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Get Green: NRA Says St. Patrick’s Fare Draws Diners

Pull out some stops for St. Patrick’s Day.It’s worthwhile, according to new research from the National Restaurant Association (NRA). More than one quarter of Americans say they plan to visit a restaurant or bar this St.

Caesars Palace Betting on Nobu

The newest Nobu is being planned to open at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.Nobu Restaurant and Lounge will be the centerpiece of the world’s first Nobu Hotel, an exclusive tower within Caesars Palace.

Foodie Registry Engages with San Francisco

A gift registry for restaurant gift cards has expanded from Chicago to San Francisco. Foodie Registry ( allows engaged couples to create a gift registry for restaurant gift certificates, offering them an alternative to traditional wedding registries.

Fig & Olive Heads West

New York’s Fig & Olive kitchen and tasting bar is preparing to open its first West Coast location this month.The expansive 8,000-square-foot, split-level space will be located on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, California, capable of accommodating up to 300 diners.

Hank's Oyster Bar Doubles in Size

This May, Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C., will double in size, expanding into a neighboring 1,800-square-foot space. The expansion allows Hank’s to double the size of its popular outdoor patio with 40 seats for seasonal dining.

Giant Malls Cause Surge in Dining Out in UAE

The dramatic growth of Super Regional Malls (SRM’s) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is driving massive expansion in the eating out market in the region, says a new report by Horizons, a UK-based foodservice consultancy.

A New Face for Bob Evans

The Ohio-based Bob Evans Restaurant chain is embarking on a market-wide project to update and modernize restaurants in the Dayton, Ohio, area. The initiative began in early 2010 with individual restaurant remodels in Blacklick, Delaware, and Pickerington and Westerville, Ohio.