David Bull Transforms A Power Plant Into A Grill-Lover's Heaven

Austin chef on space, smokestacks and charcuterie
Jun 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Austin-based chef David Bull and his partners in the La Corsha group have announced plans for both a boutique hotel in East Austin and an ambitious project in Austin’s former Seaholm Power Plant. The restaurant’s theme revolves heavily around outdoor grilling and smoking – an idea both international and intensely local. We spoke with Bull about how a restaurant moves from business plan to reality.

Here's Why These 8 Meticulously Plated Restaurant Dishes Taste Better

Raise those expectations, fine dining friends
Jun 23, 2014 2:00 pm

Artfully plated food really does taste better, as suggested in a recent Oxford University study. In the test, men and women were presented with salads made with identical ingredients, plated either normally, "neatly" with separate components or in the likeness of Wassily Kandinsky's Painting Number 201. What did diners think and how can you use these skills in your kitchen to great advantage? 

Why We Like The 5:30 Reservation: Second Helpings At 10

Urbanites learn to embrace 'early-bird' dining
Jun 13, 2014 12:00 pm
Photo: Bob Jagendorf on Flickr

Customers are fed up with getting shut out of popular places during the peak period of 6 to 9:30 p.m. (also commonly known as dinnertime). "It doesn't matter if you call a month in advance," says one disgruntled diner. "They say, 'Do you want the 5:30 or the 10?'" We say: Do both.

Everybody's A Critic (And Now, Everybody Can Be Treated Like One)

Restaurants are sharing intel on regular diners
Jun 4, 2014 2:01 pm

An Australian report this week highlights the various ways in which restaurants are using modern technology to spy—er, collect and share intelligence—on their customers. It’s a kind of surveillance formerly reserved for professional dining critics. Yelpers, beware.

KISS: Rock & Roll All Night, Open a Chain Restaurant Every Day

We hit KC to hang with Gene and Paul, eat rock food
Jun 4, 2014 11:00 am

There are questions in life that always require you to say yes. “Do you want fries with that?” Yes. “Would you prefer to be seated far away from the mariachi band?” Yes. “Do you want to go to Kansas City with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS as they open up a new location of their chain restaurant Rock & Brews?” YES. Here's what it's like to break, uh...BBQ chicken flatbread with the KISS guys.

FR Investigates: What's Up With Pay-To-Play Restaurant Reservations?

Examining the future of reservation apps, scalping
Jun 4, 2014 9:00 am

Apps like Zurvu and the forthcoming Resy are among several recent efforts by the tech sector to shake up the online restaurant reservation status quo, as we know it. How are these apps shaping the industry and is there a future for paying to secure primetime tables? Food Republic investigates, after the jump. 

La Jeune Rue: A New Epicenter For Food In Paris

The intersection of delicious food and high design
May 22, 2014 10:00 am

La Jeune Rue is the brainchild of Cédric Naudon, an ambitious 42-year-old French entrepreneur who bought over 25 stores in Paris Le Marais' neighborhood with the goal of creating an epicurean village, featuring design by big names like Tom Dixon, Jasper Morrison and Patricia Urquiola. Details this way. 

10 Things I Hate About Opening A Restaurant

Jonathon Sawyer on stress dreams, waiting. Waiting.
May 16, 2014 10:00 am

Jonathon Sawyer has quietly accumulated a murderer's row of awards: James Beard finalist, Food & Wine Best New Chef, Rising Star Chef – the list goes on and on. With a handful of restaurants, fast-casual spots, and food companies already under his name, Sawyer is almost ready to launch Trentina, his new full-service Northern Italian joint and dropped by to share ten things he hates about opening restaurants.


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