Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Dining Out: Today’s Special Is COVID-19

September 16, 2020

Dining Out: Today's Special Is COVID-19

Dining out may come with a free side order of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.

“Adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant within a two-week period prior to becoming sick, according to a new study from Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.”

— “Adults With COVID-19 Twice As Likely To Have Eaten At Restaurants, CDC Study Finds,” Jason Slotkin, NPR News

More:

“If you caught COVID-19, you likely ate at a restaurant, CDC report finds,” Susana Guerrero, SF Gate

“Adults with COVID-19 twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant: study,” Amanda Woods, NY Post

Update:

“Fauci: Bars and Restaurants Should Remain Closed to Stop Spread of Coronavirus,” Tori B. Powell, Daily Beast

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The Tipped Wage: Depending on ‘The Kindness of Strangers’

October 17, 2018

If you’re uncomfortable leaving a tip at a restaurant, there’s a good reason. The nominally-egalitarian United States adopted the custom of tipping during Reconstruction, when African Americans, newly-freed from bondage, filled many low-paying personal-service jobs. Tipping allowed employers to rationalize paying a pittance to servers, and allowed restaurant patrons to feel like the European aristocrats who initiated the custom. Even today, in the Nation’s Capital, while most workers get $13.25 an hour, restaurant owners can pay servers $3.89 an hour.

Americans calculate a restaurant tip as a percentage of the total meal bill, so the more expensive the menu, the greater the gratuities to servers. That’s why Washington DC’s high-end restaurant owners had no trouble finding employees to testify against a District of Columbia law mandating equal hourly wages for servers, despite the fact that DC voters had approved the measure in a referendum. The District Council voted 8 to 5 to overturn the will of the voters.

If DC voters want to ratify their referendum vote and end vulnerable restaurant workers’ dependence on “the kindness of strangers,” they’ll have a chance soon. Four of the council members who voted to repeal the fair wage law are up for re-election on November 6th.

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A Restaurant Kitchen of Grandmas

February 10, 2017

Enoteca Maria, a restaurant and wine bar in Staten Island, features two special dishes each day. One is by an Italian nonna, the other by a grandmother from another part of the world. Video by Jessica Leibowitz.

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José Andrés’ Veggie Eatery: Supersized

January 6, 2016

José Andrés’ Veggie Eatery: Supersized

José Andrés‘ fast-casual Beefsteak restaurants got a big new helping of $9.25 million, reports Rebecca Cooper of Washington Business Journal. The vegetable-centric restos (beefsteak tomatoes, get it?) are currently in DC at Dupont Circle and George Washington University in Foggy Bottom. The new infusion of cabbage will fund new Beefsteak outposts planned for Tenleytown (near American University) and at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

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Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

May 13, 2015

Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

Celebrity chef David Guas has a new DC outpost of his Arlington café on Capitol Hill. The Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has just opened at 901 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, in the carriage house of the historic Old Naval Hospital, built in 1866.

The carriage house has some more recent history. In 1990 the nonprofit Community Action Group began operating out of it. CAG, affiliated with Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church, an African American parish, ran a program helping homeless men and women with drug addictions find treatment, housing, and employment. In 2007, when the city and private donors paid millions to turn the main building into the Hill Center, a nonprofit facility teaching kiddie yoga and French cooking, the program for the homeless was evicted from the carriage house to make space for a profit-making restaurant.

Bon appétit.

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Republican: Restaurant Worker Hand Washing Should Be Optional

February 5, 2015

Republican: Restaurant Worker Hand Washing Should Be Optional

Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina is a lavatory libertarian. He told the Bipartisan Policy Center that governments shouldn’t force restaurant employees to wash their hands:

“I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says, ‘We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom.'”

Here’s a sane word on this from Mr. Tillis’ neighborhood:

“If a government shouldn’t create and enforce regulations to stop the spread of disease, for Typhoid Mary’s sake, exactly what should it do, and how many people have to suffer the avoidable consequences in the name of freedom?”

“Even if Tillis was joking, or half-joking, there’s no question that the Republican Party sees government not as the collective expression of a populace but an evil to be eradicated one set of rules at a time, even if it means people getting hurt or sick or financially ruined, because liberty. That, at base, isn’t funny, isn’t funny at all.”

— “Thom Tillis Steps In It,” Greg Lacour, Charlotte Magazine

The FDA has a cogent explanation for compulsory hand washing: It “reduces the spread of fecal-oral pathogens from the hands of a food employee to foods.”

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Pyongyang Restaurants: Have it Kim’s Way!

January 23, 2015

Pyongyang Restaurants: Have it Kim's Way!

Can’t make it to North Korea for dinner? While famine is kind of an issue there, you can dine like Kim Jong Un’s best bud at a Pyongyang Restaurant near you. They’re conveniently located in Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Siem Reap, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, and Amsterdam. Coming soon: Scotland? Cream of Puppy Soup is not on the menu in Europe, but reviews rave more about the chain’s singing, dancing musician-waitresses than the food anyway.

More:

“Dining With Dear Leader,” Daniel Otis, Slate

“Pyongyang Restaurants Extending Reach in Southeast Asian Cities,” Yong Nie, VOA

“Pyongyang: Northern Exposure,” Kyle Long, Culinary Backstreets

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Restaurants are Crossing the Line

May 18, 2014

Restaurants are Crossing the Line

“If you think the great equalizer in rank-conscious Washington is the Department of Motor Vehicles or a summons to appear for jury duty, you haven’t been out to eat lately. Thanks to a ravenous appetite for fashionable food served in appetizer-size restaurants — and an abundance of millennial patience — the leveling agent for secretaries and Secretary of State alike boils down to this: More of us are waiting in line for dinner because restaurants aren’t taking reservations.”

— “No reservations? This restaurant trend has become harder to swallow,” Tom Sietsema, Washington Post

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Kitty Cafes

February 10, 2014

Kitty Cafes

“Cat cafes — establishments that allow you to make feline friends while you enjoy your coffee — already exist in Paris and Japan, and … the concept will soon hit San Francisco. The trend has been slow to catch on in the U.S., mostly due to strict health codes that prohibit the presence of animals in restaurants. But the team behind the upcoming California cafe — obviously named KitTea — plans to make it work by running two separate operations: a tea house and a ‘cat sanctuary.’”

— “San Francisco Cat Cafe: Video Tour of Other Cat Cafes in Japan,” Samantha Grossman, TIME Magazine

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Lobsternomics

August 21, 2013

Lobsternomics

Prices are going up worldwide. Oil, wheat, rice … everything but the price of lobster dinner. A lobster population boom has lowered prices in supermarkets but the price of a lobster dinner in a U.S. restaurant remains high. That’s because “… economically speaking, lobster is less like a commodity than like a luxury good,” writes James Surowieki, “which means that its price involves a host of odd psychological factors.”  Find the fishy financial facts here:

 “Clawback,” James Surowieki, The New Yorker

Related:

“Your Lobster Roll Is A Rip-Off,” Alexander Abad-Sandos, Atlantic Wire

“”Lobster Supply Chain,” [Infographic] Michael Fisher, Portland Press Herald

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