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How California's Restaurants are Fighting Fire with Food

Usually in the news for the wines they produce, Napa and Sonoma have made headlines in recent months for the wildfires blazing through them, destroying homes, businesses, and lives.The fires raged, fueled by strong winds, destroying many restaurants and livelihoods in their wake.

A Restaurant's Survival Guide to Natural Disasters

The news has been hard to miss lately. Four major hurricanes hurtled toward American shores, knocking out power, flooding buildings, and ruining lives and businesses in one fell swoop.And many experts agree these catastrophic events are only going to get worse and more frequent.

What the Best Restaurants Have Planned for the Holidays

Time to kick into high gear and start seriously planning for the holidays. To some extent, tradition always resonates, but creative add-ons can introduce new sparkle. Restaurants from the Big Apple to Iowa to Florida share what they’re doing beyond the usual turkey dinner and hot, cinnamony cocktails.

How to Get Diners Excited About Sustainable Seafood

Restaurant-goers are inundated with information, from the farm their vegetables came from to the way their beef was raised. But the most difficult thing to provide details about is seafood.“One of the most challenging places on the menu to feel you have transparency is seafood.

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants—The 1800s

Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants—The 1900s

Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.

So You Want to Open a Hotel Restaurant?

What do Danny Meyer, Tom Colicchio, and Mario Batali all have in common? They have opened restaurants inside hotels. More and more established restaurateurs are doing this, and there are pros and cons.

The Essential Guide to Successful Restaurant Catering

Six months after opening her restaurant, Chef Amy Brandwein launched an off-site catering business. It was a good move. Now, catering constitutes 5 percent of Centrolina’s revenue, but that’s not why she started it.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants Pups and People Can Love

Stephen Ochs was tired of meeting friends for dinner and then dashing home to walk his dog. So he came up with a rather straightforward solution. Why pick one or the other if you can have both?This fall in Atlanta, he will open a concept that includes a full-service eatery, a full bar and Fetch Park, an on-site dog park bar.

When it Comes to Wine Lists, Does Size Matter?

The Fig Tree Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers 1,025 wines to its guests. Across the country, Queenstown Public House in San Diego, California, offers 20 wines and Mahina & Sun’s in Hawaii offers just 18.

8 of the Most Exciting New Restaurants

When weighing whether to open a restaurant, many operators will say the decision lands somewhere between a strategic calculation and running on blind faith. But despite the risks, restaurants continue to launch, with almost 10,000 opening their doors in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association.