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Jan 25, 2020 at 02:04.

Bon Jovi, patron saint of New Jersey, opens pay-what-you-want restaurant at Rutgers-Newark

Bon Jovi, patron saint of New Jersey, opens pay-what-you-want restaurant at Rutgers-Newark

You deserve a dispatch of Jon Bon Jovi Is A Good Dude news. This week, the New Jersey rock god opened the third location of JBJ Soul Kitchen, a nonprofit community restaurant. It’s located on the Rutgers-Newark campus, making it the first of three locations on a college campus. Jon Bon Jovi: great hair, great dude.

JBJ Soul Kitchen doesn’t function exactly like most restaurants. For one...

Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 24, 2020 at 23:37. 2 comments

Yelp taking extra steps to warn you about restaurants that can make you sick

Yelp taking extra steps to warn you about restaurants that can make you sick

Yelp ratings are highly subjective. That is, in fact, the whole point of the site: for five minutes, anyone can be a restaurant critic. But your idea of “dirty” or “unsanitary” may not be the same as mine. Health inspection scores, though, are based on a list of predetermined metrics. And now the app version of Yelp will include popup alerts warning users about restaurants in Chicago and L.A....

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Jan 24, 2020 at 19:31. 2 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: Is it okay to snatch silverware from other tables?

Ask The Salty Waitress: Is it okay to snatch silverware from other tables?
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev NextView All

Salty, how rude is it to snatch another napkin or silverware from a nearby unoccupied table if a server is nowhere to be seen?

—Stuff stealer

Dear Stickyfingers,

I like a...

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Jan 23, 2020 at 00:28. 4 comments

San Francisco restaurants have added a surcharge to fight climate change, because of course they have

San Francisco restaurants have added a surcharge to fight climate change, because of course they have

Climate change is terrifying and we should all be stressed about it all the time—so why should a nice dinner out be a reprieve from our existential dread? That’s what Californians are saying, anyway. SFGate reports that several Bay Area restaurants have added a (voluntary) 1% surcharge to bills to fight climate change. (The program was initially introduced in April.) All restaurants in...

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Jan 22, 2020 at 04:56. 18 comments

Grieving a loved one and missed your restaurant reservation? That’ll be £660

Grieving a loved one and missed your restaurant reservation? That’ll be £660

Today in the Bummer Report: A battle is raging in the tiniest town in Britain over a £660 restaurant tab. Okay, they’re English, so it’s probably more of a hubbub than an all-out battle. The patron, Martin O’Grady, took to Facebook to document his attempt to cancel his New Year’s Eve reservation at the Fordwich Arms because his father had been fatally injured. The Michelin-starred pub...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 14, 2020. 8 comments

Panera aims to make its menu 50% plant-based by next year

Panera aims to make its menu 50% plant-based by next year

Panera Bread, inventor of the “St. Louis bagel,” has made a noble New Year’s resolution: by 2021, CEO Niren Chaudhary told Business Insider, the chain aims to get away from its carb-based roots and make half the offerings on its menu entirely plant-based. Currently about a quarter of Panera menu items are vegetarian, though Chaudhary added, “With just one customization, 60% of our menu is...

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Jan 14, 2020. 21 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: I’m going to be 5 minutes late. Should I still call the restaurant?

Ask The Salty Waitress: I’m going to be 5 minutes late. Should I still call the restaurant?
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev Next View All

Dear Salty, I tend to be a timely guy and I always try and be courteous. Whenever a restaurant accepts it, I try to make a reservation. Since I had a young child,...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 11, 2020. 10 comments

Florida man refuses to pay for gold-plated steak he didn't order, Salt Bae calls cops

Florida man refuses to pay for gold-plated steak he didn't order, Salt Bae calls cops

You know how sometimes something is so utterly ludicrous that it defies any sort of comedic commentary? Such is the carnival that exists around the Salt Bae: beloved meme, Instagram phenomenon, maestro of core strength, bachelor father of 13, and the man behind a global chain of obscenely expensive restaurants.

No matter the quality of the food, you are not going to a Salt Bae restaurant just...

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Jan 10, 2020. 21 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: Is our server eavesdropping on our conversation?

Ask The Salty Waitress: Is our server eavesdropping on our conversation?
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev Next View All

Hi Salty,

I went to dinner with my girlfriend last week, and I thought one of our apps was underseasoned. It was fine otherwise (we had eaten most of it at this point),...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Jan 09, 2020. 16 comments

Last Call: Which restaurants should be on Yelp’s Top 100 list?

Last Call: Which restaurants should be on Yelp’s Top 100 list?
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.Prev Next View All

There are over a million restaurants in the good ol’ U.S. of A., and statistically they can’t all be winners. Quite a few of them can’t even manage to be...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 07, 2020. 17 comments

Vindictive ex tries to destroy restaurant owner’s business

Vindictive ex tries to destroy restaurant owner’s business

Back in 2011, Linh Lee hired Regan Louchart, a contractor, to renovate her cell phone store in Lansing, Michigan, after a fire. The two began dating, and Lee paid Louchart $67,000 to convert half the space into a restaurant. In 2015, they opened Capital City BBQ, a Vietnamese-barbecue joint that combined Lee’s family recipes and Louchart’s obsession with barbecue. (Lansing, recall, is the...

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Jan 07, 2020. 19 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: Does my server think I’m a freeloader?

Ask The Salty Waitress: Does my server think I’m a freeloader?
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev Next View All

Dear Salty,

I’m a high school teacher in a big city. In the last few months I’ve gone to two different restaurants where graduates of my school work, one as a waiter,...

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Dec 20, 2019. 24 comments

Best of the worst questions from Ask The Salty Waitress

Best of the worst questions from Ask The Salty Waitress
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev Next View All

’Tis the season to knock you all down a peg. What a magical time of year this is! As always, I’ve enjoyed answering your many interesting questions about how to be a...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 20, 2019. 5 comments

Last Call: Let’s make fake restaurant names as much fun as fake band names

Last Call: Let’s make fake restaurant names as much fun as fake band names
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.Prev NextView All

One afternoon in Lawrence, Kansas, I came across a coffeehouse named Aimee’s. I have never seen anything else in the world named after an Aimee. I can’t...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 18, 2019. 13 comments

Minneapolis man sues restaurant group over 3% “wellness surcharge”

Minneapolis man sues restaurant group over 3% “wellness surcharge”

Last month Christopher Ashbach, a 40-year-old commercial airline pilot and self-described foodie, grabbed a half a dozen oysters for lunch at the Minneapolis brewpub The Freehouse. When his bill arrived, he was surprised to see an additional 3% surcharge added to his $14 check to cover employee health insurance . That amounts to 42 cents.

Now Ashbach is suing the Blue Plate Restaurant Group,...

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Dec 18, 2019. 23 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: Do I really have to call this entree by its stupid name?

Ask The Salty Waitress: Do I really have to call this entree by its stupid name?
The Salty WaitressThe Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.Prev Next View All

Hi! I have always wondered what to do if the thing I want has a whimsical or sometimes downright silly name. (For example, I recently found myself talking around...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 18, 2019. 14 comments

Not everyone can afford the minimum wage hike

Not everyone can afford the minimum wage hike

The minimum wage in California increases to $13 an hour on January 1, or $12 an hour for businesses with 26 employees or fewer. This is undoubtedly good news for workers. It’s not such great news for some business owners, not because they’re stingy (or not just because they’re stingy) but because, with rising rents and other costs of doing business, they simply can’t afford it.

The CBS...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Dec 14, 2019. 5 comments

“Hot Servers Wanted”: Restaurant apologizes for coupon typo

“Hot Servers Wanted”: Restaurant apologizes for coupon typo

Copy editors matter, and news stories like this one no doubt leave them feeling the tiniest bit smug. The owner of Denim Byob, a restaurant in Haddonfield, New Jersey, wrote an apology on Instagram this week after accidentally mailing out 30,000 coupons that said “Hot Servers Wanted.”

According to chef and owner David Murray, the coupon was supposed to say “Holiday Servers Wanted,” and he...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 11, 2019. 11 comments

Lucky Lee’s, the “clean” and tone-deaf NYC Chinese restaurant, closes

Lucky Lee’s, the “clean” and tone-deaf NYC Chinese restaurant, closes

Here’s a piece of advice for aspiring restaurateurs out there: If you are going to open a restaurant, particularly one that serves a cuisine from a culture that is unfamiliar to you, you’d damned well better do your research. Otherwise, you might end up like Arielle Haspel, a white nutritionist who decided to open up Lucky Lee’s, a “clean” Chinese restaurant in Manhattan last spring. Lucky...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 10, 2019. 20 comments

Men and women can now eat together in restaurants in Saudi Arabia

Men and women can now eat together in restaurants in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been trying hard in recent years to rehabilitate its reputation as a repressive place for women. They can now wear colors. As of last year, they can drive. Earlier this year, a royal decree by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman permitted them to travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission. And now they can walk through the same door to a restaurant as men.

Previously,...

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