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4 Satisfying Beer and Brunch Pairings

While brunch has never been a teetotaling occasion, new consumer research from Mintel suggests it’s getting even boozier. Some 40 percent of urban millennials want to see more drink specials at brunch; that includes old standbys like Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as relative newcomer beer. 

Inventory Management Takes a Digital Step Forward

When it comes to P&L statements, inventory can sometimes be the redheaded stepchild, often overlooked in favor of labor costs and restaurant sales. For years, those oversights could be partially chalked up to an archaic system wherein amounts were recorded by pen and paper.

The Cheesecake Factory Prepares to Launch Fast Casual Spinoff

More than a year after the company hinted at a limited-service spinoff, The Cheesecake Factory is making good on its word with plans to open a pilot fast casual later this year.The news came amid the casual-dining chain’s fourth-quarter earnings report Wednesday, February 21.

Esther Choi's Culinary Empire Takes Shape

It’s still too early to say for certain, but Esther Choi may just have a budding restaurant group in the making. The latest addition, Ms. Yoo, is not a departure from her first concept so much as a scenic detour.

Chef Kieron Hales Marries Fine Dining with Country Life

Like many chefs, Kieron Hales takes inspiration from the changing seasons. But Hales splits with his peers in other aspects of the dining experience—specifically, the location. Instead of turning out dishes in a trendy, urban restaurant, the chef hosts his operation at a 42-acre farm and special events venue about 20 minutes northwest of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.

How Boleo Became Chicago's Rooftop Retreat

BoleoOpened: August 2016Location: ChicagoOwners: Kimpton Hotels & RestaurantsAverage check: $28Description: Peruvian and Argentine influences are tempered by Chicago sensibilities at this rooftop retreat.

High Tech Meets Honky-Tonk at Nashville's Famous Saloon

The business of running a restaurant is tricky enough, but when the establishment in question encompasses three floors and some 23,000 square feet, the challenges start to compound. Located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee’s bustling Lower Broadway neighborhood, the Famous Saloon is a 10-month-old “honky-tonk” featuring a restaurant, multiple bars with lounge spaces, a new rooftop terrace, and a stage for live musical performances.

The Sexy Side of Pasta is Alive and Well at Sophia's

Sophia’sOpened: August 2016Location: Austin, TexasOwners: BDG HospitalityAverage check: $60Description: The supper club makes a comeback at Sophia’s in Austin, where diners are encouraged to linger—or just pop in for a drink.

How Trick Dog Created One of the Country's Most Creative Cocktail Lists

Nursery rhymes and cocktails may not be an intuitive pairing, but a bit of childhood whimsy is the trick de jour at one bar in San Francisco’s Mission District. Trick Dog, which changes its beverage menu twice a year, has teamed up with satirical website and non-profit publishing company McSweeney’s for its latest collection of cocktails.

How Baran’s 2239 Became a Strip Mall Superpower

Baran’s 2239Opened: March 2016Location: Hermosa Beach, CaliforniaOwners: Jonathan and Jason Baran and Tyler GugliottaAverage check: $35–$50Description: Cuisines collide in this modest Hermosa Beach establishment with subtle nods to a family legacy.

Two BWW Operators Give Wing to Disadvantaged Youths

At a cursory glance, Karim Webb and Edward Barnett’s approach to employee retention is straightforward and not unlike other restaurant owners: Invest in your people, and your people will invest in your business.