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Top Four Finalists Announced For Spirited Awards

Following the largest nomination pool in the history of the show and a rigorous judging process by some of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry, Tales of the Cocktail is announcing the Top Four Finalists for each category of the 9th Annual Spirited Awards.

Summer Shake-Ups

Rare is the night I turn down a proper Old Fashioned, sultry Sazerac, or fetchingly hued Negroni. There are few better ways to end an evening than with one of these silky, stirred, often a tad boozy, cocktails.

Tequila Taqueria Debuts on the Vegas Strip

Today, a new staple opens inside Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with the debut of Tequila Taqueria. Owned by the iconic Planet Hollywood International, the property brings fun-filled food and cocktail restaurant to the Las Vegas Strip.

Chef Akasha Richmond Debuts New Indian Concept

Chef and owner Akasha Richmond announces the debut of her second concept opening this June 2015 called Sāmbār. Inspired by her travels throughout India, as well as her affinity for the rich culture and traditions of the country, Sāmbār will showcase the diversity of Indian cuisine with an invigorating array of clean, bright flavors and choices — all inflected with familiar ingredients as interpreted through a California lens.

Tío Juan’s Brings Its Margaritas to New Jersey

Tío Juan’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurant will soon open its doors to New Jersey residents through a franchise deal set to bring a total of five new restaurants to the state.The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local group Garden State Dining, an experienced group of franchise operators who also own Burger King and 7-Eleven franchises.

Menu Diversity

An apple cake with maple yogurt, fenugreek ice cream, and lemon balm recently appeared on the menu of Sixteen, inside the tony Trump Hotel Chicago. Alongside it, some curious guests sipped the Yama cocktail, made with Laird’s AppleJack, Cocchi Americano, ginger, and ice wine Earl Grey tea.

Raval Tapas Bar Brings Spanish Culture to Jersey City

At Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge in downtown Jersey City, the spirit of Barcelona comes to vibrant life in the latest concept from Restaurant Development Group (RDG), the successful team behind Lucky 7 Tavern and Satis Bistro.

Barrel & Bushel Brings Bites, Bourbon, and Beer to DC

Barrel & Bushel, a contemporary American-style restaurant, is now open just in time for spring pours and outdoor dining at Tysons Corner Center. Nestled between Tysons Corner Center’s elevated outdoor plaza and the recently opened Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, the barrel-forward restaurant features regionally inspired food made with the freshest ingredients, the best local and craft beers available with more than 20 beer taps, and a wide variety of hand selected bourbon.

Intro Names New Chef-In-Residence

Intro welcomed its next chef-in-residence, Erik Anderson, on Thursday, May 14. Personally selected by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ founder Rich Melman and chef/partner Matthew Kirkley, Anderson describes his cooking style as a “modern approach to French cooking with a deep respect for the classic technique.

Nick's Cove Adds Pastry Chef and Bar Manager

Recently named Best Restaurant by the North Bay Bohemian and Best West Marin Restaurant in the Pacific Sun Times, Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages is adding to the team led by executive chef Austin Perkins with new pastry chef Jenna Katsaros and bar manager Danny Martin.

Ali Baba Opens Rooftop Terrace in NYC

Gothamites looking for a casual rooftop dining and drinking experience now have a new destination at Ali Baba’s Terrace. The Mediterranean restaurant recently renovated its second floor to create an elevated eatery, complete with retractable roof and bar.

TGI Fridays Partners with Casamigos Tequila

TGI Fridays announced a national partnership with ultra-premium Casamigos Tequila, an award-winning, small batch tequila created and owned by actor George Clooney, Rande Gerber, founder of Gerber Spirits, and Discovery Land Company CEO and founder Mike Meldman.

NRA and Craft Beverage Expo Partner for Upcoming Events

In an effort to unify the craft beverage community, a partnership was announced between the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the Craft Beverage Expo.Influencers from both organizations have agreed to speak at their respective events (the CBE and Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants at NRA Show) to open the channels of communication between craft beverage producers and the restaurant industry as a whole.

Hard Rock Partners with Carlos Santana on Spring Cocktails

Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating spring with a new line of cocktails curated by rock legend Carlos Santana.The limited-edition beverages benefit The Milagro Foundation, a charity created by Carlos Santana to contribute to art, education, and health programs for families.