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Video: Pioneering Union Square Café Is Closing! Ex-Chef Michael Romano Looks Back

The NYC institution will shut its doors in 2015
Jun 24, 2014 11:15 am

The New York food world is reeling this morning from the news that Danny Meyer's beloved Union Square Café will close at the end of 2015 after nearly three decades in business. The reason: (what else?) an astronomical rent increase. Here, former chef Michael Romano talks about the genesis of the pioneering restaurant.

Duck Bacon: Sooo Hot Right Now

Demand for the 'marginal' bacon has doubled
Jun 20, 2014 12:30 pm

Americans are eating ever more bacon, even as pork prices continue to soar. The enduring bacon boom also applies to "marginal" bacons beyond turkey and chicken. Duck bacon, for example, has seen its shipments more than double, according to consumer market-research firm NPD Group.

Out Of The Way, Weinermobile! Planters' New Ride Is Pretty Nuts

The 'Nutmobile' rolls out this summer
Jun 20, 2014 9:00 am
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Mr. Peanut and his posse will be riding around this summer in some cracking new wheels. They'll be passing out free samples of the brand's newest flavors. And, probably drawing a lot of double-takes amid this season's mirage-inducing heat.

New York's Long-Standing El Quijote Isn't Going Anywhere, Is It?

New owner vows to preserve restaurant's legacy
Jun 19, 2014 2:00 pm
Photo: Chris Goldberg on Flickr

So far, new owner Ed Scheetz has said all the right things about upholding "the signature look and feel of El Quijote (classic Spanish) while maintaining its authenticity and history." The proof, we suppose, will be in the paella.

Now Restaurants Are Keeping Tabs On Your Bathroom Breaks

A creepy admission from the hospitality sector
Jun 17, 2014 2:00 pm
Photo: Kevin Dooley on Flickr

No one has a reasonable expectation of privacy when dining in public, but who among us expects to have his every trip to the loo monitored by some shadowy spook with an attendance clicker? At Alinea in Chicago, your bathroom breaks are among many things the staff is taking notes on.

Mario Batali Is Starting A Production Company, With An R-Rated Name To Boot

Celeb chef to create new lifestyle shows
Jun 16, 2014 11:30 am

Chef Mario Batali is behind a new company that will create food and lifestyle programming targeted at millennials. His newest venture – a collaboration with OgilvyEntertainement – is titled ccMF Productions and will look to explore the human component of food and food production. It will be targeted at the younger generation. More information, after the jump.

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.

Restaurant Reservations News: Priceline Buys OpenTable for $2.6 Billion

Travel booking site beefs up with OpenTable buy
Jun 13, 2014 9:43 am

Maybe those new services charging for primetime reservations are onto something. In a blockbuster deal announced this morning, ThePriceline Group will buy OpenTable for $2.6 billion in cash, or $103 per share. Details after the jump. 


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