January 2022


The most romantic bars in the United States to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Chef Cindy Wolf opened Charleston’s award-winning dining space in 1997 in the Harbor East neighborhood and was subsequently nominated for multiple James Beard Awards. This establishment focuses on seasonal dishes in an elegant setting, says Gayot. Fine dining isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth grabbing a drink if sitting in a dining room isn’t your goal. Head to the bar for cocktails and harbor views with your date, says Forbes Travel Guide. The luxury travel guide recommends ordering one of the signature cocktails if sounding “the fanciest, tastiest, most decadent version of Tang you could imagine” sounds like your idea of ​​a good time.

Honorable mention for Nihao Baltimore, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, in the Canton district, for its Baiju spirit program. Baiju is “the best-selling spirit in the world,” making it a great cocktail for the uninitiated, says VinePair. The restaurant is run by Lydia Chang, daughter of eminent chef and restaurateur Peter Chang, and offers bar seating for anyone looking to impress a date with their knowledge of spirits.

Baltimore also offers a low-key Serenity Wine Cafe, where you can act as your own bartender at the self-service wine bar. Baltimore Magazine calls the wine coffee ideal for trying different varieties in one-, three-, and six-ounce pours.

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Wollongong nightclub Mr Crown has applied for development to expand into nearby rentals | Mercury of Illawarra

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One of Wollongong’s most popular nightspots is set to expand, with the owners of Mr Crown looking to expand their entertainment footprint into two nearby storefronts. Prince Property Consulting has lodged a development application with Wollongong City Council on behalf of Mr Crown landlords, Wollongong Nightlife, seeking consent for the ‘change of use’ of two adjoining tenancies to extend the floor space current Mr. Crown of 177 square meters. While a site plan filed as part of the application reserved the additional space for a new gaming area, Prince Property Consulting director Shaun Prince told the Mercury it was more likely the space be part of an enlarged dance floor. Read more: Just getting your blood drawn: Mayor’s message after shock cancer diagnosis “It’s unusual for one let alone two vacancies like this to arise and it was an opportunity they didn’t want to miss from a business strategy point of view. a benefit to everyone for them to occupy this space.” Mr Prince said Wollongong Nightlife’s proposed expansion recognized the company’s continued investment in the city. “They are a key part of the night economy, they’re investing money in the CBD,” he said. what Mr. Crown is doing.” Meanwhile, a report accompanying the development application, said the proposal would not cause any adverse impact on the town centre.” The application will be on display until February 7. The room Illawarra Mercury press release is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here.


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Ask the wrong question about Genting HK unsecured loans

THEY SAY | “Why are banks so generous in providing unsecured loans to large corporations?”

Anwar: Why have government-affiliated banks lent billions to gambling companies?

Why didn’t Anwar ban local banks from lending to Genting, Zafrul asks

Smart Voter: Genting Group is a diversified group of companies from entertainment to real estate. The company built its fortune on such deals. However, like many others, it fell victim to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The cruise business was particularly hard hit. This has already been well reported in the media, especially the decision to withdraw from a joint venture in Germany.

Business is about taking risks. You win something, you lose something. Bankers lined up to do deals with Genting because they are cash rich and reliable.

A bad politician shoots from the hip. There are many on both sides. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim should consider early retirement as he is no longer relevant in today’s context.

Betul Malu Bukan Maluapa: Anwar, which is so surprising for the three banks – Maybank, CIMB and RHB – to give Genting Hong Kong $600 million (RM2.5 billion) in unsecured loans when its Genting Cruise Lines division owns luxury cruise ships and a real commercial enterprise.

The Genting name carries weight but unfortunately like all global leisure businesses they have been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Karnak: Yes, banks are constantly making unsecured loans based on some risk assessment criteria. My concern is really how Genting HK was – apparently – sufficiently sealed off from the Genting group in general.

And if so, on what basis were the loans granted? There is no real connection to the Genting Group in general, except through the direct and indirect involvement of a single shareholder.

The Wakanda: In fact, a prudent man would want his money to be safe. It’s just right.

There are many idiots here supporting huge unsecured loans made to borrowers in the name of doing business. And they say in business ‘you win some, you lose some’.

So you don’t blame Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz because such unsecured lending was a norm and not an uncommon practice. You are okay with losing huge amounts of money.

Well, those who don’t want such bankers to manage their money and want their money safe, please raise your hands.

Omissions R Dishonest: Zafrul avoids the real question – why were the loans unsecured?

For such huge sums one should get some security. No bank would or should take such large risks.

MRS: Zafrul won’t dare address the inconvenient fact about unsecured loans. If my industry knowledge is useful to me, “unsecured” is only possible after considering other “objects”.

“You help me, I help you” is one of the unwritten rules in ‘ketuanan‘ Banking. Ask any banker.

Malaysia Bharu: “Zafrul also said that unsecured loans are not uncommon and banks have the freedom to make such loans based on their risk appetite.”

“Zafrul said that despite the bankruptcy of Genting Hong Kong, the banks involved and the Malaysian banking sector in general have strong resilience to challenges.”

The Treasury Secretary’s claim that our banks are strong despite losses on unsecured loans is a way out of dealing with a serious failure in the banking sector.

Banks that are generous enough to part with people’s money to corporations, which may include rogue corporations and scammers, survive the losses by lending to borrowers of secured loans, particularly M40 and B40 (middle and bottom 40 percent) , impose strict conditions and penal conditions. Customers who depend on them for home, auto, personal and credit card loans.

Banks insist on tying everything up as collateral, charging exorbitant interest rates and penalties for the slightest delay in repayment.

In the event of a delay in payment, you are quickly on the case and even up to the point of enforcement. Some also engage the services of debt collectors who ceaselessly stalk and harass debtors.

This is likely how banks are generous in providing unsecured lending to large corporations, and as Zafrul claims, “despite strong resilience to challenges.”

As long as banks are free to issue unsecured loans to select customers, their victims are the mundane borrowers whose “eggs” are occupied with pathetic consumer loans.

Vijay 47: Zafrul made two points that should be of great comfort.

First, the Islamic banking sector in multiracial Malaysia was sufficiently advanced to distinguish between Syariah-compliant and conventional assets.

And second, that “if the Minister of Finance or the shareholders were to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of banks in Malaysia, it would be clearly wrong from a governance and administrative point of view”.

Both of these statements would earn about two sens of credibility in general in the open financial market, even if they were not accompanied by the now-accepted claim that “my brother did it.”

As is well known, the Finance Minister’s declaration of laissez-faire is only evident in grandiose speeches and never in practice.

That said, we still have to wonder why Anwar seems so concerned that Malaysian GLC banks have been lending to Hong Kong gambling houses.

If his concern had centered on such lending being made to offshore banks, or particularly without collateral, that would have been understandable and perhaps commendable. But no, he was upset because the beneficiary was from the gambling industry.

Would the generosity of the three banks have been okay if given to institutions other than Genting?

Anwar, it seems that your Abim (Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia) days never really left you. On the other hand, your private international banking advisor might be PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang.

dragon boat: In finance, unsecured debt refers to any type of debt or general obligation that is not protected by a guarantor or secured by a lien on specified assets of the borrower in the event of bankruptcy or liquidation or default of repayment.

The question is not to lend to a gambling company. The question is, why give “unsecured” loans to a gambling company? Zafrul avoids the question.

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What is Mexican cuisine? A Nevada court has the delicate task of deciding

A Las Vegas mall owner asks a judge to rule on a culinary conundrum between two restaurants: What is Mexican food?

The dishes in question are from the salad chain Chop Stop, which has a location at the mall. There’s the Viva Mexico Chop salad, topped with black beans, jalapeños, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, chicken, and tortilla strips, and the Santa Fe Chop, with avocados, roasted corn, and Pepper Jack cheese. . Also in question is the Chopurrito, a bowl with rice, beans, salsa and up to six toppings.

Cafe Rio, a nearby fast-casual Mexican chain, argued in court that Chop Stop’s offers violate a provision in its lease that says no other restaurant in the same mall can earn more than 10% of its sales at from Mexican or Tex-Mex products. food. Chop Stop responded that its menu items are generic offerings that do not belong to any culinary category.

The result was a great confrontation about the nature of salad food, culture and ingredients – or what chef and food consultant Sofia Sada Cervantes called “the deconstructed symbolism of the Mexican salad.”

Chop Stop and Cafe Rio in Las Vegas.

The legal battle began in 2020 after Cafe Rio invoked a lease clause to cut its rent in half for up to a year if the 10% stipulation was breached and neither the restaurant with the allegedly Mexican dishes nor the landlord took action. Court records show Cafe Rio began withholding 50% of its rent for its 2,800 square foot space in September 2020.

The restaurants‘ owner, Dynamic Town Square Las Vegas LLC, filed the case, formally known as a complaint for declaratory judgment, in December 2020, after months of discussions between the parties. A lawyer for the landlord, Jeffrey Adelman, refused to disclose the amount of the rent.

In November of that year, according to a Dynamic Town Square filing, Chop Stop “made some changes to its menu and provided Cafe Rio with documentation indicating that the only” two potentially questionable salads…represent less than 10% of its sales.” “The court filing does not detail the menu changes. Cafe Rio continued to argue that the salad shop violated its lease.

Hector Carbajal, lawyer for Chop Stop, declined to comment on the case. A lawyer for Cafe Rio did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Adelman said the owner was only a spectator in the dispute.

“I don’t know and frankly I don’t know who knows what legally defines Mexican food,” he said. “They can fight.”

Chefs and culinary researchers say defining Mexican cuisine, or any other ethnic cuisine, is a challenge, but the answer often lies in the ingredients.

The Viva Mexico Chop salad.

For Ms. Sada, an assistant professor at the Culinary Institute of America, a potential consideration in the Viva Mexico Chop is the use of cheddar cheese. “We don’t even have cheddar cheese,” said Ms. Sada, who was born and raised in Mexico. “It’s not something you find in Mexican cuisine.”

Just having Mexican ingredients in a dish doesn’t make it Mexican either, she added. “For me, it’s not just because someone takes a jalapeño or a tortilla,” Ms. Sada said. “It’s just creating a dish using Mexican ingredients.”

Gustavo Arellano, author of ‘Taco USA: How Mexican Food Took America Away’ who wrote about the case for the Los Angeles Times, tried the Viva Mexico salad and found nothing particularly Mexican or tasty about it. this subject. As for the case, “two fairly well-funded companies are battling the impossible task of deciding what Mexican food is,” he said. “It’s a comedy of errors. I just wish it tasted better.

A lawyer for Chop Stop said in legal documents last year that their salad offerings did not violate the lease. “The Santa Fe Chop is a salad offering that is neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex,” a filing said. The Viva Mexico Chop also wouldn’t count, the restaurant’s attorney wrote, because only a taco salad would violate Cafe Rio’s lease. That would mean having a corn or flour tortilla base, which the Viva Mexico doesn’t.

The Santa Fe Chop salad.

As for the Chopurrito — now called the Blazin’ Bowl in Las Vegas — Chop Stop’s attorney wrote that it was a burrito bowl at best.

“Burrito bowls weren’t created in Mexico or Texas as traditional Mexican or Tex-Mex food,” Chop Stop explained. “They were created by Chipotle over the past 15 years in Colorado and are actually a Southwestern food that Cafe Rio doesn’t have an exclusive for.”

Chipotle Mexican Grill did not respond to requests for comment on whether and where it invented the burrito bowl.

How to categorize the foods featured in a similar dispute involving a Panera Bread trying to stop a Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant from setting up shop in the same mall in Shrewsbury, Mass. In this 2006 case, a Massachusetts judge had to decide whether burritos, tacos and quesadillas were sandwiches.

The decision cited a dictionary definition describing a sandwich as “two thin pieces of bread, usually buttered, with a layer of line (such as meat, cheese, or savory mixture) spread between them” to deny the coffee’s request. prevent Qdoba from becoming its neighbour.

“Under this definition and consistent with common sense, this court finds that the term ‘sandwich’ is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, which are typically prepared with a single tortilla and stuffed with a garnish of choice of meat, rice, and beans,” the ruling reads.

In Las Vegas, the trial is scheduled for August. According to Mr Adelman, which restaurant could reimburse the rent depends on the decision.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to collect from someone,” he said.

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Restaurants open in West Hartford after winter storm Bobby | Connecticut News

WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Some restaurants in West Hartford have decided to open their doors on Saturday evening.

Saturdays are usually crowded in downtown West Hartford.

This is not the case on Saturday evening.

The sidewalks have been cleared and some businesses have decided to open.

As the snow from Winter Storm Bobby subsided, crews quickly got to work, clearing driveways and shoveling.

Many restaurants in the area remained closed on Saturday night due to winter weather.

Some, like Barcelona Wine Bar, open at 4 p.m.

The restaurant says it strives to be a place where people can go no matter what.

“Especially in times like this, being there for people no matter what. It’s still uncertain in COVID. Being open and unopened. We want to make sure we’re as open as possible whenever we can,” said Barcelona beverage manager Lisa Teitelbaun.

“I’m from Minneapolis, I grew up in western Massachusetts. I am a snow person. T-shirt hat kind of guy in the snow so I think it’s great,” said Barcelona bartender Chris Ru. “Great opportunity for the neighborhood if you don’t want to cook or are just tired of being around the house.”

You can expect more restaurants to be open on Sunday as more people continue to emerge from winter storm Bobby.

Copyright 2019 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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A hair-raising effervescence at the Mill Valley bar

  • John Freitas examines Crystal Davis’ beard during the 2022 West Coast Classic Beard & Mustache Championships at the 2 PM Club in Mill Valley, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Freitas and Davis, both participants in the event, are Modesto residents. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Blaine Reeves of Citrus Heights gets his mustache done at the 2 am Club of Mill Valley during the 2022 West Coast Classic Beard and Mustache Championships on Saturday, January 29, 2021. The event, hosted by the Beards by the Bay club , is an annual benefit for a non-profit organization for homeless youth. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Contestant Wanda Realegeno of El Sobrante, left, toasts her friend Tatiana Gonzalez’s luck during the 2022 West Coast Classic Beard and Mustache Championships at the 2 am Club for in Mill Valley, Calif., on Saturday, January 29, 2022 The event, hosted by the Beards by the Bay Club, is an annual benefit for a nonprofit for homeless youth. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • John Freitas of Modesto takes photos of fellow competitors at the 2 am Club of Mill Valley during the 2022 West Coast Classic Beard and Mustache Championships on Saturday, January 29, 2021. The event, hosted by the Beards by the Bay club , is an annual benefit for a non-profit organization for homeless youth. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Blaine Reeves of Citrus Heights heads to the 2 a.m. club in Mill Valley for the 2022 West Coast Classic Beard and Mustache Championships on Saturday, January 29, 2021. The event, hosted by the Beards by the Bay club , is an annual benefit for a non-profit organization for homeless youth. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

The Beards by the Bay Club held its 2022 West Coast Classic Beard and Mustache Championships on Saturday at the 2 am Club in Mill Valley.

The annual charity fundraiser benefited Larkin Street Youth Services, a non-profit organization that aims to end youth homelessness in the Bay Area. Competitors paid $20 at the door, and event organizers also offered raffle prizes.

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A suspect in the 2019 murder of a DJ was fatally stabbed at a New York nightclub

A man out on bail for the alleged 2019 murder of a DJ outside a Bronx club was fatally stabbed during an argument inside a swanky Midtown club early Saturday morning, a announced the police.

Miles Gibson, 22, was stabbed by an unidentified assailant around 4 a.m. Saturday after the two men began fighting inside the Harbor Rooftop Terrace and Lounge on West 46th Street by 11th Avenue, according to the NYPD and law enforcement sources.

Gibson was out on $500,000 bail for his alleged role in the Nov. 30, 2019 murder of DJ Oliver Askia outside the Krystal Bar & Lounge in Morris Heights, according to law enforcement sources and public records.

Askia, 26 at the time of her death, was described by her family as someone who “never had a fight in her life”.

The suspect, seen in surveillance video wearing a multicolored hoodie, fled after the stabbing attack, according to police sources.

The confrontation took place at the Harbor Rooftop Terrace and Lounge, above.
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A second suspect, Luis Morillo, also faces murder and weapons charges in the Askias’ deaths. Gibson and Morillo both pleaded not guilty to the charges in December 2019, according to public records.

Their next court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday, February 2.

Additional reporting by Joe Marino and Larry Celona

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New Family to Revive Jingo House Cafe in Japanese Tea Garden

Another family will soon be guardians of the Jingu house and the food served there.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation announced on Friday a new partnership with the Lawton family, owners of Cappy’s Restaurant and Cappycino’s, to bring back a cafe to the Jingu House in historic Japanese tea garden.

Since 1981, Fresh Horizons Creative Catering has operated a take-out style cafe from the gardens. However, the small catering company said goodbye to the Japanese Tea Garden last year.

When Cappy Lawton and his son Trevor were approached by the San Antonio Parks Foundation in late December, he said they knew it was an opportunity they couldn’t turn down.

“We want to make the Jingu House stand out more and make it more accessible to all residents,” Lawton told the San Antonio Report.

Lawton said he and Trevor were still in the planning stages, but they already had some great ideas for the new restaurant/café, including repairing the interior of the Jingu House to improve its aesthetics and functionality, while retaining its historical details.

One side will offer take-out sandwiches, ice cream and boba teas – a tea drink that includes fluffy tapioca balls. The Other Side “will carry on the tradition of House Jingu,” Lawton said. The menu will include a special chicken salad sandwich which is a nod to the historic tenants, the Jingus. The new concept will also sell specialty bento boxes, he added.

In the early 20th century, Japanese-American artist Kimi Eizo Jingu lived with his family in the garden and opened the Bamboo Room teahouse. Jingu raised eight children there while he was a caretaker and died in 1938. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor a few years later, his family was evicted from their home and its name changed to Chinese Tea Garden.

In 1984, then-Mayor Henry Cisneros presided over the restoration of the Japanese Tea Garden and its naming in a ceremony attended by the children of Jingu.

Lawton said they hope to open the cafe in the spring.

“We really want to bring the gardens back to life,” he said.

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Irish Breakdown Show: Alex Bars talks about Harry Hiestand

Hiring Notre Dame Harry Histand Training the offensive line again was a significant improvement, and it comes at a very, very important time for the Fighting Irish.

In our latest broadcast, we explain why the timing of Hiestand’s return is so important to Notre Dame. We are also joined during the show by the former lineman and captain of the Fighting Irish team. Alex Bars, who updates his NFL career with the Chicago Bears before spending time talking about what made Hiestand such a successful coach.

Before Alex joins the show, we explain why the timing of Hiestand’s return is so important. We first discuss the overall nature of his return, which includes insight into Tommy Rees’ state of development and how Hiestand’s return impacted that. Next, we explain how the increased schedule for the next few seasons necessitated a significant improvement in online play.

Alex then joins the show to update his tenure with the Chicago Bears. We then talk about what made coach Hiestand such an influential part of his development, the lessons Hiestand taught, why his players respected him so much and how the current roster needs to fit his coaching style.

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Man charged with killing 19-year-old woman in shooting at illegal Jefferson Park nightclub

A 27-year-old man is facing charges in connection with a shooting outside an illegal nightclub on the North West Side last month that left a 19-year-old woman dead and two others injured.

Rusten Relucio was denied bail on Thursday for murder and aggravated bodily harm during a hearing before Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz.

Meagan Bilbo was attending a party Dec. 5 at the club on the 4800 block of North Central Avenue in Jefferson Park when a masked person opened fire outside in a parking lot, prosecutors told the court.

The club – which operated illegally in a building that bore the signage of a computer repair shop – was open Thursday through Sunday each week, prosecutors said.

Bilbo was punched in the chest and his 22-year-old boyfriend was shot in the abdomen as they exited the building through a back door of the club at around 4.30 a.m. A 23-year-old man was punched in the abdomen and leg. , prosecutors said.

No motive for the shooting was provided to the court, but prosecutors said they were able to link Relucio to the attack via a Dodge Durango that was spotted driving by the club several times before the shooting.

Relucio’s face was “clearly captured” by CCTV cameras as he exited the front passenger seat of the Durango at a gas station about an hour before the murder, prosecutors said. Relucio was wearing unique clothing in the images, which also showed a skull tattoo on his left hand, which was missing several fingers, prosecutors added.

The Durango was seen pulling into a parking lot near the club and then driving down an alley moments before the shots were fired, prosecutors said. A person wearing clothes matching Relucio’s was then seen walking towards the club and firing multiple shots, prosecutors said.

The SUV is registered in Relucio’s name and his cellphone records showed his phone was in the area at the time of the shooting, prosecutors added.

Relucio works as a forklift operator, his defense attorney Dan Herbert said.

“The allegations against my client stand in stark contrast … to the way he lived his life,” Herbert said after court. “He never had any problems, he was never involved in gangs.”

Prosecutors said Relucio had previous convictions for two traffic offenses for which he was supervised, but did not have a violent criminal history.

He was due back in court on February 16.

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Go out for lunch with Tori: Café Zinc

It’s nice to have fun once in a while. For me, that means going out for a good meal with someone I love. To celebrate my birthday week, my mom and I recently decided to splurge and go to Café Zinc for lunch.

This particular restaurant, located at 111 W. Main St., holds very special memories for me, even though I’ve only been there half a dozen times in the past 20 years. One of my dearest friends worked in the hotel kitchen and even had the cooks try to create the perfect tuna salad sandwich for my sister. Some time later, my family stopped by to offer us a cup of hot chocolate after a vocal recital. The restaurant served as a meeting place for me to mark special occasions and organize lunch meetings. Even when I walk by on a hot summer afternoon, I can’t help but envy the few people who dine al fresco with a view of downtown Midland.

As I walked in, I immediately realized that I had forgotten to call ahead for seats, but at least there were several free seats at the counter (beware, reservations are highly recommended). My mom and I sat at the far end of the counter, stopping briefly to study the dessert display along the way.

I ordered the croque monsieur with a house salad. I’m a bit proud of this particular sandwich because it was one of the few dishes I frequently ordered in my high school French class. (“I’d like a croque monsieur, please.”) Ever since, I’ve wanted to try it for real.

Simply put, a croque monsieur is an elaborate grilled ham and cheese sandwich. However, it’s the types of ingredients that take this version to the next level. Café Zinc’s croque monsieur was made with brioche bread spread with mornay sauce (a light cottage cheese sauce), with ham and Gruyere cheese nestled inside. It was then baked with grated cheese on top and garnished with a hint of parsley. Although the bread was toasted, it remained soft and chewy inside. The ham and Gruyere cheese carefully balanced the savory and savory flavors. The mornay sauce brought it all together with its creamy richness.

My mom decided to have the quiche florentine, which incorporated eggs, gruyere (I’m sensing a theme here), parmesan and baby spinach in a thick pastry crust. The slice of quiche was topped with a dollop of dill ricotta. My mom generously let me try the quiche with and without the dill ricotta. Personally, I found the dish to be flavorful and rich enough that topping wasn’t necessary, but it added a nice zest.

Our two lunches were preceded by a bread basket and came with a house salad. The house salad was made with greens, tomatoes, heirloom carrots, cucumber, and a lemon-honey white balsamic vinaigrette, which I found delicious. We sampled both types of bread with the swirl of soft butter, trying the French baguette with a dark loaf sprinkled with nuts. This last type of bread was our favorite because it was moist and slightly warm; there seemed to be more nuts than bread, which provided a hearty alternative.

We knew this meal wouldn’t be complete without one of the complex desserts we spied earlier. After some controversy, I opted for the hazelnut mousse cake while my mother ordered the Godiva chocolate cheesecake as well as a fruit tart to take away… now I see where my indecision comes from. Our waitress wrapped the pie and took the other two desserts into the kitchen to dress them.

My cake came out topped with edible gold leaf and surrounded by dots of vanilla sauce. The chocolate ganache gave way to a light mousse layered between puff pastry wafers. Mom’s cheesecake had similar dots of raspberry sauce decorating her plate, and it was topped with plump raspberries. Both were good choices, as I think a diner can hardly go wrong with any of the cafe’s dessert selections.

Sitting at the counter, we had a great view of the restaurant and the servers as they busied themselves between the kitchen and the dining room. The entire space has a modern feel with white stained furniture and walls. The staff were hospitable, taking our coats to a locker room and regularly checking our drink levels, even sharing a few laughs along the way. Café Zinc is certainly a nice place to get away from it all and enjoy the local splendour. Cheers!

Editor’s note: Out to Lunch with Tori appears every Thursday in the Midland Daily News. Victoria (Tori) Ritter can be reached at [email protected]

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Igloo dining drives business at local restaurants

Igloos at the Cherry Valley Hotel located at 2299 Cherry Valley Rd. SE, Newark, Ohio, December 17, 2021. By Preston Harmon | Lantern Reporter

Some restaurants in central Ohio offer a unique dining experience during the winter.

Local restaurants are taking advantage of outdoor dining spaces, which would otherwise be unoccupied during the freezing Ohio winter, by setting up large heated igloos that can accommodate up to eight people. Brad Hampu, owner of Amato’s Wood-Fired Pizza in Delaware, said his restaurant had started offering igloo seating to increase seating during the winter months.

“People were worried about going out to eat,” Hampu said. “I thought it would be a good way to give people reassurance that they were safe with each other.”

Hampu said Amato set up four igloos last winter after statewide COVID-19 protocols limited its hosting capacity. He said the 32 extra seats provided by the igloos make customers feel comfortable and increase the restaurant’s capacity.

The igloos have remained successful despite staffing challenges over the past year, Hampu said.

“It helped our bottom line tremendously,” Hampu said. “Any time you can add 32 seats, it’s definitely beneficial.”

Reservations to dine in an igloo at Amato are not necessary, and Hampu said the igloos will remain available until the weather warms up. The igloos operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

“A lot of places reserve them, but we wanted as many people as possible to use them,” Hampu said. “We are right at the main downtown intersection – they are very visible and lit.”

Mary Dimitrijeska, marketing manager for the Craftsman Kitchen & Terrace restaurant at Newark’s Cherry Valley Hotelsaid his restaurant started offering igloo seating in December 2021.

Craftsman Kitchen & Terrace reopened for the first time since 2020 last December — after being closed due to the pandemic — with newly installed igloos that can accommodate two to six customers, Dimitrijeska said. She said the igloos had generated much-needed publicity for the Cherry Valley Hotel, as many were unaware of the reopening.

Igloos have been in such demand at Craftsman Kitchen & Terrace that Dimitrijeska said it has added more dates for reservations, with availability now through the first two Fridays and Saturdays in March.

Craftsman Kitchen & Terrace’s igloo dining option has a curated menu and normally costs $65 per person, or $75 per person on Valentine’s Day weekend, Dimitrijeska said. Craftsman is open Thursday through Saturday and igloo reservations can be made on the reservations app Resy.

Hampu and Dimitrijeska said both restaurants plan to continue igloo dining for the foreseeable future.

“It’s a cool trend, and I think it’ll be around for a little while,” Dimitrijeska said. “We will definitely do it again next year.”

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The Metro nightclub site will become a self-storage center | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The closed Metro Entertainment Complex in Riverside is being considered for redevelopment into the Metro Self Storage project.

A city request shows the removal of the former gay nightclub, which closed in August 2021.

The city has issued a Mobility Fee Calculation Certificate for Jacksonville-based Atlantic Self Storage to develop a 150,000-square-foot, four-story facility on 3.43 acres at 859 Willow Branch Ave.

Matthews Design Group of St. Augustine is the agent.

Through Riverside Avondale Atlantic Service LLC, Atlantic Self Storage purchased the property Sept. 1 for $1.85 million among four deeds.

Atlantic Self Storage operates 51 facilities in northeast Florida, according to

Jerald C. Rosenberg and Arnold J. Michaels have sold the gated Metro Entertainment Complex property for $1.85 million.

Holidays of Jacksonville Inc. and Holidays of Jacksonville LLC, led by Arnold J. Michaels and Jerald C. Rosenberg, sold the property, including the building, parking lot and vacant land,

The 16,319 square foot nightclub building was built in 1941.

On August 24, Daily Record partner reported that Metro Entertainment Complex owner Jerry Rosenberg announced that the nightclub would be closing this weekend.

The site said Rosenberg announced the closure of the nightclub, which had served the LGBTQ+ community for 28 years.

Rosenberg said the nightclub has been hit hard due to the pandemic.

“AJ and I would like to thank everyone who has supported Metro over the years,” Rosenberg said in the report.

“We have been the proud owners for 15 of the 28 years. It was an incredible experience. We have the most wonderful staff and friends behind us since day one. The pandemic hit us really hard, being so closed last year,” Rosenberg said.

“We have the opportunity to sell the buildings and land to a developer.”

Rosenberg also teased that a new location may open soon.

He said he was working with some key employees to partner with Metro’s move “to a new, smaller, brighter location in the community.”

Rosenberg said on January 22 that he had not chosen a new location. “We are working on it,” he said.

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List of the least hygienic restaurants and cafes in Bracknell

There are so many fantastic places to eat in Bracknell that it’s hard to know which one to settle on.

We all sat down browsing TripAdvisor or Just Eat, thinking we made our choice only to be tempted by the next option.

One factor you may want to consider is the company’s food safety rating.

No restaurant has been given a 0 rating in Bracknell by the Food Standards Agency, but 11 have a rating of 1.

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Any location with a rating of one means it needs a “major improvement”.

Their decision is based on handling, storage, preparation, cleanliness and food safety management.

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Here are all of the Bracknell companies that received a rating of one and the date they received it:

Adom Shop, 05/02/2020

House of the Dragon, 20/10/2021

The Cortile, 02/27/2020

Kabir’s, 04/10/2021

Raj Tandoori, 07/10/2021

Shahidas, 09/18/2019

Shenzhen, 10/11/2021

The Best Kebab, 06/21/2019

The Old Hachette, 21/10/2021

The Rose And The Crown, 12/17/2021

Wellington’s arms, 08/02/2020

The data collected comes from online assessments. There may be temporary differences between the rating displayed in a business and the online rating for reasons such as the business has appealed its latest rating and is awaiting the outcome or the local authority is uploading the new one. note to the Food Standards Agency website.

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New restaurants on our radar

Another year, more F&B establishments! Here’s the January 2022 roundup of new restaurants on our radar.

Sandwiches and wine, anyone? (Photo: Ether House)

Aether House is Aether Wines & Spirits’ new contemporary French-influenced bistro and wine bar, located at 35 Robinson Road, ground floor of the So Sofitel. Inspired by French bistros serving delicious French cuisine, complement your meal with an extensive range of French wines and a selection of coffees and teas for teetotallers.

Experience the French joie de vivre with the Les Petits Plats menu. Choose between a three- or five-course menu customized to your tastes and dietary preferences by Chef Laurent Brouard, Aether House’s Director of Operations and Culinary. Looking for something light yet tasty to go with your drink? Consider Aether House cheese and charcuterie. Taste charcuterie and cheeses imported directly from France.

Along with its culinary delights, Aether House also boasts a quaint retail space offering a plethora of merchandise ranging from exclusive collectible wines, jams and condiments to lifestyle products like Moleskine wine magazines and books. informative wine selections chosen by Aether House sommeliers.

ethereal house

35 Robinson Rd, #01-05/06/07, Singapore 068876

Open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)

Bibimbap garden (Photo: Am I addicted)

Bibimbap garden (Photo: Am I addicted)

Am I Addicted is a 6,000 square foot pottery studio that houses a Korean vegetarian cafe. From healthy finger foods to nutrient-dense entrees, Am I Addicted’s vegetarian menu is made delicious with signature Korean-Western fusion cuisine that adds unique and punchy flavors to plant-based dishes. The cafe menu consists of refreshing drinks, raw and cooked vegan plates and guilt-free staples with alternative vegan ingredients – all original recipes from AIA’s in-house chef who promises not to compromise taste at all. keeping everything nutritious.

Don’t forget to check out Chung (청), the kitchen team’s 100% handmade signature line of drinks. Chung is a kind of candied marmalade made with only two ingredients: fresh fruit and sugar. It can be served in many ways, such as in drinks like lemonades or mixed with milk, as well as toppings for breads and desserts to add a lively, fruity taste.

See the full cafe menu here.

am i addicted

13 Stamford Rd, B2-51/52/53 Capitol Singapore, Singapore 178905

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bar counter at Eclipse (Photo: Stephanie Zheng)

Bar counter at Eclipse (Photo: Stephanie Zheng)

In time for Valentine’s Night planning, rooftop destination Eclipse has officially opened on the sixth floor of the historic Yue Hwa Building, with magnificent views of Singapore’s Chinatown.

The gourmet restaurant is run by chef Samuel Quan, who draws inspiration from a marriage between his roots in European cuisine and his Asian origins. The restaurant will serve a host of East-West fusion delicacies made with his favorite ingredients. Chef Sam is also supported by a stellar team of culinary experts and veterans.

Discover some culinary insights below!


70 Eu Tong Sen St, 06-01 Yue Hwa Building, Singapore 059805

Open every day, 12pm-2pm, 6pm-10.30pm

Charcoal grilled meat, need we say more?  (Photo: KOAL)

Charcoal grilled meat, need we say more? (Photo: KOAL)

Grilled meats and seafood have just been upgraded with KOAL, the latest addition to Les Amis Group’s award-winning restaurant lineup, featuring a combination of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Western flavors brought together on the Konro Grill.

In addition, a variety of appetizing starters and desserts are also available, experienced and crafted to perfection by the head chef of one of Les Amis Group’s most coveted restaurants.


1 Scotts Rd, 03 – 09/10/11 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Australian cuisine, right here in Singapore.  (Photo: Grocer Surrey Hills)

Not just an Eggs Benedict, but a Crayfish Benny. (Photo: Grocer Surrey Hills)

Surrey Hills Grocer, a brand new local grocery store and one-of-a-kind lifestyle and dining destination, brings authentic Australian on-farm and gourmet experiences to Singapore. The space is home to a gourmet market, a beer garden (with a menu created by an Australian star chef!), an artisan bakery, a florist bar and even a pop-up farmer’s market. Expect to spend a good part of your day here exploring!

Surrey Hills Grocer

511 Upper Jurong Rd, 01-01, Singapore 638366

Open every day except Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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The Best Cozy Bars for Reading Books While Sipping Cocktails in the Seattle Area

Seattle is a city of books; it regularly tops the lists of most book buyers per capita, has a highly regarded library system, and is home to dozens of independent and quirky bookstores. In 2017, the city was even designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Faced with long, rainy winters, Seattle residents are big fans of the Danish notion of ‘hygge’seeking warmth, comfort and community during the dark months. What better way to get through these cold months than to sit down with friends, sip a glass of wine and curl up with a book?

Here’s a selection of cozy bars that aren’t too loud – even on weekends – and offer cozy places to read the latest novels by local talents like Donna Miscolta, Matilda Bernstein Sycamore or Kristin Hannah. These places are all relatively well lit, have a mellow vibe, and are quiet enough to have a conversation with a friend without having to shout over the music.

The Velvet Elk

Tucked away in residential Mount Baker, this funky space with its lampposts and antique furniture looks like a cross between your great-grandmother’s living room and a hipster art gallery. Upstairs you’ll find overstuffed couches, board games, and a guitar for serenading. To sustain you as you turn the pages, sip Manhattan house made with Punt e Mes and Velvet’s homemade bitters, or munch on a variety of okazu pan, savory Japanese pastries filled with barbecue pork, lentils and more. treats. 3605 S McClellan St., Seattle; (206) 717-2902;

The corner

Venture to this cozy West Seattle bar with its creative cocktail menu. A recent concoction is Banana Bread Old Fashioned, a comforting blend of banana whiskey and nut liqueur spiked with chocolate and burnt cinnamon bitters. True to its name, there are plenty of nooks adorned with armchairs and sofas perfect for reading, munching on snacks, or hosting a book club chat. 206 California Ave SW Suite A, Seattle; (206) 420-7414;

The living room

This little watering hole in lower Queen Anne has a calm and relaxed vibe and serves as a living room away from home. Curl up on a sofa with a book and sip a fig-infused old fashioned, one of the house’s many craft cocktails. The Sitting Room gets extra points for playing Keira Knightley’s adaptation Pride and Prejudice on his big screen TV during a recent visit. No Monday night football here. 108 W Roy St, Seattle; (206) 285-2830;

White Horse Tavern

This little English-style pub off the pedestrianized Post Alley of Pike Place Market feels like a village pub in rural Yorkshire. The bar has a selection of imported English ales – served at room temperature, of course – as well as a respectable collection of blended and single malt whiskeys. Grab a pint and sit down with your copy of “Wuthering Heights” on one of the velvet sofas or browse the tavern’s shelves filled with collectible books. 1908 Post Alley, Seattle; (206) 441-7767;

Sol Liquor Fair

At this intimate craft cocktail bar tucked away in one of Capitol Hill’s quieter corners, you’ll find a slew of craft cocktails. Tuesday Tiki nights are accompanied by scratching Mai Tais and flaming punches. The quiet corners of the bar provide perfect spots for quiet conversations or . Sol’s connection to local distiller Sun Liquor means that mixologists frequently highlight craft spirits such as Gun Club Gin and barrel-aged rum from Sun Liquor. 607 Summit Avenue East, Seattle; (206) 860-1130;

Blue Moon Tavern

It’s not exactly quiet or cozy, but the Blue Moon has literary references that make it a must for book-loving drinkers. Founded in 1934, the Moon has long been a favorite of local writers, who left campus due to bar bans within a one-mile radius of the University of Washington. Poet and creative writing teacher Theodore Roethke famously held court here, and other regulars included Richard Hugo, Carolyn Kizer and David Wagoner. Allen Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas have visited before, so go ahead and open a book of Beat poetry or the latest issue of Poetry Northwest (founded by Blue Moon fans in 1959) while sipping a Rainier tallboy. 712 NE 45th St, Seattle; (206) 675-9116;

The Room by the Fireside/Hotel de Sorrento

No list of bookish bars would be complete without the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel, which hosts its Silent Reading Party on the first Wednesday of every month. Join fellow bookworms to sip Manhattans, munch on a plate of charcuterie, and quietly turn pages amid wood-panelled walls, leather sofas, and a roaring fireplace. Literary Anecdotes Additional Credit: Alice B. Toklas, famous for her relationship with Gertrude Stein in Paris, spent her childhood in a house near the site of the hotel and is honored with an annual dinner at the hotel. 900 Madison Street, Seattle; (206) 622-6400;

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Shut down by COVID, Houston nightclub turns into grocery store to support black vendors

Before COVID-19[female[feminine disrupted life across the country, a Houston nightclub called District 1960 hosted some of the hottest musical acts, including Megan Thee Stallion and Moneybagg Yo.

But when the pandemic forced the place to close, it meant more customers and more revenue for business owner Robert Thomas.

“They told me I wasn’t essential,” he told CBS News’ Omar Villafranca. “It made me rethink who I am, what my purpose is.”

It was then that a new idea germinated. Thomas could still bring people together – not to make noise, but to shop, in his own grocery store.

The space, which opened in November, is now called District Market Green Grocer. Instead of musical acts, it offers frozen food, fruits and vegetables, and a busy juice bar.

Thomas not only transformed the place into one of the first black-owned supermarkets in the city, but also gave himself a new mission: to create a platform for black sellers.

“Right now everything here is from a black salesman,” he said.

It comes like Ownership of a black business fell 41% during the pandemic, the highest of any racial group, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The goods in Thomas’s store come from 40 black vendors selling things like meat, produce, and spices.

One such vendor is My Mark 61 Cattle Co., which sells grass-fed meat. Owner Emory Davis said his small business couldn’t handle the volume required for large grocery stores, so before he makes it big, he starts small.

“It’s a good outlet because you can grow with it,” Davis said. “He starts. And then once he gets another location, hopefully you can grow with that and then you’ll be able to provide that next location.”

Another provider is Signature Sudz. Owners Robb and Jessica Tannan said they started making their own soaps and solvents for use in their laundry business after supplies dried up at the start of the pandemic.

“My amazing husband found recipes, he found ways to put ingredients together, and we first rolled out our product to our laundry customers,” Jessica Tannan said.

They are now selling these products in Thomas’ new store, hoping that business will increase.

“To be able to start in those markets and build the customer base, build product recognition, that’s super important,” she said. “And to do it with a community like the one Robert is building is just awesome. I mean, it’s just a win.”

Thomas, who had no grocery store experience, said he never imagined his nightclub would turn into this.

“No, no way. You could never have told me that I would have become a grocer,” he said. “I wanted a bigger club downtown, somewhere, something like that.”

Now he has different plans – for his supermarket: “I want locations all over the world.”

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New Horizons Player Presents a Froggy Chair-Themed Cafe

The One Animal Crossing: New Horizons player creates an entire frog cafe inspired by the series’ iconic Froggy chair, complete with frog treats.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers players a wide variety of adorable furniture with which to customize homes, buildings, and even large spaces. Some gamers go above and beyond when it comes to designing entire rooms to go with their favorite items. For example, a Animal Crossing: New Horizons The player recently designed an entire frog-themed cafe inspired by the famous Froggy chair.

The Froggy chair is part of the Froggy set, a two-part furniture set that has been part of the series since the very first animal crossing game. It’s a franchise staple and many fans openly rejoiced when it was added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons as part of the 2.0 update. It was accompanied by the Lily-pad table unit, which is the other half of the Froggy set.


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Redditor puzzzledbeluga recently showed off photos of the colorful frog cafe they created around the iconic Froggy chair. There are four images, two focusing on the furniture, decor, and layout of the building, and two showing what the cafe looks like in operation. Created using the Good family paradise DLC, the Froggy Café is designed around two sets of multicolored Froggy chairs. Each set of chairs is positioned around a metal and wood table, with a rug in the shape of a sliced ​​open piece of fruit placed below.

The rear of the cafe features two sets of small booths, each positioned in a small recessed compartment. Water lily tables have been placed between the two rows of seats with what appears to be iced lemon tea ready to drink. The front of the cafe features a counter, a clear display case for snacks and a fruit row for easy access to cooking. Edible Kerokerokeroppi Snack items can be seen proudly displayed on the metal and wood tables and counter. Some aspects may remind players of Brewster’s Cafe, but puzzzledbeluga has clearly put its own frog twist on the cafe’s formula.

In the last set of images, the cafe is shown full of animal crossing the villagers are busy. Two villagers appear to be wearing aprons, as if employed by the cafe, while three other villagers are depicted at tables. It looks like these customers are getting ready to consume their orders. While not all seats are complete, the addition of happy villagers helps the café’s already colorful and sweet design come to life.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available for Nintendo Switch.

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Augusta Brunch House in Yelp’s Top 100 Restaurants List

Tucked away in the former Whistle Stop Cafe on Greene Street is one of Augusta’s newest gems – though it’s set to get a lot more attention after being named one of Yelp’s top 100 restaurants in the United States. United States.

Brunch House of Augusta debuted in the Garden City last February and is already at No. 51 on the list that includes everything from fine dining to food trucks.

Asian Brown said he decided to open the restaurant on a whim after noticing that downtown Augusta needed a place to have local breakfast.

To create the list, Yelp says it’s reaching out to “Yelpers” for their favorite restaurants. Then, each location is ranked based on the total number of submissions, ratings, reviews, and how restaurants represent their areas, along with other factors. Brunch House of Augusta has 48 reviews on Yelp with a rating of 4.5 stars. It also has 4.8 stars on Google Reviews and five on Facebook.

Brunch House serves homemade breakfast items including shrimp and grits, salmon croquettes and grits, chicken and waffles with the option of blueberry, strawberry or maple syrup and the bowl City Breakfast Pack – an open-faced omelet on yellow stone oatmeal with a choice of meat, vegetables, and bread. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, pasta bowls, burgers, and salads.

Chef Frank Mims said he strives to provide “top quality food”. Mims is also Brown’s cousin and the duo started catering together before opening Brunch House.

“He’s the creative brain behind the menu,” Brown said. “You give him an idea and he’ll run with it and make it his own.”

Mims has worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years and attended Johnson and Wales to study culinary arts after a high school teacher mentored him and encouraged his love of cooking. Now, Mims is doing the same by teaching interns at the restaurant.

“I teach my cooks here that you build on the flavors – you start with something simple and add a little of this and a little of that and do whatever you want with it,” he said. .

Now that Brown has made the list, he only wants to go higher. He’s looking forward to claiming the No. 1 spot at Cocina Madrigal, a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, next year.

“That’s the goal,” he said. “When we opened this restaurant our goal was to be the best we can be and to be one of the best restaurants in Augusta.”

Brown said he knows he wouldn’t be where he is now without the loyal support of his clients, family and staff.

Customer Duane Harris visited the restaurant on Thursday morning after Yelp’s big announcement. After congratulating Brown, he sat down in a corner booth. He admits he is not considered a “regular” at the restaurant, but has been there at least a dozen times since it opened.

“This is a fabulous little restaurant in a historic location in Augusta,” he said. “The service is excellent – how well they treat guests, they are always happy to see everyone.”

Brunch House of Augusta isn’t the only restaurant in Augusta to make the list. In 2020, Jackie M’s & Son’s was #77 and has five stars on Yelp.

The restaurant at 573 Greene St. is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find it online at

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Citywide mask mandate kicks in as Packers fans flock to sports bars

Bucks and Packers fans across the city flocked to sports bars as a citywide mask mandate took effect.

The city reinstated the mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 3 to wear a mask inside businesses, regardless of their vaccination status.

The new order did not stop fans from going out to enjoy the game.

“I love being with my people, you know the Packers fans, the loud noise when we score, you know you feel the vibe,” fan Maricela Gaona said as she entered Steny’s on South Second Street .

Steny’s staff were masked and even had masks available for all customers. The ordinance exempts anyone who actively eats or drinks.

Restaurants and bars are the first to admit that the last two years of this pandemic have been incredibly difficult to survive.

“If we have to wear masks, we’ll wear masks, we’ll play by the rules. Whatever we can do to keep businesses going, keep people employed and enjoy our favorite sports teams. I’m just thankful we’re still open and I can still stay in business because it was really, really hard.” said Ryan Steny, owner of Stenys.

City leaders say any company failing to meet the mask mandate could be punished. However, the Milwaukee Health Department does not have enough staff to perform inspections or issue citations, which calls into question the interest of it.

“I work in the area, it’s kind of boring, mainly because it’s actually really hard to try to impose it,” said Desiree Stypinski, a local bartender.

City officials say failure to comply with the mask mandate could result in the suspension or even revocation of their licenses, although many businesses and organizations are not subject to the city’s licensing requirements.

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What are flash loans in DeFi?

Similar to traditional loans, flash loans are expected to eventually be repaid in full. However, there are also clear differences.

In typical lending processes, a borrower borrows money from a lender. It is expected that the amount will eventually be repaid in full, with interest depending on the terms discussed between the lender and the borrower.

Flash loans operate under a similar framework but have some unique terms and conditions:

Use of Smart Contracts

A smart contract is a tool used on most blockchains to ensure that funds do not change hands until a certain set of rules is met.

As for flash loans, the borrower has to repay the entire loan amount before the transaction is completed.

If this rule is not followed, the transaction will be reversed by the smart contract and the loan will be canceled as if it never happened.

Unsecured Loan

Unlike a traditional loan, a flash loan is an unsecured loan, meaning no collateral is required.

However, this does not mean that the lightning lender will not get their money back in case of non-payment. With a traditional loan, collateral is usually provided to ensure that the lender gets the money back in the event of non-payment.

However, flash loans are made within a very short time frame (usually a few seconds or minutes). This means that although no collateral is required, the borrower must pay back the entire amount borrowed immediately.

Instant Transactions

Unlike longer processes for traditional loans, flash loans are processed faster thanks to smart contracts.

Traditional loan approval is usually a long process. A borrower must submit documents, wait for approval, and repay the loan in agreed installments within a set period of time, which can be days, months, or years.

On the other hand, a flash loan is instantaneously accelerated, which means that the loan’s smart contract must be fulfilled during the transaction for which it is lent. Therefore, the borrower needs to avail other smart contracts and use the borrowed capital to make instant trades.

The trick: all this has to be done in a few seconds before the transaction ends. Hence the name: instant credit.

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Scottish nightclubs will reopen on Monday as industry bosses warn they have ‘lost millions’ while closed during lockdown

Club bosses in SCOTLAND say millions of pounds have been lost following the government’s lockdown of Omicron as venues prepare to finally reopen on Monday.

A nightclub manager has revealed he lost a staggering £500,000 in business during festive season closures after the Scottish Government forced venues to close around Christmas.


A nightclub boss has revealed he lost a staggering £500,000 in turnover during the festive season closuresCredit: Alan MacGregor Ewing
Scottish club bosses say millions of pounds have been lost


Scottish club bosses say millions of pounds have been lostCredit: Getty

Another club owner who had planned to open for the festive season said the move meant she had been unable to operate since the pandemic began.

The Scottish government said around 150 clubs across Scotland were affected, but operators warned that the support did not go far enough.

They also worry that long-lasting measures, including vaccine passports, will continue to hurt business.

Glasgow entertainment chief Donald MacLeod, who runs two big Glasgow clubs, said: “If we look at the last four weeks, the damage has been quite extensive. For the recent period of closure, we lost turnover of around £500,000.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have lost millions.

“We have received around £350,000 in support since the start of the pandemic in emergency funding, excluding furlough. We managed to keep the vast majority of staff and pay them in full.

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“I am very relieved that we can reopen. I would have preferred to open earlier.

“But I’m also frustrated. By early December, it was clear that Omicron was not a killer variety. They refused to acknowledge this evidence.

“They overreacted and it wasn’t proportionate.

“I’m frustrated. We didn’t need to close. People are getting financial support, but it’s not scratching the sides.

“They were too quick to want to shut everything down and keep everyone on the ground, and that worries me going forward.”

MacLeod, who runs The Garage and Cathouse, said he had been forced to burn through profits from previous years to stay afloat, while managing to retain the majority of his 150 employees.

Trade body Night Time Industry Association said members welcomed the removal of hospitality restrictions and the reopening of nightclubs and nightspots.

But they said it was “extremely disappointing” that the vaccination certification scheme remained in place.

The body’s research showed that the vaccine passport system led to a drop in attendance and sales of up to 40%.

Bosses also warned that the measures posed substantial additional risks and costs, and could in practice be “commercially unviable” for smaller operators.

He said government policy “remains ineffective, discriminatory and disproportionately targeted at night economy businesses” with a lack of evidence.

Another business owner who runs a nightclub aimed at ‘older people’ in Lanarkshire said she has been unable to open her venue since the pandemic began in 2020.

It was planning to open during the holiday season, but new rules put a stop to it.

The boss, who did not wish to be named, said: “We weren’t open for the simple reason that I didn’t agree with the restrictions and the vaccine passport.

“There are people who have been coming here for 20 years and I should stand there and say, ‘You can’t come in – you don’t have a passport’.

“I also didn’t want to put my staff at risk of infection. It was horrible. I got support, but it wasn’t the support I wanted.


“We were open a few nights before Christmas hoping to be open over the festive period but that obviously didn’t happen.

“I lost staff and I lost a lot of money. We hope to open next week. But we have no choice, because we have to earn money.

Nightclubs that have had to close in the last month can get a grant of between £25,000 and £55,000 through the Nightclub Closure Fund.

The Scottish government has allocated £5m to nightclubs due to close from a pot of £375.

But NTIA bosses have said many of its members will take years to recover.

Michael Kill, CEO of the organisation, said: “For almost two years Scottish businesses in the hospitality and night economy have suffered from debilitating levels of uncertainty and devastating restrictions on trade.

“The partial lifting of restrictions, while a welcome relief, will reveal and expose the true impact on businesses and jobs.

“Experts believe it will take several years for these culturally and economically vital sectors to recover, but what is important today is for the Scottish Government to set aside any political agenda and put the people first. and businesses at the most acute end of the pandemic.


The remaining restrictions on businesses, in particular the Covid certification system, must now be removed and the trajectory towards the complete removal of harmful interventions must be urgently defined. »

A Scottish Government spokesman said: ‘We are all too aware of the impact that coronavirus has had – and continues to have – on Scottish business and the economy, including evening entertainment and clubs. by night.

“The stark reality is that we are living in a global pandemic which has already claimed the lives of at least 150,000 people in the UK, is placing unprecedented pressure on our NHS and leading to high staff absences across the economy.

“The Omicron variant, which was identified just before the holiday season, represented a highly infectious new strain – and it was essential to limit contact between people as much as possible to ensure their safety, including staff working in businesses. and their customers.

“Our £375m business support package includes up to £113m for eligible hospitality and leisure businesses, including nightclubs, impacted by the necessary measures put in place to curb transmission of Omicron.

“We have reached out to nightclubs that have already received COVID-19 financial support to complete a nightclub closure fund application and payments will be made within 14 days of receiving eligible applications.”

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Opening of restaurants, cafes and bars in Glasgow in 2022

With a new year, a whole new selection of restaurants, cafes and bars are opening across our city that we can’t wait to try.

Read on for a list of some of the most exciting new spots that have been confirmed to be coming to Glasgow in 2022.

Plant Blonde

An all-vegan bakery and café will open in the spring of this year.

The team behind Plant Blonde is gearing up to serve a menu full of fresh local produce and artisan pastries, as well as providing a community center for the people of Partick.

Read the full story here.

Innis and Gunn

Innis & Gunn’s largest bar to date will open on West Nile Street in mid-2022.

As well as serving the perfect pints, the bar will offer a selection of classic pub fare, small plates and bar snacks.

Read the full story here.

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West End Grain and Grind

West End coffee lovers will finally be able to get their own dose of Grain and Grind Brew.

Opening on the corner of Old Dumbarton Road and Lumsden Street, we will soon be abuzz to see a Glasgow-born small business flourish.

Read the full story here.

Buck’s Bass

The Southsiders are eagerly awaiting the opening of a third Buck’s Bar in Cathcart this year.

The hugely popular local chain already has locations on West Regent Street and in Trongate serving huge burgers, wings and buttermilk fried chicken cocktails.

Read the full story here.

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Another new downtown opening, independent burger chain Fat Hippo looks like our street.

Think loaded fries and huge burgers with toppings like bacon, peanut butter and jam.

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Mowgli will open on St Vincent Street in the former home of the Handmade Burger Company this spring.

Founded by food writer and celebrity chef Nisha Katona, this will be the chain’s second Scottish establishment serving its Indian street food.

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Scheduled to open just in time for Valentine’s Day, this sustainable steakhouse promises to use only “carbon neutral beef”.

The Argentinian-influenced restaurant will use prime cuts from cattle that have spent their lives on pampas farms feeding on seventeen different types of grass.

It looks fancy.

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A healthy food spot that specializes in fully loaded salads.

With up to 60 toppings available as well as an all-day menu filled with wraps and hearty juices, we think Choppaluna will become a staple during the hot summer months.

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Local restaurants hope for a business boom this week | News

Butte County Restaurant Week is expected to attract more local businesses as restaurants continue to battle the pandemic and a slow start to the new year.

CHICO, Calif. – The fourth annual Restaurant Week kicked off Friday in Butte County.

The 10-day culinary event showcases restaurants with local ingredients.

Restaurants like Stoble in downtown Chico are hoping their dinner specials this week will attract more people.

Stoble’s kitchen manager, Nathan Johnson, wants people to know they are more than a cafe and a place to work.

He hopes adding new options to their menu will boost sales and expand their reach.

Downtown restaurants told Action News Now they have seen a slowdown in recent weeks.

“This month of January has been pretty quiet,” Johnson said. “It’s helped us work on the new things we’ve been organizing as we prepare for another big uptick and another year.”

They will be serving dinner Thursday through Saturday on the rooftop. They start with their new specials this weekend which include dishes like honey roasted kabocha squash salad and caldo de camarones, a shrimp soup.

Businesses like Woodstock’s Pizza in downtown Chico have also been slow.

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“Just like with COVID and everything, fewer people have come in and our older age and customers [are] really like the students at Chico State,” quartermaster Marcus Bittle said. “With them gone for winter break, there’s no one here at the moment, it’s pretty much dead.”

Stoble and Woodstock’s said much of their staff was made up of students. Bittle can’t wait for Chico State students to start school next week.

He told Action News Now that they typically make around $15,000 on an average Tuesday with their two-for-one deal.

Lately, Bittle said it’s been tough because they only made around $5,000 on the day of the trade.

This restaurant week they are offering a large pizza with a pitcher of beer for $25.

Bittle is also looking forward to advertising more of its alcoholic beverages this year in hopes of attracting more people and boosting sales.

Other restaurants like Deja Vu Breakfast Company just opened five months ago. They hope Restaurant Week will make their name more widely known.

It’s been a challenge for them to open during the pandemic.

Deja Vu owner Christian Griffith told Action News Now that one of the most difficult things has been that people’s eating habits have changed. Even though they offer take-out orders, his vision was for experiential dining.

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Still, they’re cooking up new dishes as they face other hurdles caused by COVID.

“There are major supply chain issues that can add a big headache when a product doesn’t show up and then just spending the time and trying to research and find different items in stores,” said Griffith.

Deja Vu’s head chef, Spencer Honne, is delighted to introduce a new dish this week for restaurant week, a Florentine Benedictine.

“Right now it’s pretty hard to find something to do,” Honne said. “So we’re making sure everyone gets what they need. And I’ve had great feedback so far and people are enjoying the food.”


Griffith said some products have doubled in price, making it difficult when they see slower days.

He also said the labor shortage is real. Some of the staff are also students from Chico State who will be returning this week. However, much of their business does not come from students as they are farther from campus.

Griffith is still very grateful for all the community support he has had since they opened.

Restaurant Week is a partnership between the nonprofit Explore Butte County, the Downtown Chico Business Association, and local chambers of commerce.

Special menus should cost $15 or $25.

You can click here to see a full list of all participating restaurants.

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Do Personal Loans Build Credit?

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A personal loan is one way to build credit, but it’s not your only option. (Shutterstock)

Taking out a personal loan can help you build credit—if you do a good job of paying off the loan. On-time monthly payments can boost your credit score.

However, if you miss payments or are late, those negative marks can linger on your credit report for years, potentially making it difficult to qualify for other types of financing, such as a car or home loan.

How to build credit with a personal loan

If you’re neck-deep in credit card debt, you might want to consider a debt consolidation personal loan. This type of loan consolidates your current debt into one loan with one monthly installment, preferably at a lower interest rate and on better terms.

Personal loan interest rates are generally lower than most credit cards, and you have a predictable payment each month. If you apply, your credit may be temporarily affected, but if you make all your payments on time, A debt consolidation loan can help build your credit score.

Factors affecting your credit score

When reviewing your application for a personal loan, lenders will check your creditworthiness. But that’s not the only thing they consider. You can also look at your employment history, debt to income ratio, and whether you have a co-signer or collateral.

The three major credit bureaus use these five factors to determine your credit score:

  • payment history – Your payment history is the most important factor in determining your creditworthiness. If you consistently make timely payments on your personal loan, your credit score is likely to improve over time. But if you make late payments or miss payments, it can affect your credit score and stay on your reports for up to seven years.
  • Amounts owed — When deciding whether to give you a loan, lenders look at how many of your accounts have balances and how much you owe on each. So, repaying or repaying a personal loan can have a beneficial impact on your credit score.
  • Credit History Length — The credit history takes into account all new accounts, the age of your oldest accounts, and the average age of all your accounts. When you repay a personal loan, it can stay on your credit report for up to 10 years. During this time, it can still help improve your overall score.
  • credit mix — A mix of different types of credit—credit cards and loans—can improve your credit score. If you have credit cards and take out a personal loan and manage it well, you can improve your credit score over time.
  • New Credit — Taking out a personal loan can lower the age of your accounts but also improve your credit score by increasing your available balance.

Potential Disadvantages of Using a Personal Loan to Build Credit

Along with all the benefits of Using a Personal Loan to Build Credit, you must also consider the potential risks:

  • Monthly payments – Depending on the rate and terms of the personal loan, you may find yourself overstretching your budget just to make your monthly payments. When that happens and you default on your loan, your credit score suffers. Before agreeing to a personal loan, make sure the monthly payment fits your budget.
  • High interest rates — For people with good credit Interest on personal loans can be much lower than many credit cards. However, if you have bad credit or a poor credit history, you may get higher interest rates, which means you pay more interest over the life of the loan.
  • Fees and Penalties — Some personal loans have an origination or processing fee that ranges from 1% to 8% of the loan amount, depending on your credit rating. Lenders may also charge prepayment penalties for prepaying your loan, so it’s best to check the terms of your personal loan beforehand.
  • Can Increase Your Debt Burden – A personal loan can help pay off or pay off high-interest debt. But if you start accumulating more credit card debt once you’ve paid it off, it will increase your debt burden and defeat the purpose of taking out a personal loan.

Personal loan alternatives for the construction loan

If you want to build credit but a personal loan isn’t right for you, consider these alternatives.

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A construction loan is designed for people with no or bad credit. A traditional personal loan allows you to borrow money up front and pay it back over time. But with a credit-building loan, the lender transfers the loan amount — typically $300 to $1,000 — into a blocked escrow account.

You pay in installments, usually over six to 24 months, into a special savings account. Your payments will show up on your credit reports, which can help build credit over time. And at the end of the term, you get back the amount in your savings account, minus interest and fees.

Personal Line of Credit

Personal lines of credit are unsecured revolving credit accounts. Similar to a credit card, you can withdraw money up to a limit when you need it. When you withdraw money, your available balance decreases. When you pay back the borrowed amount, your available balance will be restored.

A downside to personal lines of credit is the potentially higher interest rate on the amount borrowed than some credit cards or personal loans. Also, some accounts charge overdraft and annual fees, and there’s always a risk of overspending.

Home equity loan or line of credit

If you have equity in your home, a home equity loan or line of credit can be a good alternative to a personal loan. These loans are secured by your home, so you can often qualify for a lower APR than a personal loan. Plus, you can use the credit for almost anything. However, remember that if you are unable to repay the loan, you risk foreclosure since your home is being used as collateral.

0% Intro APR Credit Card or Secured Credit Card

Although many credit cards come with relatively high interest rates, they can be a good credit-building option if you can find a card that includes an introductory offer of 0% APR for a period of time. As long as you withdraw your credit card balance before the end of the promotion period, you will not pay any interest on the amount. Just make sure you can pay the balance in full before the promotion ends, otherwise interest will accrue at the card’s regular rate.

If you have bad credit, it can be difficult to qualify for a 0% APR card. Instead of this, You may qualify for a secured credit card this helps you build credit over time. As your credit improves, you may be able to upgrade to an unsecured card.

Why good credit is important

If you’ve ever applied for a car loan, rented an apartment, or asked to lower your credit card interest rate, you know why good credit is so important. In addition to lower interest rates and better conditions, a good credit rating is crucial for your financial future.

If you need credit to start a new business, don’t want to pay a large down payment if you’re using utilities, or want to pay lower insurance rates for an auto policy, good credit can open up opportunities. Remember that building good credit doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and commitment.

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Baltimore business owners speak out against proposed curfew for bars and clubs across the block – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Friday, business owners spoke out against a bill that would force strip clubs and bars on The Block in downtown Baltimore to close at 10 p.m., saying the proposed curfew threatens their livelihoods.

Along with former Maryland Assistant Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, business owners called on Mayor Brandon Scott to stand up for local businesses and challenged supporters of the bill to explain why their industry was being singled out. on point.

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“There are hundreds of employees working here who work very hard every day to provide for their families, to put food on the table for their children,” Vignarajah said. “And make no mistake, a 10 p.m. curfew will shut down most of these businesses.”

Senate Bill 222, a bill introduced Jan. 12 by Senate Speaker Bill Ferguson, would require businesses in the 400 block of East Baltimore Street that hold liquor or adult entertainment licenses to close their doors before 10 p.m.

The legislation is the result of a joint effort by Senator Ferguson, 46th District Dels. Luke Clippinger, Robyn Lewis and Brooke Lierman, Councilman Eric Costello and the nearby Baltimore Police Department.

Supporters of the legislation have cited a recent increase in criminal activity on The Block, saying deploying more officers to the area has drained police resources.

In a statement on Thursday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said police received 831 calls for service on The Block and surrounding areas in 2021, including eight shootings, 15 robberies, 17 aggravated assaults and a suspicious death.

“Violence within and resulting from The Block in Baltimore City’s central business district has increased significantly in recent months despite a robust and consistent deployment by the Baltimore City Police Department,” Harrison said. “Many of them were brazen incidents with police offices in the immediate vicinity.”

Speaking on behalf of business owners, Vignarajah questioned why the proposal targeted bars and clubs in The Block, but not similar establishments elsewhere.

“There are blocks all over the city that have crimes,” he said. “You can’t say there’s crime in Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Canton, where there’s shootings and fights every weekend, but that’s the block they’re going to shut down .”

The area has long been associated with adult entertainment, dating back at least to the mid-20th century when Blaze Starr and other burlesque dancers performed in clubs along the street.

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Ferguson said Thursday that in other parts of the city where bars are open late, a high police presence and cooperation with business owners has led to a reduction in crime. Unlike those areas, he said, the number and severity of crime near The Block has only increased, even with increased police patrols in the area.

“What we’ve seen is a refusal by business owners to take any responsibility for what’s going on,” Ferguson said.

Vignarajah, however, attributed the rise in crime in Baltimore to city policies discouraging arrest and prosecution for certain offenses, and he challenged Harrison and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to “do their job “.

“That’s not true. We need a crime plan,” Vignarajah said. “But shutting down businesses and excoriating communities because you think you’re better than them is not It’s not a criminal plan. It’s not going to make us any safer.

He said the legislation did nothing to address the fact that crime plagues virtually every neighborhood in Baltimore.

“Solving the crime on The Block will not solve the 21 murders that have already happened this year,” he said. “Tackling crime on The Block is not going to tackle the 40 shootings that have happened in the past 20 days.”

“Not one of them happened here, not one,” he added.

Sara Wantland is co-owner of Club Pussycat, a strip club on East Baltimore Street. She implored supporters of the bill to discuss the legislation with business owners to understand how it could impact not only their bottom line, but also their families.

“It’s our livelihood,” Wantland said. “If this is taken away from us, we cannot provide for our families, like everyone else in the city. So we’re just asking you to think more before you pass a bill like this, that you’re going to affect families like mine who have worked so hard and for so many years to build businesses.

A man named John S., who introduced himself as the president of the East Baltimore Street Association, shared Wantland’s concerns. He said the group was organizing protests in response to the bill.

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“We will not allow out-of-touch politicians to abuse hard-working people trying to support their families without ever having a single discussion with any of us,” he said, later adding: “They will learn very quickly that we will defend ourselves.

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NPHET advises widespread reopening, including nightclubs and offices

The NPHET approved the easing of almost all Covid-19 restrictions, with Cabinet ministers meeting later to agree a timetable.

Relief and jubilation among Cabinet ministers last night when the NPHET letter arrived, with one saying it was as if a weight had been lifted from their shoulders.

The team recommended the general easing of restrictions.

This includes ending early closing times for hospitality, including nightclubs; removal of capacity limits during events and live matches; and remove the need for a Covid pass to enter a bar or restaurant.

Health officials have also given the green light to a phased return to the office for workers.

The only measures likely to remain are mask-wearing in shops and on public transport, Covid passes for travel, some special guidelines for schools and the test, trace and isolate system.

NPHET has not set a timetable for the government, leaving that to politicians to decide today.

Ministers say they have no intention of hanging around, but some legal regulations need to be lifted.

Sources left open the idea last night that normal hospitality trading hours could return from tomorrow, with nightclubs also opening.

Otherwise tomorrow Monday was the other date being discussed.

However, it is believed that it will be impossible to control a curfew this weekend now that the content of the NPHET letter is public knowledge.

The leaders of the government parties are meeting this morning; the full Cabinet will discuss in the afternoon; and Taoiseach Micheál Martin plans to address the nation at 6 p.m.

Reporting by Sean Defoe

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Lendah warns consumers to avoid the dangerous financial trend of turning unsecured debt into secured assets

BEVERLY, mass., January 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — lendah, one Boston-based financial services company, today urged caution in this new year as more consumers make the mistake of turning to their secured assets to pay off unsecured credit card debt.

“Americans have benefited from incredibly low mortgage rates in recent years, and these rates are wonderful for home ownership or refinancing, especially for first-time buyers,” he said John Caron, lendah co-founder. “There’s a dangerous side to these attractive interest rates, and that’s a person risking their secured assets for credit card debt that’s spiraling out of control,” Caron added.

The US Federal Reserve reported that US household debt rose to a new record of between July and September $15.24 trillion, up 1.9%, and $286 billion, from the second quarter of the year. Equally worrisome, Federal Reserve data showed that credit card delinquencies — late payments of 90 days or more — were also up sequentially.

Credit card spending has skyrocketed 17 billion dollars in the third quarter of 2021, and the number of loan applications over the past six months — an indicator of consumer credit demand — was 122 million, up 1.3% quarter-on-quarter.

Refinancing involves jeopardizing a property’s equity or down payment for an interest rate that is significantly lower than rates found on credit cards, personal loans, or other expensive options.

However, there can be pitfalls when using this type of loan.

The monthly mortgage payment increases with these loans, and if a borrower cannot make the payments, they risk default and foreclosure. While a default on your credit card or personal loan can damage your credit score, a borrower is unlikely to lose their home.

Another potentially detrimental and often underestimated element of this type of transaction is the closing cost, or fees, of the loan, which can either be paid up front or built into the loan.

“Depending on the fees incurred during these refinances, a borrower may pay interest on these fees for the life of the loan, and the value of this credit card debt rescue refinance could decline sharply over time,” Caron said. “Most importantly, turning that unsecured debt into secured debt means very little to a person’s overall financial condition if they continue with their bad spending habits and begin to re-leverage their credit cards.”

Those facing extreme credit debt should pay off their debt as soon as possible. For those who only pay the minimum, they could end up paying two to three times more than the amount originally borrowed. If you are looking for help, please stop by

About Lendah

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Primos Cafe sold to Flowood-based group

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – After more than 90 years in business, the Primos family has sold its popular restaurants to Flowood-based MMI Hospitality Group.

No sale price has been communicated. The deal was completed in early December, according to Micajah Sturdivant, president of MMI.

“It was truly an honor,” Sturdivant said of the opportunity to take ownership of the established Primos brand that has fed Jacksonians since Angelo “Pop” Primos opened a bakery on Capitol Street in 1930.

Sturdivant says former Primos owner Don Primos continues to be involved as an advisor. Primos’ daughter, Mary Claire, now works for MMI and will continue to oversee Primos’ marketing efforts.

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“We are honored to continue the cafe concept and are especially excited to do so with a member of the Primos family who continues to be involved,” Sturdivant said in a prepared statement.

Sturdivant says no immediate changes are expected but that MMI will seek expansion opportunities in the metro area. Primos cafes are currently located in Flowood, Ridgeland and Madison. Sturdivant says the restaurants employ more than 170 people.

Kenya Parks, which has overseen restaurant operations under the ownership of the Primos family, will continue in this role on all three Primos cafes for MMI.

“I am confident in the future knowing that Kenya and our store teams have access to the breadth and depth of resources provided by MMI,” Don Primos said in the statement provided by MMI. “I am pleased to partner with another family business to drive the brand forward and with whom I know it will embody the values ​​essential to quality service in our community.”

MMI was founded in Jackson in 1956. Its first property was a Holiday Inn in Meridian. Its hotel division now has a dozen hotels in the Southeast. Its Dining Systems division provides catering services to facilities in five states, according to its website.

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The next great American restaurants are in the suburbs. But can they thrive there?

Megan Curren, 35, owner of Graceful Ordinary, a fine dining restaurant in St. Charles, Illinois, said while many Chicago restaurants are still hurting financially due to the pandemic, St. Charles is recovering faster. Spaces like hers have plenty of room for outdoor dining, she said, and people are moving into the area — not out of it.

Yet this seemingly symbiotic relationship between restaurants and diners has its complications.

As suburbs welcome more diverse businesses that enrich the community, this success may attract the attention of developers, said Willow Lung-Amam, associate professor of urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland. The resulting developments can drive up costs, forcing out the same contractors who helped make the area more attractive in the first place.

Mikey Ochoa opened his Latin restaurant, Oculto, in Castro Valley, Calif., last December. But he can’t afford to live nearby. In Castro Valley, he said, “the price of a one-bedroom apartment is higher than my two-bedroom apartment” in Hayward, just three miles away.

Mr. Ochoa, 31, added that Castro Valley is not well equipped for an influx of restaurants. Many spaces for rent don’t have refrigeration, fume hoods or grease traps, he said, and building a restaurant there could end up costing more than in town. He opened Oculto at Castro Valley Marketplace, a food hall where he was able to negotiate an affordable lease.

The design of some suburbs makes it even more difficult for independent restaurateurs to succeed.

While not all suburbs are alike, in general, suburban planners are unsure how to best support independent restaurants, said Dr. Samina Raja, a professor of urban planning at the University at Buffalo. Because they don’t understand that these businesses often have a shorter financial trail than larger restaurant groups or chains, planners are less likely to award economic development grants or relax zoning restrictions.

Restaurant owners must also navigate many local government departments, including health, planning and zoning, which may not be as well prepared to meet the needs of independent owners as cities.

“I haven’t come across suburbs that do a great job of streamlining the process,” Dr. Raja said.

Dr. Lung-Amam, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, said many suburbs lack public transit and aren’t zoned for mixed-use development, so homes and businesses can’t exist in the same area. Restaurants therefore have few nearby residents who do not have to go there to eat.

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B.C. bars and other businesses affected by pandemic closures will get more help

Additional financial assistance is on the way for BC businesses forced to remain closed for at least another month as the province tries to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

A statement from the Department for Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation says businesses, including event venues, bars, nightclubs and lounges that do not serve full meals, are eligible for grants of up to $20,000, depending on enrollment.

The funds, which double the amount available to these businesses, can be claimed through the provincial COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant.

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Businesses that have been ordered closed by the provincial health official until at least February 16 are eligible for the highest amount, while those that have been allowed to reopen can claim up to $10,000.

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The province says the $4 million extension to the grant program complements existing federal assistance, including the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Lockdown Workers Benefit, which provide wage, rent or income support to those affected by pandemic-related closures.

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, says the province has increased funding as some sectors are still impacted by public health measures.

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The Omicron variant is also forcing service changes in the Northern, Interior, and Isles health authorities. All three announced adjustments in anticipation of staff shortages and increased patient numbers due to a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Each authority has postponed surgeries, while Island and Interior Health are moving staff in a bid to keep patient care safe.

Interior Health says in a news release that it has closed inpatient departments at health centers in Clearwater, Invermere and Lillooet to stabilize emergency departments. It says those affected by the closures will be contacted. On Vancouver Island, staffing levels at large acute care sites are being bolstered by moving ambulatory and surgical workers to areas of critical demand, Island Health says.

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Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry has warned that a spike in COVID-19 patients will arrive in hospitals this week after infections in the community peaked earlier this month.

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Lagos government seals nightclubs due to lack of fire extinguishers and poor hygiene

The Lagos State Safety Commission said it sealed lounges and nightclubs in Ikeja due to non-compliance with its Zero Accidents 2022 (ZAC) campaign.

The commission’s chief executive, Lanre Mojola, said in a statement on Tuesday that the ZAC is committed to ensuring that all workplaces and public facilities are safe for all visitors and workers.

The commission said lack of fire extinguishers, lack of sanitation and housekeeping, lack of safety signage, inadequate parking and other safety violations led to the outfits being closed.

Mr Mojola added that action against some bars, lounges and nightclubs had become necessary due to their violation of Lagos government regulations despite several efforts to ensure compliance.

The Lagos official criticized the outfits’ failure to obtain safety compliance certificates and register with the commission through its portal

Mr. Mojola further reiterated that similar enforcement exercises would take place across.

He also mentioned that the commission will not slack off its efforts especially when implementing the laws of the commission towards a safer Lagos for all.

The Managing Director implored all business entities to regularize their security management documentation to make public places safer in Lagos.


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Check out the iconic restaurant chain’s plans for a modern look in a new location – CBS Boston

WESTFIELD (CBS) — A new Friendly’s will open in Massachusetts next month — but it will be different from the restaurant many locals grew up knowing.

Friendly’s Café is due to open in Westfield in early February. And unlike the traditional restaurant experience, customers don’t sit down and wait for a server to take their order.

The counter at Friendly’s Cafe (Image credit: Friendly’s)

“The new fast and relaxed service model gives customers the flexibility to order and pay at their own pace,” a Friendly’s spokesperson said in a statement. “Upon entering Friendly’s Café, customers will have the option of ordering directly at the counter or via a QR code to their table where the food and ice cream will be delivered to them when ready.”

The new location measures 2,700 square feet and can accommodate 45 people. One side of the building will have four parking spaces reserved for curbside pickup.

The indoor dining area of ​​Friendly’s Cafe (Image credit: Friendly’s)

“Customers will also be able to order food online in advance and pick up their items from a designated delivery area or have it delivered,” says Friendly’s.

Friendly’s website lists 28 restaurants in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire.

Exterior rendering of the new Friendly’s Cafe concept (Image credit: Friendly’s)

Friendly’s was founded in 1935. The first store opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the second came five years later in West Springfield. In 1951 there were 10 Friendly operating in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. S. Prestley Blake, who co-founded Friendly’s with his brother and grew it into a national chain, died aged 106 in 2021.

The regional favorite has seen a steady string of closures in recent years. In 2019, Friendly’s closed 23 restaurants in the northeast. Cape Cod’s last Friendly’s closed permanently in 2020.

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I&M Bank Kenya launches unsecured lending solution

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 18 – I&M Bank Kenya has launched an unsecured lending solution that makes it more convenient and faster for its customers to access unsecured loans through an automated platform.

The automated unsecured loan solution aims to enable faster and more efficient loan application and renewal processes for unsecured loans.

According to Kihara Maina, CEO of I&M Bank, eligible customers can apply for and receive loans within a day in most cases.

“We believe that access to unsecured loans and credit cards is critical for our customers. We will continue to invest in digital technologies to provide innovative financial solutions that are timely and relevant,” he said

The platform through which unsecured loans are delivered supports loan applications and decisions with credit scoring capabilities previously unavailable in the traditional bank loan application process.

Under the plan, customers can conveniently purchase credit facilities from a minimum of Shh 50,000 up to a maximum of Shh 3 million without posting any security or guarantor as security, payable over a period of up to five years.

You’ll also benefit from competitive interest rates and loan processing fees, with no minimum deposit balance required for personal loan requests.

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Two beloved Jacksonville restaurants destroyed by fire plan to rebuild

The faint acrid smell of smoke drifted on a cold Saturday morning wind.

Piles of charred debris — the blackened ruins of two longtime North Jacksonville restaurants — stood silent witness to a fire that struck the community two days earlier.

Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill along with the adjacent Junior’s Famous Sandwiches were destroyed by fire shortly after dawn on Thursday.

Owned by the same family, the sandwich shop opened 44 years ago and then expanded in 1999 to include the seafood restaurant.

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“It was definitely a shock,” owner Abraham Hassan told the Florida Times-Union on Sunday. “We are really, really grateful that this happened hours before our opening and that no staff or customers were inside. Also, we are beyond grateful that no firefighters were hurt.”

Hassan’s partner who is also his uncle, Romal Kassees, opened the sandwich shop which started the family catering business and also includes a Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill in Callahan.

“It’s definitely too early to say 100%, but so far it appears to be an accidental electrical fire,” Hassan said of the blaze that swept through restaurants on North Main Street.

A fire destroyed Junior's Seafood Restaurant & Grill and Junior's Famous Sandwiches in North Jacksonville on Thursday.  The sandwich shop opened 44 years ago and then expanded in 1999 to include seafood restaurant owner Abraham Hassan.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, a normal procedure in such cases.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and holiday on Monday, neither an update on the investigation nor a damage estimate was available.

A total of 65 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, aided by 25 fire engines, battled the blaze for just under an hour before bringing it under control, the JFRD spokesperson said, Captain Eric Prosswimmer. He was called around 7:20 a.m.

“They were greeted with a light smoke as they arrived, but that [the fire] was charging in the attic,” he said, noting that a second alarm went off as the fire grew more difficult to control.

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At one point, firefighters were ordered out of the burning building for safety reasons.

“We had to pull our crews back a bit because we were worried about a flashover due to high heat in the attic,” Prosswimmer said. “They pulled them out, cooled that down, put the crews back in place and worked to save that building.”

Devastation but not an end

The “open” sign will once again shine in their restaurant’s window, according to Hassan.

“We will definitely reopen,” he said.

Hassan said the deadline cannot be set until the insurance is settled. The timing will also depend on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already slowed down the process.

“We plan to set up a food truck and the sandwich shop to do a hot dog stand while we rebuild,” he said. “We’re still working out the details on that. … One of our other blessings is that our staff are ready to present in any way we can.”

Hassan announced plans to reopen in an emotional post on the restaurants’ Facebook pages on Saturday.

“Just like the incessant smoke that rose Thursday morning, we will rise too!” says the post.

“Thursday we temporarily lost our original ‘home’. but we did not lose our Junior’s Family,” he posted. “The fire may have blanketed the walls in ash, but the heart and soul of the restaurant remains intact. The heart is fueled by our staff and the soul by our amazing customers. Both of those things have not succumbed to the fire.”

Junior’s employs approximately 25 people between the two restaurants.

“Honestly, all of our staff are devastated because so many have worked together there for years,” Hassan said, noting that they plan to keep them together.

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“We don’t let a single member of staff go,” he said. “Love from the community keeps us optimistic and moving forward. Our staff take pride in making everyone feel like family and it reminds our team how beautiful that is.”

Hassan said they intend to keep staff on the payroll. Some offered to go work at the Junior’s of Callahan. Others who cannot ride there will still be paid until the North Main Street location reopens, he said.

Side by side, the restaurants in Jacksonville share a one-story building. The seafood restaurant is at 9349 while the sandwich shop is next door at 9347 N. Main St.

City signs – visible from outside the yellow caution tape surrounding the burned building – indicate that the structure will be demolished.

Customers ready to help

Richard and Wanda Edmonds are regulars at Junior’s Seafood, located about five minutes from their home.

They have been dining there for about 20 of their 48 years of marriage. They got to know Hassan as well as the waiters and cooks.

“It’s just devastating,” said Wanda Edmonds. “I hate that this happened to them. Abraham is a really nice person. He would do anything in the world for anyone. It really is a family restaurant, and Abraham cares a lot about this community.”

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The morning of the fire, the couple heard the sirens, then their son called and told them that Junior had burned down. On Saturday, the couple drove by to check on the closed restaurant.

“Abraham and his whole family are like gold… Anything we could ever need, you know, he’d be there,” Richard Edmonds said.

A fire-ravaged property is shown Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at Juniors Seafood Restaurant & Grill on North Main Street in Jacksonville.  According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Captain Eric Prosswimmer, the fire was reported around 7:20 a.m. when no one was in the building.

Hassan said their customers are like family, whether new or regular.

“We believe that when they take a chair at one of our tables, we want them to feel like family,” he said. “Especially in these past two years with COVID, that sense of family for our staff and customers has been even more important.”

Ken Jefferson, another longtime client and former spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, created a GoFundMe account – “Love for Junior’s!” — to raise funds to help restaurants and employees.

Jefferson said he typically ate at Junior’s once or twice a week.

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“Abe and his family not only provided delicious meals at affordable prices, but also created a safe and appreciated space for all, and gave selflessly to support many organizations and causes throughout our city,” said writes Jefferson at the fundraiser. .

Hassan said the donations “will help us pay both our employees who are transferring to our Callahan site and those who cannot work at Callahan.”

The outpouring of love and support we have felt over the past week has been nothing short of overwhelming. he also said.

“Once again, we can’t thank our community and amazing customers enough during this unprecedented time,” Hassan said. “We know better days filled with prawns, sweet tea and a full Main Street dining hall are just around the corner.”

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Gyms and bars closed indefinitely ahead of Tuesday’s COVID update from BC health officials

The BC government has quietly ordered gyms, fitness centers, bars and other facilities to close until further notice, ahead of its weekly COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

The restriction, aimed at curbing the spread of the Omicron variant, was due to expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. But on Monday afternoon, the province removed that end time from the official public health order.

It is unclear whether these restrictions will be removed, kept in place or if further restrictions will come into effect when Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix hold their weekly briefing on Tuesday .

This will be streamed live above, on BC1 and on the Global BC Facebook page.

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Meanwhile, a Richmond BC gym owner is expressing his frustration with the change Monday afternoon.

“We just feel like we’ve been caught off guard again without warning,” Courtney Dickson, managing director of Richmond Sports and Fitness told Global News.

She said she was preparing to open her facility Tuesday morning, saying there was no proper communication from the province about what was happening with the current order expiring.

“There was no publicity around it,” Dickson added. “We have not received any notification about this. It’s the starts and stops, it’s the constant change sometimes within 12 hours of notice. And you know, we’re constantly trying to adapt as needed, like so many other facilities as well. These are people’s livelihoods.

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Here is a summary of the latest public health order:

  • No social events and indoor gatherings of any size (eg weddings and parties);
  • Concerts, sports games and theaters reduced to 50% of the number of seats, regardless of the size of the room;
  • Closure of gymnasiums, fitness centers and dance studios;
  • Closure of bars and nightclubs; and
  • Limit table sizes in restaurants, cafes and pubs to a maximum of six people per table with physical distancing or barriers.

This story will be updated after Tuesday afternoon’s press conference.

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TripAdvisor reviewers rate Downing Street as one of London’s best secret nightclubs

Downing Street was torn up on TripAdvisor as critics mocked the Prime Minister’s home for being ‘the best and only’ place to hold parties in London during lockdown.

The famous road is under more surveillance than ever after Partygate.

As the country – and the government – awaits senior civil servant Sue Gray’s investigation into all parties alleged to have taken place behind the doors of No 10 during various lockdowns, it doesn’t seem like the public fury towards Boris Johnson is going nowhere.

Much like the Co-op on the Strand, where staff allegedly bought enough bottles of wine to fill a suitcase and take it back to Downing Street, No 10 has now received a series of scathing and presumably fake reviews online.

One person wrote: “Nice garden. Ideal for parties. Many [of] room in the fridge for wine.

Referring to the photo that was leaked to The Guardian, they added: “The only downside is the creepy guy on the balcony next door – it looked like he was taking pictures.”

Another reviewer only gave the venue one out of five stars, calling it a “lively party spot” and particularly valuable because “you can throw a real party during the Covid lockdowns”.

Downing Street has received compelling reviews on TripAdvisor after latest Partygate allegations

Another reviewer gave it five stars, writing, “Brilliant wines, cheese and appetizers.”

Referring to the ‘wine and cheese’ joke used by former government aide Allegra Stratton when discussing holding a supposed Christmas party during lockdown, the same writer then brought up the so-called ‘Wallpaper -spoiled”.

It revolved around confusion over who funded the luxury renovation of No 10 after allegations the Prime Minister asked Tory donors to contribute.

“Awesome Christmas and the wallpapers were particularly impressive, however, a lot of the furniture has been chewed up by a dog, I think they really need to sort that out,” they explained.

Another added: “The best (and only) party [in] London. A wide variety of cheeses and wines.

Police were also mentioned, with one person nodding at the Met’s refusal to investigate the party’s allegations unless the Gray Inquiry finds evidence of criminal activity.

They wrote: ‘Two friendly door bouncers dressed as police officers were cute and no admission charge, the host was a bit of a jester with shaggy hair.

“All in all a great gig as everyone obeyed lockdown rules.”

Another person – who echoed the Prime Minister’s claim that he only stayed at the party for ’25 minutes’ – dubbed former Health Secretary Matt Hancock a ‘local legend’ for having made moves on the women at the party, in a nod to Hancock’s breach of Covid rules last year.

And Johnson’s unfortunate CBI speech was also mocked, as criticism continued: ‘Someone else said it’s not as good as Peppa Pig’s world and I agree, but the fact that they are always open regardless of national lockdowns etc. is a big plus.

“Listen, the party has to go on, regardless if the others want to stay inside and do the right thing.”

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Bristol Cafe honors Betty White on what would have been her 100th birthday – NBC Connecticut

For more than 70 years, legendary actress and comedian Betty White has ruled the big and small screen.

But just under a month before she marked a major milestone – 100 years of life – she died on December 31, leaving a hole in the entertainment world.

She will never be forgotten and a local cafe in Bristol is taking care of it.

“To honor Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday, we decided because her favorite foods in the world… ironically enough, I guess if you want to live to be 100, it’s the hot -dogs, fries and Diet Coke,” said Parkside Café co-owner JR Rusgrove.

To honor them, the cafe created a special in honor of Betty.

“We created the Betty. You can come this whole week from January 17-21 to the cafe and order any hot dog you want, any topping you want, fries and a Diet Coke,” Rusgrove said.

It’s not just White’s favorite meal that is remembered, but also his love for animals.

Three pet shelters, including Our Companions, Woof Gang and Dog Star, will all receive a financial award.

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“Proceeds from this sale will go to the three animal foundations we work with,” Rusgrove said. “This is one of the times of year when pet rescue places can use this kind of help. They need blankets, toys. They need food, they need donations. in the form of monetary funds,” Rusgrove added.

If people don’t want a hot dog, they can come in and leave a cash or supplies donation at the Betty box at the entrance. It’s all in the spirit of celebrating and remembering the life of an American television icon.

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A dilemma for restaurants and workers in New York: what to do with Omicron?

After Nikolas Vegenas, a bartender at Apotheke in Chinatown and Bar Meridian in Brooklyn, tested positive for the virus in mid-December, he tried to apply for unemployment benefits by phone and online. The website “was super complicated,” he said. “I called them and waited on the phone, and they said I didn’t qualify.”

Asked if restaurant workers who test positive for the virus are eligible for unemployment, a New York State spokesperson said, “Unemployment determinations are made on a case-by-case basis, but Restaurant workers are eligible for unemployment under the same standards as every other worker.

But Ms Jayaraman noted that the state’s unemployment eligibility requirements include being “ready, willing and able” to work, according to the New York Department of Labor website, and clarified that “you cannot file for a week when you work more than 30 hours or earn more than $504 in gross pay between Monday and Sunday.” This would make it difficult for anyone isolated for only about a week to qualify as “able” to work, or to even deem it worth applying, she said.

Getting information on unemployment benefits and best practices for restaurants can be a challenge. A New York Times reporter who reached out to city and state officials to clarify their health guidelines was directed back and forth between multiple departments for two days, and several specific questions went unanswered.

Olivia Sternberg, a waitress at Crocodile, a French bistro in Williamsburg, tested positive shortly before Christmas, and the restaurant granted her two weeks of paid sick leave. Managers and owners checked in on her regularly, she said, to see how she was doing.

Feeling supported by her employer has relieved her, but she still has concerns: will customers want to dine indoors during a new wave, in the middle of winter? Will vaccination requirements change, and if they do, how will customers react?

“Here we go again,” she said.

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Cafes and bars open in defiance of shutdown orders

The cafes in Groningen were open. Photo: Remco de Waal ANP

Saturday’s protests by dozens of bar and cafe owners, who opened in defiance of government shutdown orders, went off without a hitch

Dirk Beljaarts, director of hotel industry lobby group KHN, told TV talk show Nieuwsuur that there will be “further protests in the coming days”.

Beljaarts described public support for Saturday’s protests as “heartwarming”, adding that while the opening of cafes was “so deadly,” mayors reportedly acted to shut them down.

On Friday, the government said shops, universities and fitness centers could reopen, but bars, cafes and the cultural sector must remain closed due to the spike in coronavirus cases.

On Saturday, however, cafes and restaurants across the country opened for a while in protest, in several places with the tacit approval of local authorities.

In Valkenburg and Venlo in Limburg, cafes opened and city officials did not intervene, local broadcaster 1Limburg reported.

Hylke van der Werf, of Café Thús in Drachten, told Omrop Fryslan he only got the keys to his premises two years ago. “We’ve been closed more than we’ve been open,” he said. “We are now opening up a bit. We don’t want to ask for financial aid, we want to earn it ourselves.


In Utrecht, cafe owner Gijs Werschkull said he was opening his cafes for the day as the area had been hit extremely hard by the closures. “I hope the mayor sees this as a protest,” he told RTV Utrecht. “We’ve had a lot of support from our customers.”

Mayor Sharon Dijksma reportedly declined her invitation to lunch, but said she would pressure the government to reconsider its decision and be generous in its compensation to the sector.

Utrecht council wardens issued four verbal and two written warnings to landlords who opened their cafes and bars despite orders to close.

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Boston launches vaccine requirement for domestic businesses

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday. Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15. significant steps on the policy side to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in an afternoon statement. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare institutions that the continued pressure on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to gaps in immunization rates.” Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry. Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app. Also on Saturday, Boston launched its “B Together” app to allow individuals to store immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow. On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already used by several other states. Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday.

Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15.

There are certain exemptions, including performers who are not regularly employed by a venue, professional athletes and sports teams.

“Today’s launch of our Be Together policy means we are taking politically significant steps to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in a statement from the agency. afternoon. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare facilities that the continued strain on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to discrepancies in immunization rates.”

Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry.

Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app.

Also on Saturday, Boston launched its Application “B Together” to allow individuals to store their immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART health card standard, which is already used by several other states.

Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

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The 9 Best Cafes in Watford According to Tripadvisor

Whether you fancy a cup of tea, a coffee or a cake, Watford has a huge range of coffees that can sort you out.

But is your favorite coffee one of the best? Here are the city’s favorite spots according to Tripadvisor.

Artisanal bakery flourish. Image: Google Street View.

Artisanal bakery flourish is a family-run, award-winning artisan bakery in Garnett Close Unit 2 and counts Michelin star restaurants and five star hotels among its customers. All of their coffees are served with a double shot of espresso and whole milk, and they sell a range of breakfast and lunch items in addition to a range of cakes and platters. A cake and coffee could cost you as little as £7.

Watford Observer: The kitchen.  Image: Google Street View.The kitchen. Image: Google Street View.

The kitchen in nearby Croxley Green, it has a staggering 113 5-star reviews. The main draw for reviewers was their Afternoon Tea, which has been compared to the best hotels in London. You can also enjoy a simple coffee, tea and cake.

The Cha Cafe on Cassiobury Park Avenue offers simple breakfasts and lunches in a cafe showcasing the work of local artists. Near the beautiful park, customers can also enjoy their coffee to go if they want to admire the local sights.

Watford Observer: Ocean Bells.  Image: Google Street View.Ocean bells. Image: Google Street View.

Ocean Bells Cafe at 133 High Street is an artisan cafe that strives to source the best coffee for each season to ensure you have the best possible blend. It also offers brunch and homemade dishes, including a vegan and gluten-free options section. You can read more about coffee in one of the Observer’s September articles here.

Watford Observer: Eat and treat.  Image: Google Street View.Eat and treat. Image: Google Street View.

eat and treat at 241 St Albans Road is best known for its range of sandwiches. Reviewers on Tripadvisor said they were fresh and generous with the toppings.

Bloomsyard Watford is located in the Upper Mall across from Primark, so you can enjoy it while taking a break from some shopping. Started by a former accountant, BloomsYard offers specialty coffee, exotic tea, matcha and wine.

Amici’s Cafe Ristorante at Croxley Green doubles as a restaurant that serves a wide range of food, including an extensive selection of Italian pasta dishes. It’s also the perfect cafe if you’re in the mood for a night out, as you can order their products on Just Eat.

Watford Observer: Amici's Cafe Ristorante.  Image: Google Street View.Cafe Ristorante d’Amici. Image: Google Street View.

Rhubarb Cafe at 168 Cassiobury Drive prides itself on creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for its customers. It seems to work as reviewers have praised its warm and relaxed atmosphere.

Watford Observer: Rhubarb Cafe.  Image: Google Street View.Rhubarb coffee. Image: Google Street View.

bean here is close to Kings Langley and offers fresh bread and pastries with your coffee. One reviewer called it a “little gem”.

Watford Observer: bean here.  Image: Google Street View.Bean here. Image: Google Street View.

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Orange County restaurants closed by health inspectors (January 6-14) – Orange County Register

Restaurants and other food vendors were ordered to close and allowed to reopen by Orange County health inspectors Jan. 6-14.

Mariscos La Sirena, 515 S. Main St., Santa Ana

  • Closed: Jan 13
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 13.

Cho Tam An, 9172 Bolsa Ave, Westminster

  • Closed: Jan 13
  • Reason: Rodent infestation

Hoshi Sushi, 1925 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton

  • Closed: 12 Jan.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 13.

Champagne Bakery at Asian Garden Mall, 9200 Bolsa Ave., Suite 116, Westminster

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation

M&C Grill Sports Bar, 31911 Dove Canyon Drive, Trabuco Canyon

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Sewage overflow
  • Reopening: Jan 11.

Miyako, 1210 W. Imperial Highway, Suite E, La Habra

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 12.

Food sales to The reception deposit, 601 S. Placentia Ave., Fullerton

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 11.

Double Bamboo, 7013 Katella Ave, Suite A, Stanton

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Cockroach infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 13.

Bear Flag Fish Co., 3421 Via Lido, Newport Beach

  • Closed: 7 Jan.
  • Reason: No water supply

Woody’s dinner, 3461 Via Lido, Newport Beach

  • Closed: 7 Jan.
  • Reason: No water supply

Updates since last week’s list:

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar at 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, which was ordered closed Jan. 5 due to a cockroach infestation, was allowed to reopen Jan. 13.

Mrs. Fields at 2101 Westminster Mall, Westminster, which was ordered closed on January 5 due to a rodent infestation, was allowed to reopen on January 7.

This list is published weekly with closures from the previous week’s list. Status updates are posted in the following week’s listing. Source: OC Health Care Agency database.

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Relief as Wales prepares to ease nightclub trading restrictions to reopen vaccine passports

Today (January 14) Mark Drakeford will outline the two-week plan to ease the measures, which came into effect on Boxing Day (December 26) and saw hospitality venues once again required to follow a social distancing of two meters and collecting customer details. .

Nightclubs have been forced to close and social gatherings in hospitality venues are restricted to the ‘rule of six’.

The move to zero alert level will be staggered, with restrictions on outdoor activities being removed first.

It is understood that nightclubs will be given the green light to reopen on Friday January 28, with hospitality allowed to operate as normal from that date, although Covid passes, more commonly known as “vaccine passports”, will be always needed for big events, plus cinemas, discos and theatres.

“Finally a common sense approach from the Welsh Government,” says Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), which represents some 1,400 independent bars, clubs and music venues across the UK.

“After intense campaigning by industry and trade bodies, we have put an end to the uncertainty.”

Kill continues that while he is relieved to finally have clarity on the Welsh Government’s intentions, it has come at a cost to businesses, staff and the supply chain.

“It is hard to accept that we are still subject to Covid club passes in Wales.

“They were marketed as the solution to nightclubs and similar venues remaining open, and that they are an effective way to manage transmission in those environments.

“It is clear from the period of closure and restrictions that this is not the case, it is also clear that no evidence has been presented by the Welsh Government to support this decision.

“I urge the Welsh Government to realize the far-fetched basis for this mitigation, with no supporting evidence or scientific data, and end it in line with the date the restrictions for nightclubs are withdrawn on January 28.

“This policy appears to have only exacerbated market distortion, segregation, trade impact and compromised staff and customer safety.”

Earlier this month, UKHospitality Cymru warned the impact of trade restrictions meant incomes were at least 25% lower in Wales than across the border in Englandwhere no direct measures were targeted at hotel businesses during the holiday season; although the ongoing “work from home” order and subsequent decline in consumer confidence and footfall have hit businesses hard.

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The best personal loans 2022 – Compare now

What is a personal loan?

If you take out a loan from a bank, credit union, or online lender, it is a personal loan. Typically, personal loans are paid out in a lump sum and repaid in monthly installments.

Some loan types are used to pay for specific purchases, such as a house or vehicle. But the best unsecured personal loans can be used for almost any reason. For example, you can take out a personal loan to make emergency home repairs, finance renovations, pay for a wedding, or cover medical expenses. With an unsecured personal loan, the lender asks nothing more than your good credit rating and your written commitment to repay the loan as agreed.

In return for using the lender’s money, you pay back the loan with interest. The better your credit score, the lower you can expect the lender’s interest rate to be. Even if your credit score isn’t as good as you’d like, you can still qualify for a bad credit personal loan. However, you are likely to pay a higher interest rate than other borrowers.

When is a personal loan a good option?

Say your kitchen was designed sometime during the Truman administration, or you’re looking to consolidate debt. A personal loan can provide you with the funds to get things done. Most lenders don’t care how you spend the money as long as you pay it back as promised. If you know how you’re going to spend the money and have a plan to pay it back, a personal loan can be a good tool to help you achieve your goals.

If you need the money from your personal loan fast, look for a loan with “streamlined approval.” This means you don’t have to wait long to get the loan funds. Because some loans are same-day funded, a personal loan can help you when you hit a financial hurdle — even if you need the money fast.

What should I look out for with a personal loan?

You may be surprised to learn how many loan options there are. Whether you have great credit or are working to improve your credit, the very best loans on the market have three things in common:

Low interest rate

A good loan is one with a low interest rate. Interest on a loan is calculated as a percentage of the total loan amount. The lower the interest rate, the more money you save on the loan repayment.

Let’s say you need to borrow $20,000 to replace the roof on your home and you plan to get a five-year loan. You are considering two options: Lender A and Lender B. Below we have summarized these two imaginary lenders and how their interest rates would affect the cost of your loan. Even a small percentage change can result in significant savings. It is clear that the lender that offers the lower interest rate can save you money over the life of the loan. These are funds that you can use in other ways, e.g. B. to invest in your future.

Lender A

  • Interest rate: 5.5%
  • Monthly payment: $382
  • Total interest paid over the life of the loan: $2,921

Lender B

  • Interest rate: 6.9%
  • Monthly payment: $395
  • Total interest paid over the life of the loan: $3,705

You might only pay an additional $13 per month for a loan from Lender B, but that small difference will cost you $780 more over the life of the loan. For help finding the best low-interest loans, see our guide to good personal loan rates.

Do you have bad credit? You will likely pay a higher interest rate on a personal loan. If this is your situation, you have two options. You can take steps to increase your score and wait until it’s in better shape before applying for credit. The second option is to get a loan now and refinance your personal loan later (if your credit history is better and you can get a better interest rate).

Loan terms that suit you

The “loan term” is the period of time in which you must pay back a loan in full. Some people choose a longer loan term because it keeps their monthly payments low. However, the longer you carry a loan, the more interest you pay overall. Find your personal loan term sweet spot, the shortest term with the cheapest payment. The best loans fit your budget and schedule.

Low fees

Another important feature of a great personal loan is that there are no or very low fees. Fees can be sneaky. Suppose a lender offers you a low interest rate but piles up fees. This loan can end up costing more than a loan with a slightly higher interest rate but no fees. The best personal loan lenders charge no processing fee and keep other expenses — like prepayments and late fees — to a minimum.

For example, many lenders charge processing fees to cover the cost of processing and distributing your loan. Handling fees range from 1% to 8% of the amount borrowed. Using the above scenario and borrowing $20,000 to replace a roof, you could end up paying anywhere from $200 to $1,600 in construction fees alone.

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Thunder Mug Cafe’s Lizette Apy Hopes Her 76ers Partnership Will Inspire Black Business Owners

Lizette Apy worked three jobs in Chicago as a single mom, doing what she needed for her children to attend high school and college. Yet even while she was spending those long hours – Apy was a full-time retail manager, part-time retail manager, and part-time accountant – she kept her dream alive.

She yearned to open a cafe like the ones she worked for while also funding her studies at the University of Illinois. But opening a cafe, Apy said, was quickly becoming “a fleeting dream” over the years.

Then the company she worked for suddenly closed, laying off all employees but offering severance pay. And Apy – who had recently become an empty nest – saw an opportunity to start from scratch.

Apy’s daughter had moved to Philadelphia and persuaded her to follow. She made the trip and took her dream with her, opening the Thunder Mug Cafe in East Falls in September 2019. When the pandemic started six months later, she continued to spin the dream – and that dream is now. a thriving small business on Ridge Avenue. .

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On Thursday, Apy was selected by the Sixers to be this year’s partner in their Buy Black program, which “was developed to promote local black-owned businesses and provide them with expert marketing advice, advertising value. , educational programs and additional tools for success. . “

“I look at the coffee and I’m like, ‘Wow, I made it,’” Apy said. “I always tell people that I’m not just dreaming. I dream and then I put it into action. I always knew this was going to happen to me. It’s just a very long dream. I finally put it into action. This is the cool part for me. If you follow your dream, it will never guide you in error. Never. Because that’s what’s in your heart. It’s your passion. The things that we feel and do with the heart, we do our best.

The Sixers selected Thunder Mug from a pool of 350 applicants, as David Gould, the team’s head of diversity and impact, said that not only would coffee benefit from the partnership, but that “the strong sense of Apy’s community and desire to give back is pretty much what we are, too.

The Sixers will highlight Apy activities on their digital and social media channels, provide advertising on their website and in the arena, promote Thunder Mug in emails to subscription holders, will feature the coffee on TV shows and broadcast radio commercials each Game. They will also host an in-person event to promote the coffee.

Thunder Mug will receive roughly the same treatment as traditional team sponsors. But it will be free.

“We know that black-owned businesses are under-represented, under-capitalized, and tend to be smaller than their regional counterparts,” Gould said. “We want to do what we can to provide different tools, resources and platforms to help them grow and that seems like a very natural way that we can do that.”

A sign on Thunder Mug’s front door reads “BLACK BUSINESS” and Apy is proud to be a black business owner – “There are only a few of us who survive and thrive here. She said – but getting there was not easy.

She held a credit score of 820 but was refused a loan by three banks before finally obtaining the financing to help open the cafe.

“As a black woman it was so hard to get a loan and get started,” Apy said. “A bank even said that in order to give me a loan, I had to ask a friend to put his house as collateral. I was like, ‘What?’ You could have bought me for a penny. I was so stunned by it and disheartened.

A secured loan, Apy devised a business plan before opening and outlined any possible challenges she might face. But there was nothing in there, said Apy, “which says quarantine and pandemic.”

The cafe was forced to rotate constantly, Apy said, as they navigated the pandemic with orders online and eating out. Thunder Mug survived and now Apy is hoping his partnership with the Sixers can inspire others.

“This program showed that I was able to stay open. I flourish. But it also gives me the tools to mentor and help future black entrepreneurs to open up and open up. I can be a resource, ”said Apy. “I feel like when I win, we all win. I want to uplift everyone. I would like to see the Black Business community grow, strengthen, prosper. I don’t want the pandemic to deter future black business owners from chasing their dreams. “

Apy’s coffee is named after a chamber pot in tribute to her great-grandmother, who lived to be 114 years old. Thunder Mug evokes “happy childhood memories” of her great-grandmother’s visit to Mississippi.

The cafe’s proximity to the Schuylkill River immediately reminded Apy of the lakeside Chicago, offering a slice of home in his new hometown. And a reminder of the life she lived while still clinging to her dream.

“My mom was a single mom and she had two jobs and that’s all I remember is my mom had two jobs,” Apy said. “I know my mom was more than that. She was a friend. She was a sister. She was a mother. She was a colleague. She was so much more than my sisters and I saw of her because she worked so hard.

“I wanted my kids to see me more as an individual. I wanted them to see me not only as a mom, but also as that person who also wanted to make her mark in the world. They are so proud.

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California restaurant 105 Noshery extends closure due to understaffing

What would normally be a busy day has turned into unanswered calls as restaurants take a break. 105 Noshery in Roseville closed last week and was scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, but this has now been delayed for two more days. The shutdown comes amid a number of workers falling ill. Lisa Peters, owner of 105 Noshery, said that while the employees are eager to get home, “We really believe that we have to make sure everyone is safe, so hopefully Friday.” Eddie Salcedo, who was stopping by the restaurant to celebrate his wife’s birthday and retirement, said he felt compassion for workers who don’t work as a team. A few doors down the same block, The Monk’s Cellar and Public House general manager Kelly Long said it closed last week for the same reason. To maintain the best environment for our staff and customers and not expose anyone to more potential illnesses, we have chosen to close our restaurant, ”said Long. Despite the shutdown, Long hopes they will return to normal soon and adds that they, ‘Meanwhile, the two restaurants are awaiting COVID-19 testing, they say they have ordered to continue testing their employees. more days, which is why the staff are not able to get tested, ”said Peters. Other restaurants like Mikuni Sushi and Chando’s Tacos currently only offer take-out services.

What would normally be a busy day has turned into unanswered calls as restaurants take a break.

105 Noshery in Roseville closed last week and was scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, but this has now been delayed for two more days.

The shutdown comes as a number of workers fall ill.

Lisa Peters, owner of 105 Noshery, said that while the employees are eager to get home, “We really believe that we have to make sure everyone is safe, so we hope Friday.”

Eddie Salcedo, who stopped by the restaurant to celebrate his wife’s birthday and retirement, said he had compassion for workers who are no longer working.

“It’s a little bad for everyone right now because a lot of people are losing their jobs because of the pandemic,” Salcedo said.

A few doors down the same block, The Monk’s Cellar and Public House general manager Kelly Long said it closed last week for the same reason.

“We had several staff members who fell ill quickly, so what we decided to do in order to maintain the best environment for our staff and customers and to not expose anyone to more potential illnesses, we chose to shutting down our restaurant, ”Long said.

Despite the shutdown, Long says they hope they will return to normal soon and adds that they are on the cusp of being fully staffed.

In the meantime, the two restaurants are awaiting the COVID-19 tests they say they have ordered to continue testing their employees.

“We continue to monitor the follow-up and it just keeps adding up five more days and five more days, and that’s why the staff are not able to get tested,” Peters said.

Other restaurants like Mikuni Sushi and Chando’s Tacos currently only offer take-out services.

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Miami cocktail bar brings tropical pop-up to Soho House

Fancy a tropical vibe during a Chicago winter that brought single-digit temperatures and black ice to the city? There are plenty of cocktail bars in Chicago that may make you think of a warmer climate: Three Dots & A Dash, Secret Sound at Time Out Market Chicago, and Lost Lake, which is soon to be extinct, to name a few – a few. But you’ll soon have an added option: a Miami cocktail bar that pops up inside Soho House during Chicago’s colder months.

Sweet Liberty Cocktail Bar brings some of the same drinks it serves in South Beach to the downstairs bar of Soho House Chicago, decorating the space with an origami flower installation, a nine foot tall palm tree, and a neon sign that says, “‘Pursue Happiness.” There’s also a custom DJ booth, where local selectors will perform Latin, funk, and deep house music throughout the pop-up’s residence.

Much of the pop-up’s menu is made up of drinks that Sweet Liberty serves at its original South Beach location, including the Florida cocktail made with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro, lime, pineapple, and creme de mint, as well as the Dope AF Lychee Martini, which features tender tropical fruits. Those looking for an alcoholic pick-me-up can enjoy a piña colada made with three types of rum, pineapple, coconut cream and Jamaican coffee.

Much like the Fox Bar at Soho House Chicago, the Sweet Liberty pop-up will be open to the general public, so you won’t need a Soho House membership to stop by and grab a drink. You can also grab some incredibly thin pies from Paper Thin Pizza to accompany your tropical drinks (available Wednesday through Saturday 6pm to 11pm).

The Sweet Liberty pop-up at SoHo House will open on January 14 and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until February 12. You can have a table from Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Discover the Sweet Liberty cocktail menu below.

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Payday Loans vs Personal Loans: What’s the Difference?

If you need money for an emergency, you can borrow it in a number of ways.

One is a payday loan. This type of loan is easy to apply for but can be very risky. Payday loans charge high interest rates and often have hidden fees. This very easily gets you into a debt trap where it becomes very difficult to repay your loan, even if you only borrowed a small amount to begin with.

Another option is a personal loan. These loans are a bit more complicated to apply for, but have much lower interest rates than payday loans. Because of this, personal loans are commonly used for debt consolidation and are a far safer way to get credit.

Here’s what you need to know about the differences between these loans and how to decide which one is best for you.

The central theses

  • If you need money for an emergency, you can borrow it in a number of ways. One is a payday loan. This type of loan is easy to apply for but can be very risky. Another option is a personal loan. These loans are a bit more complicated to apply for, but have much lower interest rates than payday loans.
  • With a simple online personal loan calculator, you can determine what type of payment amount and interest rate best suits your budget.
  • Payday loans are almost always more expensive to borrow than personal loans, and also riskier. If you’re eligible for a personal loan, this option lets you borrow more money, pay it back longer, and charge less interest.

Payday Loans vs. Personal Loans: An Overview

Payday loans and personal loans have some similarities. With both loans, you borrow money that must be repaid with interest at a later date. Both loans can be used to cover emergencies and to cover unexpected bills or other financial obligations.

These loans can vary significantly. Payday loans are generally used to borrow small amounts of money until the next paycheck and are very easy to arrange. These loans do not require collateral and can be very expensive. For this reason, they are often viewed as predatory lending as they have extremely high interest rates, do not consider a borrower’s ability to repay, and contain hidden provisions that charge the borrower additional fees.

Personal loans are a much broader category. This loan is usually offered by a bank, credit union, or online personal lender, and you usually have to show them proof that you can eventually repay the loan. Personal loans are usually for much larger amounts of money than payday loans, but you have much more time to repay that money. The interest rates and fees on a personal loan are much lower than a payday loan, so the overall cost of borrowing is likely to be much lower.


Payday loans can charge high interest rates – up to 400% – and hit you with hidden fees.

How payday loans work

It is usually very easy to get a payday loan. You can walk into a payday lender’s office and walk out with a loan. You don’t have to give the lender anything to secure the loan like you would at a pawn shop. Instead, the lender will usually ask you for permission to electronically withdraw funds from your bank, credit union, or prepaid card account. Sometimes the lender may ask you to write one
Check the repayment amount that the lender will collect when the loan matures.

Payday loans can get expensive. Payday lenders charge very high interest rates: up to 780% of the annual percentage rate (APR), with an average loan being close to 400%. Most states have usury laws that limit interest charges to between 5% and 30%. However, payday lenders fall under exceptions that take into account their high interest rates. Sixteen states — Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia — have outright bans for extremely expensive payday loans. Seven states – Maine, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia and Washington – have introduced measures such as term limits, fee caps or the number of loans per borrower that offer some protection to consumers.

Payday loans say their high interest rates are misleading because if you pay off your payday loan on time, you will not be charged high interest. That may be true in some cases, but according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), 80% of payday loans are rolled over multiple times, indicating that the majority of these loans are not repaid on time.

consolidate debt

You can use a personal loan to consolidate debt. With good credit, you can often take out a personal loan at a lower interest rate than you would pay with your credit card.

How personal loans work

To get a personal loan, you need to contact a lender. Again, this could be a bank, credit union, or online personal lender. As a rule, you first fill out an application. The lender reviews it and decides whether to approve or reject it. If approved, you will be presented with the loan terms, which you can accept or decline. If you agree to them, the next step is to complete your loan documents.

When that’s done, the lender funds the loan, which means they pay you the proceeds. Depending on the lender, these may come through a direct deposit into your bank account or by check. After the loan is funded, you can use the money as you see fit.

Personal loans can be secured or unsecured. A secured personal loan is a loan that requires some form of security as a condition of borrowing. For example, you can secure a personal loan with cash such as a savings account or a certificate of deposit (CD), or with a physical asset such as your car or boat. If you default on the loan, the lender can keep your collateral to pay off the debt.

You can also find personal loans online. Many lenders offer personal loans through their websites. You can apply electronically, receive a decision in minutes and, in some cases, receive funding within 24 to 48 hours of loan approval. With a simple online personal loan calculator, you can determine what type of payment amount and interest rate best suits your budget.

Lenders may have different requirements when it comes to the creditworthiness, income, and debt-to-income ratio that are acceptable for personal loan approval. This can help you narrow down the loans that best fit your credit and financial profile.

main differences

There are several key differences between payday loans and personal loans when it comes to covering emergency expenses:

  • costs. Payday loans generally have much higher interest rates than personal loans and can hit you with hidden fees and charges.
  • Accessibility. Payday loans can be easier to arrange, especially for people with limited credit histories and other financial challenges. With some payday lenders, you can even get an unbanked loan as long as you have a prepaid card account.
  • Impact on your credit score. Most payday lenders do not report to the credit bureaus. This means that only personal loans will appear on your credit report. Taking out a personal loan and paying it on time will increase your credit score, which will help you qualify for better loans and interest rates in the future.

In almost every situation, a payday loan will be more expensive than a personal loan. If you need emergency money, it’s best to apply for a personal loan if you can qualify. If you don’t qualify then you can look at other options. Even then, it may be better to spend money on your credit card, ask your employer for overtime, or borrow money from family and friends.

Is a Personal Loan a Better Alternative to a Payday Loan?

In general, a personal loan is cheaper than a payday loan. Lower personal loans give a borrower more time to repay a loan than a payday loan, and most credit unions offer APR personal loans that are comparable to credit cards, which still charge lower interest rates than payday loans.

Are Payday Loans Hard Or Easy To Repay?

Payday loans are sometimes more difficult to repay than a traditional loan because the lender has not verified your ability to repay before lending you money. Payday lenders generally don’t evaluate your debt-to-income ratio or consider your other debts before making a loan to you.

Do Payday Loans Help Your Credit Score?

Probably not. Payday loans are generally not reported to the big three national credit bureaus, so they are unlikely to affect your credit score. Unless you don’t repay the loan on time and are referred to a collection agency: that will damage your credit rating.

The final result

Payday loans are almost always more expensive to borrow than personal loans, and also riskier. If you are able to qualify for a personal loan, this option allows you to borrow more money, give you more time to pay back, and charge you a lower interest rate. If you need some emergency cash, the first thing you should do is apply for a personal loan.

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Irish nightclubs could reopen in a few weeks as Minister Catherine Martin provides update on Covid rules

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin said she “hopes” that nightclubs can reopen in February.

Minister Martin said the 8 p.m. closing curfew is “awful” for musical events, live artists and theaters.

However, she said “we have to take public health advice but I still have hope” of easing restrictions next month.

The Taoiseach said the 8 p.m. closing time would not be counted until January 30.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said the lifting of the current restrictions will be phased out over the next month.

Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, Catherine Martin.

When asked if she could guarantee nightclubs could reopen next month, Minister Catherine Martin told the Irish Mirror she “had high hopes for February” but added “we’ll have to see where we are”.

She said she was hopeful when she looked at the current ICU numbers.

It comes as Cabinet has agreed to change isolation periods for Covid-19, which will take effect from midnight Thursday.

The changes end the five-day isolation period for fully vaccinated close contacts who show no symptoms of Covid-19.

However, they will be advised to wear a medical or higher quality mask and have regular antigen testing.

Close contacts who have not received a booster vaccine will need to restrict their movement for seven days.

Wednesday’s decision also means that anyone with Covid-19 will now have to self-isolate for seven days instead of ten.

And it will no longer be mandatory to confirm an antigen test result with a PCR test for people aged four to 39 years old.

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Wellness Boutique and Café opens on Trade Street | To eat

“We have similar offerings as you get in any cafe, but our specialty drinks use these superfood powders,” Luzardo said.

Customers can get a regular coffee, espresso, tea or chai latte. But they can also get tea, coffee, and other drinks with powders and concentrates with ingredients associated with wellness.

La Luz uses local companies Magic Beans Coffee and Vita Pour for its coffee and tea. Its wellness powders and concentrates come from Anima Mundi, a company based in Costa Rica.

Everything in coffee is plant-based. Non-dairy milks include almonds, oats, and macadamia.

Luz Latte is an espresso with homemade rose and cardamom syrups, coconut cream and a dirty rose chai collagen booster (associated with the strength of bones and joints, nails and hair. , etc.).

Mucuna Rose Matcha combines matcha with rose powder (associated with anti-inflammatory properties) and mucuna (associated with stress reduction, lower cholesterol and more) as well as an ‘elixir of euphoria. for a better mood ”.

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How to eat on a keto diet at restaurants in Charlotte, NC

Fin & Fino mussels.

Fin & Fino mussels.


How to eat healthy in Charlotte restaurants in 2022

If you’re trying a new diet and aren’t sure how to order when you go out to eat, check out our guide:

At this point in 2022, New Years resolutions are in full swing, with healthy eating at the top of many people’s lists. Have you decided to go keto? You’ll have plenty of company: In 2020, ‘keto’ was the most searched-for food-related topic on Google in the world.

The ketogenic diet prioritizes consuming foods that are low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and high in fat in order to send the body into a fat burning state rather than carbohydrates.

But trying a new diet for the New Year brings up the age-old question: what about dining out?

We’ve scoured Charlotte’s menus to find the right foods so you don’t have to.

PRO TIPS: When Dining Out on the Keto Diet …

  • Avoid extra sauces which can often contain hidden sugars.

  • Skip the bread.

  • Stick to healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates with lots of fiber.

  • Don’t be afraid to get creative and change the dish (if the restaurant allows).

  • Substitute green vegetables for the fries.

Here are some keto-friendly dishes from Charlotte restaurants to try:

Cafe Abugida

Location: 3007 Central Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28205

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

Cuisine: Ethiopian

Dish to try: Doro Alecha, tender chicken thigh cooked simmered in Ethiopian herb butter, garlic, onion and spicy curry sauce with hard-boiled egg.

Fin & Fino

Location: 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts # 100, Charlotte, NC 28202

Neighborhood: Uptown

Cuisine: Seafood

Dish to try: For those who like a little extra heat, try the mussels, served with poblano peppers, andouille and tomato-pickle broth. This broth has no added sugars – the sweetness comes from the tomatoes, tarragon and tamarind, then the sauce is finished in butter. To avoid added carbohydrates, skip the bread.


Location: 1400 Church Street B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

Neighborhood: South End

Cuisine: Korean BBQ

Dish to try: At this all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant, there’s no shortage of protein-rich meats, from curried pork belly to spicy chicken. Just replace the side of the rice with some green vegetables like zucchini or green lettuce.

Charlotte’s Mad Greek

Location: 5011 South Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28217

Neighborhood: Madison Park

Cuisine: Greek

Dish to try: The Mad Greek Salad, made with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, feta, green pepper, olives and pepperoncini. For more protein, consider adding grilled chicken. And hold the pita.

Charlotte’s Mad Greek salad is one of her most popular dishes. Melissa Oyler Charlotte five

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill

Location: 340 E 16th St, Charlotte, NC 28206

Neighborhood: Optimist Hall

Location: 4920 Old Sardis Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

Neighborhood: Strawberry Hill

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Dish to try: Build your own bowl with a green base like spinach, kale or arugula. Then wrap it with protein like chicken shawarma, chicken kebab, or grated lamb. Top it off with your choice of toppings.

The roasting company

Location: 1521 Montford Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209

Neighborhood: Montford

Location: 122 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill SC 29730

Neighborhood: Rock Hill

Kitchen: Rotisserie

Dish to try: kale kale bowl, made with kale, arugula and mixed vegetables, cotija cheese and Italian dressing (which does not contain sugar). For more protein, add pulled chicken or pulled pork.

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Maddie Ellis is a reporting intern at CharlotteFive. She is studying English and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Oportun Personal Loans Review 2022 – Forbes Advisor

Personal loan applications are approved or denied based on a number of factors. All lenders have their own specific underwriting requirements, but these usually include information from an applicant’s credit profile and other factors demonstrating the ability to repay the loan, such as: B. Income. Meeting the following requirements doesn’t guarantee approval, but they can help you decide whether a personal loan is right for you.

Creditworthiness requirements

Oportun does not disclose the minimum creditworthiness you need to be approved for a loan. However, it is aimed at people with poor credit ratings. According to the company, you may still be able to get a loan even if you have filed for bankruptcy in the past.

Income requirements

When you apply for a loan, Oportun verifies your income by reviewing either past bank statements or current pay slips. You must be making at least $ 500 per month to be eligible for an oportun loan.

Co-signer and co-debtor

If you are struggling to get approved for a loan because of your loan, one option is to mortgage your car as collateral for the loan (i.e., get a secured loan). However, if this isn’t an option for you, you may be able to use a co-signer instead. Just remember that if you don’t, your co-signer is on the hook to repay the loan.

Oportun does not allow co-borrowers.

Related: Co-debtor vs. co-signer

Secured Loan Requirements

When you need a secured loan and want to increase your loan amount, Oportun can mortgage your car as collateral that can repossess it if you fail to repay your debt. Your car must meet its own criteria.

You must be the sole owner of the vehicle (with no one else, e.g. a spouse) and it must be paid off in full with no further loans or liens. In addition, your car must be at least 25 years old. Ineligible vehicle types include:

  • Transporter
  • Leasing vehicles
  • Electric cars
  • Cars registered in a state other than where you live
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Happy Land nightclub fire in 1990 left 87 dead

The Bronx fire that killed 19 people on Sunday was the deadliest fire in New York City since 1990, when a fire at a Bronx nightclub left 87 people dead.

The fire, which was started by an arsonist after fighting with his girlfriend, occurred at the Happy Land Social Club, an unlicensed club that lacked sprinklers, fire alarms and emergency exits. It had been ordered to close for fire hazards and building code violations 16 months before the fire, but it continued to operate. The nightclub was on the second floor of a dilapidated building and was crowded with mostly Honduran immigrants celebrating carnival.

The arsonist Julio Gonzalez, a Cuban refugee, had argued with his girlfriend every now and then about leaving his locker room job at the club, before a bouncer kicked him out around 3 a.m. . He walked three blocks to a gas station and filled a gallon container with $ 1 gasoline from an attendant there.

At around 3:30 a.m., he returned to the club, splashed gasoline at the bottom of the stairs and set it on fire, cutting the only open door and filling the club with smoke. As the fire grew, he returned home.

It was one of the worst mass murders in US history. Most of the people at the club suffocated from the smoke, and only six people survived, including Mr. Gonzalez’s girlfriend. She told the police about her argument with him, and when the police arrived at her apartment, he confessed. “I got angry, the devil grabbed me and I set it on fire,” he told detectives.

It was New York City’s deadliest fire since the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in 1911, which occurred 79 years to the day before the Happy Land fire. After the Happy Land fire, the city stepped up its investigations into illegal clubs.

Mr Gonzalez was convicted the following year and was sentenced to 87 concurrent prison terms ranging from 25 years to life. After serving 25 years in prison, he died in 2016 at age 61 in a hospital in upstate New York, where he was released from prison after an apparent heart attack.

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Space Café Radio: 2021 Review – Blaine Curcio

Space Café Radio: 2021 Review – Blaine Curcio – SpaceWatch.Global

Blaine Curcio, Screensht from Dongfang Hour

In this Radio Café de l’Espace – our Review 2021 series, publisher SpaceWatch.Global Torsten Kriening speak with Blaine curcio, #ChinaSpaceGuy, Founder of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Senior Affiliate Consultant at Euroconsult and Co-Host of DongFnag Hour China Aerospace News Brief on Its 2021 Space (China) Highlights and What It Takes watch for the coming year in space.

Pierre Lionnet – @LionnetPierre – is the reference Blaine mentioned at the end.

Radio Café de l’Espace brings you our interviews, our interviews, our impressions. In this format, you will hear conversations or the entire SpaceWatchers team while on the road. Each show will have a specific topic, unique content and a very personal touch. Enjoy the format of the show and give us your feedback for [email protected] .

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Restaurants adapt to the Omicron wave

A drive-thru restaurant in Webster Groves has recorded 30% more orders in recent weeks.

ST. LOUIS – The recent surge of COVID-19 has prompted some businesses in Saint-Louis to step up their security protocols while others have closed to help slow the spread.

On Saturday, Frank Romano and his staff at Parkmoor Drive-In in Webster Groves could be seen wearing masks along with some guests at the tables.

“This is serious business and we want everyone to be safe. We follow all protocols here. Keep it clean. And do our best, ”said the Managing Director.

The restaurant opened in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when you could only dine outside.

As cases fluctuated, they switched to patio and sidewalk service until they had some relief in the summer of 2021.

“It was safer. People weren’t getting that sick and we were allowed to use inside restaurants, ”Romano said.

With the virus mixing operations again and new variations in play, the restaurant has seen a 30% increase in take-out orders.

Other restaurants in Saint-Louis are preparing for the battle.

The Morgan Street Brewery in the city center is closed until further notice.

Signage on the door reads “We have made the extremely difficult decision to close due to the continuing pandemic. If life returns to normal, we hope to see you again.

Planter’s House has also been on hiatus until the end of January for some “rest and recovery,” according to their website, after ending their vacation early due to cases.

For restaurants that stay open like Parkmoor with no cases inside, it’s all about masking, pulling out and deep cleaning.

“Constant hand washing, disinfection, wearing of gloves,” Romano continued.

Like so many others with a business in this ever-changing climate, the restaurant has asked everyone who is feeling sick to stay home.

The City of St. Louis Department of Health has urged companies to reduce their workforce indoors as much as possible.

The agency also asked the companies to work with experts in H-VAC to improve the air quality in the building.

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Restaurants and bars hampered by workers sick with COVID-19, even closing for several weeks – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Restaurants and bars struggled during the pandemic as closures and lack of customers hampered their operations.

Lately, many have struggled to keep staff at work, and now, to fall ill as COVID-19 continues to ravage the DFW metroplex.

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At Alexandre’s in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood, owner Lee Daugherty said staff wanted to shut down for a month after an employee tested positive weeks ago.

Restaurants and bars like Alexandre’s in Oak Lawn are closing to protect workers as COVID-19 cases increase. (credit: Nick Starling /

“I supported their proposal, I think it was the safest and best thing for us to do. Of course, it hurts financially, of course, it hurts them financially, but you know, in order to ‘Keeping everyone safe and doing our part to minimize transmission was the right decision, “said Daugherty,” This thing is skyrocketing and growing exponentially so fast that workers mostly need to take their own decision.

Daugherty wants this to be a wake-up call for workers to fight for their health as more people in the community fall ill. “Hopefully this will result in the workers meeting their management, their owners and their bosses and saying, listen, this is what we want, this is what is going to make us feel safe. “

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Other restaurants like Bonnell’s in Fort Worth have closed after six employees fell ill. They have since reopened.

At Burgers N ‘Beyond in Fort Worth, they too have felt the tension when workers are away.

“It’s hard for us, we had to pay others to cover his shift, his morning shift and the other in the evening,” said owner Ali Altaher.

As for Alexander, after this month Daugherty said they would take him week by week to see if COVID-19 cases go down to make sure everyone can safely have a drink and have fun.

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“We can party in the future, we just can’t at the moment,” Daugherty added.

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Shyne on her relationship with Diddy after filming a nightclub in 1999

During an appearance in the last episode of Drink champions, Shyne met NORE and DJ EFN to discuss his career, politics and life after prison.

Shyne, who was jailed from 2001 to 2009 for his hand in a nightclub shooting involving his former record company boss Diddy, has opened up about his relationship with the CEO of Bad Bad Records in the wake of the New York nightclub incident.

“I don’t blame him as much now as I did then,” says Shyne at around 3:00 p.m. in the video. “Because I went through a phase of bitterness. But in retrospect, I blame more the lawyers who advised him. Because his lawyers were there to get a verdict of “not guilty” by all means. “

Shyne continued, “It’s a $ 100 million company and they saw me as the enemy. How many years ago? It was about twenty years ago. Puff is still relatively young. So he’s a lot younger and that’s a lot of pressure. He’s about to lose everything. I’m about to lose it all. I come from that though. Diddy is a musician, but he wasn’t from there. So don’t expect his answer to be mine. When your lawyers deceive you and mislead you, that’s how it all fell apart. And he told me. He said, ‘I’m sorry. I should never have listened to these lawyers. I forgave him. It was traumatic. I would forgive him and you could hear me hitting on him a few months later. That was over a decade ago and I was in a different space then.

In 2020, Shyne was elected Leader of the Opposition in the Belize House of Representatives. After government officials tried to pass an amendment that would bar ex-convicts like him from running for office, Shyne says Diddy supported him.

“Diddy lost it when he heard that,” he said. “He involved the people of the RÉVOLT, he had the publicists, he had his parliamentary friends. He said, ‘We can’t let this happen.’ Puff, for me, totally redeemed himself.

Check out Shyne’s full interview on Drink champions at the top, and stream the episode now on all major platforms.

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Best Vegan Cafes in Devon to Help You Crush Veganuary

It’s that time of year when millions of people across the UK are getting down to New Year’s resolutions.

It’s no secret that for many of us, our will to drink less and exercise more will weaken before the month (or maybe even the Christmas tree) is over.

But one resolution that has grown stronger in recent years is Veganuary.

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The movement was created in 2014 to encourage people to give up animal products during the first month of the year – and beyond.

Last year 582,000 participated and this year organizers expect even more people to register.

If you are thinking of joining them, but don’t feel like being confined to home for a month, fear not, Devon is full of restaurants serving great vegan food.

Here is our selection of the group.

Banana Cafe, Tiverton

It’s hard to believe that Banana Cafe is actually in Devon

Cafe Banana isn’t just plant-based, it’s surrounded by plants too. Relax in this miniature paradise set against a backdrop of tropical foliage, with a slice of handmade vegan carrot cake.

Based at Tiverton’s Withleigh Nurseries, customer favorites include the plant-based brownies and the New York-style bagel that includes homemade seitan, arugula, pickles, mayonnaise and American mustard.

You will also find sandwiches, soup, daily specials as well as delicious tea and coffee.

Collective Café, Bideford

The legendary gingerbread of Cafe Collective
The legendary gingerbread of Cafe Collective

Voted ‘Best Coffee in Bideford’, Cafe Collective on Grenville Street also offers a legendary vegan Sticky Ginger Cake, made from its own recipe.

There’s also a full vegan breakfast, along with lighter breakfast options like sliced ​​tomatoes and black pepper, or toast with fresh mushrooms. Then there are vegan pizzas, a garden burger, homemade vegan sausages, and a plethora of gluten-free options.

Everything is made on site and there is a range of beers, ciders, wines and prosecco (unless of course you do Dry January).

Wild thyme coffee, Braunton

So many treats to choose from at Wild Thyme Cafe
So many treats to choose from at Wild Thyme Cafe

Eat breakfast all day or come for a leisurely lunch or dinner. At Wild Thyme Cafe, there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to suit all appetites.

Vegan specialties include spicy Mexican rice and beans with roasted sweet potato, humous, tortillas, salsa, avocado, salad and roasted seeds; roasted parsnip and carrot soup with fennel and cumin seeds; and Ethiopian Stew, a lentil dish spiced with Berber spices, served with rice, Asian coleslaw, and mango chutney.

This popular cafe also has its own roast. Its Rainforest Alliance beans are imported green from Colombia and carefully roasted by hand by Greg of Kope Coffee Roasters, in small batches of no more than 1 kg at a time.

The cafe is located in the Caen Field shopping center and you can view the menus here.

Willow’s Tea Room, Landkey

Afternoon tea at Willow's tearoom
Afternoon tea at Willow’s tearoom

You would never guess that the cakes at Willow’s Tearoom are vegan, but that’s exactly what they are.

This charming cafe near Barnstaple reopened in 2021 as a plant-only venue. Since then, the coffee nut cake has sold like vegan hotcakes.

There are plenty of other animal-free goodies out there as well, including meatless breakfasts and lunches and dairy-free cream teas.

Willow’s accepts dogs and the CEO (meaning the Meal Chef) is a Dalmatian called Oreo.

Cake or Death, Exeter

Cake or Death in Exeter – open for brownies

Who doesn’t love a brownie? And Cake or Death Bakery in Exeter creates some of the best you’ve ever tasted. They are also vegans (but don’t tell non-vegans that.)

It’s run by Katie Cross who was inspired to start her own business after being interviewed to appear on Bake Off. While she didn’t quite put on the show, her designs experienced a storm in Exeter and beyond.

The café is open on Bartholomew Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. But if you can’t come, don’t worry, you can order them online as well, to have hassle-free delivery to your mailbox.

The hairy barista, Totnes

Bright green cake with red apples and kale Cavalo Nero
Bright green cake with red apples and kale Cavalo Nero

For a cake that counts towards your five a day, look no further than The Hairy Barista on High Street in Totnes.

The beautifully presented herbal treats are all freshly made and handmade.

Choose from heavenly squares of chai latte cheesecake, peanut and caramel bars, chocolate, date and banana cakes, or a range of breakfast muffins.

Most of the products on offer are organic, refined sugar and gluten free, proving that you can really have your cake and eat it.

the Edgy Veggie, Totnes

Avant-garde vegetarian cuisine
Avant-garde vegetarian cuisine

While not strictly a cafe (they bring you the food), The Edgy Veggie is a vegetarian takeout that took off during lockdown.

It was started by Ruth Rae and her partner John, after Ruth was put on leave from her job as a conductor at Schumacher College.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are made from healthy, local ingredients. Enticing options include Thai curries, homemade pie, tomato and bean stew, cashew and apricot tagine, and smoked chili which can all be ordered online.

Cafe Daisy, Torquay

Complete English without meat at Daisy's
A healthier approach to full English at Daisy’s

Vegan black pudding – who would have thought! But at Daisy’s, you’ll find that and many more animal-free alternatives to some traditional favorites.

Along with the vegan breakfast (including vacon, not bacon), there is also an attic VLT with vegan mayonnaise as well as a range of animal-free burgers.

Fancy something sweet? Then discover the range of vegan waffles, ice creams and cakes. Or how about a slice of apple pie with vegan custard, or maybe a Lotus Biscoff freakshake topped with vegan “cream”?

Babbacombe Rd’s licensed cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday evening from 6:30 pm.

The Green Man Café & Cakes, Chagford

The Green Man Cafe & Cakes
Deliciously vegan: a cupcake from The Green Man Cafe & Cakes

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or indecisive, you’ll love the homemade cakes at this cozy cafe in Chagford. And dogs and muddy boots are also welcome.

Located on the High Street, there are also local, seasonal vegetarian options to eat in or take out.

The Oasis herbal restaurant, Paignton

Nikki Jordan-Watts and her family at Li’l Mamas Vegan Kitchen – from the left group, Malcolm, Asher, Siobhain, Kal, L’il Mama Nikki, Phoenix and Ocean.

The Oasis is a 100% vegan cafe in Paignton.

It’s run by former singer Nikki Jordan-Watts who became a chef because she couldn’t find the kind of tasty Caribbean vegan food she loves.

Highlights include Caribbean rotis and Gallo Pinto – a flavorful Costa Rican rice dish that can be served for breakfast or lunch.

There’s also a fully vegan breakfast, pancakes, and a selection of cakes.

In addition to Oasis, Nikki runs the famous vegan takeout delivery service L’il Mamas next to Palace Avenue.

Nourishing herbal coffee, Teignmouth

The inviting Nourish café in Teignmouth
The inviting Nourish café in Teignmouth

The people of Nourish not only do pretty much everything on their own, but they even cultivate some of it.

The menu includes soup bowls, tofu mixed vegetables and coconut curry served with brown rice and fresh flatbread, date and nut bread, and a whole host of vitamin goodies.

You’ll find it on Regents Street in Teignmouth.

Café Rio, Maidencombe beach

Cafe Rio, Maidencombe
Cafe Rio, Maidencombe

Nestled in the cliffs, this hidden gem offers a wide range of vegan and non-vegan snacks, including soup, paninis and cakes, made with local ingredients.

It’s also the perfect place for a dip or paddleboarding – and you can rent some, as well as kayaks.

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Crayfish season kicks off in New Orleans restaurants

About a month ago, the first restaurant crawfish boil was about a month ago in Mid City at Clesi’s, one of the city’s favorite places for the seasonal staple. But crayfish season and carnival season usually go hand in hand, and with King’s Day January 6 behind us, mud bug season is officially in full swing in New Orleans restaurants.

Top local seafood destinations like Clesi’s, neighbor Bevi Seafood Co., Harahan’s Seithers Seafood and NOLA Crawfish King in Gentilly have all alerted diners that crayfish season is upon them, and while some have started early. with special december boils, they’re now on the menu consistently. Bevi’s first boil was a few weeks before New Years Eve, and they’ve been pushing them every weekend since.

NOLA Crawfish King, the seafood and barbecue restaurant and market of longtime caterer Chris “Shaggy” Davis, has also had bags for sale for a few weeks now, and unlike other places, live crayfish are also available for sale. boils. at home – this weekend they’ll be $ 3.75 a pound live and $ 5.75 boiled. And after taking a few weeks off for the holidays, Jason Seither of renowned Seithers Seafood in Harahan is back to the boil as well this week, serving up platters of crayfish known for unexpected inclusions like sweet potatoes, artichokes. and whole garlic bulbs.

Be sure to check restaurant social media pages or call before you go to make sure they have crayfish in stock. For a full list of where to find hot boiled crayfish in New Orleans, check out the Eater Guide.

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New from Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain®: 3 Fruity Flavor Blends That Make Bars and Bites Even More Delicious for Breakfast or Snack | State

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan, January 7, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Kids love anything that comes in pairs: mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, the list goes on. That’s why Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain is helping parents prepare for breakfast and snack with three new flavor blends: Nutri-Grain® Strawberry Squash and Apple Breakfast Bars. and Carrot and Nutri-Grain® Banana Chocolate Bites.

Each new bar or bite turns tasty duos into one win-win snack kids will love to eat. Plus, with 8 grams of whole grain in each serving, Nutri-Grain’s new flavor innovations are guaranteed to be parent-favorite duos since “peace and quiet”.

Nutri-Grain® Strawberry & Squash and Apple & Carrot® Soft Breakfast Bars are made with fruit and vegetable flavors and contain 8 grams of whole grains, creating a delicious, win-win snack flavor combo . Nutri-Grain® Banana Chocolate Bites are a perfectly portable, portioned snack for kids, now with chocolate banana filling and whole grains.

“We’re always looking to create fresh flavor combinations at Kellogg’s, and Nutri-Grain keeps innovating to bring parents new ways to serve breakfast and snacks their kids will love and feel comfortable with.” good ”said Sarah reinecke, Senior Director of Marketing at Kellogg Company. “We know that balancing what parents want with what kids like to eat is the real winning combination.”

All three new flavor mashups will hit retail shelves nationwide this month. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Strawberry Squash and Apple Carrot Baked Breakfast Bars will be available at the suggested retail price of $ 3.99 for a box of 8 points. Nutri-Grain Banana Chocolate Bites will be available at the suggested retail price of $ 3.69 for a box of 5 points and $ 5.79 for a box of 10 points. For more information, visit

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Reports of sexual assault in London nightclubs peaked 6 years in 2021

According to a report by Free time, reports of sexual assault in London clubs, pubs, bars and concert halls peaked in six years in 2021. The alarming figure comes despite the fact that most clubs have been closed in very restricted conditions due to COVID-19[female[feminine protocols.

Between January 1 and October 31, 2021, the London Metropolitan Police received 207 allegations of sexual assault and 29 reports of rape at nightlife establishments. Since 2016, reports have steadily increased by about a fifth. It is not clear whether this represents an increase in assault cases or an increase in reporting.

According to the Office for National Statistics, a UK-based government organization responsible for releasing various figures, the year up to June 2021 saw the highest number of rape offenses on record.

Bryony benyon, the co-founder of Have a good evening, a public campaign to train site staff to respond appropriately to assaults, says the numbers represent a mix of reporting and prevalence. Speaking to Time Out, she said, “We’ve been on a hiatus from the nightlife for over a year, so people’s thresholds for what they’re willing to take may have changed. The sites have been under pressure to make sure the COVID-19 elements are in place, so they can cooperate more to actually report things. “

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, resources for help are available at RAIN.

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‘Too many cafes’ for Co-op to build another in Peak District tourist site

The plan to turn part of a large cooperative supermarket into a cooperative run cafe has sparked outrage among residents of a town in the Peak District.

A planning document for the Market Street store, Bakewell, was submitted to the Peak District National Park Authority and opened for public comment in December.

He says the new cafe would be formed from a section of the current supermarket.

As part of the formation of the new accessible cafe, a new storefront and entrance to the cafe would be required, along with outdoor seating.

The proposals have been the subject of criticism from community members on social media.

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Commenting on the public ‘Bakewell and surrounding villages’ Facebook page, one person said:’ Like we needed another, over 40 places to grab a cup of coffee, not counting the pubs.

A petition put together by Bakewell Petitions states that ‘Bakewell is known to be a historic market town, we DON’T need or want to be like every other high street in the UK.

In a letter attached to the planning document, a resident expresses concerns about the effect the cafe will have on local businesses.

His letter reads: “There is a cafe right in front of the front door of the co-op called the Upstairs Café, it has been established for 25 years. The cafe has really struggled to stay open during the pandemic and employs at least twelve people.

“The loss of custom that could result if the cooperative continues could be the last nail in the coffin.

“There are already sixteen cafes in Bakewell and there is little need for another.”

Some residents have defended the supermarket chain. Olly Driscoll said on Facebook: “It looks good and will bring in more jobs and clean up that shabby looking corner of Bakewell.”

Another local defended the proposal. She said: “I don’t see the problem because Bakewell is full of cafes anyway, mostly for tourists. They’re just trying to keep their business going after Aldi and Covid.”

Others praised the accessible nature of the cafe, pointing out that Bakewell’s other cafes are “too small or are upstairs.”

A decision date is set for early February, with the public comment period ending Monday, January 24.

The public can comment on the planning document which can be found on the Peak District online planning portal.

You can also find a link to the petition here.

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Happy alcohol take-out restaurants grab Hochul’s attention

ALBANY – The hospitality industry, which has pleaded with the state to re-allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol with take-out and delivery orders, was encouraged on Wednesday to hear the cited measure among Governor Kathy Hochul’s priorities to be accomplished over the coming year.

Although it was not included in the text of his state-of-the-state address that was distributed beforehand, Hochul verbally mentioned take-out alcohol, illustrating what a reporter from the pool said. in attendance was said to be the only audible reaction from the crowd in person to a variety of plans and goals that the governor described. The response was a “chuckle,” the reporter said.

In accompanying material for the State of the State Speech (see page 115), Takeout Alcohol is one of six initiatives in what is described as a billion dollar proposal to help small businesses across the state.

Calling on alcohol to become a “critical revenue stream for New York City bars and restaurants during the pandemic,” Hochul’s proposal said she would like to make the provision permanent, although such a measure requires adoption. of the state legislature.

Before the pandemic, restaurants and bars were allowed to sell take-out beer only. Under an executive order during the pandemic state of emergency, former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2020 began allowing restaurants and bars for sale, with takeout / delivery orders, every alcoholic products that they were allowed to serve internally, including cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, wine by the glass and bottled, and alcohol by the bottle. The order was renewed monthly for over a year.

Alcohol lapsed in late June after the legislature, faced with stiff opposition from the liquor store lobby, failed to pass a bill that would have continued to take alcohol to take away on a one year trial basis. Although the bill contains concessions to opponents, including banning sales of full bottles and limiting portion sizes in restaurant takeouts, it never made it past committee stage before the adjournment of the legislature.

Take-out liquor supporters applauded Hochul as he renewed attention to the issue.

“This incredibly popular and critical measure would add a much needed revenue stream to the restaurant industry as we continue to struggle through the third year of the pandemic,” Scott Wexler, Executive Director of The Empire, said Wednesday. State Restaurant & Tavern Association, in a statement. He continued, “For the benefit of restaurant employees, employers and their customers, we hope to see a permanent extension adopted as soon as possible.”

Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said her members were happy with Hochul’s plea for take-out alcohol, noting that 78% of the public believe it should be restored, according to a survey carried out for the commercial group.

“These are tough times that just don’t relax. The restaurant industry is hit again by another wave of COVID-19, colder weather restricting dining options and widespread staffing issues,” said Flsichut in a press release Wednesday.

Calling last year’s bill “better than nothing,” Fleischut said the restaurant association was concerned about some of its provisions and hopes to see a less restrictive version passed, but is encouraged by the firm’s support. governor to measure in principle.

“We will fight (…) to allow alcoholic drinks to take away and delivery,” she said.

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Garwood man still behind bars on suspicion of murder | News

A 25-year-old Garwood man remains behind bars at the Colorado County Jail in Columbus after he was brought in by the Texas Rangers exactly one month ago Monday for questioning about his alleged involvement in the gunshot death. ‘another young man at his home in Eagle Lake. September.

Jonathan Cain Segura, 22, was found by investigators early on Friday, September 10, 2021, where he had been shot several times and then left there to die.

Officers say he was likely shot inside the Eagle Lake residence, located in the 500 block of Stephens Street. Just before 4 a.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021, police said they determined someone had likely attacked Segura inside his home in Eagle Lake.

Segura, who had been a corporal in the US Marine Corps, succumbed to his injuries later in the morning, police said. He was only 22 years old.

Immediately, the Eagle Lake Police Department called the Texas Rangers to help them begin gathering evidence in the case. These clues ultimately led to an arrest for ELPD, precisely 12 weeks after the gruesome discovery at Segura’s home.

The Texas Rangers served the arrest warrant for Dante Larenz Stevens, 25, of Garwood, around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021. He was taken into custody without incident and later taken to the county jail. of Colorado for one-time murder. .

Stevens remains in custody in Colorado County, where he has been since his arrest on December 3. County Judge Billy Heffner set Stevens’ bond at $ 1 million.

“This matter is still under investigation by the Eagle Lake Police Department and the Texas Rangers,” said Police Chief Frederico Garza Jr. “Therefore, we respect the presumption of innocence and the right of the arrested person to due process.

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Close contacts made after night visit to Auckland nightclub

Late night revelers at an Auckland nightclub on New Years Eve were told they were close contacts of a Covid-19 case at the Department of Health’s last places of interest.

People who were at Longroom Nightclub in Gray Lynn from 10 p.m. on December 31 to 12:50 a.m. on New Years Eve were asked to get tested and self-isolate.

The emergency department at Taranaki Base Hospital was also listed on Wednesday afternoon as a place of interest for people who were there between 6:30 p.m. on New Years Day and midnight.

Murder Burger on Ponsonby Rd ​​was also a 1:50 – 2:10 a.m. spot on January 1. Anyone at these locations during these hours should also follow ministry protocols.

* Covid-19: 31 new community cases, the third Omicron case linked to the border has been transferred to the MIQ
* Covid-19: places of interest in North Island vacation hot spots, adult clubs
* Positive case of Covid-19 found in Manawatū, place of interest added

The same goes for anyone at Unichem Pharmacy Greerton in Tauranga between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 29.

It comes after several places of interest were identified on Tuesday.

Everyone and the Greerton Aquatic and Recreation Center Greerton in Tauranga from 12:18 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays or United Cinemas in Mt Maunganui from 4:23 to 7 p.m. on Sunday should self-monitor for symptoms.

However, those who went to the Sunday screening of the film at 4:30 p.m. Ghostbusters: the afterlife are close contacts and should self-isolate, test immediately, and then test again on day 5.

The same goes for those at RSA Swanson in Auckland from 8:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. on New Years Eve, and those at Pelican Club in Auckland between 11 p.m. on December 22 and 5 a.m. on December 31. Those at the Pelican Club must test on days five and eight after the show.

People are encouraged to get tested if they have any symptoms, especially if they were in a listed place of interest.


People are encouraged to get tested if they have any symptoms, especially if they were in a listed place of interest.

The new traffic light framework began on December 3, allowing more freedoms for fully vaccinated people. The Department of Health does not publish all low-risk places of interest in red zones under the new Covid protection framework.

This list can be viewed in two ways: Visit date (locations added today have the word NEW next to them) or, if you switch to Date included, the newly added locations appear at the top of the list.

If you were at a place of interest during any of the specified times, you may need to self-isolate and get tested. Follow the directions for that location on the Ministry of Health website and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for testing advice.

This list is automatically updated as soon as places of interest appear on the Department of Health website.

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Glasgow Shops and cafes need more money to disrupt filming

While it is exciting to watch the shoot take place in the city center, there should be some compensation for local businesses for the disruption it causes.

The Merchant City is in constant use for filming, which frequently sees shops and cafes closing their doors due to disruptions.

Even with pedestrian access, it keeps pedestrians away from the area because people can no longer park.

Mr. Jenkins
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It is really time they put a ban on fireworks. The noise levels on New Years Eve and the following days in Glasgow’s Southside were horrendous.

Some of us are shift workers, please consider this.

Ms. Murphy

FIRST Bus will be offering a reduced service for the rest of the week, as the drivers are self-isolating.

I doubt that we, the passengers, will notice the difference. A bus is the only thing you’re very unlikely to catch in Glasgow right now.

P Duffy

I WANT to say how delighted I was to read an article in your journal about Lochend High School creating barista classes for students.

Often times, schools focus way too much on pushing students towards college when they graduate, whether it is in their best interests or not, so I’m happy to know that students at this school are also prepared for it. world of work.

S Thorpe

Our article in yesterday’s newspaper on the council’s budget got some talking …

“The KEY priorities are to fight inequalities and poverty in the city and to help economic recovery after the pandemic”.

Is this why they cut funding for Citizens Advice Bureaux? Almost to close five.

How are people supposed to recover without guidance and support?

The board embezzled our assets, privatized profits to arm’s length organizations, and publicized the debt.

In my opinion, we have had a capitalist city since the communes became businesses. Successive advisers have just nodded through policies to allow this to happen and poverty continues to grow.

People make Glasgow – they break it.

Anna marie doonan

THE council must stop wasting taxpayer money. The city is a mess.

We don’t need the more millions spent on unnecessary cycle paths that are not being used.

The SNP must regain control and stop its repressive and deliberately damaging rules.

Therese Ann McGinlay

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With sick staff and suspicious customers of omicron, CT restaurants open and close with “a lot of unknowns”

Omicron is the latest snowball to hit the beleaguered restaurant industry as staff fall ill or are exposed to COVID and customers lose confidence in indoor dining in the latest wave of cases.

While Connecticut reported a 21.5% positivity rate on Monday, schools closed and towns and villages rushed to distribute COVID home test kits to residents, where demand quickly outstripped supply. . Authorities have attributed the sharp increase in cases to the prevalence of both the delta variant, known to be highly transmissible, and the omicron variant, which is believed to be even more contagious.

The increase in cases over the past two weeks has prompted several state-owned restaurants to voluntarily shut down due to concerns for customer safety, as well as understaffing caused by employees testing positive – and a general difficulty to find tests, said Scott Dolch, executive director of Connecticut. Association of restaurateurs.

Zuppardi’s Apizza in West Haven has temporarily closed its dining hall due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The pizzeria will offer curbside pickup only.

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“The challenges just weren’t relieved,” Dolch said. “There are still a lot of unknowns as to how we are handling this.”

Restaurant owners called him for advice, he said, noting queues of several hours for PCR tests in some cities and waiting days of several days for the results, which could lead to employees for long periods when restaurants are already understaffed.

“These are the kinds of calls I answer,” Dolch said. “[They’ll say] “I only have three cooks, I am a small restaurant with 11 people, I need to know when I can reopen my doors” … Safety is the first priority, but also timing is critical. They make sure they can reopen as quickly as possible in complete safety. “

The Broken Symmetry Gastro brewery in Bethel and Haven Hot Chicken in New Haven closed temporarily, citing the health and safety of their staff and guests, but both were open again on Sunday. On December 29, J. Timothy’s Taverne closed its main dining rooms for several days due to a “severe staff shortage,” according to a Facebook post, and instead offered take-out and limited seating in its. pub with a menu consisting only of chicken wings, chicken fillets and fries.

The Plainville Wings destination plans to resume normal activities on Tuesday, a restaurant representative said.

John Ginnetti, owner of 116 Crown and Meat & Co. in New Haven, closed his restaurants during the New Years to protect staff and customers. He made the decision because of “the changes in the social circle of people during the holidays as well as the swollen crowds over the New Year,” he wrote in an email.

He said Crown Street businesses would resume normal hours this week. The sandwich shop reopens today, and the cocktail bar is back in service on Wednesday. It offers rapid tests to all employees who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.

“[We are] ask our employees and guests to pay close attention to any symptoms that should tell them to stay home, ”said Ginnetti.

In this archive photo, and example of a hot pizza being taken out of the oven.  It's at Sally's Apizza in New Haven on April 23, 2021.

In this archive photo, and example of a hot pizza being taken out of the oven. It’s at Sally’s Apizza in New Haven on April 23, 2021.

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Elsewhere in greater New Haven, two of the area’s most famous pizzerias have temporarily closed their dining rooms, with no concrete reopening date. Sally’s Apizza announced on December 26 that its New Haven and Stamford branches will only offer take-out and delivery. Zuppardi’s in West Haven won’t offer curbside pickup until Jan. 2, according to a post on its website, “due to rising COVID 19 positivity rates.”

Sally’s two sites are currently closed for routine scheduled oven maintenance, which is expected to take two or three days, Marketing Director Krystina Nataloni said in an email. After that, the pizzerias will reopen just for take out and delivery.

“As a precaution, with the increase in COVID cases, we want to ensure the safety of our team members and our guests. To do this, we have chosen to limit interactions by temporarily closing our dining room,” wrote Nataloni. “Currently, we do not have a set date for our dining room to reopen as we are monitoring the situation daily. Any updates will be posted on our website and social media.”

Zuppardi’s will offer curbside pickup only in West Haven until further notice, said Jim Ormrod, a fourth-generation Zuppardi who operates the pizzeria and his pizza truck with several other family members.

“It looks like we are preparing for a pretty dark time,” he said. “But we have a good curbside setup …[my family] has a good system that works for us. “

Zuppardi’s also has a satellite location at The Hops Company [THC] in Derby, a brasserie and an event space. THC remains open, he said, but Zuppardi’s will also offer a curbside service there. Ormrod said the pizzeria’s planned take-out location in Ansonia was also just weeks away from opening.

This sign outside of Zuppardi's Apizza in West Haven on April 23, 2021.

This sign outside of Zuppardi’s Apizza in West Haven on April 23, 2021.

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Ormrod said he believes the Zuppardi dining hall may be closed until spring, “unless we see a big change in the numbers and hospitals are doing better. [before then]”.

Dolch said he was concerned about the survival of the restaurants. A New Years Eve shutdown might not “make or break” a business, he said, but “next January absolutely will if you can’t maintain consumer confidence, do it in all confidence. safety and get people to continue to support the restaurant in one way or another. “

A survey earlier this year showed that restaurants in Connecticut are still suffering from the effects of the pandemic. About three-quarters of local restaurant sales in August were lower than in 2019, according to information from the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

Many have closed permanently and those that have remained open are paying more for food and goods, the survey showed. Labor shortages, inflation and supply chain issues have also affected Connecticut restaurants, restaurant owners said.

“I wish I could give [restaurants] the magic answer, “Dolch said.” But I tell restaurants they’re not alone in this case. I tell them to call like-minded restaurants in their area, to find the best solution for you in the short term and also in the next two or three months, on how you are going to survive. There is no easy solution to this other wave. “

Igloos outside Wood-n-Tap in Farmington

Igloos outside Wood-n-Tap in Farmington

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Some restaurants that have installed outdoor structures like igloos and greenhouses are seeing more reservations as people may be reluctant to dine indoors. At the Wood-n-Tap site in Farmington, the team introduced a series of igloos to their outdoor food court in mid-December and saw immediate interest, said Phil Barnett, CEO of Hartford Restaurant Group.

“We have a hundred bookings over the next two weeks. People have gone mad [for them]Barnett said. He said he believed the interest was due to a combination of factors: some diners are excited about the new offering and others see it as a safer seating option.

At Millwright’s in Simsbury, chef-owner Tyler Anderson has brought back his tiny village of heated and ventilated greenhouses overlooking the waterfall outside the restaurant. They were popular for small groups celebrating the holidays, he said, and he’s noticed a direct increase in greenhouse bookings as the omicron push continues.

Anderson said he hasn’t seen a significant drop in business, however. It had a few cancellations for Christmas and New Years Eve, but filled the open slots with customers who were on a wait list. He also plans a series of weekend dinners, “The Workshop at Millwright’s,” in the restaurant loft with a maximum of 30 guests each evening. The first month of the series, which begins January 13, is sold out.

Outdoor dining structures at Millwright's in Simsbury on December 2, 2021.

Outdoor dining structures at Millwright’s in Simsbury on December 2, 2021.

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“Consumer confidence is not as bad as last year, in my opinion,” he said. “Tight [bookings] have increased, but reservations inside have not gone down. So it’s very encouraging. “

With reporting by Ginny Monk, Nicholas Rondinone and Sandra Diamond Fox.

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Shots fired downtown on Meridian

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating after shots were fired in a downtown parking lot early Monday.

Police were called to block 200 S. Meridian Street just after 1:40 a.m. to report a fight inside a bar. Officers say the fighting moved outside and one person fired shots in a parking lot.

Several cars had shattered windows, but investigators say they cannot say for sure if they were shattered by the gunfire.

No one was injured in the incident.

“It was unusual for us to have problems. We had no problems on New Years Eve, New Years Day… we had no problems this weekend until tonight, ”said Kerry Buckner, Public Information Officer at the IMPD.

“You can never predict when it’s going to happen. ”

Buckner says several bars were closed early as a precaution.

Police said a potential suspect was seen leaving the area in a blue Chevrolet. Investigators will look at cameras downtown for more information.

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SA Health updates exhibit sites after almost a week Dog and Duck nightclub is listed

SA Health’s list of exhibition sites has grown – nearly a week after its last update – with the addition of a Hindley Street nightclub to the list.

Late Sunday night, SA Health added three places of close contact, including the Dog and Duck nightclub between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on New Years Eve.

The Exchange Hotel in Gawler was also listed as a Sunday night exhibit – a week after a case occurred at the hotel.

The third location was the West Augusta Football Club Gym in Port Augusta, which was on display at various times between December 28 and December 30.

The Dog and Duck had announced their New Year’s celebrations by looking at current caps on home gatherings.

“Hindley Street is open, why party with 10 friends, when you can party with hundreds?” the nightclub posted on social media.

The Dog and Duck Facebook page also criticized Prime Minister Steven Marshall’s handling of COVID and the restrictions on reception venues on Boxing Day.

Current restrictions mean that reception venues are only allowed to operate at the rate of one person per 4 square meters.

On December 27, the club posed a question to the Prime Minister on its Facebook page.

“Question, Steven Marshall, you said six weeks ago, ‘we have 400 beds ready to go for COVID-related patients’ we now have 20 people in hospital and you put restrictions that effectively confined us because we can’t let this get out of hand, “the post read.

“It doesn’t suit us. Are we living with it or is your government not ready yet? “

Loverboy nightclub is also located on Hindley Street.(ABC News: Sarah Mullins)

The nightclub also criticized the response to the Loverboy Nightclub incident, where a 19-year-old man frequented the nightclub despite knowing he was COVID positive.

Although customers and staff were doubly vaccinated, anyone at the site on the night of the show had to be tested and isolated for seven days.

On December 24, Dog and Duck posted on Facebook that it would cripple businesses that would be forced to shut down while their staff were isolated.

“If you have a business or know someone who has a business, there’s a good chance the business won’t survive for the next couple of months,” the post said.

On Sunday, the SA opposition harshly criticized the delays in updating the state’s list of exhibition sites.

“It has now been almost a week since we last notified any exposure sites,” Occupational Health spokesperson Chris Picton said.

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Nicola Spurrier says it may take a while for individual sites to be identified as sites of transmission.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

“We have had thousands and thousands of cases over the past week, but we have not seen for very many days now a listed exposure site.

“There are a significant number of exhibition sites, but our contact tracing has clearly not been up to par.”

SA Health has been contacted for comment.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier previously said the delays in updating the list were due to a number of reasons, including the time it took for individual settings to be identified as sites of transmission.

You can find information on the hours of the test site and the site closest to you on the SA Health site.

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Cafe owner takes a stand against government vaccine pass system

Kim Jong-min, the owner of a cafe in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, has a paper notice saying “Unvaccinated people do not carry viruses.” Kim has offered free coffee to unvaccinated people and said he will continue to do so until the government withdraws the vaccine pass policy. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

Kim Jong-min, 35, owner of a cafe in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, recently launched a campaign offering free coffee to unvaccinated people.

“The government’s vaccine pass system triggers discrimination between those vaccinated and those who choose not to be vaccinated,” Kim told the Korea JoongAng Daily on Wednesday. “Some are kicked out of restaurants and cafes just for not being vaccinated.”

“It’s not bad that people choose not to get the vaccine,” Kim added. “I started the campaign because I wanted to encourage them not to be intimidated by their decision.”

Under the government’s vaccine pass policy that took effect on December 13, restaurants, bars, cafes or any other public facility where people congregate are required to check the immunization status of their clients. Only those who can provide proof of their vaccination status at least 14 days after their second injection, or a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours can enter these facilities. Vaccine passes are not required for individuals using these facilities alone.

Customers who violate the policy may be fined 100,000 won ($ 84.50), while the owner of an establishment or store may be fined 1.5 million won. if caught for the first time and 3 million won if caught again.

They will also be subject to a 10-day trade ban if caught violating the policy for the first time, which will increase to 20 days if caught a second time and three months for a third. They will be completely closed if they violate the policy a fourth time.

To avoid possible sanctions, some companies do not accept unvaccinated customers. Many people have shared their experiences of eviction from restaurants and cafes on online communities.

Kim’s campaign has gone viral, drawing the attention of many across the country, especially those who are not vaccinated. Some visit Kim’s cafe to show their support, while others shop from her online and leave words of encouragement on their orders.

“The reason people visit my cafe isn’t just to get a free cup of coffee. Their intention is to support me and my campaign, ”Kim said. “I want unvaccinated people to be confident in their decision. ”

Kim has distributed around 30 free coffees so far.

The online orders Kim has received contain messages of encouragement for her campaign against the vaccine pass system from customers. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

The online orders Kim has received contain messages of encouragement for her campaign against the vaccine pass system from customers. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

But he added that he had also received criticism from people who argue that vaccinations are essential not only for themselves but for others. Kim had posted a notice in his cafe that said “Unvaccinated people don’t carry viruses,” but had to withdraw it at the request of Coffee Bay, the franchise company he contracted with.

“I’ll never get the vaccine,” Kim said. “It normally takes 7 to 10 years to develop a new drug because it takes time to see side effects. Making a safe vaccine in just a year doesn’t make sense to me at all. ”

“I think the government has its own good reasons for proposing Covid-19 measures, and I respect them,” Kim said. “But what I can say with confidence is that the vaccine pass system is bogus. Although I have withdrawn the notice, I will continue the campaign until the government withdraws the policy.

People like Kim argue that they cannot fully trust the safety of Covid-19 vaccines. About 13,500 people are believed to have died after receiving vaccines on December 1. However, only two of those cases were recognized as vaccine-related deaths by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Some 1,200 people have had serious reactions after being vaccinated, but only five have been recognized as related to the vaccine by the government.

Others choose not to get the vaccine for personal reasons, such as pregnant women who are worried about the effects the vaccine might have on their babies, and some who are studying for big exams and worried the side effects might bother. their schedule.

“My doctor has told me not to get the vaccine before giving birth, but people are treating me like I’m selfish and potentially carrying the virus,” said a 31-year-old pregnant woman named Jin who lives in Gangnam District, in the south of the country. Seoul. “The government has not included pregnant women in the exempt category, so I have to do a PCR test every time I have an appointment. The queue takes at least an hour each time.

“I once showed the negative result to enter a restaurant and the owner jumped at my throat to find out why I had not been vaccinated,” Jin told the Korea JoongAng Daily. “The owner’s attitude was very offensive. It is no exaggeration to say that I cannot lead a normal life since the introduction of the vaccine pass system. ”

On December 28, a woman in her twenties, who said she was not vaccinated and was looking for work, filed an online petition on the Maison Bleue, demanding that the government remove the vaccine pass system which “unleashes hatred and discrimination”.

“Unvaccinated people are not the virus, please don’t have to feel guilty when we socialize with vaccinated people,” the post read.

She added that she was not offered a job after it was revealed that she was not vaccinated during the final interview.

“Please allow all people, whether vaccinated or not, to overcome the situation completely rather than showing hatred and aversion towards each other. ”

There were over 200 messages demanding the removal of the vaccine pass system on the Blue House petition website as of December 29.

Some 500 self-employed workers staged a protest in central Seoul’s Gwanghwamun on December 22, urging the government to remove the vaccine pass system. The protest was organized by the Korean Federation of Microenterprises.

BY SARAH CHEA [[email protected]]

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10 Arizona Resort Restaurants That Set The Standard For Dining

Arizona’s hospitality industry is in the throes of its peak season, when the whole world descends on Grand Canyon State to enjoy our sun, spas, golf courses, restaurants, and restaurants. hotel complexes. Lucky for them, many of the region’s best beach resorts boast some of our greatest culinary skills. Here are some of Arizona’s best resort restaurants that set the standard for desert dining:

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With celebrity chef Beau MacMillan at the helm for decades, the items listed here should come as no surprise as this is one of Arizona’s top resort restaurants. But there are actually two big reasons beyond the Food Network darling why Elements continues to be a must-have for any foodie. Last year, the resort named James Beard Award nominee Samantha Sanz as a chef at both Elements and the Jade Bar. Its farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian and Latin accents amid some of the Southwest’s most breathtaking views must be on your bucket list. In addition to her, Sanctuary also hired Christiaan Röllich as a bar manager. He revived the resort’s cocktail program, adding everything from harissa-infused syrups to truffle oil washes.

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Chop, block and infuse

In 2018, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino opened Chop, Block & Brew in Maricopa. Rustic and laid-back but an upscale adventure for the taste buds, three of the many strengths: dry aging meats, allowing them to rest in a carefully controlled state to develop a deeper layer of flavor; the selected steaks are vacuum-packed, which produces a more consistent taste and size and ensures a more uniform temperature according to customer preferences; and many accompaniments ranging from lobster tail to butter master. The 3,454-square-foot restaurant also features Native American-inspired artwork and design elements that showcase the culture and traditions of the Ak-Chin Indian community.

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Bourbon steak.

Steak Bourbon by Michael Mina

Of Egyptian origin, Michael Mina is a magician of flavors. The members of his team at Michael Mina Group, which currently has more than 40 high-end concepts around the world, are atmospheric artists. And the team of its namesake Scottsdale, located in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess? They are masters in the art of making evenings unforgettable for everyone who dines with them. Considering the name, it goes without saying that the steak offerings will rock your world. However, dig deep into the menu a bit when you get the chance and explore other delicacies, including an ultra-chic version of a shellfish platter. Also don’t miss this glass wine cellar.

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The Forbes four-star award-winning Talavera, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic fireplace that lines the interior of the entire restaurant, is the jewel in the crown of the sophisticated Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North. Spanish-influenced menus, including paella, jamón ibérico and a long list of world-inspired tapas, are quickly becoming a legend. Insider tip: In Talavera, there’s also a small cocktail bar called Gin Bar that specializes in gin tonics, which are much more aromatic and botanically avant-garde than traditional gin tonics. It’s the perfect way to start or end an unforgettable evening.

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Home ’61

When Mountain Shadows Resort reopened in 2017 after a complete re-imagining of every square inch of the property, Hearth ’61 made its debut. Blending American and Mediterranean flavors, Hearth ’61 prides itself on truly using the best, local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes at least once a month, with which is exquisite at the moment. McClendon’s Select, Two Wash Ranch, Duncan’s Trading Company, and Noble Bread are just a few of the restaurant’s local vendors.

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Located at the Valley Ho Hotel, the whimsical restaurant is a tribute to ‘ZuZu’, which is the nickname given to famous cook and real estate icon Rosalyn Bennett Lyon, whose son Scott was a key member of society who developed the hotel. And you know if anyone names a restaurant after a mom; so that must be amazing. Russell LaCanse, who heads the on-site culinary team, is quietly one of the best chefs in the Southwest. He’s not afraid to be bold with the flavors, to have fun with the dishes, or to challenge guests to try something new. Of course, the place is also home to the Showstopper Shake, which is quickly becoming a legend. ZuZu’s pastry chef collaborates with LaCasce to deliver a whole new flavor every month, creating a new take on this classic 1950s dessert.

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LON’s at the Hermosa Inn offers many romantic settings for an intimate dinner: an outdoor patio with magnificent flora and fauna, a flowing fountain and a huge fireplace; a ruggedly beautiful indoor dining room illuminated by candlelight; and an underground wine cellar for private dining. The cellar dining room is a particularly magical experience. Limited to just 12 guests in total, the winery is modeled after the tunnels that existed on the property during the Prohibition era to allow submerged guests to escape the sheriff if he made an unannounced visit. Although they were eventually devastated by fire, in 1992 the owners of the day took meticulous care in finding the tunnels and rebuilding them using steel and salvaged bricks. Today, the space celebrates Arizona history while helping you write your own chapter. It is also one of Arizona’s most acclaimed resort restaurants.

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ShadowRock + Table faucet

As much a social hub as a culinary hotspot, this indoor and outdoor dining adventure at the Hilton Sedona in Bell Rock celebrates the spirit of Red Rock adventure through a host of amenities including the front porch, large outdoor garden with fireplaces, water games, lawn games and panoramic seats. In addition to the restaurant’s inviting setting, guests and locals alike can enjoy a variety of creative seasonal activations and stunning seasonal menus that place the resort’s dining experience among the best in the Southwest. Insider tip: Visit now through the end of March, as the resort offers an igloo dining experience under the stars, including your own after-dinner foyer for s’mores.

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Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

In 2020, Arizona and Culinary Institute of America and Hyde Park celebrity chef Dushyant Singh took over all culinary operations at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, including the Weft & Warp Art Bar. Since arriving, Singh has worked with the culinary team to create a menu bursting with exceptionally bold flavors and focused on globally-inspired ingredients, especially his favorites from northern Italy, southern France, and the south of France. ‘Spain. The result is crisp, bold flavors, all with a view of Camelback Mountain.

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To harvest

Nestled in Castle Hot Springs near the property’s one-acre farm and greenhouse which grows over 150 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, including 30 types of heirloom tomatoes, per season, Harvest strives to find the synthesis between each fruit, vegetable, herb and flower that make their way from the soil of Sonora to the plates of the diners. The menus change daily based on the actual performance of the on-site farm, with the aim of offering a kaleidoscope of freshness and flavor for breakfast, lunch and dinner, making this one of the resort restaurants. Arizona’s most unique.

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5 best juice bars in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Below is a list of the best and the best juice bars in Albuquerque. To help you find the best juice bars near you in Albuquerque, we’ve put together our own list based on this list of review points.

Albuquerque’s best juice bars:

The top rated juice bars in Albuquerque, New Mexico are:

  • Juice bar – serves organic, raw and unpasteurized fruit drinks
  • Keva juice – delights its guests with its beautiful selection of smoothies
  • Juice – creates the perfect blend of authentic, flavorful drinks
  • Tropical smoothie Coffee – create each smoothie with real ingredients served with a smile
  • Juice it! – change traditional drinks with healthy smoothies

Juice bar

Cheap Juice Bars in Albuquerque, NM

Juice bar serves organic, raw and unpasteurized fruit drinks. They strive to provide a practical path to raw food. Their team is committed to providing excellent customer service. In addition, they value local partnerships and customers at the same level. Their team aims to practice environmental responsibility with every purchase. In addition, they promote health and community based solutions with their clients.

They offer a selection of essential juices and smoothies. Plus, they serve acai bowls, cleansing smoothies, and juices. They also offer citrus drinks and fruit smoothies. They make sure their customers get the best tasty food possible.


juice bar


Address: 3600 Cutler Ave NE Suite 6, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Telephone: (505) 717-1407


“I needed a cool green drink on our trip; this place is perfect! Could totally create your own green drink! Excellent flavor and all the staff are absolutely a pleasure! We were also treated to a milkshake, freshly squeezed lemonade and their delicious lemon sorbet! – S Gustavsson

Keva juice

Healthy juice bars in Albuquerque, NM

Keva juice delights its guests with its beautiful selection of smoothies. They guarantee customers that they are served delicious and nutritious smoothies. Plus, they place customer service as their top priority with great and friendly employees. Their team is sure to provide the highest level of customer service possible. Plus, they aim to delight and create lasting memories with every drink they serve.

They have a nice selection of budget smoothies and protein bowls. They serve berry mixes, bowls of kava, and fresh smoothie juices. Plus, they offer juice shots and citrus blends.


juice bar, smoothie


Address: 22451 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Telephone: (505) 830-1318


”Always a delicious place for a tasty drink. I always get the Strawberry Squeezer for someone I care about and bring it to her because she can’t get it. She tells me it’s wonderful every time !! -Erin Smith


Fresh juice bars in Albuquerque, NM

Juice creates the perfect blend of authentic, flavorful drinks. They aim to serve customers with rich tasting drinks at affordable prices. Moreover, it is their greatest desire to provide superior customer service to all of their customers. With over 20 years of brewing and creating smoothies, their smoothie and coffee selections are second to none. In addition, their team is delighted to be at the service of their customers with all their products.

They serve a wide range of smoothies, coffee and breakfast items. Plus, they have Pinon coffee, infused refreshments, and mini pancakes. They also serve sliced ​​strawberry drinks and banana shakes.


cocktails, juice bar


Address: 4500 Osuna Rd NE # 145, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Telephone: (505) 588-2156


“This jam is amazing! When you walk in they greet you as if you were seeing a relative at an airport! So nice! And let’s talk about the cucumber and lime refreshment, no words can describe how good it is! “- Matthew Hodges

Tropical smoothie coffee

Juice bar in Albuquerque

Tropical smoothie Coffee create each smoothie with real ingredients served with a smile. They aim to feed and delight their precious guests by providing them with the best tasting smoothies. Moreover, they only provide the best customer service with great staff and efficient customer support services. Their team prepares each smoothie only with the best nutritious products. Plus, they deliver the highest level of customer service possible within their store.

Some of their smoothie selections include Cranberry Truffle, Avocolada, and Acai Berry Boost. Plus, they serve Peanut Paradise, Lean Machine, and Blueberry Bliss. In addition to smoothies, they serve flatbreads, wraps, and quesadillas.


juice bar


Address: 3715 Las Estancias Way Suite 109, Albuquerque, NM 87121
Phone: (505) 312-7248


“Clean and friendly workers. I really like the smoothies here. And the staff are always friendly. – Alex Allen

Juice it!

Affordable Juice Bars in Albuquerque, NM

Juice it! change up traditional drinks with healthy smoothies. They have nutrient rich bowls and drinks for the perfect and healthy food solution. Their team creates the best energy drink for post-workout drinks and healthy bars. In addition, they make healthy eating more convenient. Their superfruits promote a healthier lifestyle for every customer. In addition, their products help build muscle, strength and endurance.

They have a great selection of frozen drinks and salad bowls. These include smoothies, fresh juices, and cold-pressed juices. Plus, they have fruit bowls and ginger shots.


juice, mimosa, cocktails, shot of ginger


Address: 9311 Coors Blvd NW Unit 67, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Call: (505) 793-8007


“The customer service was very pleasant. The environment was extremely clean. My juice, smoothie and ginger shot were delicious. – Dionne Epps

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German student stabbed and seriously injured in brawl outside Tel Aviv nightclub

A German student was stabbed and seriously injured in a scuffle outside a Tel Aviv nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 22-year-old man, a German national living in the central town of Herzliya, was repeatedly stabbed outside the Meitav Street site.

Police said in a statement they arrested three suspects – all residents of Ra’anana and Herzliya – aged 18 and 19.

The three will appear in Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court later Saturday for a pre-trial detention hearing.

The Israelis packed bars and restaurants across the country on Friday night, determined to celebrate the New Year despite the rise in COVID numbers and new restrictions aimed at limiting the celebrations.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said it had treated 28 victims of violence overnight, including two people in serious condition and one person defined as moderately injured.

In addition, dozens of people, many of them teenagers, have been treated for illnesses and injuries related to excessive alcohol consumption.

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