harvey's Bistro, will open 20 Wahlburgers locations in Florida over the next several years,Orlando food blogger Scott Joseph reports. Thefranchise agreement was officially announced this morning. Continue

Teen not Fired for asking for time off for cancer treatment! Print
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:49

Chicago-based restaurant chain appears to have shifted into damage control this week following a report that one of its employees was fired after asking for time off in order to undergo surgery as part of his cancer treatment.

In an interview with NBC Chicago that first aired Saturday, 19-year-old Jonathan Larson, a delivery driver at Rosebud Restaurants’ location in Naperville, Illinois, claimed he was fired by his employer after he told the restaurant he would need to take six weeks off from his job for back surgery related to his diagnosis with cancer of the brain and spine.

“[My manager] said, ‘No, by that time I’ll already have another driver hired. Just leave, I have to make some phone calls,” Larson told NBC. “I’m really disappointed and saddened by it. It’s not something I can help.” Continue http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/24/rosebud-restaurant-fires-teen-with-cancer_n_6214182.html

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