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    The owners of a waterfront restaurant on Long Island are getting ready to close their business after 18 years. Nicky's on the Bay, a seafood restaurant in Bay Shore, will soon close its doors, the business announced on Saturday, Sept. 10. The restaurant is located at 150 South Clinton Ave. "The rumors are true… This is Nicky’s on the Bay’s last season," the announcement reads. "Nick and Rachel would like to personally invite all of you to come down for Customer Appreciation Day! Everything will be 50% (while supplies last) as a way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers over the past 18 years!" The owners added that the proceeds for "Customer Appreciation Day" will be given to the kitchen staff to thank them for their hard work over the years. The owners' other location, Nicky's Clam Bar, will remain open.
    Lady Penny Mountbatten, who was married to the Queen's third cousin Ivar, has revealed how she escaped to the world's strictest wellness retreat to recover from the death of a close friend.   Lady Penny married Lord Ivar Mountbatten, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and third cousin of the Queen, in 1994 and the couple went onto have three daughters: Ella, 23, Alix, 21 and Luli, 17, before divorcing amicably in 2011. She told FEMAIL she was 'traumatised' by the 'sudden and unexpected death' of her best friend, whom she discovered in her flat on 2 February, and went into a 'deep shock.' The tragedy prompted Lady Penny to consider her own behaviour, saying: 'I knew I needed to slow down, change the balance in my life, eat a healthier diet, breathe, reset and focus inwardly so I could grieve and begin to heal.'   Lady Penny Mountbatten, who was married to the Queen's third cousin Ivar, has revealed how she escaped to a £8,340 wellness retreat to recover from the death of a close friend She travelled to...
    Starting on Monday morning, you can make your bid for a piece of local history as the Clydes restaurant in Reston, Virginia, is closing its doors after more than 30 years. “One of the most striking pieces in the restaurant is a life-size horse,” said Jeff Owens, the CFO and head of corporate development for the Clydes Restaurant Group. He said it’s got an interesting local history. “It was actually used by a tack shop in Georgetown,” Owens said. The horse is one of more than 200 items up for sale in an online auction from the restaurant, including lamps, artwork, and furniture that decorate the restaurant. More Fairfax County News The auction runs for 10 days and ends on May 25. It opens at 10 a.m. on Monday. “A lot of this stuff is museum quality that’s available at a no reserve auction,” Owens said. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Clydes Team Member Emergency Assistance Fund. “It’s a very cool collection of collectibles and fine arts,” Owens said. “There’s a lot involving horses and sailboats...
    Vegan restaurateur-turned-fugitive Sarma Melngailis has opened up about how her scammer ex-husband Anthony Strangis gained her trust by interacting with Alec Baldwin on Twitter, leading her to think they were friends.    Melngailis, 49, detailed the downfall of her celebrity-loved restaurant Pure Food and Wine following her relationship with Strangis in the new Netflix docuseries Bad Vegan: Fame, Fraud, Fugitives, which chronicled how they swindled nearly $2 million from investors and stiffed employees before going on the run. Baldwin, 63, was friendly with the chef at the height of her success and famously met his wife, Hilaria Baldwin née Thomas, at the New York eatery in 2011. Melngailis touched upon their relationship in the first episode, recalling how they had an immediate connection. 'I met Alec Baldwin at the restaurant,' she explained. 'We talked a lot on the phone and via email. Sometimes when you meet somebody, and you feel like you already knew them, it kind of felt like that with him.'  Sarma Melngailis, 49, (left) claimed that her scammer ex-husband Anthony Strangis gained her trust by interacting with Alec Baldwin (right) on...
    California officials are close to declaring a busy Chick-fil-A a 'public nuisance' due to traffic safety concerns caused by the restaurant's long drive-thru lines.  Earlier this month the Santa Barbara City Council debated what to do about a Chick-fil-A located at 3707 State Street that has caused a headache for local business owners and residents.  City officials said they have been in talks with the location's store operator for years after complaints of ridiculously long lines of vehicles lining up for the restaurant's famous chicken-centric menu items.   Earlier this month the Santa Barbara City Council debated what to do about a Chick-fil-A located at 3707 State Street (pictured) that has caused a headache for local business owners A city council report said during the week the fast food restaurant's drive-though line blocks an entire lane of traffic for up to 90 minutes at its peak The queues of vehicles have blocked everything from driveway entrances of nearby businesses, bicycle lanes, and the sidewalk, a public planning report said.  The long lines have even forced city buses and emergency vehicles to detour to avoid...
    At Ben’s BBQ & Brew in San Jose, the karaoke fans have already belted out their swan songs. The final briskets and racks of ribs will come out of the smoker Friday — enough for customers right up until midnight New Year’s Eve. Then, in the coming weeks, the sports memorabilia will be removed from the walls. Faced with a doubling of his rent, owner Ali Moein says he has no choice but to close the doors at week’s end after just three years in business. Donahue Schriber, the real estate investment trust that owns the Westgate West center, is raising his rent from $6,000 to about $13,000 a month — with no opportunity to negotiate, said Moein, who added that he is the last independent, solo restaurant owner in the center. Ali Moein, center, owner of Ben’s BBQ & Brew, chats with customer Judy Cerda and her husband, Jesse, in the restaurant in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. They will be closing due to a significant rent increase. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)  “I don’t...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Carlton restaurant will be closing its doors after 37 years in business. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports Under 100 New Cases The owner says the pandemic led to its closure, losing about half a million dollars. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 1,257 New Cases, 54 Additional Deaths He says he paid 14 months of rent but was unable to fully reopen and most of their revenue came from catering. The owner hopes to remain part of the Pittsburgh fabric but is sad to see his decades of hard work come to an end. The owner says people will be able to say their final goodbyes on May 27 at the Final Pour event. It’s a wine sale and taste testing event from The Carlton’s well-known and extensive wine collection. MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Voters Impose Limits On Governors Emergency Disaster Powers Briana Smith will have more on this story on KDKA Evening News, starting at 4.
    Chef Julien Royer opened Odette in 2015, and the French restaurant has earned two or three Michelin stars every year since. Odette Odette was named Singapore's best restaurant and the second-best in Asia in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2021 ranking. Owner Julien Royer said "revenge dining" helped Odette after last spring's coronavirus lockdown: "People were so happy to get back something they took for granted." To stay afloat during the pandemic, Royer pivoted to offering casual dishes like chicken rice for the first time. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Singapore is famous for its food scene, be that cheap street food at a beloved hawker center or haute cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant. But according to Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, an annual restaurant ranking published by William Reed Business Media, the city-state's absolute best eatery is an upscale French restaurant with three Michelin stars. Odette, which 38-year-old French chef Julien Royer opened in 2015 with Lo & Behold Group, ranked second overall in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2021. In both 2019 and 2020, Odette was ranked...
    Reduced occupancy restrictions in Massachusetts has led to the temporary closure of some restaurants that had been hanging on during COVID-19 but can’t sustain a business under the harsher conditions. The new temporary regulations for Massachusetts take a particularly hard line on restaurants and events spaces, which had to cut back occupancy to 25 percent. On Sunday, Jan. 3, for example, Smoke Stack Urban Barbecue in Worcester announced that it would be temporarily shutting down. “Due to new government restrictions on occupancy and the levels of confidence in dining out, w have decided to temporarily shut down,” owners said on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “This mini hibernation will be in effect until February and will be re-evaluated at that time to re-open.” On Dec. 26, 2020, the newest and most restrictive measures went into effect in Massachusetts in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 - which is currently surging here and across the nation. The new limits will be in place until Sunday, Jan. 10 unless they are extended further by Gov. Charlie Baker. Here are the revised...
    FOOD is one of the most important aspects of the festive season. If you're preparing to eat out on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or into the New Year, Denny's diner is a viable, cost-effective option. 7Denny's is open year-roundCredit: Getty Images - Getty Is Denny's open over Christmas and New Year? Denny's will be open over Christmas and New Year, as Denny's never shuts. Seriously! The Denny's website reads: "Denny's is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will continue to welcome guests into its booths - and online - throughout the holidays including New Year's Day." 7A waitress serving food at Denny's RestaurantCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7A Denny's BLT and friesCredit: Getty Images - Getty For more information or online ordering options through "Denny's on Demand" you can visit their website. What are Denny's opening hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Opening hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are limitless, so you can enjoy a Denny's feast any time of the day, any day of the week. “At Denny's, we pride ourselves on being able to serve our guests 24/7,...
    San Francisco's iconic Cliff House restaurant that has served tourists and locals for more than a century from atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean is closing its doors at the end of the year. Dan and Mary Hountalas, the restaurant's proprietors since 1973, said in a post Sunday on the restaurant's website they are closing on December 31st because of losses brought on by the pandemic and a dispute over renewing their long-term operating contract with the National Park Service. Built in 1863, the seaside restaurant has been a San Francisco institution and a top tourist attraction. It has gone through several transformations.  The Cliff House at the very western end of San Francisco as it sat perched overlooking the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco, California, late 1890s. It was opened in 1896 by Adolph Sutro, the mayor of San Francisco This photograph shows horses and carriages on a path in front of Cliff House and a view of what's known as the Sea & Seal Rock. Pictured in 1869  The second Cliff House survived the 1906...
    VENTURA (CBSLA) — A confrontation between a business owner and employees with the Ventura County Health Care Agency has gone viral on social media. "Are you going to pay my rent ? says owner Anton Van Happen of Nick The Greek to public health inspectors issuing him a citation for staying open after being issued a closure order. Things got tense pic.twitter.com/9eKCiAjDaw — Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) December 15, 2020 “What am I going to do if I close? Are you going to pay my rent,” Nick the Green owner Anton Van Happen can be heard saying in the video. “OK, if you’re not going to pay my rent, I’m not closing.” Van Happen said the Monday visit happened after he staged a protest Friday by leaving his tables outside his restaurant, though he was only offering takeout and delivery. He said he put the tables away that night after getting a visit from the health department, but that his business permit was suspended after a health official went back on a verbal agreement. “The city of Ventura has...
    Chuck Yeager, pilot who broke the sound barrier, dies at 97 Rahm Emanuel Fast Facts 10,000 of Americas restaurants are expected to close in the next three weeks About 17% of America's restaurants have already permanently closed this year, with thousands more on the brink according to a new report. © Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis/Getty Images People walk near a restaurant closed by the pandemic as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues increase on November 23, 2020 in New York. NYC Mayor tells city to prepare for second wave shutdown where Indoor dining, gyms, restaurants and lots of other businesses would have to close until the coronavirus infection rate dies down. The National Restaurant Association is publicly pleading with Congress to pass new stimulus to help the industry that has been damaged by the pandemic. The group said Monday that 10,000 restaurants could close in the next three weeks, in addition to the 110,000 that have already shuttered in 2020. Load Error The group released results from a survey of 6,000 restaurant operators, revealing that...
    New York (CNN Business)About 17% of America's restaurants have already permanently closed this year, with thousands more on the brink according to a new report.The National Restaurant Association is publicly pleading with Congress to pass new stimulus to help the industry that has been damaged by the pandemic. The group said Monday that 10,000 restaurants could close in the next three weeks, in addition to the 110,000 that have already shuttered in 2020. The group released results from a survey of 6,000 restaurant operators, revealing that 87% of full-service restaurants reported an average 36% drop in revenue and 83% expects sales to be "even worse" over the next three months as the virus continues to lash the United States. "In short, the restaurant industry simply cannot wait for relief any longer," said Sean Kennedy, executive vice president for the group, said in a release. He advocates for a "true compromise" between the competing Democrat and Republican proposals and hopes for a larger stimulus package in 2021 under the incoming Biden administration. A bipartisan stimulus proposal could be unveiled this week....
    One in six restaurants, a startling 110,000, has had to close across America due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new data from the National Restaurant Association has revealed.  According to a survey of 6,000 restaurants, 17 percent have closed since March.  The restaurants on average had been open for 16 years and employed 32 people. It means that on a national scale, more than 3million people have lost their jobs.  The Association revealed the devastating numbers in a letter to congress begging for a federal bailout soon.  They say that if more help doesn't come, 37 percent of the surviving restaurants will be forced to close in the next six months.  According to a survey of 6,000 restaurants, 17 percent have closed since March. Every type of restaurant has suffered because of the pandemic. Above, figures show how sales have suffered 'For nearly nine months, restaurants—our nation’s second-largest private sector employer—have been in an economic free fall as a result of mandated closures and capacity limits due to the coronavirus pandemic. 'The tide of restaurants closures and bankruptcies continues...
    A celebrity chef has vowed his restaurant will stay open amid new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in California, according to a video he posted of himself on Twitter. My message for all the haters. Please share the logic. Sorry, haven’t had a haircut since March. pic.twitter.com/SOjy3bt4l5 — Chef Andrew Gruel (@ChefGruel) December 3, 2020 “Do we take the pandemic seriously? Of course we do,” Gruel said in his video. “Am I saying that we shouldn’t close outdoor dining? Yes, I am.” Andrew Gruel, a former judge on Food Network’s Food Truck Face Off, is the founder, CEO and executive chef of Slapfish, a seafood restaurant franchise based in Huntington Beach, California, according to his website. “There is zero scientific evidence that proves that outdoor dining is contributing to a rise in cases related to this,” Gruel said. “I can get on an airplane and I can fly and eat and do whatever I want – and don’t tell me it’s the HEPA filters, okay? Because that’s not the case. You don’t turn those on until you get onto the plane.”(RELATED:...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul’s Handsome Hog restaurant will halt its services this Saturday, with the head chef and owner citing government inaction at the state and federal level. On Monday, Justin Sutherland posted on social media that it “breaks his heart” to announce that his restaurant must take a break. “The inaction by our government has forced us to close our doors until the world makes sense,” Sutherland wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for your support we will see you on the other side. Stay safe and take care of each other.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin Sutherland (@chefjustinsutherland) Sutherland says, for now, the plan is that the restaurant will return. “Please help us in our final week, our staff needs your support as they once again enter a time of uncertainty. Get your fix of brisket, ribs, and chicken and grab your gift cards,” he said on Facebook. Handsome Hog’s pause comes as many other Twin Cities restaurants are struggling, or have closed, since the start of...
    A Los Angeles County restaurant is flouting coronavirus-related restrictions in an effort to help keep its employees financially afloat before Christmas, while also taking a jab at the state’s governor, numerous sources reported. Eat at Joe’s, located in Redondo Beach Bay, is defying the orders by remaining open for outdoor dining. The owner, Alex Jordan, is sending a message with a sign placed on the restaurant that says “The French Laundry” — the name of the upscale restaurant where Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was attending an indoor dinner party in early November. This Redondo Beach restaurant has a not so subtle message for CA. Owner Alex says he’s defying LA County orders to close outdoor dining because it’s not about him, it’s about all the workers that rely on him for livelihoods, and he can’t leave them stranded right before Christmas pic.twitter.com/rRlUGlKbkR — Christina Pascucci (@ChristinaKTLA) November 29, 2020 Jordan told KTLA that his business has followed all of the rules that came along with allowing restaurants to open, and he wasn’t comfortable with putting his employees out of...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Saying the business “has not been financially sustainable,” the ownership team at Revolution Brewing has decided to close the Logan Square brewpub for the winter and reopen in the spring. The brewpub at 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. is the latest Chicago restaurant/bar to shutter heading into winter. Several other restaurants made the same announcement in recent weeks as Chicago battles a second surge of coronavirus cases. “Unfortunately, the business has not been financially sustainable, the public health crisis is now getting worse and it doesn’t make any sense to just open the windows for fresh air and try to struggle further down this path right now,” Revolution’s ownership team wrote on Facebook Thursday. Revolution’s announcement comes just days after Gov. JB Pritzker ordered restaurants and bars in Chicago to stop indoor service starting Friday, among other new rules. Chicago has seen its number of new cases and its positivity rate skyrocket in recent weeks, triggering the new rules. It also comes after Revolution’s ownership team had to temporarily shut down the brewpub for few days after a non-customer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As Minnesota continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, we’re also starting to see some businesses take action. As winter sets in, many restaurants are choosing to close, but it’s only temporary, with the hopes of coming back in the spring stronger than ever. Dark Horse Bar and Grill in the heart of downtown St. Paul will only be pouring and serving for a few more days. “I can’t fight something that’s invisible. If I could take COVID out in the alley and give it the left hook I would,” said Paddy Whelan, co-owner of the restaurant. He made a decision to close his restaurant down for the winter in order to save it for the future. “I need long term stability and that’s what I want to have for my staff and the way for me to do that is to close. It’s the only way,” he said. This summer they were able to use their patio to safely bring in a decent amount of customers, but without that option this winter, it didn’t make financial...
    While independent restaurants are struggling, with little hope of relief from Washington D.C. (which hasn't gotten any closer to signing a new pandemic relief bill), big restaurant chains are on the move in the south suburbs.  Eddie V's Prime Seafood opened this week in Greenwood Village, bringing a new concept to town from the Darden Group, which also runs Olive Garden, Yard House, Capital Grille and Bahama Breeze, among others. The spacious seafood house is just four miles up I-25 from the similarly named but completely unrelated Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood. Along with seafood, live music and cocktails, Eddie V's notes that "through its Harvest Program, the restaurant prepares its surplus food that is not served to guests for donation to Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry." In Wheat Ridge, the lease is ending at the five-year-old Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market, at 7043 West 38th Avenue, so the market has decide to close permanently. Shoppers have until October 31 to pick up their winter squash and other fall produce. After that, owners Dick and Margaret Barkey will...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — New coronavirus restrictions put a spotlight on two Belgian classics this week: Beer and surrealism. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases but restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant? And more importantly, does the distinction really help contain the pandemic? It is all very reminiscent of surrealism master Rene Magritte, who painted a picture of a pipe and wrote under it “Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe,)” — because, of course, it is an image of a pipe. “The Treachery of Images,” as the painting is called, also applies to Brussels watering holes these days. To stay open and in business, bars will have to prove that they are not bars. Aurore Phanariotis of Le Paon d’Or, which advertises itself as a “Bar Lounge” was working on it as soon as the Brussels ban went into...
    When restaurants were ordered to close to in-house customers last March, some never reopened. Wendell's, a breakfast eatery at 3838 Tennyson Street, was one of them. But rather than completely scrapping the diner, co-founder Kade Gianinetti sold it to new owners, who reopened Wendell's the last week of September. "We first looked at it on May 28, and we loved everything about it," says Casey Keller, who purchased Wendell's with her husband, Roy Benoit. They closed the deal in mid-August and have been working ever since to train new staff, plan the menu and relaunch during the pandemic. We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls. Support Our Journalism Keller says she and Benoit have 35 years in the restaurant industry between the two of them — as servers, bartenders, managers and cooks — but this is their first leap into ownership. "Wendell's had a...
    A sign on the door at Earnest Hall, 2915 West 44th Avenue, reads: "We would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of your neighborhood. While we had our hearts filled with optimism, uncertain times have guided us to making the difficult decision to close indefinitely." Earnest Hall had just opened for business on February 25, three weeks before all Colorado restaurants were ordered to close their dining rooms because of the pandemic, so it never had the chance to gain momentum before health and safety restrictions caused a considerable downturn in customers. But the word "indefinitely" leaves room for the possibility that the restaurant could reopen at some point in the future. Joe Vostrejs, co-founder of City Streets Investors, which owns the building, says that business was great at Earnest Hall during the first three weeks. After it sustained storm damage, City Streets had done a major renovation of the structure, opening Earnest Hall as an updated version of its previous incarnation, Ernie's Bar & Pizza, with the same pizza and pasta concept, plus...
    The stakes are high for the American steakhouse in the age of COVID-19 as the restaurant industry continues to face losses. Chicago mainstay Lawry’s The Prime Rib will shutter its Ontario Street location at the end of the year, serving its last cut on Thursday, Dec. 31, the Chicago Tribune reported. The eatery had operated in the area for 46 years. Restaurant employees were notified of the forthcoming closure on Saturday. Lawry's The Prime Rib will close its Chicago location at the end of the year. (Google Street View)  The restaurant, known for its prime rib steaks, center-cut filets and Yorkshire pudding, first opened in 1974 on Ontario Street in the McCormick Mansion. The steakhouse was originally founded in Beverly Hills by brothers-in-law Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp in 1938 and has since expanded to locations in Dallas and Las Vegas. HOW CORONAVIRUS MADE THIS STEAKHOUSE ADAPT  Lawry’s Inc. CEO Ryan Wilson says the Chicago location’s expiring lease, coupled with coronavirus losses and civil unrest, factored into the chain’s decision to close for good. “In a year of...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Iconic Chicago restaurant Lawry's the Prime Rib, says it is closing December 31 after 46 years in business on Ontario street, in the Mag Mile.The restaurant reopened in June, after closing for nearly three months because of the pandemicRELATED: COVID-19's economic impact forces Wrigleyville bar to close, Gold Coast restaurant close behindThe upcoming closure is another restaurant lost amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Restaurant Association estimates a quarter of all restaurants will close as a result of this pandemic.Redmond's Ale House in Lakeview, Ronny's Steakhouse and the Wells Street Market are among the closures.RELATED: Fry the Coop at Wells Street Market becomes latest Loop lunch spot to close as more people work from home
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Lawry’s The Prime Rib will be closing its location on Ontario Street just off the Magnificent Mile at the end of the year. The last day of service at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario St., will be Thursday, Dec. 31. The location has been in operation for 46 years. The steakhouse was founded in Beverly Hills, California in 1938, but it has had a home in the McCormick Mansion on Ontario Street since 1974. “Lawry’s longtime master carvers and brown gown servers have served endless amounts of its signature Prime Rib from antique silver carts, Yorkshire Pudding, and Spinning Bowl Salad to its valued Chicago guests over the last 46 years,” Lawry’s said in a news release. In the release, Lawry’s Inc. chief executive officer Ryan Wilson suggested that Lawry’s does have a future in Chicago even with the closure of the iconic location. “It was an extremely difficult decision to close Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Chicago, a stalwart location for our brand since 1974,” says Ryan Wilson, CEO for Lawry’s, Inc. “It will...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Dominique Ansel Bakery Los Angeles, which opened to great fanfare in 2017 by the creator of the cronut, has shut its doors permanently, another victim of COVID-19. Chef Dominique Ansel posted several photos on Instagram over the weekend of scenes from his bakery at The Grove, alongside a farewell message. View this post on Instagram During the pandemic, we’ve had to make some tough choices and also had to make peace with not having a choice sometimes. A few weeks ago we quietly said goodbye to @dominiqueansella and @189bydominiqueansel, which were temporarily closed in March with the government shutdowns. We now join the list of Covid casualties, alongside our well-respected peers in the industry. It’s ironic to close when our last memories were of the lines every weekend and nights full of proposals, tree lightings, and blow out finale parties. Our Burger Park, Summer Marche, those epic first LA Pie Nights, croissant 101 classes, the chefs we collaborated with, and all the smiling faces of our friends and guests. LA wasn’t always easy,...
    New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained below one percent for 31 days straight, the governor proudly announced. Sunday's COVID-19 test results were 0.88 percent positive and remained below one percent for an entire month - a major victory for a state that was once the epicenter of pandemic in the US. New York state reported 520 new cases of virus on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 440,021 and total hospitalizations to 413. Two deaths were also recorded Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 25,361.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised New Yorkers for keeping the infection rate down and slowly stabilizing the state. 'Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, our state has now gone a full month with our COVID infection rate remaining below one percent,' he said in a press release Monday. New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained below one percent for 31 days straight, the governor proudly announced Monday. This graph shows the number of people tested over the past seven days in blue and the number of positive results in yellow...
    You’ve got until 7 p.m. Sunday for one last Italian ice or frozen custard. Then Rita’s Italian Ice will close up shop in Campbell. “We lost the financial battle with COVID-19 and heartbroken that we have decided to close permanently,” franchise owner Ramya Ramamurthy posted on social media. “I want to thank all of you for the support and well wishes you have given us right from the start. … I wish you all the very best and pray that this situation will resolve very soon.” Related Articles Campbell restaurants can now offer street dining with closure of East Campbell Avenue Coronavirus exposure prompts temporary shutdown of Michelin-starred restaurant This popular Palo Alto restaurant won’t survive the coronavirus era San Mateo’s Vault 164 restaurant closes permanently Lay’s introduces new line of restaurant-inspired snacks (yo, Geno’s Cheesesteak potato chips) This location at 475 E. Campbell Ave. opened three years ago. It’s part of a company that has been specializing since 1984 in East Coast-born Italian ices and the frozen custards...
    McDonald's will close 200 locations in the United States as the chain faces a bumpy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic after second quarter global sales dropped by 30 percent due to lockdowns limiting operations to drive-thru and delivery.   The fast-food company reported a bigger-than-expected drop in second-quarter profits on Tuesday as a result of much lower sales due to coronavirus closures that affected most of the chain's worldwide network.     The fast-food company suffered a 68 percent drop in profits to $483.8 million, following a 30 percent decline in revenues to $3.8 billion.   McDonald's is set to accelerate restaurant closures this year across the US and plans to permanently close 200 locations. More than half are lower sales locations that are inside Walmart stores.  McDonald's reported a bigger-than-expected drop in second-quarter profits on Tuesday as a result of much lower sales due to coronavirus closures In the US, where it operates more than a third of its restaurants, same-restaurant sales fell 8.7 percent. It was better than the anticipated 9.97 percent fall, given most locations were able to stay open with drive-thru and...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The Berghoff Restaurant, a staple of Chicago dining, is making the tough choice to close its doors, but only temporarily. The Berghoff Restaurant and the Adams Street Brewery in The Loop are now temporarily closed. The Berghoff family posted on Facebook that this is a decision they did not make lightly. They said the choice was made simply for the business’ best interests during the pandemic. The post stressed no employees tested positive for coronavirus, nor was the business ever in violation of the city’s guidelines. In the meantime, The Berghoff cafe inside O’Hare Airport will be staying open for travelers.
    Lisa Vanderpump didn't want to have to close her hotspot. Lisa Vanderpump announced last week that she and her husband, Ken Todd, would be closing the doors to their Beverly Hills restaurant, Villa Blanca, and according to a new report, it wasn’t an easy decision. Days after the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member made the closure of her venue official, an insider has revealed that when it comes to making the decision to permanently close their restaurant after shutting down for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the couple struggled because they never wanted to see their run at Villa Blanca come to an end. “Lisa and Ken loved Villa Blanca and were quite attached to it so it was really hard to close for them and it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” a source close to Lisa told Hollywood Life on July 13. According to the source, Villa Blanca was essentially Lisa’s baby and a restaurant she visited nearly daily. As fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules well know,...
    BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images Wanting to get out of the house this weekend but worry about your risks of contracting — or transmitting — the coronavirus? Here’s something helpful: a group of medical doctors with expertise in Covid-19 and other infectious diseases created a color-coded chart that ranks your risk when engaging various common activities. The Texas Medical Association created the chart, included in the article below, by consulting with the doctors on its coronavirus task force and its infectious diseases committee. The Dallas Morning News interviewed Dr. Mark Casanova, a TMA member who serves on the task force, and he explained that they considered five specific factors: if the activity was indoors or outdoors, how long you might be exposed to other people, how close you would get to other people, how likely people would be to comply with safety precautions like wearing face masks, and your personal risk level. In general, the more time you spend in a confined indoor space in close proximity with people who aren’t in your household, the higher your risk. Picking up...
    Walnut Creek’s award-winning Prima Ristorante — an upscale destination for lovers of fine Italian food and wine since 1977 — will close permanently, a victim of these coronavirus times. The decision was announced to customers in a wrenching note from John Rittmaster, the wine director who in 2005 bought the restaurant with executive chef Peter Chastain. “As you well know, the COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the entire restaurant community,” he wrote, “and since our mandatory closure in early March, Chef Peter and I, after 21 years together as friends and colleagues, 15 of them as partners, have looked high and low for a path forward — a way to get Prima Ristorante back to its accustomed role of bringing its unique sense of Italian hospitality to the good people of Walnut Creek. “Alas, though, it appears that events have conspired against us. The longer the restaurant has been closed, the harder it has been to find a way to successfully reopen. We’ve finally come to the realization that we won’t. This decision to close was not made lightly....
    The mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, is launching an investigation into the protests against (and eventual shutdown of) a local restaurant that was criticized for having a menu item that was deemed racist. The 11-Worth Cafe, a staple in the Omaha community, announced earlier this month that it was closing its doors for good following “numerous threats” over a “racist” menu item, and Mayor Jean Stothert has gone on the record to say she doesn’t want the establishment to close and is investigating the situation, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “We wanted to make sure we heard their side of the story,” Stothert, who met with the restaurant owners on Tuesday, along with Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse. The investigation will look into potential criminal activity, including reports that protesters, upset about a menu item named after Robert E. Lee, pounded on the restaurant's windows, blocked traffic, and extorted money in the form of a donation from the owners in exchange for ending the protests. Protesters were also upset about social media posts made...
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Clyde’s Restaurant Group announced it would be closing its Columbia restaurant as well as The Soundry, a concert venue in July. The last day it will be open is July 18. “Clyde’s has had a tremendous 45-year run and we are so grateful for the terrific support of the wonderful Columbia community,” says John McDonnell, Chief Operating Officer of Clyde’s Restaurant Group. “It breaks our heart to be closing– but after several years of struggling sales, the pandemic, and the challenges music venues are now facing as a result, 2020 has dealt us a blow we simply cannot overcome.” Clyde’s of Columbia was the first Maryland location opened by the DC-based group in 1975. The Soundry, located next to Clyde’s on Lake Kittamaqundi, opened in 2018 as an “intimate music event” space. The company hopes to retain its Columbia staff at other Clyde locations, which includes 11 restaurants throughout Maryland, Virginia and DC.  “The priority right now is taking care of our people,” said McDonnell. “Our other locations will benefit greatly from the talented and dedicated...
    The first vegetarian restaurant to receive a Michelin star in New York City has had its reopening plans nixed because of financial strains caused by the coronavirus. Chef John Fraser, who debuted his acclaimed restaurant Nix in Greenwich Village four years ago, said in an Instagram post that the business would close permanently. “Letting vegetables take center stage has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Fraser, who co-owns the restaurant with former Condé Nast editorial director James Truman. “I‘m grateful to every guest who brought an open mind and hungry belly to the restaurant and proved that the appetite for modern vegetarian dining is real.” The restaurant’s official Instagram page also posted about the end of the restaurant, writing, “COVID obligated us to close.” “Everything that’s happened since has shown us that there is no path back to where we had been: an intimate, busy restaurant that was able to pay its staff fairly, serve its neighborhood, maintain exacting standards of excellence, and still operate as a (more-or-less) sustainable business,” the restaurant wrote. Fraser —...
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