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“You never notice the cool little things that exist until it’s too late,” neon sign auction of Chicago’s beloved restaurants held in the North Center – Chicago Tribune

Loyal customers and curious shoppers flocked to a public auction of Chicago restaurant memorabilia on Saturday. The most precious? Neon signs for two long-running North Central neighborhood restaurants.

The signs, for the now-closed Chicago Joe’s and the soon-to-be-closed Orange Garden, sold in the five figures each: $32,450 and $20,060, respectively. The Dinkel’s bakery sign in Lakeview, which officially sold its last pastry on Saturday, will go up for auction next month.

The auction – which was attended by nearly 300 people – was held at Chicago Joe’s, 2256 W. Irving Park Rd., where every collectible had been torn down and displayed to buyers. Tables, milkshakes, plates, framed newspaper articles, light fixtures, sporting goods and even the Rock-Ola jukebox were up for sale.

Viewing began at 9 a.m. and the auction ran from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A place where “average Chicago Joes” congregated and enjoyed cheeseburgers, the building was purchased by a construction company that plans to build condos in its place.

Chicago Joe’s was one of many restaurants that suffered financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After closing in October 2020 following statewide restrictions on indoor dining, Brad Rompza, the last owner of Chicago Joe and grandson of restaurant founder Joe Rompza, took the tough decision to close after being in the neighborhood since 1980.

Michael King, 30, has been a customer for many years, but this was his first auction. In addition to buying Chicago hockey sticks and sports pictures for less than $100, he was able to get Chicago Joe’s van for just $500.

“I didn’t come here thinking I was going to buy the van, but I thought it would be a fun little thing to have, it was a really good deal for $500 and I like the slogan on it,” he said. said King.

The Chicago Joe neon sign was purchased by an anonymous Michigan buyer.

Meanwhile, the recognizable bright orange neon sign affixed to the Orange Garden Chinese restaurant, also on Irving Park Road in the central north, has been sold to a local buyer in the northern suburb of Highland Park.

The double-sided porcelain sign with neon lights, the original signature of this 1932 restaurant, has been a neighborhood staple for 90 years.

Although Orange Garden, 1942 W. Irving Park Rd., remains open for business, its manager said he plans to sell next year because the owner wants to retire and the sign has no operated since the months before the pandemic in 2020. .

“We don’t want the sign to be wasted,” said the manager, who said he didn’t want his name used because he didn’t want publicity. “So we decided to auction it off before selling this place to a company that is trashing it.”

Both the last owner of Chicago Joe and the manager of Orange Garden have received heartwarming stories from loyal fans who went on first dates with their current spouses, celebrated birthdays and met many friends at their restaurants.

Randy Donley, founder and owner of Donley Auctions in Union, IL led the team that put together Saturday’s auction.

Donley, 68, founded the company with his brother Mike Donley, inspired by their father’s business – a children’s theme park in Union, IL called Wild West Town after collecting tons of relics from the US frontier .

“The park had a huge museum of Old West memorabilia,” Randy Donley said. “I remember going to auctions since I was five years old and it always intrigued me. So, you know, at some point in my life, I went to auctioneer school and started selling.

Additionally, Donley’s Auctions plans to sell the 101-year-old Dinkel’s Bakery neon sign in May after it closed on Saturday. All proceeds from the auction of Dinkel signs will go to charity, he said.

Wearing a vintage Cubs jacket, Harry Mitrovich, 55, was the second person to pop into Chicago Joe’s on Saturday morning to take a look.

“You go to a restaurant or anywhere and you never notice the cool little things there until it’s too late,” said Mitrovich, who grew up in Lakeview and used to go frequently at Chicago Joe’s in the 1990s to meet friends.

Before heading to the auction, he stopped at Dinkel’s around 6:45 a.m. to pick up a few last baked goods before the place closed.

“It’s so sad to see these places disappear,” Mitrovich said. “Chicago Joe’s, Dinkel’s Bakery, what next?”

Leroy Larsen, 81, lives in a seniors’ rental apartment community a few blocks from Chicago Joe’s, which was their “go-to” restaurant. Larsen remembers celebrating there with friends for their birthdays and using the special discount the restaurant offered to people in their residences.

Larsen, who is an American veteran, wore his American Legion cap and stayed throughout the auction to bid on the set of three American Legion wall memorials that have been in the restaurant for years, said he declared.

When Donley heard her story, he made the offers for Larsen and bought them from her as a gift for $225.

Georgina Kelle, 38, who also lives on the streets, said she and her family came to the restaurant until their last days during the pandemic.

“We were here when they brought out the tables (for outdoor dining during the pandemic). We had to come back for the key lime pie, oysters and burgers. Always the best!” said Kelle, who bid on several Chicago photos and also bought some Chicago Cubs-themed cookware.

Preservation Chicago, a nonprofit that advocates nurturing the local community by protecting Chicago’s historic buildings, creates an annual list of Chicago’s most endangered sites and in 2015 they included neon signs.

“Neon signs are in danger in Chicago because they’re being taken down left and right, they’re not necessarily appreciated, they’re not maintained,” said Max Chavez, 33, director of research and special projects at Preservation Chicago. .

“We are therefore extremely alarmed to see that not just one, but three iconic neon signs will be auctioned in the coming weeks,” Chavez said.

Preservation Chicago wants the city’s neon signs to be officially designated like any other historic building or landmark so they can be protected.

“Chicago’s neon signs are really like works of art in themselves,” Chavez said. “Each neighborhood has its iconic signs recognized by residents, which remind them of their home and which are important to them.”

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Two Kansas men behind bars after surgery allegedly found methamphetamine

BARBER CO., Kan. (WIBW) – Two southwestern Kansas men are behind bars after search warrants allegedly found methamphetamine in their possession.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said on Friday, April 29, officers assisted the Barber Co. Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Medicine Lodge Police Department, Pratt Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Harper Co. Sheriff’s Office to arrest Matthew D. Schmidt, 37, of Sharon and Caden I. Snyder, 19, of Medicine Lodge, on methamphetamine-related charges.

Around 8:45 a.m. Friday, KBI said officers served search warrants at three separate Barber Co. locations — 111 N. 1st St., Sharon, 502 W Jefferson St., Medicine Lodge and 2368 SE Highway 160 Stump Rd., at Medicine Lodge.

Following the searches, KBI said Schmidt was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, illegal distribution of methamphetamine using a means of communication and three counts of felony in possession of stolen property. He was incarcerated in the Kiowa Co. prison.

KBI said Snyder was also arrested during the operation for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was incarcerated in the Harper Co. prison.

This is an ongoing investigation and KBI said further arrests are likely.

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Nightclubs

‘A space for everyone’: Toronto drag room and nightclub celebrate 30th anniversary

An iconic Toronto nightclub providing a safe space for LGBTQ people, a destination for Latin music, and a live performance and drag venue celebrates 30 years in business this year.

Since 1992, El Convento Rico has been a College Street West staple. A typical night out at the club starts and ends with dancing to a mix of Latin, Top 40 and techno, stopping only for a drag show between midnight and 1am.

The club is also known for its annual drag contest, Miss Convento Rico, which drag queen Jezebel Bardot—known as Jason Pelletier—calls “the event of the season” in the city.

“When, you know, it’s the Miss El Convento Rico pageant, the place is packed here,” Pelletier said.

El Convento Rico’s birthday is significant because it is an endangered species in Toronto. LGBTQ spaces, especially outside of the Village, are slowly disappearing before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Started as “safe space”

Pelletier said he had been coming to El Rico for years before he started dragging. He entered the pageant in 2015 and placed second just months into his drag career.

He said his character was inspired by strong women like the club’s founder and owner, Muritza Yumbla, who opened El Convento Rico when she was 27.

Jason Pelletier, also known by his drag character Jezebel Bardot, is El Convento Rico’s “Queen of the House” and hosts shows every Friday and Saturday night. (Tina Mackenzie/CBC News)

“What I know of her from working here since 2015 is that she’s an incredibly smart, resilient woman who has a vision, brings it to life and executes it every weekend,” he said. .

Yumbla, an Ecuadorian immigrant, started the club in 1992 as a “safe space” for her gay friends and the queer and trans community, Pelletier said.

The club’s name translates to “rich convent” or “tasty convent”, inspired by Yumbla’s desire to be a nun when she was younger. In El Convento Rico, she is known as “Mother Superior”.

Yumbla said that 30 years ago there were a lot of immigrants in the gay community, but that was also taboo.

“It was very hard, but I believed in what I was doing,” she said.

“We had a lot of gay bashing, we had the young Portuguese, Italians who basically came and threw eggs [at] El Convento, they were throwing tomatoes.”

Maritza Yumbla, founder and owner of El Convento Rico, wanted to be a nun when she was younger and is also known as “Mother Superior”. (Turgut Yeter/CBC News)

Yumbla said that she once invited haters to see what the club actually looked like inside.

“I’m sure today that they are one of our favorite customers,” she said.

Paul Mena, also known as drag queen Nicole Batista, was crowned the first Miss Convento Rico in the nightclub’s first pageant in 1992-93.

He said the reaction from the local community in Little Italy and neighboring Little Portugal was “a bit harsh at first”.

“They did not understand why this kind of club [had] to be in this area,” instead of the Church-Wellesley area, otherwise known as the Gay Village.

Paul Mena, also known as drag queen Nicole Batista, was the first to be crowned Miss Convento Rico in the club’s annual pageant in 1992-93. (Tina Mackenzie/CBC News)

Pelletier said neighborhood sentiment in the early ’90s meant there was some reluctance to let straight people into the club to keep the space safe for its LGBTQ clientele.

“As minds opened up and things evolved, it became a space for everyone.”

Pelletier said “everyone is represented” in El Rico, and “everyone feels safe.”

“A lot of people talk about the diversity represented in the Village, which it is, but I will say it’s probably the most diverse place I’ve ever worked in,” he said.

“You have straight people coming here, gay people coming here, trans people coming here, the Sikh community coming here, people of color, white people, it doesn’t matter.”

Pelletier said the nightclub also attracts families, and it’s “not uncommon” to see adult children going out for a night of dancing with their parents.

Judgment Free Zone

Mena said El Rico is a place where no one judges you and “it’s okay.”

“To be here, we mix things up, and everybody comes together, and everybody gets along, and I think that’s all we’re trying to do in our gay community: be accepted everywhere.”

“It’s been wonderful since we opened, and the support we’ve been getting from the gay community – and the straight community now – is amazing.”

El Rico regular Mikael Melo says it’s nice to see ‘gay-friendly spaces outside of the village’, even though it’s a place ‘that welcomes so much more than just gay culture’ .

“One of the things I love about Rico is that so many walks of life and so many people from different cultures come together to just love drag, love good music and have a good time,” did he declare.

Melo, who is Portuguese, said the bar had many Spanish-speaking, Italian and Portuguese-speaking customers, and it was great to be able to interact with people who “have similar queer narratives to you.”

Mikael Melo, a regular at El Convento Rico, says LGBTQ+ spaces outside Toronto’s gay village on Church Street are essential, especially for racialized queer communities. (Tina Mackenzie/CBC News)

It’s important that these venues stay open “because they’re such a big, welcoming space,” Melo said.

“I remember when I first discovered my queer identity, it was a drag bar that was like my first safe space that kind of opened the door and things like that,” he said.

“And I especially think [that’s true for] anyone immigrating from a Latin culture who may not have grown up in a queer space.”

When COVID-19 public health measures eased to allow limited capacity at nightclubs, Yumbla says she turned El Convento Rico into a lounge so drag queens could still perform — only to be closed again.

“It was tough, it was very tough,” she said.

Yumbla says El Rico is still open because of the discipline his parents taught him. She said she sold a few properties to run the club.

Melo said he hopes more bars like El Rico will open outside of the Church-Wellesley corridor.

“Because we’re not just Church and Wellesley. We’re all over town. We’re in Little Portugal, we’re in Riverdale, we’re on every level.”

Pelletier said the club has always retained its core elements, including “the love for Latin music, which must continue and will continue forever”, as well as energetic shows and live performances.

“I just want the love, the energy and the atmosphere to continue.”

For her part, Yumbla said she has no plans to slow down and will soon be opening a restaurant named Que Rico on College Street.

“Being the risk taker that I am, I keep going,” she said.

“Will Maritza slow down? No, she won’t. I love offering jobs to people from all walks of life, from young to older, to people who want to work alongside Maritza Yumbla.”

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Cafes

Just around the corner: Creative Cakes Café

WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester is known for its many restaurants, bakeries and cafes, so for Creative Cakes Café, finding its own identity after opening in 2020 was important to co-owners, Colleen and Daniel Nadeau.

“Right now, our identity is at the end of its rope and we are trying to let people know that we are doing more than that,” said Daniel Nadeau. “Because of our name and the people, we assume that we are baked goods and that we are more than many.”


What do you want to know

  • Opened at Worcester Public Market in 2020
  • Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options
  • Works with other vendors inside Worcester Public Market and makes lots of items that pair well with beer at Wachusett Brewery
  • They do wholesale for other cafes and businesses in the area

“In addition to the coffee and deals we have here, we also do wholesale to other cafes and businesses in the area, so we’ve found a really good network there, and then we love our regulars too and really get to know the neighborhood and find out what people want,” said Colleen Nadeau.

The Creative Cakes Café offers options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Colleen said if a customer made a suggestion, he would work with them to incorporate it into their menu. They are located inside the Worcester Public Market and work with other vendors like Wachusett Brewery.

“We’ve also tried to do a lot of things that go well with the brewery’s beer. We have good friends in Wachusett,” Colleen said. “So people can call us from the brewery, from their stool, and we’ll send them a bill that they can pay online, and then we’ll deliver directly to them.”

The Nadeaus say it’s been tough opening a small business during the pandemic, but they’re happy to come out on the other side.

Colleen said, “We’ve really tried to meet a lot of needs in the market and in the neighborhood and we’re having fun doing it.

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Restaurants

New Mexican restaurants, cafe, pizza

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – We bring you Tri-State restaurant events and food news you need to know. Here is the latest.

2nd Language opens a pizzeria in the city center

2nd language will add a pizzeria to the Downtown restaurant in the former pastry sector. A Neo-Neapolitan pizza similar to that served at partner restaurant Pangea Kitchen will be served, but in a user-friendly format that is baked in a special deck oven that allows the pizza to be larger and with a crispier crust. Packaged pints of gelato from Pangea Kitchen will also be available. The opening is scheduled for the end of the summer.

2nd Language is at 401 NW Second St; 812-401-2500.

The Evansville Country Orchard postponed this weekend’s farm-to-table dinner due to inclement weather and will host it instead on Saturday, June 11. The menu will include barbecue and other dishes prepared with local ingredients, and will be open to all ages. Strawberry and cherry picking is expected to take place at the same time, weather cooperating, and local artisans will showcase wares. Follow https://www.facebook.com/CountrysideOrchard/ for more details as the day approaches.

The Evansville Country Orchard is at 16800 Old Petersburg Road; 812-490-9559.

Insomnia Cookies will open in Evansville

Insomnia cookies finalized a lease at Innovation Pointe in downtown Evansville. The company is known for delivering hot cookies late into the night. The opening date has not been announced.

Innovation Pointe is at 318 Main Street.

It’s an Urban Vibe Workspace and Open Cafe

It’s a Vibe Urban CoWork workspace and cafe is now open. On the menu are coffee and espresso drinks, mushroom coffee, teas including hibiscus and green tea, flavored lemonades and pastries from Moochies Cakes. The cafe is open to the public. Meeting rooms and workspaces are available for rent or through membership.

It’s a Vibe is at 1030 Washington Ave.

After:After your mushroom hunt, it’s time to eat them. Here’s how to cook morels.

A chicken salad sandwich on marbled rye with fries at the new East Side granola pot on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Granola Bar opens in Newburgh

The granola jar The Newburgh Restaurant is now open. This is the third location for deli, bakery and coffee. Look for homemade granola, lots of delicious cookies and baked goods, rolls, deli salads, freshly made sandwiches and green salads.

Granola Jar Newburgh is located at 333 State St. Suite A, Newburgh, Indiana; 812-568-8876.

After:New fast-casual restaurant brings a bit of ‘craziness’ to Newburgh

New shops in the old Schnuck building

The sign is in place for the Guanajuato Market and Taqueria’s Mexican cuisine in Schnuck’s old building at Green River Road and Washington Avenue. This will be the fourth location for The Taqueria, a fast and authentic Mexican restaurant also in the Eastland Mall, Bowling Green, Ky. and on First Avenue, although this location will have a slightly different menu with additional Central Mexican specialties. Remodeling is underway and no opening date has been shared.

Guanajuato Market and Taqueria will be at 4600 Washington Ave.

After:Wait… the bacon is ground IN the burger? A new East Side restaurant catches our attention.

Jalisco Taqueria now open

The Jalisco Taqueria is now open on Logan Avenue near Lowe’s, behind White Castle, in the former location of Mele’s Diner. The restaurant is owned by the owners of Jalisco Mexican Restaurant in Newburgh and offers authentic Mexican dishes such as street tacos, torta sandwiches, chicken and beef soups and daily specials such as menudo and a ‘guiso del dia “. Some favorites from the Jalisco restaurant menu such as chicken on the beach, paella rice and buffalo wings will also be available, as will a children’s menu with a cheeseburger and chicken nuggets.

Jalisco Taqueria is at 6840 Logan Drive; 812-602-3042.

John's Smokin' BBQ in Oakland City is now commissioning a barbecue and Tex-Mex taco truck.

BBQ Food Truck in Oakland City

John’s smoldering barbecue in Oakland City, Indiana, now has an active food truck in Evansville that serves barbecue and tex-mex treats with ground beef and chicken such as tacos, walking tacos, fries and tex-mex nachos as well as slushies and desserts in season. Watch the Facebook page for upcoming trips to Vanderburgh County or call 812-749-9227 for more information.

Fort Branch Mother Truckers Pizzeria Open

Mother Truckers Pizzeria trailer is now open in Fort Branch, Indiana. It is part of the R’z Café and Catering Company the empire with Flora June Shop Scoop and the Brickhouse shop. Mother Truckers will serve stone-baked pizzas, salads and other goodies next to Flora June’s. The outdoor courtyard will often host live music, family events and more.

Mother Truckers Pizzeria is located at 100 E Locust St., Fort Branch.

Myriad Brewing Company organizes a vegan food truck

the Myriad Brewing Company will host the Vuture food truck on Tuesday, May 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vuture (future vegan) is an LA concept that sends food trucks peddling extreme “vegan junk food” all over the country. Expect to see huge loaded crispy chick sandwiches, loaded fries and more. The specific menu will be announced on the day of the event.

The Myriad Brewing Company is located at 101 SE First St.

This crispy chicn'n sandwich is one of Vuture's extreme examples of vegan food.

Enter to win a charcuterie contest

Sicilian charcuterie hosts a Charcuterie Queen Contest Saturday, May 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and competition begins at 6 p.m. For the $85 entry fee, each team of two receives a bottle of wine to drink while working, a charcuterie set with meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables and dips, and an artisanal charcuterie board. The winning team receives $150 and a charcuterie gift basket.

Siciliano Charcuterie is at 2015 W. Franklin St.; 812-455-8713.

Contact Aimee Blume at [email protected]

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Eatery Business

DeFi Lender Goldfinch Hits $100M in Lending as Crypto-to-Real-World Model Gathers

Crypto is a circular system where whales borrow money against their fortunes to pump up ponzi schemes and toss those tokens to retailers betting these coins are the future of finance.

That’s one way to think about crypto.

Other? Crypto makes loans to people doing business in non-crypto sectors of the economy. Blake West is pushing this angle.

real world

West is the co-founder of Goldfinch, a platform that “brings crypto lending to the real world.” On April 26, Goldfinch’s loan book hit $100 million. Last February, the protocol had $1 million in loans. The milestone shows there is an urgent need for unsecured capital, particularly in the developing world, West says.

Active credit since Stieglitz was founded. Source: Dune Analytics

“Goldfinch offers these real-world loans tied to real-world activity [and] still has really good yields,” West told The Defiant.

He pointed out that the yields on the log compound financing are around 2%, while Goldfinch’s senior tranche is more than 8%. The protocol offers the senior tranche for passive investors and a higher-yielding junior tranche for “backers” who actually make investment-based proposals and negotiate with borrowers.

customer wallets

Unsecured lending, especially to smaller borrowers, is a risky business. Platforms don’t just have to worry about default values. Regulators can also step in with new regulations to protect borrowers, which can increase capital costs and day-to-day operations. Add in crypto’s volatility and it seems the risks can be even greater.

West says that Stieglitz’s loans are not tied to demand within crypto, so interest rates differ from those derived from yield farm demand, for example. Instead, the protocol makes loans to companies like Green way which sells highly efficient and safe cooking stoves in India. The platform issues loans in 18 countries, including Brazil and Kenya.

The model has made headlines: In January, Andreessen Horowitz led a $25 million investment round in the startup; Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman also attended. A16z General Partner Arianna Simpson said Goldfinch is able to bring DeFi lending to borrowers in emerging markets who lack collateral to obtain conventional lending.

“Goldfinch is a decentralized lending platform that expands the pool of potential lenders beyond banks.” Simpson posted.

To this end, Goldfinch counts fintech companies among its borrowers that facilitate lending in their respective fiat currencies. According to West, the next step for these fintech companies is to lend directly to their customers’ wallets.

Goldfinch has rivals. West said projects like Centrifuge, maple financeand TrueFi move in the unsecured credit area. He claims “unsecured,” meaning the loan is unsecured, is a misnomer as the debt is collateralized by off-chain assets.

For example, when a smartphone finance company borrows money from Stieglitz, it gives people smartphones with payment plans. When people default, the phone company shuts down their service. Customers probably don’t want to owe money on a useless phone so they’re motivated to service the loan to the company, which in turn is paying back Stieglitz.

Credit Log

“Basically, all of the loans that we make are secured and indeed secured,” West said.

Given this dynamic, West prefers to refer to Stieglitz as a “loan protocol” rather than an “unsecured loan protocol.”

But despite the growth in credit volume, Stieglitz’s native token is cratering. GFI has lost almost half of its value since going live 11th Januarycorresponding CoinGecko. Naturally, the DeFi market has swooned, with the market cap for the sector’s top 100 names down 16% over the period.

GFI’s 90-day performance. Source: CoinGecko

While lending comes with regulatory and payment risks, Goldfinch’s $100 million milestone suggests that lending protocols with real value are emerging as a new growth area in crypto.

“Margin trading and whatnot only goes so far, but once you start tapping into real economic activity, DeFi can go into trillions of dollars instead of tens of billions,” West said. “I don’t think people in the crypto markets fully understand that DeFi growth is going to come here.”

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Bars

Family of Marine stabbed to death near Boston bar sues bar

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Daniel Martinez was killed by a bouncer at the Sons of Boston bar on March 19.

Daniel Martinez’s mother, Apolonia, listens during a press conference outside Boston City Court in Boston, MA on April 28, 2022. Daniel Martinez, a 23-year-old ex-Marine, was stabbed to death in Boston on March 19, allegedly by a bouncer, Alvaro O. Larrama, after a verbal altercation at the Sons of Boston bar. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

The family of a Marine Corps. a veteran who was stabbed to death outside a Boston bar last month plans to file a civil lawsuit against the bar by the end of this week, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Daniel Martinez, 23, was allegedly stabbed to death by Alvaro Larrama, 38, of East Boston, at the Sons of Boston bar on March 19. Martinez, originally from Illinois, was visiting Boston for St. Patrick’s Day.

“We would like more answers, and that’s why we are filing a complaint,” said Thomas Flaws, the family’s attorney. World.

Prosecutors allege video footage of the incident shows Larrama, who was a bouncer at the bar, argued with Martinez and his friend and wouldn’t let them into the bar. Martinez and his friend tried to walk away, but Larrama allegedly followed them and, after an altercation, stabbed Martinez to death.

Larrama has been charged with murder in connection with the incident and is being held without bond.

Daniel Martinez’s mother, Apolonia Martinez, saw Larrama in person for the first time during a court hearing on Thursday, the World reported.

“I needed to see the person who killed my son. I needed him to feel the grief and grief that my family and I feel. My heart is broken,” she said. “I couldn’t take my eyes off him because he needed to see the person he had destroyed. He killed my son and he killed a part of my heart.

Martinez’s family said last month that they plan to file a civil lawsuit against the bar.

They told the World Thursday that they plan to create the Daniel Martinez Foundation to help preserve his memory.

“He loved life and achieved so many great things,” said Matthew Martinez, brother of Daniel Martinez. “The foundation helps us see the big picture, and we want to help others and raise awareness.”

Sons of Boston had its liquor and entertainment licenses suspended by the city. The lawyer for the bar confirmed to the World Thursday the bar is closed indefinitely.

Larrama is due back in court on June 15, the World reported.

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Nightclubs

Tekashi 6ix9ine hit in the back of the head as he leaves Miami nightclub

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Cafes

Cafe DeWitt prepares to open under new ownership | Ithaca

ITHACA, NY — Since 1973, Café Dewitt has been intermittently providing an award-winning brunch to the Ithaca community. The space has served as a gathering place for almost 50 years, so it came as a surprise when the doors closed in December 2021.

This closure was always meant to be temporary, as the restaurant needed new management. On March 25, Ben Roach and Denise O’Leary assumed the roles of new owners of Café Dewitt.

Roach and O’Leary have extensive restaurant experience, working primarily behind the scenes in the kitchens. They are both passionate about their work as chefs and excited to take on challenges as business owners.

“Ben and I are new to this and the transition has definitely been a learning curve,” O’Leary said. “However, we’re finally at the stage where we’ve done most of the critical material and we can focus on the food. You can’t stop thinking about things to do and recipes to try, which is fantastic. He There are always endless possibilities in the kitchen, but even more so when you have creative control.”

Maintaining the legacy of Café Dewitt is a priority for Roach and O’Leary. They both know the Ithaca area, but Roach has visited the cafe since he was young and has fond memories of how it was always run.

“When I learned that the coffee was for sale, I knew I had to intervene. I couldn’t let it go,” Roach said. “Denise and I have done a lot of research and we intend to embrace history through wall decor and by selling merchandise featuring the original cafe logo. We know Café Dewitt means a lot to the coffee community. ‘Ithaca, and we want to honor what they’ve always loved about it.

Roach and O’Leary always intend to bring their own flair and personal values.

“We want the cafe to have an internet presence, and I’ll be doing a lot of marketing work as well,” O’Leary said. “By spreading our names, we can expand the consumer base and adapt our menu to cover a wider range of flavors. I’m personally excited to try vegan and other allergen-free recipes as we get down to business.

Café Dewitt’s new and improved menu will include past favorite sandwiches as well as the taste preferences of its new owners. Another thing Roach and O’Leary bring to the cafe is their focus on food sustainability, making well-researched decisions when it comes to choosing suppliers.

“Buying local is one way to combat the food sustainability challenges that most restaurants face,” Roach said. “Believe it or not, getting produce from local farms is comparable in price to big business, and it’s just one way to support the community that gives Café Dewitt nothing but love.” This is positive feedback. Food will always taste better if you know where it comes from, especially if it’s local.

Roach and O’Leary shared that they will be hosting a pre-opening of Café Dewitt in early May. They can’t set a date for the grand opening, but they’re determined to be fully operational by late spring.

“A lot of work has gone into this announcement,” Roach said. “We’ve been researching, making phone calls, completing paperwork and planning the menu for over four months, but we’re finally confident in our ability to open and we can’t wait.”

You can find Café Dewitt on Facebook and Instagram. Roach and O’Leary also have a mailing list on their website if you have direct questions.

https://www.cafedewitt.com/

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Eatery Business

CION Investment Corporation announces the closing of a $50 million senior unsecured debt facility and the recent increase of its senior secured debt facility to $675 million

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CION Investment Corporation (NYSE: CION) (“CION” or the “Company”) announced today that it closed a senior unsecured term loan facility in aggregate principal amount of $50 million on April 27, 2022 (the “ More Term Loan”) with More Provident Funds and Pensions Ltd. as a lender. Net proceeds to the Company, after fees and other financing costs, were approximately $49 million, which the Company intends to use to fund additional investments consistent with its investment objectives and for general corporate purposes.

Advances under the Term Loan bear interest at a floating rate equal to the three-month Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) plus a credit spread of 3.50% per annum and subject to a 1.0% SOFR floor, quarterly payable retrospectively. Advances under the Term Loan mature on April 27, 2027 and are repayable in whole or in part at face value plus a make-whole premium, if applicable, at the Company’s option at any time or from time to time.

The company also announced that on March 28, 2022, March 34th Street Funding, LLC, the Company’s wholly owned dedicated funding subsidiary, has made an amendment to increase the total amount owed to the Company under its current senior secured credit facility (the “JPM Credit Facility) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as lender, from $575 million to $675 million. Additional advances of up to US$100 million bear interest at a floating rate equal to the three-month SOFR plus a credit spread of 3.10% per annum and an adjustment of the London Interbank Offered Rate to the SOFR credit spread of 0, 15% No other material terms of the JPM Credit Facility were changed in connection with this change. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the tap to fund additional investments consistent with its investment objectives.

“With the closing of the $50 million extended term loan and the recent increase of $100 million in the total committed amount of our senior secured credit facility from JPMorgan by $100 million, we are pleased to have increased our availability and balance sheet flexibility as we strive are committed to growing our investment portfolio in a prudent and strategic manner,” said Mark Gatto, Co-Chief Executive Officer of CION.

“The expansion of our senior secured credit facility and the closing of the $50 million extended term loan is a testament to the strong working relationships we have with our lenders,” said Michael A. Reisner, Co-Chief Executive Officer of CION. “We thank our bank and credit partners for their continued support and trust in CION.”

ABOUT CION INVESTMENT CORPORATION

CION Investment Corporation is a leading public business development company with assets of approximately $1.8 billion as of December 31, 2021. CION seeks to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation for investors by focusing primarily on senior secured loans to US mid-market companies. CION is advised by CION Investment Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of CION. For more information, please visit www.cionbdc.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve significant risks and uncertainties. You can support these statements by using forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “estimate”, “intend”, ” “continue” or “believe” or the negatives thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. You should read statements containing these words carefully because they address CION’s plans, strategies, prospects and expectations regarding its business, results of operations, financial condition and other similar matters. These statements represent CION’s beliefs about future events, which by their nature are uncertain and beyond CION’s control. However, there are likely to be events in the future that CION cannot accurately predict or control. Any forward-looking statement made by CION in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause CION’s actual results to differ materially from its expectations include, among others, the risks, uncertainties and other factors identified by CION in the “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” sections. in filings CION files with the SEC and it is not possible for CION to predict or identify all. CION undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

OTHER INFORMATION

The information in this press release is summary information only and should be read in conjunction with CION’s most recent reports on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on March 29, 2022 and April 27, 2022, and the others Reports from CION submitted with the SEK. A copy of CION’s current reports on Form 8-K and other reports filed by CION with the SEC are available on CION’s website at www.cionbdc.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

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Restaurants

Best Restaurants to Try in Orange County

In addition to being home to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, Orange County is known for its scenic beaches and enviable location between San Diego to the south and Los Angeles to the north. These days, the sixth most populous county in the United States is also enjoying a new designation as an authentic culinary destination worth seeking out.

It makes sense: Orange County is familiar with a temperate climate that produces abundant produce year-round, is located a convenient distance from the Pacific Ocean that allows for an abundance of fresh-caught seafood, and has long been home to a growing and diverse population. population eager to share its vast culinary heritage.

From farm-to-table fare in Dana Point to the steakhouse in Laguna Beach and more, it’s easy to find interesting dishes in the CO. Whether you fancy digging into a bowl of jambalaya or prefer to indulge in hot pot shabu-shabu, we’ve put together a list of highly-rated classics and notable newcomers. So hop on or hop off on I-405 to check out these 35 restaurants that are well worth checking out.

Based in Southern California, Danielle Bauter is a freelance writer who focuses on travel, LGBTQ, and culinary topics. His writing has appeared in various print and digital publications, including Thrillist, Condstar Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet and Fodor’s Voyage. Follow his travels on IG @missbauterfly and read more of his work at daniellebauter.com.

Tiffany Tse is a Thrillist contributor and sadly only had about 1/8 of those dining options available to her when she lived in the OC. See what she’s eating now by following her on @twinksy.

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Bars

‘Tea, Torture & Reparations’ to DePaul draws connections between police brutality in Chicago and torture at Guantanamo – Chicago Tribune

Mamdouh poses alone in a garbage-filled square in his Egyptian hometown; Murat in a cluster of mint-green shipping containers that serve as a refugee housing complex in Germany; Rustam in the central hall of a prison-turned-museum in Ireland. Unusual for portrait subjects, their backs are turned towards the camera. But portraits, at least profound, are never more than a matter of likeness, and these men, released from Guantanamo after being held for years without charge, still seem scarred by the US military’s rule against photographing faces of imprisoned people.

These images belong to “Beyond Gitmo,” a haunting series by Debi Cornwall that is part of “Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture & Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo,” an ambitious group exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum that is both infuriating , heartbreaking and full of humanity. It is no coincidence that the show opened this year: 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the extralegal military prison established by the US government at its Guantanamo Bay naval base, in Cuba, as part of the global war on terrorism. Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department is the other institution examined for repeated human rights violations. In both places, it is mainly bodies blacks and minorities who are at stake and white bodies in control.

“Redoing the exceptional” continually oscillates between Chicago and Guantanamo. It includes the work of some twenty individuals and collectives: artist Trevor Paglen, who took the only known photograph of Salt Pit, a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan; activist Sarah-Ji Rhee, who has been documenting local freedom struggles since 2010; the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials group; Gitmo inmates past and present; and inmates at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, where the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project has been conducting classes for more than a decade. The art here is documentary, conceptual, legalistic, therapeutic, figurative, commemorative and visionary. That’s all it takes and much of it – like the fight for justice – is ongoing.

The show opens with a sort of navigation map: an impression of rippling water covered with a constellation of eight linked names. Four survived torture at the hands of Chicago police; four at Guantanamo. What could they have to say to each other, across the oceans that separate them and that have so long symbolized freedom? A podcast created for the exhibition brings together their individual interviews in an imaginary conversation about the prison state and the possibilities of reparation, just as the exhibition itself facilitates such a rapport between the works of art.

These Cornwall portraits are joined by others, ceiling-hanging effigies quilted by Dorothy Burge of CPD torture victims who remain incarcerated, that status visible in the vertically striped fabric that lines the men’s faces like so many bars from prison. An eight-foot-long black banner details a speculative redress order for survivors of police abuse made real when it was approved by the Chicago City Council in 2015; a second banner imagines the same for Guantanamo detainees, whose jumpsuits spawn its bright orange.

Shelves display rough sketches by Darrell Cannon and Abu Zubaydah of brutal acts they were forced to endure while in the custody of CPD officers and Guantanamo guards, respectively. “Coordinates of Terror,” an interactive map from the Invisible Institute, concretely connects torture techniques used during the war to those employed by notorious CPD officers like former commander and Vietnam veteran Jon Burge and Detective Richard Zuley , a principal interrogator at Gitmo for two years. The implications are clear and horrifying.

The heart of “Remaking the Exceptional” is the Tea Project, an initiative of Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes, who also co-organized the exhibition. Their ‘Ode to the Sea’, a vast wooden dock in the main gallery, includes an array of items to help a visitor find moorings in dangerous waters: maps to navigate between violence and injustice, a “torture tree” in the form of nail-studded driftwood, a lighthouse containing parts of a torture device, a phonograph horn playing the voices of survivors. The longest of their collaborations was a series of cast porcelain teacups, one for each of the 780 men imprisoned at Guantanamo (37 remain today, of whom only 2 have been convicted). Each mug bears the name and nationality of an inmate and is decorated with that country’s flower. Inspired by stories of how inmates would engrave their polystyrene cups with designs and poems, the containers sit quietly, endlessly, on wooden shelves that line the walls of the main gallery.

Above the rows and rows of teacups hangs a group of artworks made inside Guantanamo: 48 paintings and drawings of flowers, one for each of the countries whose citizens have been imprisoned. The effect is condolence cards or hospital art, offered with the sincere hope of comforting those in pain. It’s one of the few collections of inmate art on display here – there are also ships at sea, empty tea sets, dead or wintering trees – whose themes speak movingly and metaphorically of life. interior of an indefinitely confined person.

All of these images – plus a rare sculpture by Khalid Qasim, a depiction of the tools of knowledge ingeniously constructed from limited supplies: wood, coffee, cream, paint and cardboard – predate a 2017 decision by the Ministry of Defense to no longer allow art to leave the island. This does not pose a traditional security risk: it threatens to humanize those who remain locked up. What is art other than the proof that a being continues to think, to feel, to imagine and to resist, despite the most cruel treatment it has undergone?

« Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture and Reparations | Chicago to Guantanamo” runs through August 7 at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, 773-325-7506, resources.depaul.edu

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Nightclubs

Greens councilor Anab Mohamud charged with assaulting transgender woman outside Melbourne nightclub

Greens adviser accused of punching transgender woman and screaming ‘all these f*****s are going to die’ claims SHE is the victim after being beaten moments later

  • Greens councilor allegedly hit and abused trans woman outside nightclub
  • Anab Mohamud was at Chaser in Melbourne CBD on April 11 last year
  • Mohamud is accused of grabbing her by the throat and assaulting her
  • A trans woman allegedly followed and assaulted her outside the club

A Greens councilwoman allegedly shouted ‘f**k the LG family’ after allegedly hitting and abusing a transgender woman outside a nightclub.

Anab Mohamud is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat outside Chaser’s on Chapel Street in Melbourne’s south Yarra on April 11 last year after the two began arguing in the smoking area.

She then allegedly assaulted the transgender woman, before being chased and attacked as the fight unfolded on Bray Street.

The Greens adviser was hospitalized with serious facial injuries, including her left eye that was so swollen it couldn’t open.

‘I swear to Allah that if I lose my eye I will make all these f***** die,’ the court heard she allegedly yelled after the fight.

Anab Mohamud (pictured) is accused of assaulting a trans woman before abusing her after the woman fought back and attacked her as she left a Melbourne nightclub

Ms Mohamud suffered serious injuries to her face and eyes following the alleged assault at the hands of the trans woman

Ms Mohamud suffered serious injuries to her face and eyes following the alleged assault at the hands of the trans woman

Mohamud, 35, who moved to Australia from Somalia 20 years ago, was mentioned in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on charges of assault, drunken and disorderly behavior and offensive language.

The court heard that she claimed it was the transgender woman, Al Shaba Bin Taha of St Kilda, who grabbed her throat instead, according to the sun herald.

Chaser’s hosts an LGBTQI-themed party called Poof Doof, which is also held regularly at other nightclubs around Australia, including Oxford Street in Sydney.

Magistrate Rosemary Falla said Tuesday it would be difficult to determine the offensive language charge.

“I don’t know what offensive words were said, but you won’t be the nicest person in the world the moment you get mugged,” she said, according to the Herald Sun.

“Words can be offensive in a public place, but it’s also in the context of being assaulted to the point that you had to be treated in hospital.

“It’s a Victoria Police matter, I don’t know how it’s going to be worked out.”

Ms Mohamud is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat outside Chaser's nightclub (pictured) near Chapel Street on April 11 last year

Ms Mohamud is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat outside Chaser’s nightclub (pictured) near Chapel Street on April 11 last year

Ms Bin Taha was charged with fighting and recklessly causing injury for the alleged assault on Mohamud. She will be tried in October.

Police told the court that the two sides had conflicting statements about the series of events, with 14 witnesses, including patrons of the nightclub, to be called for Mohamud’s three-day hearing.

She appeared via video link and was seen shaking her head as police detailed their case against her. At one point, she wiped tears from her eyes.

She will face court for a contested hearing in October.

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Eatery Business

Why are employees more likely to qualify for instant loans?

There are basically two types of loans – secured and unsecured. Secured loans have some assets as mortgages – like home loans, car loans, etc. While unsecured loans have no such requirements – like personal loans, credit card loans, etc.

Because some assets are held as a mortgage, secured loans are easier to get and also cheaper than unsecured loans.

On the other hand, unsecured loans without underlying assets are harder to get and also expensive.

In addition, with no assets held as collateral, banks and non-bank financial corporations (NBFCs) ensure that borrowers are able to repay the loan.

Because employees have a steady income, they can pay the Equalized Monthly Payment (EMI) without much difficulty and have a better chance of taking out unsecured loans.

“Any bank or NBFC that lends money obviously has to pay back the amount. Therefore, the most important criterion is to ensure that the borrower has the means and intention to repay the loan that has been drawn down. Employees then invariably have an advantage over non-employees in terms of easy access to credit,” said Anil Pinapala, CEO and Founder of Vivifi India Finance.

Even among employees, a person with longer tenure and job stability has a greater chance of getting a loan sanctioned.

“There are factors that personal loan providers consider. To get the loan, you need to make sure you qualify for it,” Pinapala said.

Pinapala lists some of the factors affecting eligibility to receive a loan –

current income

Your current income plays the most important role in determining your eligibility for a personal loan, as your repayments depend on it.

payment burden

Your payment burden is another important factor. Vendors need to know if you’re already overstretched or still have wiggle room. Again, this depends on your debt-to-income ratio.

credit score

In addition, your credit rating will determine how easily you qualify for a personal loan, as it reflects your personal financial management skills and responsibility towards repayments. So if you have a healthy credit history, you can rest assured that you are on good books for a personal loan.

stability of the employer

While the vendors are checking your data, they are also examining your company’s profile and reputation.

“To reiterate, your regular income, employer, city of residence, payment history, and credit history evaluate your eligibility for a personal loan,” Pinapala said.

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Cafes

51 restaurants, pubs, cafes and businesses in Dacorum that received a 5-star hygiene rating in 2022

These restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways and pubs in Dacorum have all received a five-star hygiene rating so far this year.

Each company receives its hygiene score when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the company’s local authority.

Inspection criteria include:

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Food ratings for 5 star restaurants in Dacorum.

– How food is handled hygienically – how it is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored

– Structural condition of buildings – cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities

– How the company manages and records what it does to ensure food is safe.

Here is a list of restaurants, cafes, takeaways and pubs that have received a five-star rating this year.

Box Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 31

Last inspection: March 31

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 31

London Road, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 29

The Kitchen at Inspired at The Eagle

Hempstead Road, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 29

Hilliers Garden Center – Willow Café

Leighton Buzzard Road, Water End, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 28

Dower House Cafe at Dower House

Last inspection: March 25

Cedar Village store and cafe

Church Road, Potten End, Berkhamsted

Last inspection: March 24

Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted

Last inspection: March 24

Ugly Bug Cafe at the Natural History Museum

Last inspection: March 24

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 29

High Street, Berkhamsted.

Last inspection: March 24

Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 30

Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 30

Last inspection: March 29

Hempstead Road, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 24

Queens Square, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 23

Leverstock Village Green Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 23

London Road, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 24

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead.

Last inspection: March 23

The Gardeners Retreat Restaurant at the Chipperfield Home And Garden Center

Tower Hill, Chipperfield, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 18

Douceur Catering at Hemel One

Border Way, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 16

Golf Club Road, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

Last inspection: March 11

Border Way, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 10

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 10

Nuffield Health Hemel Hempstead Fitness and Wellness Center

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 10

Harris and Hoole at Tesco

Jarman Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Riverside, Hemel Hempstead

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

The Lodge Bar & Kitchen at the Snowcentre

St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 24

Frithsden Lane, Frithsden

Last inspection: March 23

St Johns Road, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 23

The Common, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 18

Last inspection: March 17

London Road, Hemel Hempstead

Jarman Centre, Jarman Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 21

Lawn Walkway, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 16

Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 16

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Main Street, Hemel Hempstead,

Alley of Three Cherry Trees, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: December 2

Jarman Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: February 8

Last inspection: January 26

Last inspection: January 25

Main Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: January 24

Marlowes Shopping Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: January 24

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: November 23

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Restaurants

Restaurants are raising prices and adding fees amid continued inflation

CINCINNATI — Many people may feel that eating out is more expensive than ever, and they’re not wrong. Restaurants report that inflation and supply chain issues have yet to improve since last fall.


What do you want to know

  • Prices are at their highest in 40 years according to the CPI
  • March prices were 8.5% higher than in 2021
  • With rising costs for food, transportation and packaging materials, restaurants are seeing lower-than-average profit margins
  • Many pass these costs on to consumers through fees or price increases.

With their profit margins razor thin, many have looked for creative ways to stay afloat, including removing menu items, adding new fees, raising their prices, and even adding a supply chain surcharge, which means customers pay.

At Mt. Adams Bar and Grill, Pat Sheppard thanked his regulars for keeping his kitchen running for more than 30 years.

Pat Sheppard in the kitchen at Mt. Adams Bar and Grill. (Michelle Alfini/Spectrum News 1)

“We have such a large group of customers,” she said.

Over the past two years, she said that was truer than ever.

“It’s one thing after another that isn’t even fully supported yet,” Sheppard said.

In 2020, the restaurant closed for three months, unable to sustain the take-out-only service. Then, when they were able to return to a reduced capacity, Sheppard said customer support returned in droves.

In 2021, it was like the good old days in the dining room, but in the kitchen, the supply chain was causing its own disruption.

“It’s that I can’t have wings, so we could be out for two days,” Sheppard said. “And then we can get wings, but we can’t get Frank’s hot sauce, which we make the wing sauce from.”

Along with unpredictable ingredients, she said prices had started to climb faster than she had ever seen.

“Everything almost doubled in price, from gloves to straws,” she said.

Waitresses deliver meals at Mt. Adams Bar and Grill. (Michelle Alfini/Spectrum News 1)

According to the Consumer Price Index, prices rose 8.5% in March compared to the same month last year, making it the largest year-over-year increase in more than 40 years.

“Twice since COVID we’ve had to raise prices,” Sheppard said.

Sheppard said she tried to minimize the impact. It started with menu tweaks, removing some items and replacing them with more reliable and cost-effective options.

Then prices went up 50 cents, then a whole dollar. However, over the past year and a half, Sheppard said she’s committed to making any cost increases fully transparent, reflected in the menu.

“There are things that are easier to understand,” she said. “And when you start adding fees, people start thinking ‘I’m paying for this and I’m paying for that.’ Simply raise the price of your food or beer.

E+O Kitchen, which has three relatively new high-end restaurants in the Cincinnati area, came to a different conclusion.

“We’ve made a fairly conscious and quite difficult decision to do everything we can to keep prices the same for our customers,” said Tony Castelli, Marketing Director of E+O Kitchen.

The waiter prepares a take-out meal at E+O Kitchen. (Michelle Alfini/Spectrum News 1)

Castelli said the company, which opened two of its restaurants amid the pandemic, has been blessed with breaking sales records almost every month, although he said the cost of inflation and supply chain issues were increasingly difficult to overcome.

“While our revenue has increased, our margins are much lower, and that’s a result of our total cost of goods,” he said.

Looking for a way to keep the menu affordable, Castelli said E+O was looking for another way to raise costs. The restaurant has seen takeout, which once made up less than 1% of its business, have exploded in popularity and price, so Castelli said the restaurant group has expanded its online ordering portal and added fees 5% service charge on all takeout orders.

“Hard goods like take-out boxes, chopsticks and forks, those things are very expensive,” he said. “So as long as we can be considerate and fair to everyone in the process, we’ve found that our guests have been very supportive and willing to pay that fee.”

Other restaurants have opted for other methods, such as adding the processing fee for credit card purchases to the bill, or like Taste of Belgium, adding a “chain surcharge”. supply” by 8.5% instead of making permanent price changes.

Sheppard, meanwhile, said her current pricing may need further review, but she’ll keep customers in mind when weighing those decisions. Now that they are back in the building, she hopes their support will keep her business running.

“It can be worse,” she said. “We’ve been through worse before.”

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Bars

Dabate trial judge dismisses embezzlement evidence, second case | Crime and courts

VERNON — A Superior Court judge today ruled on several motions in the trial of Richard Dabate that will bar certain evidence from being presented to the jury.

Although the jury could not hear about it, the prosecutor revealed new information during the closing arguments.

Dabate, 45, was charged in April 2017 with murder, tampering with physical evidence and misrepresentation in connection with the December 23, 2015 death of his wife, Connie.

Dabate told state police on the day of the murder that a masked intruder killed Connie and also attacked and tied him up at their Ellington home.

State police and the prosecutor said Dabate staged his wife’s murder as a home invasion to avoid fallout from a divorce because he was expecting a baby with one of his mistresses.

Dabate’s trial began on April 4, and testimony for the first two weeks has largely documented the scene at Dabates’ Birch View Drive home. At the end of last week, the woman who was pregnant with Dabate’s child at the time of his wife’s death testified.

Today, prosecutor Matthew Gedansky said Dabate embezzled $35,000 from his employer. Gedansky didn’t say exactly when it happened, but said the state learned of the act about three years ago through a search warrant.

Gedansky said Dabate took money from an account used by his employer and transferred it to another account he opened, and made it look like the money was being used for business expenses so that he really wasn’t.

Dabate’s attorney, Trent LaLima, objected to the information being allowed into the trial, and Judge Corinne Klatt concluded that it would amount to having a “trial within the trial” and barred him from admission.

Klatt also banned almost all testimony related to a second long-term affair that Gedansky said Dabate had during his marriage.

LaLima argued that allowing testimony about the relationship would only inflame the emotions of the jury. There is no evidence the case was ongoing or impacting Dabate’s life at the time his wife was killed, he said.

Gedansky argued that it was up to the jury to decide whether the relationship was a factor or not. However, Klatt ruled that when the woman is called to the stand, she can only be asked if she had a previous relationship and when it ended, without going into further details.

After the motions were eliminated, the jury was brought into the courtroom and Laurie Gardner was called as a witness. Dabate’s cousin Gardner testified how Dabate confided in her at a party in the summer of 2015 about Sara Ganzer, the woman who was pregnant with his child.

Gardner said Dabate worried about what other members of his family would think when they found out and feared he was a “black sheep” in the family. At the time, Dabate had not yet made a decision regarding Connie’s divorce, Gardner said.

Gardner also opened up about an interaction she had with Dabate the night Connie was killed. She was with her mother, Dabaté’s aunt. Dabaté came from the hospital, still wearing a hospital gown and bleeding. Dabate was upset, she said.

“He cried a lot. We all did it,” Gardner said.

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Nightclubs

‘I took over Manchester’s Tribeca nightclub just before Covid – and found myself homeless’

The boss of a downtown club spoke about the challenges facing the industry after the pandemic and how running a bar has taken a toll on her health.

The past two years have been difficult for anyone working in the hospitality industry, but Covid has truly taken its toll on a club and its visionary manager.

Hazel O’Keefe, who has been hosting events at the Tribeca on Sackville Street for years, took over the club months before Covid – shortly after she was homeless.

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The award-winning organizer, whose background is in community work with young people, wanted to make the gay village “a community center as well as a club”.

She claims Tribeca is the only venue in Manchester that hosts loss-making booze-free events on a Saturday night – a hit among an Asian LGBT group.

Describing itself as “the only truly diverse venue in Manchester”, the club next to Sackville Gardens also hosts Hungarian, Romanian and Portuguese parties.

But the club now faces a month-long shutdown as its license is suspended for five weekends – from May 12 to June 11 – following reports of regular rule breaches.

Hazel O’Keefe Credit: via LDRS

Manchester City Council’s licensing committee came ‘very, very, very close’ to revoking the club’s license but councilors agreed to give the venue another chance after promises from its former boss that new managers would be recruited.

Lee Montgomery, who led the club from 2010 to 2019, is still the owner as Hazel’s plan to buy the lease from him has been put on hold due to the pandemic.

Taking over in November 2019, Hazel – now 45 – had a vision of club nights subsidizing community events that “make a meaningful difference”.

But months later, as the Covid lockdowns came into effect from late March 2020, the night economy across the country suddenly came to a halt.

Government grants worth £3,200 a month were given to Tribeca – but the lease cost £7,400, leaving the club with £60,000 in arrears two years later.

“We kept thinking that everything will be fine next month,” she said, “and it was never good.

“If I had known it would be this long, I would never have let it get to this level of arrears.”

Tribeca in Sackville Street ManchesterCredit: Google

Without an income, Hazel couldn’t even pay the rent for her own apartment.

In April, homeless, Hazel had to give up her city center flat and took up couch surfing before temporarily moving in with her girlfriend who lives in Salford.

Sometimes Hazel slept there – an experience she says was painful, cold, lonely and depressing and too embarrassing to tell anyone else.

At her lowest point, she even contemplated suicide to illustrate the impact the pandemic was having on the hospitality industry which had limited support.

“Sometimes I thought if I hanged myself in Sackville Gardens and put a banner over me saying ‘this is the impact’, would that make a difference?” she says.

“And I decided, no, it wouldn’t make any difference, it would just hurt the people I love. But those were the kind of intrusive thoughts I had.

In October authorities advised her to stop sleeping at the club after reports of ‘alleged lockdowns where drug use and dealing’ were taking place – and she claims that within a week she left the premises .

But she denies the allegations which she says come from a ‘disgruntled’ individual who claimed CCTV had been turned off during the alleged lockdowns.

Hazel O’Keefe Credit: via LDRS

Hazel offered to show the police the CCTV, but was told it was not necessary.

There were times when she couldn’t access the CCTV – for example, after being hit on the head with a bottle and couldn’t remember the password – and there were occasions when some of the cameras weren’t working.

Working with police, Manchester council officers also raised concerns about the security number at the gate – an issue which Hazel, who used the services of three security companies, said did not was solved by a shortage.

Hazel says the licensing committee’s decision at the Tuesday, April 19 hearing was “fair,” but believes a lot was missed in those two hours.

“There was no incident with weapons or drugs,” she said.

“It was not what normally leads to a licensing exam.”

The month-long closure of the club is expected to cost at least £20,000.

Hazel is also facing a Covid fine of over £2,000 – something she says she was unaware of until evidence from the license hearing was released.

Manchester City Council received a complaint in October 2020 that there were 30 people on the premises after the 10 p.m. curfew which was in effect at the time.

But when officers arrived there were just seven people with ‘what appeared to be booze’ – but Hazel now says they were all staff.

Hazel does not recall receiving a physical fixed penalty notice and suspects it could have been delivered to Tribeca after Covid shut it down again.

Magistrates fined him £1,760 – and that figure has risen as he has not been paid.

She said: “I would have attended court and explained what the situation was.”

A fly-spilling fine has also been issued for the wrong bin bags left outside the premises – which Hazel says she is embarrassed about.

More recently, the venue has received complaints from residents of Regency House – the block of flats above the club where Hazel now lives.

The venue spent “a fortune” soundproofing the building which has metal pillars and an elevator shaft that carries certain frequencies up to the fifth floor.

And just about when noise complaints rose, tragedy struck – Aaron Jarvis, a bar manager in Tribeca, died in a car crash in Whitefield.

The 31-year-old, who was a passenger in the back of one of three vehicles which collided at Bury New Road, was taken to hospital but died later that day.

Hazel, who spent 60 hours a week with Aaron, said she didn’t leave her sofa for three weeks after her “cheerful and free-spirited” friend was taken from her.

The tragic story broke the hearts of Tribeca staff – including Hazel’s dog who waited for Aaron to arrive at the door every day at 4pm long after he died.

Tribeca’s future is now out of Hazel’s hands – though she remains involved with the club – as management restructuring takes place.

And his own future is uncertain, with the threat of an eviction notice from his apartment looming and the prospect of spending the rest of his life likely in debt.

She thinks back to a call she received during the pandemic from her insurance broker who said they had found a loophole to be compensated for the Covid-related closure – only to call back 10 minutes later to tell her it wouldn’t work not.

“It felt like I was alive again,” she said. “It was like I could breathe again.

“I haven’t had that feeling since.”

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Cafes

Amsterdam to close cannabis cafes to tourists

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Amsterdam, long a hazy paradise for marijuana fans, may be about to do the unthinkable.

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Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema says it’s time to shut down marijuana cafes because they cause too much trouble, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported.

Halsema told Amsterdam city councilors that the trade in soft drugs can lead to problems.

“Many of the city’s major problems are fueled by the cannabis market: from the nuisance caused by drug tourism to serious crime and violence. Banning sales to tourists is a necessary intervention…and the first step towards regulation,” Halsema said, according to Dutch News.

According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, the research found that only 66 of the city’s 166 licensed cafes are needed to meet local demand.

Halsema thinks a ban would be the best way to ensure the cannabis market remains manageable while experiments in regulated marijuana production are underway.

She has also launched a campaign against street trading, which includes warning signs, increased camera surveillance as well as the use of hosts to warn tourists of the risks in Amsterdam.

The belief is that far too many tourists travel to Amsterdam to use drugs.

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“Amsterdam is an international city, and we want to attract tourists – but for its wealth, beauty and cultural institutions,” Halsema said.

Canada legalized the purchase, sale and consumption of marijuana in October 2018. Since then, hundreds of legal dispensaries have opened in Toronto.

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Review SocietyOne personal and car loans

Australia’s first peer-to-peer financing platform aims to offer a better deal to borrowers and investors alike.

Launched in 2012, SocietyOne offers a modern alternative to traditional lending. Usually with a loan whether it be hometown, car or private person, a bank or a lender provides funds to finance the loan. The difference between SocietyOne is that funding for a loan is not provided; Instead, it connects borrowers with willing investors. This is called peer-to-peer lending, or P2P.

In January 2021, SocietyOne surpassed the $1 billion lending milestone, and its success led to a merger with ASX-listed digital lender MoneyMe in early 2022. By leveraging MoneyMe’s diversified product offering and ability to deliver leading customer experiences, SocietyOne now aims to become the number one non-bank loan provider in Australia.

SocietyOne personal and car loans

SocietyOne offers both secured and unsecured personal loans ranging from $5,000 to $70,000 for a range of uses including:

  • vehicle purchase

  • debt consolidation

  • home renovations

  • public holidays

  • wedding expenses

  • medical bills

  • education fees

Check out some of SocietyOne’s personal loan offerings below.



*Comparative rates are based on a $30,000 five-year loan. Warning: This comparison fare is for this example only and may not include all fees and charges. Different conditions, fees or different loan amounts may result in a different comparison rate. Rates are effective April 25, 2022. View disclaimer.


SocietyOne features for individuals and car loans

Individual interest rates

SocietyOne offers personalized interest rates, meaning borrowers receive interest rates tailored to their current financial circumstances, depending on factors such as credit history, creditworthiness, employment status, cash flow and loan amount. Borrowers who are classified as low-risk and have good credit and history can expect a lower interest rate compared to other types of borrowers.

Continue reading: Guide to risk-based personal loans

runtime flexibility

SocietyOne personal loans can be repaid every two weeks or monthly with terms of up to five years for unsecured loans and up to seven years for secured loans.

Monthly free of charge

Aside from a loan setup fee of up to $595, depending on the factors above, SocietyOne personal loans are free of monthly fees and early repayment fees.

Fees apply in the event of late or overdue payments, as well as the inability to process direct debits to your account.

Digital only

SocietyOne is a digital platform, which means it uses digital technology as opposed to physical outlets to speed up the lending process. The application takes about five minutes and you will receive your personalized tariff in less than a minute.

Direct Lenders

Investors can review available borrower applications on SocietyOne’s secure platform. This is all anonymous and the platform is secure. SocietyOne simply minimizes risk by managing funds and servicing each loan.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a SocietyOne personal loan, the following requirements must be met:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.

  • Applicants must be employed and earn at least $30,000 per year through employment (Centrelink cannot be your primary source of income).

  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

  • Applicants must have good credit.

  • Applicants are only allowed to use the loan for personal use.

What do I need to provide to get a SocietyOne personal loan or car loan?

In order to obtain a SocietyOne personal loan, you may be required to provide the following information and documents as part of your personal loan application:

  • Your personal information such as name, address and date of birth.

  • A driving license or passport details.

  • Proof of your address – for example a utility bill.

  • Proof of your income in the form of payslips or bank statements.

  • Details of your daily expenses and other debts.

If you are applying for a secured personal loan, you will also need to provide details of the asset to be used as collateral as part of the verification process.

The required documents will depend on your ownership of the vehicle, but it’s helpful to have these things handy:


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Restaurants

The best tapas bars and restaurants in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain’s new capital of gastronomy | Holidays in Andalusia

Sanluqueños may have occasional hassles and worries, but you wouldn’t know it. The mood in the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, north of Cádiz, seems to be one of euphoria, alegria. It probably has something to do with the sun and translucent light, and a lot to do with the local manzanilla Sherry. The city, also known for a popular king prawn, the Langostino from Sanlúcarwas named Capital of Gastronomy of Spain 2022.

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This will come as no surprise to those who have long flocked to Sanlúcar for long, lazy weekend lunches. The beauty of the city is also uplifting. At its heart is the Plaza de Cabildo, with palm trees and a fountain surrounded by restaurants with tables and umbrellas. At the top of a steep hill, the Barrio Alto has churches (the 14th century Nuestra Señora de la O is austere and powerful), old bars, small palaces with gardens, bodegas behind the white walls of former convents and a solid castle – Castillo de Santiago. A short walk in the other direction are sandy beaches with moored dinghies and the fish restaurants of Bajo de Guia, their tables along the beach of the Guadalquivir estuary offering views of dragged fishing boats by seagulls, and the bulbous ferry lumbering towards the dunes and sand wilderness of the Unesco-listed Doñana Reserve.

Fountain in the central Plaza del Cabildo of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Photography: Cristina Arias/Getty Images

The Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan and the unfortunately neglected Basque Juan Sebastián Elcano set out from Sanlucar in 1519 for the first circumnavigation of the globe. Only the latter survived to accomplish it, returning here with only 18 of the original 270 crew, 500 years ago in September.

Entrebota

Restaurant ENTREBOTAS

Manzanilla, the salty, fino-like sherry, is aged exclusively in the cellars of Sanlucar. Visitors can learn about its history at the Manzanilla Interpretation Center; taste it in bodegas, including Delgado Zuleta, the oldest (1744), and Barbadillo, the largest; or inhale its aroma in this casual and elegant restaurant nestled in the bodega Hidalgo La Gitana.

Specializing in classics like meat and fish at the brazier (snapper is €19) and arroces, dry, creamy and fluffy rice dishes (€14 on average) elevated to sublime levels, this is a place to linger. A glass of La Gitana manzanilla on tap costs €2.10; other wines are available.
Fri-Sun 1-4 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 p.m.midnight. mon, wed & Game lunch only, entrebotasrestaurante.es

Casa Balbino

Waiters trot stacks of lace camarone tortillitas, crisp as cognac, through crowded outdoor tables. The tortillitas are hard to resist, despite all the little eyes. Those who know their almejas (clams) of their naughty (shells) can choose from the raw materials of the glass counter and eat inside, standing in front of a barrel.

The bar, founded in 1939, has a gloomy charm, its history told in the photographs of starlets, matadors, guitarists and sherry barons adorning the walls. A long menu of the best classic fish and seafood tapas (from €2.50) is served on the terrace. As the jamons hanging above the bar suggest, there are also meat options. Save space for ice cream at Helados Toni, a few doors down.
Open every day 12-4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 p.m.midnight, casabalbino.es

Casa Bigote

Restaurant Casa Bigote
Photography: Juan Flores

Opening as wine despacho selling manzanilla to fishermen in the early 1950s, Bigote added dining rooms and became a showcase for their catch. Dogfish, cuttlefish, anchovies, sea bream, plaice and the famous Sanlúcar sole (acedia) come fried (from €15); snapper, bass, red mullet and a dozen other varieties are served grilled or cooked in salt (around €45 per kg). House specialities: tuna with Pedro Ximenéz sweet sherry (€18), cazuela de huevos a la marinera – egg and langostino stew (€15) – and sea bass eggs in olive oil (€40 per kg). The famous Sanlúcar langostinos are the stars, however. In the old bar, artifacts from the depths hang from the beams as well as fishing accessories, sherry is served straight from the barrel.
To open Mon-Sat 1pm-4pm, 8:30-11:30 p.m., restaurantecasabigote.com

Dona Calma Gastrobar

Doña Calma Gastrobar in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz
Photography: RikardoJH

Three brothers, Gildo, Miguel and José Hidalgo Prat, opened this place five years ago to mix local produce with fusion cuisine to create a new generation of tapas. The shrimp and tuna tacos (€5.90) ​​are a hit, so it looks like their mission has been accomplished. It’s a good place to sample some interesting twists – a salmorejo (cold soup) made with beets, cannelloni of pork cheeks or octopus empanadilla, but also to taste the pure and natural flavors of local tuna in the form of tartare (€14.50), tataki (€14.50) and jamón (€12.50). The setting at the base of a residential block isn’t flashy and balcony seating is limited, but it faces Playa de la Calzada. Veranillo de Santa Ana around the corner (C Manuel Hermosilla, 2) is the family’s second restaurant, offering a range of arroces in a converted cottage.
To open Fri & Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 8.30pm-12pmmidnight, seaGame & Sunday noon only,doñacalma.com

Bar Tartessos

Bar Tartessos

This friendly bar just behind the market specializes in, yes, toast. Manager José (Agui) Aguilar and his team concoct imaginative toppings that shouldn’t work but do – like lemon toast citric with guacamole, chicharrones (scrapings) and lime (€4), or pâté of smoked herring with onion and caramelized sugar (€3.50). More traditional Cadiz tapas are also available, from mojama (air-dried tuna) with local cheese, pork loin, black pudding and orza chorizo (kept in ceramic pots with spices and lard). A good selection of wines, a range of Estrella Galicia beers, a slightly eccentric Moorish facade, and stools for perching outside add to the appeal.
Open Tue.-Sat 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12 p.m.midnight. Sunshine lunch only, instagram.com/bartartessos

Espejo

Restaurant El Espejo in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz
Restaurant El Espejo in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz

The atmospheric setting – in the 15th-century Posada del Palacio in Barrio Alto – an alluring patio and modern designer decor, bears similarities to Entrebotas (see above), and indeed, it’s the original, more formal and upscale two Sanluqueño gems led by chef José Luis Tallafigo. Fresh and light food, cooked to perfection, exquisitely presented and innovative, that’s what it’s all about.

Tallafigo works with greenery from navazo, vegetables grown in the brackish marshes of the Guadalquivir estuary, and the flavors are unique and unexpected. As a starter, sea urchin pâté served in its shell (€14) or snow peas with eel and amontillado sherry (€14.20), then butter beans, mantis shrimp and langoustine carpaccio. Carnivores will not miss the suckling pig with cauliflower cream and hazelnut butter (€24). Espejo also serves the most innovative G&T: gin jelly, lemon ice cream and tonic mousse (€6.60).
To open Fri & Sat 1pm-4.30pm, 8pm-12pmmidnight, Sun-Game lunch only, elespejo-sanlucar.es

Where to stay

Hotel Posada de Palacio (double room from just €60) is the original and atmospheric option. The building is fascinating, with its interior courtyards, old tiled floors, balconies and library. Many rooms are large, high-ceilinged, and furnished with antiques. It’s not lavish; the feeling of staying here is sometimes like being the guest of an eccentric and slightly indifferent host, but that’s unique (and convenient for El Espejo).

Hotel Barrameda (double from €49.50 room only) is calming, air conditioned and comfortable with trees in tubs and good service. It may lack local character, but it’s right next to Plaza de Cabildo and there are views of the square from most rooms.

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Bars

From Coachella to Pinky’s Bar, Alex Rodriguez’s safari record never ends

Vinyl records aren’t going anywhere, and it’s quite possible that COVID-19 has helped solidify their stamina forever. Or so thinks Alex Rodriguez, DJ booker at the Los Feliz hotspot called Pinky’s and co-owner of Record Safari in Los Feliz; and he should know. The Los Angeles-born, Bakersfield-raised music obsessive, who also happens to be the head curator of the massive Coachella vinyl record store, has worked in music most of his life, from DJing in two parts from California to running vintage shops in Bakersfield, to managing venues including the Glasshouse record store in Pomona. While the pandemic has proven difficult for retail spaces, especially small businesses, he says the record business was not one of them.

“During lockdown I think people were looking for things to do at home, and like bars, restaurants, music events, sporting events, all of that was closed, the only thing that was really open was the business of detail,” he said. “And I mean, how many times can you go to Target? You’re going to get bored and it’s always the same thing. But places like record stores, and like any collectible, every time you go there, there’s always different things to look at, so I think these kinds of crafted collectibles in general, whether it’s comics, toys, records, or antiques, it gave people something They could go to those kinds of stores and see different things each time and buy different things. gave something to do.

“I thought he was going to die once everything was reopened,” he continues. “I thought the crazy sales and resurgence was going to drop once people were able to travel again and go out to eat and go to bars and see concerts again. But this is not the case. I think a lot of people have become addicted to buying records. It’s definitely addictive…collecting anything is.

(Courtesy of Safari Los Feliz)

Rodriguez, who was born in the San Fernando Valley, is blessed with the opportunity to nurture his own addiction and help others satisfy theirs via new record store Atwater (which opened in July 2021 and features Paul Tollett from Goldenvoice as owner) and the Coachella retail project, both of which allow him to travel across the country in search of rare vinyl. There was even a documentary, also called Save Safari, fact of his travels and conservation.

Although he was immersed in daily record crate digging, Rodriguez’s music nerdom didn’t start with a turntable. He cites MTV as his initial inspiration, particularly artists who played metal and hard rock, and he remembers, like many of us, creating mix tapes of songs on the radio through an old boombox. For older DJs, it was a way to learn how to build playlists and create vibe and flow through track selection. For Rodriguez, genres were everywhere and his tastes remained eclectic.

He started deejaying in 1999 in Los Angeles and Bakersfield and moved here full-time in 2013. Playing music for others in public spaces, as this writer has attempted a few times, is a business expressive. It’s about reading a piece and connecting, reflecting the energy, and then taking it to a new place. Rodriguez has won fans all over town for doing just that. But even before the pandemic, he decided to slow down. “There are so many new DJs now, it’s like letting the kids have fun that night, not a guy who’s been deejaying for 20 years in LA,” he says of booking others.

After filming at Peanutbutter Wolf’s Gold Line in Highland Park, a bartender there who also worked at Pinky’s recommended him for turntable filling work. Pinky’s opened in fall 2019 and was forced to close due to COVID during the height of the hipster heat, reopening in fall 2021, nearly two years later. It’s picked up right where it left off, and currently, it’s filled with buzzing scenes and notable names behind the decks every night, including Johnny Jewel & Desire (of Italians do better), Alex Nicolaou of dull majesty, and Rose knows. The sounds are complemented by a new bar schedule via beverage director Aly Iwamoto, a Los Angeles native who has worked at The Varnish, Bavel, Death & Co and Thunderbolt.

Pinky’s poppin’ (Lina Lecaro)

“DJs are all capable of doing whatever they want,” Rodriguez says of Pinky’s sound selectors. “Most of the genres that are played in the room are funk, soul, disco, a bit of New Wave or house, electronic stuff and hip hop. We don’t really rock too much because it doesn’t really fit the vibe, more of a more danceable stuff.

There’s no designated dance floor at Pinky’s, but when we went there just before the pandemic hit, famed mixmaster Cut Chemist made an appearance on the decks and people were definitely moving and grooveing. There’s a patio courtyard just outside the bar (opposite the Atrium Restaurant, which shares the same owners) and music plays outside, where crowds gather on warmer evenings. While Pinky was vinyl-only, Rodriguez says it’s expanded into all formats since the pandemic, opening up the sonic reach of the space.

As for what to expect on any given night, Rodriguez says the mood is constantly changing. “I try to bring in different DJs to keep it fresh and try to make sure it’s always different. So, you know, if you show up on a Thursday, three weeks in a row, you’ll hear different music.

Save Safari

(Courtesy of Coachella Record Store)

Speaking of diversity, he takes the same approach to stocking the Coachella record store, with artists playing at the festival, of course, but also new and old, popular and obscure, used and new records of all genres. He became involved with the Indio festival after doing it with Glasshouse, and later became a permanent member of the festival team. With the second weekend falling on Record Store Day, hiring Rodriguez proved easier than trying to work with individual record stores like Amoeba, which have their hands full of collectors on weekends like this. .

For Record Store Day (April 23), Rodriguez says he ordered “one to three copies of everything” for Coachella and his own store. But “just because you order doesn’t mean you’ll get everything”, and as anyone who’s tried to get a limited release during the annual collector’s “holiday” knows, scoring some of the best drops isn’t easy. He’s been stocking the polo field store since 2014 and he says sales have been steady, with the most popular hip-hop and pop artists in recent years, a fact that definitely reflects the festival’s pivot to pop music bookings. -Z.

Older festival-goers might miss this musical shift, but the record store encourages youngsters to check out vinyl, at least. The store also makes it easier by offering a cloakroom system where customers pay eight dollars (which also gets them a Coachella tote) and a hold on purchases until the festival is over. Prices range from $2 to “several hundred” for collectible titles.

“I’ve been buying records since 1994 and I’ve definitely seen their popularity go up and down a number of times,” says Rodriguez, who deserves credit for helping to keep them fresh, through everything he does. , including sharing great album covers and rare finds on Instagram. “It’s probably the longest stretch so far, and it just keeps going up.”

Pinky’s, 1816 N Vermont Avenue. (323) 763-0351. pinkyslosfeliz.com/

Save Safari, 3222 Los Feliz Blvd.. (323) 928-2290. instagram.com/recordsafari_la/

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Nightclubs

Canada’s Drag Race contestant Ilona Verley claims she was ‘hit’ by nightclub bouncer

By Brent Furdyk.

2 hours ago

Ilona Verley, who appeared on the first season of ‘Canada’s Drag Race’, is making allegations that they were ‘hit’ by a bouncer at a popular gay nightclub in Victoria, British Columbia.

In a series of posts on Instagram Story, as reported by New rosesnon-binary native Verley was allegedly assaulted at Paparazzi Nightclub in Victoria on Thursday, April 21.

“I was just attacked by the bouncer at Paparazzi Nightclub Victoria,” they said.

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“The manager laughed in my face and told me transphobia wasn’t real because I’m a ‘b***h’… This shit ain’t OK.”

They added: “I’m told I’m sick of holding on and knowing my rights, it’s getting old.”

Verley also addressed the alleged incident in some tweets which were later deleted. “I can’t believe I got a punch in my cheek filler the first night I debuted my new face. Transphobia is alive and well here in Victoria at Paparazzi Nightclub,” they wrote, adding, “Being told ‘you deserve it’ by a white man (bouncer) makes me feel so FULL…of f**king rage.

Verley then took to Twitter to explain why they deleted those posts and confirmed that everything was fine.

PinkNews has reached out to Paparazzi Nightclub for comment.

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Cafes

Tenero Cafe & Butcher will replace Southall Cafe in East Memphis

Since moving from the Midwest to Memphis more than 20 years ago, Scott Tilton has dreamed of a butcher shop like the ones he frequented in Chicago.

Last year he decided he should build his own. Tenero Cafe & Butcher is his dream come true.

“I just want really good meat like I get in the Midwest,” Tilton said, explaining that he often stocked up on meat when he got home.

Just as he was starting to look for a location, Southall Café came up for sale. He took ownership in November and took on the rebranding and reimagining of the nearly two-year-old breakfast and lunch cafe.

The change is nearly complete and signs for Tenero Cafe & Butcher were installed Friday on the building at 669 S. Mendenhall Rd.

The restaurant is now open while final touches to the building are underway. Expect to see full changes to the old Southall Café by the first week of May.

What to expect

Waiter Johnathan Williams grabs a breakfast dish from the service counter at Tenero Cafe + Butcher in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Tenero Cafe & Butcher will be a combination full-service butcher and cafe.

The right side of the former Southall dining room is transformed into a butcher’s shop with an 18-foot counter.

In addition to premium cuts of beef like rib eye and tenderloin, expect to find items like house sausages, kebabs, bacon-wrapped asparagus, and twice-baked potatoes.

Mike Conklin, a butcher with over 25 years of experience, moved to Memphis from Iowa to become head butcher.

The shop will also offer a wide variety of homemade kids. “Jalapeno-cheddar, beer brats, blue cheese brats, even a pork and hash brown breakfast brat,” Tilton said.

The beef will come from Kansas and Nebraska, while the pork will come from Iowa. “It’s all farm-raised and antibiotic-free,” Tilton said.

Executive chef Tom Hughes cuts a Creekstone Farms sirlion top for a burger smash at his new Tenero Cafe + Butcher restaurant in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Chef Tom Hughes, who previously worked as head chef at Chickasaw Country Club and TPC Southwind, has taken over the kitchen.

Tilton said Hughes had already improved the existing Southall menu.

“We have the best French toast and our pancakes are light and fluffy,” Tilton said. “Plus, we now have our own applewood smoked bacon and sausages. That’s the beauty of having a butcher at home.

Due to Village of Williamsburg parking constraints, the restaurant will continue to be limited to breakfast and lunch. The only exception will be dinner on Sunday evening.

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On Sunday nights, Tilton said to expect dishes like a traditional Iowa pork tenderloin sandwich, a smash burger menu and appetizers like homemade pimento cheese with fried pork rinds.

The Sunday evening dinner service begins on April 24.

“We are excited for patio season. With the lights on the patio, it will be a great place to dine on Sunday nights,” said general manager Jena Black, adding that she can’t wait for guests to see the changes. at the restaurant.

Executive Chef Tom Hughes and Owner Scott Tilton at their new Tenero Cafe + Butcher restaurant in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

How it happened

Tilton teamed up with longtime friend Larry Whitty to create Tenero Cafe and Butcher. It’s a concept the two hope to one day cross.

“Larry had always tried to get me to open a restaurant with him,” Tilton said. “I started telling him about two years ago that I wanted to open a butcher shop, but I wouldn’t unless he came to help me. Finally, he said “I’m coming”.

Whitty grew up in the restaurant business. His father Joe Whitty created the Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream chain in 1972. It now has more than a hundred establishments around the world.

Tilton added that he knew if they were going to open a concept, they had to turn it into something that could be franchised. Whitty was the perfect partner to make it happen. “It was his idea to have a restaurant as part of the butcher shop,” Tilton said.

The name has personal meaning for Tilton.

“Tenero means ‘tender’ in Italian,” he said. “My wife is Italian and her grandfather had a butcher shop in Chicago.”

Jennifer Chandler is the food and restaurant reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.

Executive Chef Tom Hughes slices homemade, smoked and cured bacon at his new Tenero Cafe + Butcher restaurant in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

In one look

Tenero Cafe & Butcher

Or: 669 S. Mendenhall Rd.

Cafe opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday; 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday

Butcher shop hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily

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Bars

Restaurants and bars prepare to send drinks to the door again

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) — Lime, salt and chamoy may be some of the toppings for alcoholic beverages. During the COVID pandemic, it has become an option for takeout drinks. However, the state policy that allowed this expired last summer.

After the passage of this year’s state budget proposal, on-the-go drinks are back. Companies are now finding ways to promote this option.

“To us, Botanas are like finger foods,” said Elizabeth Gamez, owner of Primo’s de Tico. “It’s also a big thing in Texas. They go with chicharrones that look a bit like pigskin, with other kinds of appetizers, shrimp, peanuts, cucumbers.

Gamez says these can go with drinks like Modelos, micheladas, and margaritas.

During COVID, the restaurant was selling sealed beers with garnished mugs on the side.

“We’re waiting to get something in writing that’s cleared,” Gamez said. “That way we can actually sell margaritas and daquiris and any other type of open drink.”

Gamez says that while their main priority is the quality of their food, alcohol sales are still good for the business.

Other restaurants with a bar scene like Bad Apple Saloon say they’re not looking forward to changing things up this time around, either.

“Our Bloody Mary’s were very popular, so we’re going to bring that back and try to have a new design on how to have the best ones on the go, because we do a loaded Bloody Mary,” manager Sarah Rust said. “There’s your celery skewer, bacon, snacks.”

Rust says they plan to buy pouches for their drinks. She says this would make it easier for the restaurant to include all the toppings.

Several other restaurants and bars in the area, such as Primo’s by Tico, are in the process of selling take-out drinks.

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Parisian nightclub Silencio returns to the Croisette for a pop-up festival – The Hollywood Reporter

The secret is revealed: Silencio returns to Cannes.

The famous Parisian nightclub, designed by David Lynch and which has inspired pop-ups everywhere from Berlin to Miami, returns this year to the Croisette for an 11-day residency coinciding with the Cannes Film Festival. The 2022 edition also marks the most ambitious Silencio Cannes to date, as it moves from a temporary location at the festival headquarters to the Palais des Festivals, where the space can accommodate over 800 revelers per event. Arnaud Frisch, founder of the club, joined The Hollywood Reporter on Zoom to talk about his plans for the May 17-27 residency this year, club rules and the movies he’s most looking forward to seeing on the big screen.

Arnaud Frisch, founder of Silencio.
Courtesy of Arnaud Frisch/Silencio

Congratulations on your return to Cannes. What’s new this year for Silencio?

This year is totally different for us because we will be inside the Palais des Festivals, which is of course the central space of the festival. We will have a large space that can accommodate 800 people and this will allow us to do more programming. We have teamed up with France TV, official sponsor of Cannes. It will be really interesting for us to be at the center of everything. It’s very exciting. After two years of COVID, I think people are really excited to do it.

Where will it be located in the Palace?

It’s in the club, the radio club. It’s a bit 70s, which is pretty cool, and there’s also an indoor/outdoor space with a terrace. it’s above the casino. When you leave a projection, it’s right there.

Because Silencio is a very organized environment, how can you transform this place to match the Silencio aesthetic?

We further transform using Silencio’s DNA. We bring the cocktails made by Rémy Savage, our bartender who is truly amazing. He brings the same team that has worked with us for 10 years, so they kind of know everyone. We also try to work with the same artistic collectives that we have in Paris to provide content. It’s hard to really change the place, it would take a lot of work, and since we’re totally comfortable with the place and love the 70s vibe and how cinematic it is, we we just focus on the vibe and the DNA.

For those who have never been to Silencio, how would you describe the atmosphere?

Silencio now has three different locations. We have the history designed by David Lynch [in Paris]. It’s really underground so you don’t really feel the time. This space has a lot of different programming with performances, concerts, screenings, so it’s a very cultural space. Then we open a Silencio de Prés on the Left Bank of Paris. There’s a 200-seat movie theater and there we do a lot of premieres. It has a restaurant with a very young and talented starred chef, Guillaume Sanchez. We have also just opened a jazz club there which offers contemporary jazz and hip hop.

We opened another Silencio in Ibiza last year with Jean Imbert who we worked with a few years ago for the Cannes Film Festival. There’s continuity in the people we work with, all amazing people from very different creative fields – music, fashion, film, art. When you go to Silencio, it’s the vibe.

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An interior image showing the atmosphere inside the Silencio Club Paris.
Courtesy of Arnaud Frisch/Silencio

Do you have a favorite memory or remember a specific night that felt like a perfect Silencio night?

We had a lot of very good memories with a lot of talents who came to celebrate their films. Maybe one evening with Marion Cotillard when she came to cook with Jean Imbert. It was fun because that’s really what Silencio is, meeting very different creative people. It’s also a place where you can come and really feel free. Previously, we didn’t have any pictures inside, which could be a place where people could come after a very intense day in Cannes and have a nice relaxing time.

Was “no photos” a general rule?

A little but now it’s hard to avoid the images everywhere. When we launched Silencio, it was the rule for the first years because we wanted to give the feeling of living in the moment. It’s become a bit of a struggle because it’s contrary to what people want to do now. So we’re not so strict on that anymore, but we still want people to feel really comfortable in the place. The artists who come, they can really spend the night at the club without any problem.

Are there other rules?

I don’t know if it’s a rule, but Silencio talks about artists. Sure, it was designed by David Lynch, but it’s an artists’ house. We work closely with artists on programming and allow artists to build and test new projects. We don’t just host movies and concerts, we like to do something more creative. Because it’s a small room, artists can come and try something different, maybe something more fragile, and really work on something.

Looking at the Cannes programming, which films are you most looking forward to seeing?

There are many directors I like who come back to Cannes, like James Gray or David Cronenberg. I’m also looking forward to films by Kirill Serebrennikov and Ruben Östlund, and Quentin Dupieux’s midnight screening.

Do you ever sneak in to a lot of screenings?

Yeah. I think it’s important to see films. We program films here in Paris so [Cannes] is a good time for me to see movies. Usually, Cannes is very intense, but I think it’s intense for everyone.

You said that Silencio was created for the “creative night owl”. Do you consider yourself as such? How many hours of sleep per night do you get during the festival?

Yes. All year round, I sleep between five and six hours a night and it’s about the same in Cannes. Sometimes it can be less.

Apart from the Silencio, do you have any favorite spots in Cannes?

Yeah. I really like going to Da Laura, the Italian restaurant in the center of Cannes. But sometimes when I want to go to an outdoor space, I like to go to Saint-Paul de Vence for an afternoon, maybe for lunch there at the Hotel La Colombe d’Or. And this year I’m going to the Mirazur in Menton because we are collaborating this year with its chef, Mauro Colagreco, who runs this incredible restaurant there. Before doing Silencio, I loved going to the Janes Club or the Baron, which had great parties.

Is there someone you would like to see through the doors of Silencio this year?

It’s a good question. It would be great to have David Lynch back. It could be a very good surprise.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Couple Revitalizing Six Village Businesses Open New Cafe in Alexandria Bay | Business

ALEXANDRIA BAY — Village residents took the opportunity to “wake up and cook” at a new cafe on James Street on Wednesday morning.

Wake & Bake Cafe in downtown Alexandria Bay opened its doors to customers for the first time, offering breakfast sandwiches, omelets, coffee, espresso and tea. In the former Kathy’s Coffee Pot storefront, owners Dave and Desiree Roberts are still putting the final details in place, including signage and a credit card machine.

It’s one of six businesses they’re starting or revitalizing in Alexandria Bay, including a gourmet restaurant, bar, classic pizzeria, juice bar, and gift shop.

“People say we’re crazy, but things are going great,” Ms Roberts said. “It’s a lot, and we are perfectly aware of it, but we have a great team. A big part of that is delegation at its finest.

The couple own the former Admirals’ Inn, which they are in the process of renovating and which will reopen in 1864, a gourmet restaurant. They own Skiff’s Bar, which will also reopen after the renovations are complete.

The Roberts own the Korner pizzeria and the Sunshack gift ship. All of their businesses are on or near James Street. Alex Bay Juice Co. is in a lime green building on Church Street, a few hundred yards away. They have purchased all of these businesses in the past six months and are working with a larger group of village residents who are working to rebuild and revitalize downtown Alexandria Bay.

“Things have been the same for so long,” Ms Roberts said. “We want to dress it up, make things a little nicer, make some changes to things.”

Mr Roberts said he and his wife are involved in nearly every aspect of their businesses – they pull espressos at Wake & Bake, pour beers at Skiff’s and sit at tables in 1864. As they go they build the businesses and renovate their buildings, they’ve been involved in most of the construction as well.

The Roberts have long been active residents of Alexandria Bay. Desiree and Dave have been real estate agents in the area for many years, and Dave’s parents are the former owners of the Aqua Zoo aquarium on Route 12. They said they wanted to improve the business scene in the village and recently found a way to work collaboratively with other business owners to make it all happen.

“It’s just a group of young people who are all like-minded,” Ms Roberts said. “We want to see the city grow.”

They said the local business community has been incredibly welcoming as they strive to open in time for the summer season. At Wake & Bake, they enlisted the former owners of Skiff’s Bar to help them program their cash register the day before it opened.

“The small-town look is very important, it’s special,” Roberts said.

Their plan is to play to each company’s strengths. Patrons of 1864 will be encouraged to enjoy a drink at Skiff’s or a dessert at Wake & Bake, and Mr Roberts said he was delighted to see downtown Alexandria Bay come to life as new businesses begin to welcome guests this season.

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Giusto Newport will host Restaurants for Relief on May 2.

There is a lot of generosity within the hospitality industry. It comes from a deep sense of commitment to the community. You cannot succeed in this endeavor if you do not nurture the support that the local community has entrusted to you.

For this reason, smart restaurateurs will do what they can to give back. All businesses should be committed to their community, but restaurants are different. These are the meeting places. These are the places where meals are shared with friends and family. We share laughs together here. We celebrate our triumphs here. We seek solace here.

Beyond the lure of great food and rustic drinks, restaurants offer us all a place where we can come together. This is how the community is encouraged. When the call for help goes out, restaurants usually respond.

Dan Lederer

We are approaching the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Stories of how the Ukrainian people have suffered continue to fill our newsfeeds. Moved. Wounded. Their cities in ruins. Families leaving their homes in search of safety, a journey filled with pain, hunger and uncertainty. They need help. And now our local restaurants are answering the call to help our global community.

On Monday, May 2 from 9-11 p.m., Giusto Newport will host Restaurants for Relief at its Hammetts Wharf location. The event is a benefit to help provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

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All proceeds will be donated to the World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization with boots on the ground in Ukraine whose mission is to feed those in need. Tickets for the evening are $30 per person and can be purchased through the booking link on Giusto’s website or Resy.com.

If you cannot make it there, there is an option on the website to purchase a Donation Only ticket. But you might not want to miss this one. Not only will Giusto’s team be whipping up delicious treats, but his friends from Yagi Noodles, TSK, and Sup Dog Supper Club will be hanging out in the kitchen whipping up some of their favorite snacks.

It’s a lineup of stars of culinary creativity, all coming together to help you. And when word of the event spread to the folks at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company, they too wanted to help, so they donated to the event.

And to make your special cocktails, a guest bartender from Stoneacre Garden will be present alongside the Giusto team to concoct delicious drinks. Each ticket for the event comes with a drink ticket, but they will no longer be available for purchase.

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To add a little more fun to the night, Giusto’s neighbors at the Hammetts Hotel, Saltzman’s Watches and Sweden’s Holebrook, are donating some major prizes for a silent auction. This is what a community that comes together looks like.

Giusto Newport is where Restaurants for Relief will be held on May 2.

Giusto has already proven itself as an organization deeply committed to giving back to the community. He proudly contributed to Newport Out events and also cooked up holiday cheer by donating a lasagna to the MLK Community Center for every lasagna purchased this past holiday season. But Giusto is also proud to be part of the Newport hospitality community.

Restaurants for Relief was designed as an industry event to celebrate those who work in the business. This is the kind of night restaurant that workers really appreciate. While trying to think about what to do this year for the industry event, the idea of ​​doing something to help Ukrainians was thrown around. Everyone was on board. And when they told some of their industry colleagues about it, they too wanted to have that chance to nurture the community in Ukraine.

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The World Central Kitchen is an incredible organization known for being the first on the front lines to help provide meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises. Founded by its food director, chef José Andrés, the WCK has been in Ukraine since day one of the invasion.

The organization is unique in that it not only provides meals to those in need, but also strives to create meals originating from the regions it serves. It does not serve pizza in Ukraine. It’s about making Ukrainian cuisine understand that the comfort of food makes the difference. WCK people are doing good things.

Giusto Newport on Hammetts Wharf hosts Restaurants for Relief, which will benefit the people of Ukraine.

Once again the restaurant industry is coming together to help. It’s kind of his thing. When you work every day in a business that brings people together over food and drink, you get a sense of what it means to be part of a community. It’s useful. It’s teamwork. It is thinking of others.

These are the things that will bring everyone to Giusto on May 2 – a chance to help out. Enjoy amazing snacks and drinks during your stay and savor the taste of doing your part.

Dan Lederer is a Middletown resident with 30 years experience in the restaurant industry throughout New England. He continues to work locally behind the scenes in the industry and remains a dedicated fan of all things restaurant and hospitality. His column appears on newportri.com and Thursdays in The Daily News. Cheers!

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50 bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities receive naloxone kits

Naloxone could help save someone in a Twin Cities bar that suffered an overdose (FOX 9)

Fifty bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities will receive naloxone kits this month, as industry leaders look for ways to save lives during an unprecedented rise in overdose deaths.

The nonprofit Serving These Serving has partnered with Southside Harm Reduction Services to deliver the kits for free, as they say they’re seeing more overdoses in bars and nightclubs.

“We are on the front line whether we like it or not,” said Sarah Norton of Serving These Serving. “So the better prepared we are to take care of people, the better off we’ll all be.”

Opioid-related deaths in Minnesota have been on the rise since 2000, but deaths increased in the first year of the pandemic. According to Southside Harm Reduction, if someone overdoses in a bar, having naloxone on hand could mean the difference between life and death.

“Minutes really matter in an overdose,” said Kor Pace of Southside Harm Reduction. “Being able to introduce naloxone to someone immediately, and the more people trained to be able to identify an overdose and respond to it, the better.”

At the Dark Horse Bar and Eatery, bar manager Brian McCulloch accepted the free kit despite never having had an incident at their bar.

“Obviously hopefully we never need to use it, but it’s here if we do,” McCulloch said. “It’s better to have it and not need it than not to have it and need it.”

Norton says all 50 kits are already reserved, but Southside Harm Reduction says they will deliver a kit free of charge to any facility that needs it.

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Legendary nightclub E11EVEN Miami set to take over Resorts World for Memorial Day weekend

E11EVEN Miami, a global leader in the nightclub industry since 2014 that has hosted performances by Drake, Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, Post Malone and more, is partnering with Resorts World Las Vegas and Zouk Group to a series of events and activations at the new Las Vegas Strip casino property during Memorial Day weekend 2022.

Zouk Nightclub, Ayu Nightclub, Fuhu Restaurant & Lounge, and Bar Zazu Restaurant & Lounge are among the Resorts World venues that will host different entertainment events during the holiday weekend.

“We are thrilled to partner with Resorts World, the newest and most stunning gem on the Strip,” E11EVEN Miami creator and co-founder Dennis DeGori said in a statement. “My operating partners Gino LoPinto, Daniel Solomon and I are all from Las Vegas, and we couldn’t be more proud to be present in our hometown.”

Scheduled events include: The 11th Captain’s Club NFT Launch Party on May 26 at Bar Zazu; a Cash Cash performance at Ayu Dayclub on May 27; a special dinner at Fuhu followed by a Tiësto located next door at Zouk Nightclub on May 28; and performances by DJ Snake at Ayu and the Martinez Brothers at Zouk on May 29.

“Both Zouk Group and E11EVEN Miami offer customers an unparalleled experience and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with an industry leader and expand Zouk Group’s footprint across the United States,” said said Ronn Nicolli, vice president of Zouk Group Las Vegas. in a report.

For more information on tickets and event packages, visit zoukgrouplv.com/mdw2022.

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EJ’s Bayfront Café will open at Meridian Marketplace

EJ’s Chunky Monkey Waffle Platter. Photo by Dave Horton and Gian Fortune Photography

EJ’s Bayfront Café, the popular breakfast/lunch/brunch destination at Bayfront Place, hits the road.

Owner Eric Becker is taking over the former Meridian Café, located eight miles northeast of Meridian Marketplace on Pine Ridge Road. Becker is a classically trained chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts College in St. Louis. He worked in country clubs and was associated with Eli’s Restaurant & Lounge in Carlyle, Illinois, before opening EJ’s Bayfront Café in 2012. His menu focuses on morning classics: omelettes, Benedicts, scrambles and skillets, complemented by a number of vegetarian dishes and vegan choices.

EJ’s serves 450 to 500 guests per day in season. Despite the high volume, Becker is committed to using fresh, seasonal produce in nearly every dish. “Our mission was to create a family restaurant that would bring the community together and offer a quality, homemade product,” he says. The restaurant is pet-friendly on the large outdoor patio, and a county dog ​​park is just across the street.

Becker hopes to open his new location by mid-May. He will have access to the recipes of the former Meridian Café, renowned for its gluten-free dishes. EJ’s Meridian will have 80 seats to start and will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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Top 5 Most Popular American Restaurants in Santa Clarita, CA | restaurant review

This list is based on feedback from previous customers.

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Santa Clarita falls under a Mediterranean climate zone, and despite the hot days and high humidity, visitors and locals alike still enjoy delicious American dishes. If you’re looking for a foodie hotspot in the area, here are 5 of America’s best restaurants.

5. Homemade restaurant

The restaurant is appreciated for its best burgers. The food is delicious and freshly prepared by its talented chefs. The place can get crowded with everyone grabbing their favorites. The staff is professional and friendly, and their menu will delight you with treats. Plus, it has casual outdoor seating with a laid-back atmosphere.

4. Newhall Newsroom

Newhall is a chic wine bar and restaurant serving popular local cuisines. Even if its menu has been reduced, you can quickly get your favorite dish. The restaurant offers excellent wine selections and creates a memorable moment associated with its affordable dishes. It has on-street parking, a covered heated exit, waiter service, reservations and free Wi-Fi.

3. Rattler’s Bar B Que

If you’re looking to grab a delicious barbecue and salad, Rattler’s is the place to be. The restaurant is famous for its nachos and delicious barbecued ground chicken salad. You can’t go wrong with their menu. In addition, it offers tasty cocktails, music, authentic dishes, reservations and dinners. The main highlights of its menu include chicken wings, barbecue beef sandwiches, barbecue pulled pork and weekly specials.

2. Burger Hook

The restaurant is famous for serving American sweets and burgers and being a sandwich shop. What better place to enjoy fantastic sandwiches than Hook Burger? The restaurant specializes in burgers, including mushrooms and California burgers. You can’t afford to miss this!

1. Otto’s Crazy Dinner

This is the restaurant where you can enjoy delicious dishes in large portions. The hearty plates are freshly prepared, and you will eat your fill. The food is authentic and the staff are very welcoming. However, it only serves breakfast and lunch, but you will love the dishes.

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Darker bars for a post-Easter treat | Chocolate

It’s going to be very hard to get anyone’s attention today when everyone is full of chocolate eggs and stories of Jesus. But let’s try. In preparation for the next few days when so many people will say they’ve had enough of chocolate, let me introduce you to some (more) dark and delicious bars.

The first is by Luisa Whole hazelnuts in 75% Solomon Islands cocoa, £4/50g. I reached it after a few days of abstinence from chocolate expecting to feel worthy and munch on it like one of the Hitchcock actresses. Rope (it’s an obscure reference, but the girlfriend of one of the protagonists makes an olive last a very long time. I constantly try to imitate her).

It was a bar full of hazelnuts and the chocolate was so delicious, and because it’s 75% you can’t help but feel good about yourself.

Next is Born‘s Blueberry and Almond, £5.50/60g. I expected to have a bite and then leave it, but this was unusual, perfectly balanced and incredibly delicious. I loved that the almonds in it were properly toasted and also the toasted buckwheat – that’s a delicious thing here. Blueberries give a little sweetness.

Two black milks for the irreducible: Cocoa Retreat‘s Kentish Cobnut Dark Milk, £6.25/45g, was epic. I’m a huge Cocoa Retreat’s fan, but look at the bars, they look tiny, but before you know it, you’ve been laughing at 45g of chocolate.

And Mocha58% dark milk from Ghana, £7.95/68g. A good solid and robust milk that will not make you look ridiculous.

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May breaks silence on nightclub incident

Panthers rookie Taylan May said he was proud to be able to ‘support Cleary’ as he spoke for the first time about defending Nathan Cleary during a nightclub incident after the Grand Final from last year.

It emerged last week that May had been charged by Queensland Police with assault causing bodily harm following an incident in October at a Sunshine Coast nightclub as the Panthers celebrated their post success of prime minister.

The 20-year-old allegedly dragged a patron to the ground after heckled the players and attempted to film afterwards without their consent.

The NRL Integrity Unit and the Panthers had seen the CCTV footage and were happy May was continuing to play. As coach Ivan Cleary said last week: “The fact that the NRL took no action tells a fair story.”

May refused to let the police charges distract him from his work in the field. His try against the Broncos on Friday night tied him with Ryan Papenhuyzen as the competition’s top try scorer, which he achieved by replacing injured Brian To’o on the left wing.

While not admitting any guilt on the assault charges, May said he was defending a good friend.

“Anyone in my position, if he was a good friend, would have done what I did,” May said. The Herald of the Sun. “I defended Cleary. I don’t think I was wrong.

“I didn’t want the situation to get out of hand. [My teammates] are big names, I’m nobody. . . security was on my side. The situation for me, it doesn’t really bother me. I put it behind me and focused on the game.”

May, nicknamed “Tiny” and the younger brother of Prime Minister Panther Tyrone May, is due to have his case heard in court on May 18.

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Pink paint announces ‘queer hipster oasis’ cafe is getting ready to open

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There’s no sign on the storefront yet, but you don’t really need one to spot Main Street’s newest future restaurant in Concord.

Teatotaller, a Somersworth cafe that describes itself as “an oasis of queer, hipster, tea, coffee and baking delights,” is preparing to open its downtown Concord branch in about a month after a long pandemic delay. It recruits for all cafe and bakery positions, which the website promises is “fun, friendly and fabulous” mixing bubble teas and other specialties with “drag shows to die for”. .

In preparation, this week he transformed the storefront a shocking pink.

“We’re going to be even bolder – higher saturation – at Concord,” said owner Emmett Soldati. “We have two local muralists to design the interior…and have custom furniture made.”

The store is in Concord’s central business performance district, which has a review process where an architectural design committee reviews proposed changes. Despite the telling change Teatotaller made, because it just involved painting and didn’t need a building permit, no city approval was needed.

The LGBTQ-friendly cafe has been in Somersworth since 2016. The business was preparing to open a second cafe on Warren Street in the spring of 2019 before COVID-19 got in the way. Since then, the edible arrangements at 2 Capital Plaza have closed, providing an opening to access Main Street.

The new space will offer sit-down and counter service and takeout, including outdoor seating, Soldati said. It will offer much the same menu as the Somersworth store.

The city has approved the cafe sign, which will soon be installed. The actual opening date has not been set, but late May or June seems likely, Soldati said.

Soldati ran for the Democratic nomination for the District 2 Executive Council seat in 2020. His father, Lincoln Soldati, was once mayor of Somersworth.

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Olo, SOCI to centralize restaurant data management

Olo, an on-demand commerce platform for the restaurant industry, has partnered with marketing platform SOCi to centralize local data management for restaurants.

As part of this strategic partnership, SOCi will be linked to the Olo API to allow Olo’s data to pass through its platform and localized ad management solutions.

The move would improve the experience for restaurant brands, as it would allow them to update location information across multiple directories from one place.

Olo Vice President and Rails General Manager Andrea Coe said, “We are delighted to be working with SOCI to bring this exciting solution to the restaurant industry.

“We are committed to ensuring that our customers lead and benefit from the digital shift, not to chase trends.

“With SOCi integrations streamlining the process of updating location and other data for their potential customers, restaurant brands can focus less on managing various listing platforms and more on their critical day-to-day operations. .”

Olo and SOCi customers will be able to update contact information, hours of operation, location details, and brand-driven menu links through Olo’s pre-existing dashboard.

The information will be disseminated on the SOCi platform and redirected to search directories such as Google, Facebook, Yelp, Apple Maps, as well as the restaurant’s local pages and restaurant locator.

Listing management would also provide brands with insights such as profile completeness, listing accuracy, and order transaction data, which would help improve marketing strategy and location visibility.

SOCI CEO Afif Khoury said, “Our partnership with Olo is another step in unifying an increasingly complex digital landscape in hospitality.

“SOCi helps brands re-engineer and simplify their workflows by integrating the most critical platforms and making it possible to manage important customer data, information and experiences from a single source.” In February this year, Olo launched its payment platform called Olo Pay to enable its network of restaurant brands to jointly reach 85 million connected consumers.

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Would you give up privacy for unsecured loans in DeFi?

An ambitious new decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) has developed a data service for lending platforms that tracks a user’s financial reputation in order to reduce the amount of collateral required for a loan.

It has partnered with Chainlink and the founder of this protocol, Sergey Nazarov, is an advisor.

Reputation DAO users have traditional financial data such as anti-money laundering and know-your-customer (AML/KYC), credit scores, and banking information associated with their account. The data aims to help reduce the friction of obtaining a loan from a decentralized platform, but raises questions about safety and the principles of zero-knowledge lending.

The Reputation DAO team told Cointelegraph that its connection to these traditional financial authorities is “vital in removing some of the trust barriers associated with undercollateralized lending.”

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocols like AAVE (AAVE) and Maker (MKR) require users to deposit at least 150% of the value of the loan they wish to take out. This over-collateralization protects the protocols from bankruptcy in the event of liquidations due to volatility, as the loans are originated via zero-knowledge smart contracts.

While Reputation’s DAO team said that “retail clients are more comfortable with algorithmic lending,” they also noted that “institutional interest is increasing rapidly.”

This institutional interest is illustrated by the $222 million in seed and strategic funds invested in DeFi protocols since March 15. according to to crypto fundraising tracker Airtable. Reputation DAO is one of those protocols and on April 13 closed a $4.7 million seed round led by DACM and AirTree Ventures.

But for many DeFi users, linking sensitive financial data to a blockchain-based lending platform raises security and privacy concerns. Some users may feel more comfortable posting higher collateral for a DeFi loan if the logs don’t have access to their information, keeping their identities private.

Reputation DAO assured Cointelegraph that its partnership with industry-leading information oracle Chainlink, which uses privacy protocol DECO, helps protect its users’ data.

Cointelegraph reached out to an active and successful DeFi investor who asked to use the name “Unseo” for his thoughts. He said he would be wary of using Reputation DAO to get a loan. He argued that such a service “would make the DeFi system more vulnerable” and that “rather than getting off the math, I would trust the judges of other participants’ creditworthiness.”

“Even though I have good credit, I’d rather not use a more vulnerable system to get a better usage allowance.”

Related: Getting Started: Essential Tips for Getting Started Investing in DeFi

Time will tell how DeFi users will react to Reputation DAO’s value proposition.

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US Wellness Company Introduces Retail Shoppers to Protein Bars Containing High-Quality Protein and Low Glycemic Index Natural Sugars

Btein Bars offers a protein bar with almonds and coconut.

Btein Bars, a healthy energy bar made with low glycemic index natural sugars and based on traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, will soon be available to US consumers.

Btein Bars, a healthy energy bar made with low glycemic index natural sugars and based on traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, will soon be available to US consumers.

Atmabala plans to follow up with retailers who have shown interest in its new healthier energy bars

Last month, we held private meetings with some of the most sought-after retailers in ECRM’s “Weight Management, Nutrition and Vitamins” program.

— Hema Saran, co-founder of Atmabala, based in North Carolina

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, USA, April 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Atmabala, which recently introduced its energy bars with Ashwagandha to retail buyers, continues to move forward with the launch of its Btein product Bars.

“Last month, we held private one-on-one meetings with some of the most sought-after retailers from ECRM’s ‘Weight Management, Nutrition and Vitamins’ program,” said Hema Saran, co-founder of Atmabala. , based in North Carolina. . “We had the opportunity to introduce buyers to our protein bars, which are made with 20 grams of high-quality protein, natural low-glycemic sugars and Ashwagandha, an ancient Indian healing root that helps relieve stress. .

“From now on, our team will provide information or samples to retail buyers who have expressed interest,” she added.

Saran said Btein bars, which are now available on Amazon, Walmart.com and OneLavi.com, are the protein bars that today’s consumers want and need.

“First, we developed it as a healthier alternative to protein bars that have a lot of added sugar,” Saran said. “Since we had a diabetes epidemic in the United States, we made Btein bars with low glycemic index natural sugars.”

According to EatRight.org, the glycemic index measures how quickly foods raise blood sugar.

“Everyone needs to watch the amount of added sugar they consume,” added Saran Shanmugam, co-founder of Btein Bars.

Shanmugam also said Btein bars contain Ashwagandha, an herbal medicine used in alternative medicine based on the Indian principles of Ayurveda, one of the oldest natural healing systems in the world.

Healthline.com lists several research-based potential benefits of Ashwagandha: reduce stress and anxiety, help lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation, increase focus, and improve sleep.

“Consumers today are looking for natural and healthy alternatives,” Shanmugam said. “We created Btein Bars, which come in Chocolate Almond and Coconut Almond flavors, as a healthy energy bar with high-quality protein, natural low-glycemic sugars, and ashwagandha.”

Hema Saran and Saran Shanmugam said they took the best of Western nutrition and combined it with Ayurvedic traditions.

“As a result, our bars help people physically and mentally,” they said.

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Nightclubs

Welsh government accused of having no evidence to close nightclubs during pandemic

The boss of the UK’s nightlife industries has accused the Welsh government of having no evidence to close nightclubs during the pandemic. Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said there was no reason to justify the closure in Wales.

Welsh nightclubs were allowed to reopen at the end of January after restrictions introduced to tackle the Omicron variant were removed. Nightclubs were the only businesses closed outright by the Welsh government in response to the Omicron wave, with venues forced to close after Christmas.

They have been allowed to remain open in England.

Read more:Welsh Government announces results of latest Covid review

Michael Kill said his association now has the results of a freedom of information request and has not presented any evidence of closure.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales on Thursday, he said: “We have tried to generate questions about the exact reasoning, and in particular the evidence that has been presented to allow them to close the nightclubs.

“The response was, as expected, that it was not possible to establish exactly where someone caught the coronavirus, so it is not possible to provide the number of cases that have been caught in places The Welsh Government does not hold this information.

“As far as we are concerned, it is very clear that the evidence was not present for them to make this decision. There were no other venues or hospitality settings that were different from nightclubs , taking into account the evidence which has been presented or has been available to the Welsh Government.”

Mr Kill said businesses in the sector had been “extremely frustrated” to have been forced to close and had “put a lot of pressure” to find out what evidence was available.

“The FOI (Freedom of Information) request presented exactly what we expected and our concern that it was based on anecdotal evidence. This was a political decision that singled out nightclubs or businesses late night economics, when we were very, very clear that we felt there was no difference in very many contexts and it had a huge impact on business in Wales.”

He said that across the UK we have lost more than a third of nightclubs that have had to close, saying: “I have stories of people who have lost their homes. The work of their life.

“So these are big decisions for people. So as you can understand they’re going to be angry and frustrated that no evidence has been presented and these businesses have been closed for so long.”

Mr Kill also called for a specific investigation into coronaviruses in Wales and asked that any decisions taken in the future be based on evidence.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “There is no doubt. Around the world these types of places have been associated with super spread events. Evidence from the Sage committee said transmission of the virus was highly associated with proximity and duration of contact in indoor environments, especially where the nature of the business wants people to be close and personal.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that these were high risk places, and at the height of the pandemic they were closed, not only in Wales but also in other places. other parts of the UK and other parts of the world.”

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Eatery Business

What you should know about solar loans

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Solar panels can potentially save homeowners between $10,000 and $30,000 in electricity over the life of their solar system. according to solar marketplace EnergySage. And the potential for tax credits can increase the annual benefits of solar power in the home even further.

But installation doesn’t come cheap — about $20,000 on average, EnergySage reports. A solar loan could help cover the costs. So if you’re considering making the move to solar, it’s important to understand how solar financing works, whether it’s worth buying solar panels, and the tax advantages of a solar panel system.

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What is a solar loan?

Solar loans are similar to home loans. These unsecured personal loans help you finance the installation of solar panels for your home and they do not require collateral. Rather than paying the entire cost upfront, spread your payments out in installments.

If you are approved for a personal loan, you will receive an amount of money (usually via a direct deposit). One of the best things about personal loans is that they get you your money quickly — some lenders even offer same-day financing. They pay monthly installments with a fixed interest rate and usually have a term of between two and seven years.

You can apply for a solar loan from a personal lender or directly from a solar panel company that offers internal financing.

Is it worth buying solar panels?

Installing solar panels is expensive. The average five-kilowatt residential system can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 before tax incentives and credits. according to the Center for Sustainable Energy. And it takes an average of six to nine years to recoup those costs.

To determine if the cost of installing solar panels is worth it, ask yourself a few questions:

  • How much electricity do you currently use and how much does it cost?
  • How much sunlight does your house get? (Homes in states with year-round sunlight, like Arizona, can benefit more from solar panels than homes in rainier climates, like Washington.)
  • How big would a solar system have to be installed?
  • Would you buy or lease your system?

After considering these factors, compare offers from a few different solar companies. Then qualify for a personal loan and compare personal loan rates and terms with solar company financing options. Finally, compare the total cost of financing the solar installation to the estimated savings that the solar panels will provide over the life of the loan.

You can use Credible’s Personal Loan Calculator to see how much you will pay over the life of a solar loan from a personal lender.

Tax benefits of solar panels

Currently, you can claim a government tax credit for residential solar energy equal to 26% of the cost of the system. If you install a system in 2023, the credit drops to 22%. That solar tax credit expires in 2024 unless Congress renews it. Visit the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office website Learn more about this tax credit.

Your state may also offer incentives for installing solar panels. Visit the Database of state support for renewables & efficiency to find out what tax benefits you can claim.

How to get a personal loan for solar panels

Follow these steps to get one Personal loans for solar panels:

  1. Check your credit. Check your credit report for free on a site like AnnualCreditReport.com and fix any errors that might be preventing you from getting the best possible solar loan terms.
  2. Compare lenders. Compare multiple lenders to see which offer the lowest interest rates and the most flexible terms for your financial situation.
  3. Use. Once you’ve found the best price and terms, secure it by submitting your application.
  4. Get your loan funds. If your loan is approved, you will receive your loan, sometimes even the same business day depending on how quickly your bank processes the transaction.

Other financing options for solar loans

You may also want to consider the following options for financing your solar installation:

  • Own financing With in-house financing, you can finance your solar panel installation directly through the solar panel company.
  • payout refinancing — A Refinance cash out replaces your existing mortgage with a new mortgage while also using your home’s equity to cover additional expenses. But this process puts your home at risk as you are using it as collateral for the loan.
  • Home equity loan or HELOC A home equity loan or line of credit (HELOC) also allows you to borrow money against the equity of your home. With a home equity loan, you receive a lump sum cash payment, typically up to 80% of your home’s equity. A HELOC, unlike a traditional loan, is a revolving line of credit — you can withdraw as much or as little as you like, up to a set limit. One downside is that HELOCs have variable interest rates, which can increase your overall borrowing costs.
  • Leasing or use of a power purchase agreement — Leasing solar panels is similar to leasing a car: you use the solar panel system for a set period of time. You pay monthly payments and may not need to deposit a lot of money initially. The downside is that you don’t own this system and aren’t eligible for any tax credits. A power purchase agreement is a special arrangement whereby a developer installs and operates a solar panel system on your home – you don’t own the system, but you buy the electrical power for a set period of time. This means that you can save electricity during this period, but the owner of the installation is the one who receives the tax credits.
  • Fannie Mae HomeStyle Energy Mortgage With a HomeStyle energy mortgage, you can finance energy-saving systems when buying or refinancing your own home. These loans qualify for an additional loan-level pricing credit of $500. But if you’re not buying a home or you’re refinancing your current home, this may not be the right option for you.

Frequently asked questions about solar credit

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about solar loans.

Is it better to buy or lease solar panels?

The most beneficial decision is the one that best suits your financial situation. Buying solar panels can be expensive, but you can save in the long run. When you lease, you pay less money up front, but you don’t qualify for the federal tax credit.

What credit rating do you need for a solar loan?

Although it is possible to get a solar system Credit with a credit score below 650Lenders generally offer the best interest rates and terms to borrowers with good to excellent credit scores (670 and above).

What happens to your solar panels when you move?

Once you have purchased your solar panels, you can either include them in the sale of the house when you move or take them with you. When you lease your solar panels, you also have two options: you can buy out the lease, or negotiate to have the next homeowner take over the lease.

How to choose the best solar loan?

The best solar loan is the one that allows you to comfortably afford the monthly loan payments while maintaining your lifestyle and achieving your other financial goals.

Can you refinance solar loans?

You can refinance a solar panel personal loan through your original lender or another lender by taking out a new loan that pays off your original loan. Just check with your lender to see if they will allow you to refinance your loan.

Does a solar loan affect your credit score?

A solar loan or personal loan can help your credit score Building a positive credit history and creating a diverse mix of credit. But if you miss payments, it can happen damage your creditworthiness.

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Cafes

Cafes and bars full of zest to switch to orange trading conditions

Staff at the Stage Door Cafe in King St celebrate the lifting of gathering restrictions, manager Annalize Smith, left, and Xanthe Vos-Tutt.

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Staff at the Stage Door Cafe in King St celebrate the lifting of gathering restrictions, manager Annalize Smith, left, and Xanthe Vos-Tutt.

With the mention of a sour color, the mood of Manawatū’s hospitality industry brightened.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced a rapid move to amber light conditions on Wednesday afternoon. All indoor capacity and seating restrictions are to be lifted by 11:59 p.m.

Customers in bars, cafes and restaurants are no longer required to sit down or wear a mask when getting up from their seat.

Wearing a mask in public transport, retail outlets, pharmacies, airports, government buildings and public leisure facilities is still required.

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A crowded dance floor inside The Daily nightclub in 2020 in Alert Level 1 conditions.

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A crowded dance floor inside The Daily nightclub in 2020 in Alert Level 1 conditions.

The lifting of restrictions is quick relief for a beleaguered hospitality sector battling for patronage as Kiwis have grown accustomed to staying at home amid the Omicron outbreak and social restrictions.

Ricky Quirk, owner of Palmerston North nightclubs The Cobb, Trader McKenzie’s and The Daily, said the change in lights would have a huge impact on his venues.

“It means we will be able to reopen the nightclub, although we probably won’t be open until next weekend as Easter trading hours can be a bit disruptive.

“I’d like to think more people will show up. Our other bars have been doing pretty well lately, so we’ll see if the youngsters do well again.

Although the small cafes did not anticipate a drastic change in commerce, they hoped that the orange would bring a change of mood.

“It’s terrible to turn people away,” Stage Door Cafe manager Annalize Smith said.

The Stage Door Cafe expects to welcome back more students and customers previously turned away due to their vaccination status.

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The Stage Door Cafe expects to welcome back more students and customers previously turned away due to their vaccination status.

She, along with barista Xanthe Vos-Tutt, said she could see the potential for more people to walk through their doors.

“We know a few people who are unvaccinated who are really excited to come back,” Vos-Tutt said.

“We also get a lot of customers from UCOL across the road. Their classes have been separated but now that they are all back on campus, I hope they will come back to us too.

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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins gives the daily update and announces a change from alert levels to the amber traffic light setting.

The Superstock Teams Champs speedway festival, to be held in Palmerston North over Anzac weekend and expected to attract over 10,000 visitors to Manawatū, was looming on the minds of many business owners.

Jacko Stephens’ George St cafe, Cafe Jacko, is a stone’s throw from CET Arena.

He said the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time.

Jacko Stephens of Cafe Jacko expects a boost in business as the amber traffic light trade is introduced in time for the Teams Champs speedway weekend.

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Jacko Stephens of Cafe Jacko expects a boost in business as the amber traffic light trade is introduced in time for the Teams Champs speedway weekend.

“Teams Champs is by far our biggest trading weekend. We expect to be slammed. It’s going to be huge.

“I don’t know if our business will increase, but I think people will feel a lot better coming here now that they won’t have to wear masks and they won’t have to worry about themselves. Sit.”

In Terrace End, The Rose and Crown general manager Thomas Griggs felt the same way, hoping the lifting of restrictions would bring back the pub atmosphere that regulars have been looking for.

Rose & Crown managing director Thomas Griggs welcomes the change to orange.

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Rose & Crown managing director Thomas Griggs welcomes the change to orange.

“Getting rid of seat restrictions is huge for us. Many of our regulars enjoy coming to the bar, enjoying a pint, joking a bit and for us that is part of it.

Griggs said Teams Champs has always been huge for the pub, attracting customers from out of town and overseas.

“So hopefully some of that will come back.”

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Restaurants

Good Times Restaurants Announces Second Quarter Same-Store Sales

GOLDEN, Colorado–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, today announced that comparable store sales* for its second quarter ended March 29, 2022 had decreased by 0.9% for its Good Times Times compared to the same quarter of the previous year and increased by 15.5% for its brand Bad Daddy’s compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Average weekly sales during the second quarter of 2022 among restaurants open for at least 18 months were $25,469 for the Company’s Good Times restaurants and $50,405 for the Company’s Bad Daddy’s restaurants. Additionally, during the last week of the fiscal quarter, the company completed the acquisition of a Bad Daddy’s restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina, which was previously owned by a franchisee. As a result of this acquisition, the Company owns and operates all of its Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar restaurants other than its licensee at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Ryan Zink, President and CEO, said, “I am very pleased with the purchase of former Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar franchisee in Greenville. In addition to acquiring the restaurant itself, we have acquired a talented management team who we hope will continue to operate this restaurant to our high standards of operational excellence. This acquisition expands our presence in the Greenville market to two company-owned restaurants. »

Zink continued, “Each quarter our managers and team members impress me with their commitment to good food and hospitality despite the unpredictable nature of our industry. Their continued optimism and determination to meet any challenge that comes their way is reflected in the continued strength of both brands. I continue to be pleased with the sales generated by our restaurants, which are a direct result of the performance and efforts of our leaders and team members across the company.

*Comparable store sales include all currently open company-owned restaurants with at least 18 complete fiscal periods of operating history.

About Good Times Restaurants Inc.: Good Times Restaurants Inc. owns, operates and licenses 42 Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar restaurants through its wholly owned subsidiaries. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is a “small box” full-service restaurant concept featuring a chef-led menu of gourmet burgers, chopped salads, appetizers and sandwiches with a full bar and an emphasis on a selection of beers local and artisanal in a high-energy atmosphere that appeals to a broad consumer base. Additionally, Good Times Restaurants Inc. operates and franchises a regional drive-thru chain of 31 Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard restaurants located primarily in Colorado.

Disclaimer Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. The words “intend”, “may”, “believe”, “will”, “should”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “seek” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements . These statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the market price of the Company’s shares prevailing from time to time, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to the Company, the Company’s financial performance and its cash flows from operating conditions, general economic conditions, which could adversely affect the Company’s results of operations and cash flows. These risks also include factors such as the disruption of our business by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on our results of operations, financial condition and outlook, which may vary depending on the duration and extent of the pandemic. and the impact of federal, state and local government actions and customer behavior in response to the pandemic, the impact and duration of staffing constraints at our restaurants, the uncertain nature of current restaurant development plans and capacity to implement these plans and to integrate new restaurants, delays in the development and opening of new restaurants due to weather conditions, local permits or other reasons, increased competition, cost increases or shortages of raw food products, and other matters discussed in the Risk Factors section of Good Times’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2021 filed with the SEC, and other filings with of the SEC. Good Times disclaims any obligation or duty to update or modify these forward-looking statements.

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Bars

Breakfast Bars Market Size, Scope and Forecast

New Jersey, United States – This Breakfast Bars Market The report provides a comprehensive overview of significant aspects that will drive market growth such as market drivers, restraints, prospects, opportunities, restraints, current trends, and technical and industrial advancements. The detailed study of the industry, development and improvement of the industrial sector and the new product launches described in this report on the breakfast bars market is an extraordinary help for the new key players in the market commercial enter the market. This Breakfast Bars Market report performs careful assessment of the market and provides expert analysis of the market considering the trajectory of the market considering the current market situation and future projections. This study of the Breakfast Bars Market report further highlights the market driving factors, market overview, industry volume and market share. Since this Breakfast Bars Market report provides effective market strategy key players can reap huge profits by making the right investments in the market. As this report on Breakfast Bars market depicts the ever-changing needs of consumers, sellers, and buyers across different regions, it becomes easy to target specific products and attain major revenue in the global market.

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NATURE VALLEY, Great Value, Special K, Quaker, Fiber One, Kellogg’s, Nutri-Grain, Belvita, Cheerios, Quaker Chewy, General Mills, Nabisco belVita, Gatorade, Clif Bar, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, KIND

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• Cereal bars
• Nut bars
• Chocolate bars
• Fruit bars
• Mixed bars

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• Residence
• Travel
• Other

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ATTRIBUTES DETAILS
ESTIMATED YEAR 2022
YEAR OF REFERENCE 2021
FORECAST YEAR 2029
HISTORICAL YEAR 2020
UNITY Value (million USD/billion)
SECTORS COVERED Types, applications, end users, and more.
REPORT COVER Revenue Forecast, Business Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Trends
BY REGION North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
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Geographic segment covered in the report:

The Breakfast Bars report provides information on the market area, which is sub-divided into sub-regions and countries/regions. In addition to the market share in each country and sub-region, this chapter of this report also contains information on profit opportunities. This chapter of the report mentions the market share and growth rate of each region, country and sub-region over the estimated period.

• North America (USA and Canada)
• Europe (UK, Germany, France and rest of Europe)
• Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region)
• Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and rest of Latin America)
• Middle East and Africa (GCC and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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Nightclubs

Brooklyn Nightclub Fire: “It could have been so much worse”

Tyler Glenn had only been working at Brooklyn’s Rash nightclub for about an hour when they returned from the beer storage downstairs to find the bar filled with smoke. “It’s kind of funny,” Glenn said on the phone last week, “my first thought was, ‘Wow, they really kicked off the fog machine.'” It took a few seconds to realize how great he was hard to breathe, and a split second more to notice: “Oh, there’s a huge fire in here.”

Rash, which opened late last year, is the newest club in a Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood known for its queer nightlife. On Sunday April 3, what should have been a standard Sunday night – DJ Maluquera’s collective was to perform in the club’s sweaty, uplifting back room – quickly turned into a nightmare. In the lull before the club officially opened for the night, no one noticed when a man wearing a hoodie and face mask entered the space. He kept dumping a bucket of gasoline onto the floor and the bar, then setting it on fire.

Two people were immediately taken to hospital. One of the DJs of the evening, installed in the back room, suffered second degree burns. The other, Glenn, was intubated for smoke inhalation. “It was so dark and smoky that I didn’t know where the door was. I was banging on the walls,” Glenn said, just days after they were released from hospital. On the verge of passing out, they found the side door and, in a moment of panic, rushed to a nearby bar, Birdy’s, and screamed for help.

Courtesy of Rash Bar

Jake Sillen, co-owner of Rash, rushed after receiving a call, arriving at the same time as the police. “It was huge. Smoke was coming out of the building. There were 60 firefighters, it was pretty much chaos. Speaking last Tuesday, Sillen stressed that despite the destruction, an attack later that night would have been catastrophic. “We’re so grateful for that,” Sillen said. “It didn’t end well, but it could have been a lot worse.”

Since last Sunday, the police have not been able to find any leads. The arsonist disappeared as quickly as he had come. Security camera footage released by the NYPD is spectacular, but offers no insight. Standing in the hallway connecting Rash’s front bar to the club’s rear dance space, a man described by police as ‘approximately 20 to 30 years old, 5ft 9in tall and weighing 180lbs’ carrying a bag backpack, winter coat, and hoodie, calmly empties his canister, throws a match, and disappears as the entire frame is engulfed in flames.

Image taken from security camera footage of the attack on Rash Bar.

For Sillen, Glenn and many others, the attack compounds a growing sense of unease in Brooklyn’s LGBTQ+ nightlife community. Last September, a 43-year-old man was stabbed inside the popular Bossa Nova Civic Club nightclub, just a five-minute walk from Rash. In February, according to reports from participants on social media, a pepper bomb was dropped on a crowded dance floor at Today, a sprawling club in Queens. And in August of last year, bricks were thrown through the window of C’mon Everybody, a drag performance and pop music mainstay a few miles from neighboring Bed-Stuy.

Eric Sosa, co-founder and owner of C’mon Everybody, emerged from last Sunday’s attack feeling “sad, angry and scared”. C’mon Everybody, like Rash, was explicitly envisioned as a safe space for the queer community. “For someone to come in and bring hatred and violence is really upsetting and unnerving.”

Other Rash employees who spoke with rolling stone describe an increase in harassment on the streets and on trains, prompting more revelers to travel in crowd-funded car services than in the past. “At night, the streets aren’t as safe as they were three or four years ago,” Sillen noted on our call. Glenn, for his part, attributes the rise in violence to state and federal failures to provide for New York residents in the face of COVID-19. “Many people’s lives have changed for the worse. People get on the subway and vent their frustrations on random strangers. According to Glenn, members of the LGBT community tend to be easy targets.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s the quick and vocal response from the community. A GoFundMe Launched to Cover Hospital Costs, Lost Wages, and Reconstruction Efforts has, at the time of writing, raised over $85,000. Last Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams tweeted a post with a link to the GoFundMe page, along with a message that read “while this incident is still under investigation, make no mistake : anyone who comes to my city seeks to sow fear and hatred will pay the consequences.

True to form, other supporters plan to help out in the best way they know how: by dancing. Last Saturday, Mood Ring hosted an event originally planned for Rash, revamped to serve as a fundraiser.

Host Angel Prost, DJ and member of hyper-pop duo Frost Children, knew the show had to go on as soon as she received a FaceTime from a friend outside with a steaming rash on Sunday night, and although she initially considered moving the event online. , she soon reconsidered. “Somehow putting the show online was like hesitating,” she said on Friday. “What the service would be is to keep it in person. Be like, “Fuck you” to whoever thinks they can burn this.

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MCUEs: Credit unions up 1% in February | 2022-04-11

Credit union outstanding loans increased 1.0% in February 2022, compared with a 0.7% increase in January 2022 and a 0.2% decrease in February 2021, according to the latest CUNA Credit union monthly estimates. Unsecured personal loans led to loan growth of 4.6% during the month, followed by fixed rate mortgages (1.3%), home equity loans (1.2%), used car loans (1.0%), other mortgage loans ( 0.9%) and new loans auto loans (0.8%) and other loans (0.6%).

Adjustable rate mortgages (-0.7%) and credit card loans (-0.1%) declined for the month.

Credit union savings increased 1.6% in February, compared to a -0.1% decline in January and a 1.6% increase in February 2021. Stock draft led to savings growth of 3.3% over the month %, followed by regular shares (2.0%). money market accounts (1.4%) and individual retirement accounts (0.2%).

One-year certificates declined (-0.9%).

Credit union arrears of over 60 days remained at 0.5% in February.

The loan-to-deposit ratio declined to 71.0% in February from 71.3% in January. The liquidity ratio (the ratio of excess funds with a maturity of less than one year to borrowings and other liabilities) rose to 18.6% in February from 18.4% in January.

Total credit union membership rose 0.2% to 132.3 million in February.

The movement’s total asset-to-assets ratio fell to 9.6% in February from 9.9% in January. Total capital in dollar terms decreased -1.0% to $204.7 billion.

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10 Best Cafes to Score in Kasol

Nestled between snow-capped mountains along the banks of the Parvati River, Kasol is a backpacker’s paradise. Good food, good vibes and good people await you in the wonderland of the Himalayas. We featured some of the best coffees in Kasol.

Also known as the Amsterdam of India, thanks to the exceptional quality of its cannabis, Kasol has carved out a place for itself over the past decade. Whether you are on a hippie trail with your friends or on a working holiday, sumptuous cuisine and chic spaces are things that every traveler craves, and for that, Kasol is perfect!

The best cafes in Kasol that should be on your radar

You will love everything about Jim Morrison Coffee if you are a hardcore classic rock fan. Dedicated to rock legend Jim Morrison, the cafe is located on a secluded hill, away from the tourist bustle. Comfy floor couches with headrests give the cafe a laid-back vibe, while the cool sunshine conjures up nothing but good vibes. Boasting tangerine walls dotted with rock icon wall art, the cafe also boasts lovely hillside views from its backyard. It is a purely vegetarian cafe. Try their hummus platter, shakes and waffles.

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  Buddha Square

This riverside cafe will charm you with soulful music, psychedelic murals and a bright, airy vibe. Take a seat by the window and marvel at the majestic Himalayas and the sunny river as you devour a plate of piping hot momos. Satisfy endless sugar cravings with their filling and delicious milkshakes. Their masala chai and lemon ginger tea are also worth trying. Do not miss their Nutella pancakes and their Nutella chapati!

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Bhoj Cafe

One of Kasol’s oldest cafes, Bhoj Cafe serves Israeli and continental dishes. The chic cafe features a gram-worthy bohemian aesthetic. The cafe has an old-world charm that complements its chic decor. Try their Nutella desserts, especially pancakes. They also serve yum Falafel, Schnitzel and Shakshuka. The hummus and pita bread is also a bestseller. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

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  Moon Dance Cafe

Moon Dance Cafe, an old backpacker favorite, serves wholesome European gourmet meals. This is a quintessential trippy cafe in Kasol where you can enjoy food rich in delicious waffles and pancakes. Its quirky decor, hippie vibe and friendly staff make Moon Dance Cafe one of Kasol’s most desirable cafes. Their papaya juice and gourmet Italian meal make a healthy combo.

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Coffee Sun

Fancy a relaxing massage after a long hike? Head to Cafe Sunshine, an all-time favorite with tourists. Perhaps the only cafe in Kasol where you can pamper yourself with a massage, Cafe Sunshine is located by the river and offers mesmerizing views of the sun. valley. The modest establishment serves Israelis, Indians, Chinese and Italians. Popular dishes include trout, shakshuka, chicken sandwiches and hot chocolate.

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Evergreen coffee

If you want to add a very aesthetic and envy-inducing image to your Instagram feed, visit The Evergreen Cafe. One of the oldest bistros in Kasol, the cafe offers delicious Israeli, Middle Eastern, Italian and Indian dishes. They are known for their sumptuous full meals. Popular dishes on their menu include their range of pizzas, lasagna and Turkish kebabs. They also serve pancakes and refreshing drinks. The best part? You can also ask them to cook gluten-free meals if you’re a fitness freak.

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Little Italy

Located in the trippy alleys of Kasol’s Little Israel district, Cafe Little Italy is known for its delicious Italian specialties, prepared with an Indian twist. Surrounded by tall pine trees, the cafe features classic wooden furnishings and decor. Try the farmhouse pizza, cheeseburger and fish. Their juices are the best in town, especially the watermelon juice. While the indoor seating area is dimly lit and provides a cozy ambience, breakfast can be taken outside with gorgeous views and fresh air. And oh, they make delicious muffins too!

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Stone Garden Cafe

Nestled amidst lush greenery, Stone Garden is one of Kasol’s most popular cafes. They are known for their hippie vibes, trippy EDM and delicious Israeli dishes. Most travelers come here to enjoy lazy brunches. They also serve alcohol. Try the Chicken Schnitzel, hummus and biryani. Their range of pizzas and tikkas is also impressive.

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Pink Floyd Cafe

If you want to take the road less traveled and plan to stay in Tosh, Pink Floyd Cafe comes highly recommended. This beautiful cafe is synonymous with zen vibes, aesthetics festooned with prayer flags, and delicious food. The cafe has become a sought-after refuge for backpackers and digital nomads, who spend hours here soaking up the sun and sipping countless cups of honey-lemon tea. They deserve extra marks for their hospitality and service. If you are up for a strenuous hike from Kasol to Tosh, this cafe is worth it.

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Coffee out of bounds

Part of Off Limits Stays, Off Limits Coffee is the first hemp coffee in India. They serve hemp-infused food, but that won’t get you high. In fact, it is good for health. Hemp is said to offer significant health benefits due to its anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and antipsychotic properties. Located on the banks of the gurgling Parvati River, the chic cafe serves delicious Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Try their classic burger and fries with a cup of freshly brewed coffee coffee.

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Christmas police chase lands Montgomery County man three-and-a-half years behind bars | Crime News

CHRISTIANSBURG — A Montgomery County man’s determined, drunken escape from police on Christmas Eve 2019 will cost him more than three years behind bars, a judge has ruled.

Mitchell Conrad Linkous, 47, at one point faced the possibility of six life sentences for an encounter with law enforcement that began with him walking away from a Blacksburg police officer – as the officer clung to the door of Linkous’ van – and chased through crashes, pepper spray and the slow-motion ramming of three police vehicles. But a plea deal in December dropped or amended many charges against him, including the six counts of attempted capital murder of an officer.

At Monday’s sentencing hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Linkous faced a maximum sentence of 23 years in prison and fines of $17,500. But sentencing guidelines, which took into account Linkous’ lack of criminal history, suggested he be locked up for between one and three years.

Judge Robert Turk said he would impose a higher sentence than the guidelines provided because of the seriousness of Linkous’ actions. Additionally, the judge said he didn’t believe all of Linkous’ behavior stemmed from intoxication.

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“I think you knew what was going on,” Turk said.

Linkous had pleaded guilty in December to two counts of assaulting an officer; one count of destruction of property for hitting a Virginia State Police cruiser; two counts of destruction of property for damaging Blacksburg police cars; elude; and drunk driving, second or subsequent offence.

Turk sentenced Linkous to a total of 15 years, suspended after serving three years and six months.

The judge also ordered a $1,500 fine, revoked Linkous’ driver’s license for three years, and said Linkous will have five years of supervised probation upon his release, followed by five years of unsupervised probation. Linkous must also pay another $1,598 restitution, the judge said, in addition to the nearly $5,000 Linkous’ lawyers said they have paid so far.

Before Turk handed down his sentence, Linkous apologized to the law enforcement authorities who prosecuted him, to the court and to his family.

Monday’s hearing included testimony from Linkous’ sister and employer that the episode with the police was unusual, as well as a series of officers who gave video testimony of their bodies and car cameras showed the chase.

It all started when a Blacksburg officer spotted a pickup truck with a broken rear window and taillight stopped at the intersection of North Main Street and Price Fork Road. Linkous was the driver. His eyes were red, his speech slurred and he told the officer he had had three beers several hours earlier, Assistant Commonwealth Solicitor Erin Little said at Linkous’ hearing in December.

But when the officer told Linkous to get out of the vehicle, Linkous refused. After the driver’s door was opened and closed several times, Linkous retreated to the road, with the officer still hanging on first.

The hunt that followed reached Christiansburg and then the community of Merrimac where Linkous lived. With a growing line of law enforcement vehicles behind him, Linkous destroyed his truck twice on the US 460 Bypass, but was able to resume flying. In Merrimac, he pulled over in the driveway he shared with his sister and rammed the vehicle into a tree.

The pursuit officers, who filled the driveway behind him, thought Linkous would leave the truck and head for his sister’s house. They started getting out of their cars.

But Linkous restarted his truck and drove past the house and into a field and woods. As officers raced after him, yelling at him to stop, Linkous made a multi-point turn and headed for the driveway.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Josh Oakley testified that Linkous’ driver and passenger side windows were rolled down and that he gave Linkous a face full of pepper spray as he passed.

Linkous “kept his eyes open like I never pepper sprayed him,” Oakley said.

State Police Private J. Hale testified that he was with other officers in the driveway when Linkous returned and also noticed Linkous’ wide eyes. Linkous didn’t swerve as his pickup truck pushed three police vehicles out of the way and he drove off, Hale said.

The soldier said he had to move out of the way to avoid being crushed. Asked by Little what he was thinking at the time, the soldier replied “he would kill us”.

Linkous’ sister Kimberly Woolwine testified that she ran out of her house, yelled at her brother to stop, then stood in front of his truck and put her hands on the hood as it drove away in the driveway. Woolwine said Linkous was moving so slowly at the time that she didn’t feel unsafe and could easily steer clear when he didn’t stop.

Linkous drove a short distance further and abandoned his truck in a driveway near Oilwell Road. A search drone detected his body heat and officers found him hiding under a tarp that covered a pile of firewood.

Little released a final video of Linkous in police custody. On several occasions, he asked the policemen why they were arresting him, called them liars and shouted curses.

Linkous’ attorneys, Bev Davis of Radford and Tony Anderson of Roanoke, said Monday their client was a trusted worker at a concrete company whose employer said his job would be waiting for him after his release. The lawyers described Linkous as a devoted father caring for a young son who in recent years needed operations for an eye condition – a situation which had previously led the court to put Linkous’ case on hold for a while. that her son was recovering, the lawyers noted.

Anderson and Davis said Linkous knew he would be imprisoned. But a year might be enough to serve, they said.

Little disagreed, saying Linkous’ theft threatened not only the officers, but also his own loved ones and everyone on the road that Christmas night.

“He had so many chances to stop. … There has to be a consequence for what he did,” Little said.

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Emily Atack proudly displays her ‘mini outdoor nightclub’ in her backyard

Emily Atack, 32, cuddled up in a blanket in a hanging swing in her new garden. The comedian was forced to move after being targeted by a stalker who sent her threatening messages and claimed to know where she lived.

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Emily Atack shares her stunning backyard makeover with her very own “mini outdoor nightclub.”

The Inbetweeners star, 32, proudly displayed her new patio as she settled inside an egg swing.

Sharing the cozy photo on Instagram, she wrote: “‘Thank you for treating me to my outdoor mini disco @housingunits.’

She showed off her newly renovated garden, which she has been working on for a few months.

The Celebrity Juice captain also laced a garland of fairy lights across one of the hedges.

She shared the outdoor update after having to move house after being stalked by trolls.

The former I’m A Celeb campmate said she received threatening messages from people who knew where she lived.







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“I moved AGAIN in secret last week for a variety of reasons, primarily privacy issues,” she wrote.

“I think I may have found a place where I can finally settle down.”

She moved to London in 2020, but in July told how she had a stalker, who sent her disturbing messages.

One saw him claim he was sitting outside his house in a van, then sent a second saying he would “fuck” her in the vehicle.







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But Emily didn’t seem too fazed by the threats, joking on her Instagram that he was “a keeper”.

She travels to the Rockies in the United States with Mel B and Ruby Wax to film a new travel show for BBC2.

She recently announced: “So I can’t believe I can finally talk about this. I can officially announce that me, Ruby Wax and Mel B will be traveling together to Colorado in a new travelogue series for BBC2.







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Emily added: “I can’t believe it! The idea is that we’re retracing the steps of a woman called Isabella Bird, who was an explorer in the 19th century. So we’re going to retrace her steps, she the did all the Rocky Mountains.”

She recently stuck her tongue in Laura Whitmore’s ear as part of a Celebrity Juice challenge.

The toe-curling moment happened during a segment called Danny Dyer’s Hole in the Wall, where the panelists are behind a wall that only has a hole for their mouths and must identify what host Keith Lemon gave them.







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Next, she was presented with Laura’s ear, into which she unknowingly stuck her tongue.

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An Uber for Asset-Backed Lending – Is the Future of Secured Lending Industryless?

In today’s technologically advanced world, lending has reduced the complexity of a time-consuming process from days to minutes. While financial institutions were among the first to adopt digital technologies when the sector was still in its infancy, new-age fintech companies that are transforming the lending experience for borrowers also need to get credit.

We live in a time where there is a much higher level of convenience compared to our previous generations. Services that were once considered normal would now prompt a customer to switch to a competing brand as this is considered a hygiene factor in this day and age. Be it grocery delivery apps, taxi aggregators or OTTs, audiences today expect the highest quality of service from the comfort and convenience of their homes. This has led to a paradigm shift in consumers’ collective expectations about all products and services, including financial services. However, due to their complex nature, financial services require significant modifications and rapid technological changes to meet the expectations of new age consumers.

As the infrastructure between banks and FinTechs is increasingly powered by APIs, microservices, and configurable SaaS products, multiple banking products and services, ranging from opening new accounts and fixed deposits to taking down personal loans and approving credit cards, can become 100 % are built online. Similarly, secured lending products that use a physical asset such as gold as collateral can also be accessed through an app. Look at it from a bank’s perspective: Of the full range of existing retail lending offerings, unsecured lending products such as personal loans and education loans account for 12.8% of the total retail lending portfolio in India, although they are growing rapidly and can easily be digitized based on the CRIF report “How India lendings 2021”.

Meanwhile, asset-backed lending products like gold loans, home loans, and auto loans, which make up a majority of the retail loan book, still depend on physical interactions at the branch. This forces lenders to maintain an expensive branch operation. Not only does this lead to an increase in their Opex/AUM ratio (a key operational metric for bankers), but it also severely limits their ability to expand such offerings to new geographies by establishing new physical branches, unlike other doorstep products or services like e-commerce brands. The Opex/AUM ratio of two of the largest NBFC gold lending players in India ranges from 3.6% to 6% in Q3 FY2022. So, on the one hand, we have consumers who want home-based services, and on the other hand, lenders who want to offer near-risk-free secured lending products like gold loans, but are struggling to find the optimal balance between managing retail stores and branches.

There is a very clear supply and demand gap in the market, which by the way is estimated to be around $50 billion excluding the TAM expansion and considering only the organized sector in India (gold lending market) and the unorganized gold-backed lending market is estimated to be threefold. This is where full-stack gold lending products and services from FinTechs come in. Their moat is the use of technology to manage or automate the operational trinity of lending – front offices (loan managers visit customers rather than branch customer visits), middle offices (app-based auto servicing/distribution centers/support), and back offices (banking, payments, underwriting etc.) using technology.

For consumers, this means a safer, faster and more convenient service. A professional credit manager comes to the customer’s home, examines the gold, books the loan and within 30-40 minutes the funds are deposited into the customer’s bank account. After that, the customer can fully manage the loan via apps. Banks only have to lend the money – fintech platforms take care of the rest. As a result, Indian consumers are increasingly preferring to have their gold pledged in the privacy of their homes rather than risking physically carrying the asset to deposit as collateral at bank branches.

There is a common misconception that borrowers with low credit ratings usually choose gold loans, which in real life is the complete opposite. For a business owner who has gold as a dead asset in the almirah, a gold loan is more prudent than a business loan for two reasons. First, interest rates on gold loans are much lower. Secondly, with gold loans you only have to pay the interest component per month and you can pay back the principal at the very end. For a retailer or manufacturer, this means that the working capital acquired through the loan can be fully used for investments and after realizing the return, the principal amount can be repaid at the end of the loan term.

It is important to remember that regardless of the quantity, gold is an asset owned by over 80% of Indian households. For all players trying to monetize this dead asset, one of which happens to be the Government of India, the target is not a Pareto optimal function! Futuristically, 10 years from now, going to a branch to take out a gold loan might seem just as strange as going to a restaurant to pick up food today.



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Here are some of Worcester’s quirkiest cafes

THE city has no shortage of excellent cafes and coffee shops to enjoy a hot drink and a cake.

Worcester even has several quirky cafes, including coffee boats, jungle-themed streamers, and 1930s railroad decor.

Now that Easter is right around the corner and the weather seems a little dull, we’ve compiled a list of some of Worcester’s quirkiest cafes.

Perfect for a rainy day but also ideal for a quick coffee break from the sun on a hot day.

Francini Coffee From Colombia

This city cafe has been dubbed a coffee lover’s dream and the quirky decor only makes the experience even better.

One diner said: “Lovely original coffee, had one of the best lattes I’ve had in ages! Great quality, great friendly service and the coffee certainly delivers.

“We also had olive bread with buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes…simply delicious! We will definitely be back.

Ditch those run-of-the-mill coffee chains and support this lovely family business, you won’t be disappointed. »

Papa’s Cafe

Papa’s cafe on New Street is a hidden gem in Worcester. Guests often leave singing his praises and hoping to return soon.

One customer said, “Nice atmosphere, good coffee, good prices, attentive staff. Modern look and comfortable seating. Nice cake too. Thank you very much. We will be back soon.”

While another said: “Went to the cafe for lunch during the very busy Christmas market, absolutely wonderful find.

A warm and welcoming atmosphere made the staff feel like part of a well-oiled machine.”

Centenary Fair

The Centenary Lounge features an original 1930s railroad interior and offers a glamorous atmosphere. Many diners have used this place to celebrate special occasions with their loved ones.

One customer said: “I visited Centenary Lounge for the first time and couldn’t fault the experience, it’s definitely a place to go and enjoy amazing food and drink.

“This was complemented by fantastic service from all staff who were never rushed and felt highly personalized.

“The food is truly fantastic and a cut above many other places in the area. Also for those who don’t drink, the mocktails are definitely worth trying.”

Coffee afloat

Cafe Afloat in Diglis is a cafe on a boat. Many cafe visitors have called the venue the perfect brunch spot.

One guest said, “Perfect setting. Very relaxed. Covered seating available. Great service and great bacon sandwiches for breakfast.”

Another restaurant said: “Great location for a relaxing Sunday brunch Tasty food with friendly efficient service Bold place to stop after a sunny walk by the Severn Thanks we will definitely be back.”

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Proposed fee for Manchester restaurants interested in hosting al fresco dining

Manchester aldermen will vote on renewing outdoor dining for the summer, but restaurants may have to pay to participate. A committee of aldermen recommended a third summer of downtown outdoor dining this week. The economic development director said businesses would have to pay if their facility took up public parking spaces. “A fair way for restaurants to use public property in a taxpayer-friendly way here in Manchester,” said the Alderman Will Stewart The fee would be $420 per parking space for the entire season if approved Boards and Brews said they would be willing to pay the proposed fee Manager Michael Harper said customers like being outside when the weather is nice.”We have a good space here, but our table space is limited and we are a sit-only type of place,” Harper said. went well last summer, other than a few bumps in the road.”People are starting to come back more and more,” Harper said. “Hopefully there will be more permanent installations, and maybe be even stretch out a little.” The aldermen are due to vote on the proposal on April 19.

Manchester aldermen will vote on renewing outdoor dining for the summer, but restaurants may have to pay to participate.

A committee of aldermen recommended a third summer of downtown outdoor dining this week. The director of economic development said businesses would have to pay if their facility takes up public parking spaces.

“Now that they’re back to 100 per cent, we thought that putting in place a very modest fee of essentially a third of what you see in Portsmouth is a fair way for restaurants to use the public property of a taxpayer-friendly way here Manchester,” Alderman Will Stewart said.

The fee would be $420 per parking space for the entire season if approved.

Boards and Brews said they would be willing to pay the proposed fee. Manager Michael Harper said customers like to be outside when the weather is nice.

“We have a good space here, but our table space is limited and we’re a sit-only type of place,” Harper said.

Harper said outdoor dining went well last summer, aside from a few bumps in the road.

“People are starting to come back more and more,” Harper said. “Hopefully there will be more permanent installations, and maybe even expand a bit.”

Aldermen are due to vote on the proposal on April 19.

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Academy bars Will Smith from Oscars for 10 years after slap

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday that Will Smith will be banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years because of “harmful behavior” he exhibited when he punched comedian Chris Rock. at the ceremony last month.

The ban came a week after the actor resigned from the organization following his violent outburst on the Oscars stage on March 27.

In an open letter published after a morning meeting of the academy’s 54 governors, group chairman David Rubin and chief executive Dawn Hudson also called Mr Smith’s behavior ‘unacceptable’ and admitted no not having properly handled the situation during the telecast. .

“For this, we are sorry,” the statement read. “It was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented.”

Mr Smith said in a statement that “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision”.

The academy then praised Mr Rock for “keeping his composure in extraordinary circumstances” and thanked others involved for “their poise and grace during our TV show”.

Mr Smith had appeared to anticipate the possibility that he would not be welcome at future ceremonies in the emotional and polarizing acceptance speech he gave after winning the Best Actor Oscar, which he finished in saying, “I hope the academy invites me back. Thank you.”

Excluding Mr Smith from next year’s ceremony means he will not be allowed to present the Oscar for Best Actress, upending a tradition in which the previous year’s interim winner awards the prize for the category of the opposite sex.

The punishment could also spell trouble for the upcoming film “Emancipation,” a $100 million drama for Apple. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mr. Smith as a runaway slave who joins the Union Army, is in post-production and has already been touted as a potential awards contender.

Prior to Mr Smith’s resignation, the organization had considered expelling or suspending the actor, who took to the Oscars stage in the middle of the ceremony and slapped Mr Rock for making a joke about his wife , Jada Pinkett Smith, before returning to his seat, where he shouted expletives that were broadcast over the live television broadcast. Mr Smith was allowed to stay at the Dolby Theater and shortly after his outburst he won the Best Actor Oscar and received a standing ovation.

Conflicting accounts of what happened after the explosion plagued the academy, which was criticized for not immediately removing Mr Smith from the theatre. The group, in its defence, said last week it asked Mr Smith to leave but he refused.

Broadcast producer Will Packer later said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​that although Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony, Mr. Packer had urged the management of the academy not to “physically remove” him from the theatre. in the middle of the live broadcast.

Mr Packer said that after learning there were talks of plans to physically remove Mr Smith from the venue, he approached academy officials and told them he believed Mr Rock didn’t want to “make a bad situation worse”.

But a person close to Mr Rock who was granted anonymity to speak while the academy’s investigation into the incident was ongoing said Mr Rock was never asked directly if he wanted that Mr. Smith be fired.

The academy hopes today’s actions will put an end to this incident, which has played out in the media over the past week and overshadowed the many accolades bestowed on the annual telecast.

“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring confidence in the Academy. We also hope that this can initiate a period of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.

matt steven contributed reporting from New York.

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Pulsating auroras: like an outdoor nightclub

This image of a colorful aurora was taken in Delta Junction, Alaska on April 10, 2015. All auroras are created by energetic electrons, which rain down from Earth’s magnetic bubble and interact with particles in the upper atmosphere to create glowing lights that stretch across the sky. Credit: Image courtesy of Sebastian Saarloos

citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers known as citizen scientists have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. Aurorasaurus is one such project that tracks auroras around the world in real time via reports on its website and on Twitter

Aurorasaurus often partners with other organizations to complement science with citizen science and recently Aurorasauraus partnered with NASA’s Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations (LAMP) mission. Early on the morning of Saturday, March 5, 2022, the LAMP mission successfully took flight, flying straight into a pulsating aurora. 

LAMP Rocket Launch

LAMP rocket launch. Credit: LAMP Mission

Pulsating auroras are quirky, shy auroral forms. They occur within diffuse auroras, and look like pulsating patches toward the equator that turn on and off every few seconds. They also have irregular shapes that reappear. They usually occur late in the night or early in the morning, after the main arcs have subsided. They dance often but are less frequently caught on camera due to their dimness and timing. Because auroras reveal invisible structures and pulsating auroras are caused by electrons with huge amounts of energy, pulsating auroras are important for studying how our planet gets energy from space.

The LAMP team included several of Aurorasaurs’ superuser group, the Aurorasaurus Ambassadors, who were excited to work together on a citizen science campaign around the mission. As part of the citizen science collaboration, the Aurorasaurus and LAMP teams asked for citizen scientists’ questions about pulsating aurora. Here are their answers. 

What is the difference between the aurora that looks like a curtain and that which just looks like a fuzzy patch or cloud in the sky?

Auroras that look like curtains are called “discrete auroras,” and auroras that look like a fuzzy patch or cloud are called “diffuse auroras.” There’s a lot of science that goes into which makes an appearance at what time of night, and it can differ depending on your location. 

If you are watching from the auroras’ usual location at high latitudes—for example, from Fairbanks, Alaska, or Reykjavik, Iceland—you can see auroras caused by geomagnetic storms, which are caused by intense storms of particles and energy from the Sun. But more commonly you’ll see regular, smaller “auroral substorms.” These are caused by a different process. Both diffuse and discrete auroras happen as part of the natural progression of the more common process called a substorm.

Aurora in Poker Flat, Alaska

A scientist watches aurora from Poker Flat, Alaska. Credit: Dr. Alexa Halford

If you are watching from mid-latitudes like North Dakota or southern Alberta, the aurora you see will likely be caused by a geomagnetic storm. Stronger storms generate both types of aurora and tend to push the auroras further down toward the equator. 

Is it normal to have pulsating aurora and other kinds of aurora in the sky together?

Yes, it is very common for pulsating aurora to appear alongside other types. Depending on your location, you might see part or all of the sky pulsating. Much like discrete auroras, pulsating auroras fan out across great distances and are visible from different perspectives, based on your location. You could even find yourself in a special location where, in addition to pulsating auroras, you can see discrete aurora evolving to the north and diffuse aurora pulsing to the south, with a distinct edge between the two. 

There are also many different sub-types of pulsating aurora. Some form shapes that hold their edges like a patch turning on and off, while some “whoosh” on and off in curling, dragonlike shapes. Another type of aurora forms shapes that are unusually flat, like pancakes in the sky. Seeing one of these types might mean that there’s some interesting science going on in the Earth’s ionized upper atmosphere, or in the way particles rain down from space. Citizen scientists’ photos of these displays from multiple locations may help scientists find more clues to the mystery of how they occur. 

I am curious about the speed of the pulsating aurora and what makes it dance so fast.  It is almost like being in an outdoor nightclub!

Pulsating auroras can dance slowly or quickly, and can flash both pink and green. They can especially give a nightclub effect when multiple things are happening at once. Here are two factors that contribute to the lights turning on and off, which is a time-based or “temporal” effect. 

  • We believe that pulsating auroras are caused by special waves called “chorus waves” interacting with particles in near-Earth space. The waves can energize particles, causing them to bounce around in the atmosphere. The frequency of the chorus wave groups is the frequency at which the particles are thrown into the upper atmosphere, and therefore the frequency of the uneven pulsations you see. Sometimes there are even higher velocity variations embedded in the light that are not visible to the naked eye or regular cameras.
  • Extra-fast pink flashes are caused by nitrogen gas chemistry. Aurora colors are created when atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere are energized and then release that extra energy as light. Different gases produce different colors, and the release process occurs at different rates for different types. Nitrogen, which gives pink color, emits light very quickly – faster than oxygen green – so pink appears to move faster.

Put them together and you’ll get brilliant, fast displays!

Can I see the Northern Lights in Washington State?

Yes, pulsating auroras can occur at mid-latitudes during larger geomagnetic storms. Keep an eye out for Aurorasaurus and our Storm Tracking Chart to help track auroral activity. And if you see pulsating auroras, you can report citizen science to Aurorasaurus! Pulsating auroras can be huge and cover hundreds of miles, so the more places they are reported, the more our scientific understanding can grow. The project thanks all those who submitted reports during the LAMP mission campaign.

Why is it important to send instruments above the pulsating aurora to measure it? What things can’t be measured from the ground or from satellites?

While satellites and ground-based observations can capture some aspects, we can get a better picture of the cause of auroral dynamics by collecting particles inside or very close to the aurora. To do this, scientists send instruments to collect data at the location of the aurora and just above it, using a special type of rocket known as a sounding rocketwho can fly in the aurora.

Sounding rockets offer a unique means of capturing aurora data in situ in otherwise difficult-to-sample regions. Sounding rockets also move slower than satellites, so they can better capture fast-moving phenomena like the aurora in exquisite detail. This can help scientists learn more about “microphysics,” the physics of waves interacting with tiny charged particles. On March 5, 2022, a sounding rocket launched LAMP to an altitude of about 267 miles where it flew past a pulsating aurora.

Allison Jaynes

Dr. Allison Jaynes reviews the data the night of the launch. Credit: Mike Shumko

On March 5, 2022, a sounding rocket launched LAMP to an altitude of about 267 miles where it flew past a pulsating aurora. In addition, LAMP also had two cameras on board to take pictures of the aurora, a Japanese team including members of[{” attribute=””>JAXA, Nagoya University, Tohoku University, Kyushu Institute of Technology, and the University of Electro-Communications. Because the rocket itself rotates about once per second, the cameras were mounted on a “de-spun” platform. The platform rotates in the opposite direction of the rocket at the same rate as it spins, so the cameras can stay relatively still and take clear pictures. The camera provided real-time still images of the pulsating patches to the scientists on the ground. This was the first time that a camera with a de-spun platform mounted to a rocket has been successfully demonstrated! 

LAMP Pulsating Aurora

Simultaneous images of pulsating aurora from the two cameras attached to LAMP. Credit: AIC-S1/AIC-S2 team

Has rocket citizen science been done before?

Yes! Aurorasaurus helped connect two-woman citizen science team Hearts in the Ice with a rocket mission in Norway during their time overwintering in Svalbard. Read more here

What’s it like to help with a mission like this? 

Pretty amazing, according to Aurorasaurus Ambassador and senior undergraduate student at the University of North Dakota,Vincent Ledvina, who helped with the launch: 

I just got back from Fort Yukon, Alaska, where Aurorasaurus helped connect me with an opportunity to assist with the NASA LAMP sounding rocket mission. It was eye-opening and rewarding to watch the team effort, and I am grateful to Aurorasaurus and the LAMP team for opening this door to me. Seeing all the moving parts (literally and figuratively) that have to come together in order for the mission to be a success makes me realize how important communication and leadership are in science. Logistics in remote areas is a challenge I never fully realized until this mission. Although I was staying at an Air Force station, I only had access to a low-bandwidth satellite internet connection with no cell service, so the most reliable communication was a landline phone that looked straight from the 1980s!

While I had some sense of how aurora cameras work from the North Dakota Dual Auroral Camera (NoDDAC) project, I finally got a taste of what real science-grade cameras are like. My job was to make sure three special cameras — some of which were from the Japanese rocket team — were running when the LAMP rocket launched, to capture video of pulsating aurora. The video will be correlated with data the rocket gathered as it flew through the aurora.


Himself a photography enthusiast, Vincent Ledvina took 40,000 of his own images during the trip and made this beautiful compilation.

Pulsating auroras are a fascinating and mysterious phenomenon, and Auroasaurus is eager to see what the data collected by LAMP will reveal. They are grateful to all the citizen scientists who sent in questions, especially Michelle and Tracy, submitted photos of pulsating auroras, and shared information about the mission! Thank you for your interest and contributions.

Aurorasaurus website

Aurorasaurus report website.

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Cafes

Creating a coffee experience is on the entrepreneur’s new menu

A determined Tri-City entrepreneur changed her business model and business name and signed a three-year lease in a new location to launch it.

Pasco’s Nena Cosic has been operating European Desserts & Appetizers by Nena from the Red Mountain Kitchen in downtown Kennewick for the past four years.

It will reopen as Café Magnolia, hopefully by June 1, in the space recently vacated by Koko’s Bartini in 4309 W. 27 Place, Suite A, in the Cynergy Center near Southridge High School.

Café Magnolia will be a sit-down location for coffee and food in a “feminine, elegant, French-themed” setting.

“My dream has always been to have a sit-down café. We Europeans live for it. We live for our lunch breaks to meet a friend or after leaving work. All of life’s big decisions are made over a cup of coffee.

“It’s kind of my idea. I want people to slow down here,” said Cosic, a Bosnian refugee who has lived in the Tri-Cities for more than two decades.

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business featured his company in a January 2020 article.

Bulldog Signs and Graphics in Kennewick installed the new Café Magnolia signs on April 7. (Courtesy of Café Magnolia)

A complete renovation is underway to transform the restaurant and patio into a European look and style. Cosic declined to share details, saying it would be a surprise.

Café Magnolia will offer breakfast and lunch, a catered menu and will transform into an event space after 5 p.m.

Cosic also plans to establish a commissary kitchen so that when customers rent the space, they can bring their favorite chef.

The cafe will feature a full espresso bar, drive-thru window and patio seating. Cosic said she also applies for a liquor license to serve wine and beer.

What is on the menu?

The breakfast menu will include sandwiches, homemade croissants with Italian cold cuts, frittatas, pancakes with different toppings and yogurt parfaits.

Lunch will include small bites, spaghetti, mussels in white wine and garlic sauce, meatball subs, salads, soups and charcuterie platters — “everyday, all the day,” Cosic said.

European Desserts & Appetizers by Nena is known for its elaborate charcuterie platters for home and events and its handmade desserts, including Spartak Cake, made in thin layers and glazed with a cream cheese-based custard , Bosnian baklava, made from her mother’s recipe, Italian tiramisu and French pastries.

Cosic would also like to offer coffee courses, including deli courses.

And she just hired someone to run an indoor and outdoor market on Saturdays with food, farmers and artisans. She expects this to open the second week of June.

Create an experience

“I want this place to be an experience. I want them to go, I want them to say, ‘I want to bring my mother back or someone I love.’ I want to create an experience and be differentferent,” Cosic said.

Nena Cosic said these handmade copper coffee pots were flown in from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to be used in her new cafe to serve Turkish-style coffee. (Courtesy of Café Magnolia)

One of the ways Cosic aims to create a special experience is by serving Turkish-style coffee.

His view will include handmade copper coffee pots and coffee imported from Bosnia.

Water is boiled on the stove top and the grounds are dropped into the hot water. Unfiltered coffee is served without sugars or creamers because they take away its earthy flavor, Cosic said.

“It’s kind of like homemade espresso without the machine, but less strong,” she said.

Cosic plans to staff his restaurant with three to ten employees. “We expect to be very, very busy,” she said.

The cafe hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Its previous business model was successful, but then Covid-19 hit and everything slowed down. The pandemic put her a year and a half behind her plan to open a sit-down restaurant, she said. But it also gave her time to figure out what she wanted to do next.

She is undeterred that Koko didn’t make it to the location.

“I don’t see it as a bar at all,” she said.

She thinks the cafe’s proximity to Southridge High School, several medical practices including Trios Southridge Hospital and the Gesa Carousel of Dreams, for which they already host many catered events, is ideal.

She bought Frost Me Sweet’s food truck a month ago, and it’s already booked for private dining events for the next two months.

Cosic said she invested her personal savings, secured a loan and received lots of help from friends, family and her fiancé, including support from her new owners, to make Café Magnolia a success. “So much love has come our way,” she said.

“We plan to be here for many years to come.”

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Bars

Diamond Bar Man missing after crash on Mountain Road – NBC Los Angeles

Authorities are asking for help in locating a 28-year-old man who went missing following a single-car accident late last month on a mountain road in Southern California.

Derrick Kwan of Diamond Bar was reported missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on March 28.

His father appealed to help find him.

“I understand it’s a very small matter for them, but he’s all I have,” he said. “He’s the only son I have.”

The report followed a mysterious chain of events a day earlier in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. A California Highway Patrol officer encountered Kwan and another person changing a tire on a car during a turnoff on the 138 freeway.

Both declined the officer’s offer of assistance.

Approximately 40 minutes later, the officer responded to a single car accident report in the area of ​​Route 138, west of Crestline Cutoff Road, in Crestline. One of the vehicles was a silver Toyota that the officer saw earlier in the rally. It was registered in Kwan’s name, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

A man matching Kwan’s description was seen leaving the crash scene with large bags, witnesses told authorities. The CHP officer searched the area for Kwan, but could not locate him.

On March 31, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department searched for Kwan, and a search and rescue team also searched April 3 and 5 in the area where Kwan was last seen, according to the Department of sheriff. MPs and volunteers distributed a recent photograph of Kwan to residents and businesses.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance has been asked to contact the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the We-tip hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or leave information here.

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Nightclubs

Bobby Rydell, teen idol with lasting appeal, dies at 79

“I was blessed to spend my best years as a recording artist in the golden age of television variety shows,” Mr. Rydell wrote in his autobiography. “In the early ’60s, I appeared on just about every one.” These included shows hosted by, among others, Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Perry Como, Jack Benny, Milton Berle and, most notably, Red Skelton.

After making two appearances on “The Red Skelton Hour” on which he just sang, he appeared in sketches on and off from 1961 to 1969 as various characters, including Zeke Kadiddlehopper, cousin of Skelton’s country-bumpkin character, Clem Kadiddlehopper.

“Mr. Skelton fell in love with Bobby,” Mr. Rydell’s personal assistant, Linda F. Hoffman, said in 2013. a son. They were very close.

New York Times reviews of two rock ‘n’ roll revival shows at Madison Square Garden suggested reasons for both his lesser place in the rock firmament and the longevity of his future career. In 1975, Ian Dove wrote: “Mr Rydell is not your hard rocker – his era was in the late 1950s when rock was mellowed and made less scary. With songs like ‘Volare’ he comes across as more of a crooner than a rocker. Reviewing a 1977 broadcast, Robert Palmer wrote that Mr Rydell “seemed uncomfortable with his rock ‘n’ roll hits and would probably have become an Italian crooner had he not grown up in the age rock ‘n’ roll”.

After his television appearances dwindled, he continued to perform at nightclubs and nostalgia shows, and tour Australia, until promoter Dick Fox reunited the Golden Boys in 1985. initially for a PBS special. Mr. Rydell, Mr. Avalon and Fabian performed their own songs and then sang together; there would also be tributes to Frank Sinatra and Mr. Rydell’s favorite singer, Bobby Darin.

“When the three of us are on stage, we have fun,” Mr. Rydell said in a 2012 interview with writer Pat Gallagher. “We are not trying to deceive anyone. Everyone has known us for almost 50 years. We just go out there and have fun and the audience can see it.

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Personal Lending Market Size Analysis, DROT, PEST, Porter’s, Region & Country Forecast to 2028 – FortBendNow

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Cafes

Cafe Olli is everything you want it to be

Cafe Olli is a large number of restaurants.

By day, it’s a casual, counter-service spot with your choice of pastries, sandwiches and “pizza alla pala” Roman squares by the slice. There’s also soup, two kinds of fancy cheese on toast (whipped ricotta with bee pollen and citrus marmalade or stracciatella with Calabrian chili honey), and breakfast options. -made-to-order breakfast, all in a bright space with large windows overlooking both Northeast Martin Boulevard Luther King Jr. and Failing Street.

At night, the room darkens. There are servers on the floor, and cooks busy themselves with the wood-burning oven, which remains from the space’s former occupant, Ned Ludd (though it’s not the only cooking utensil). Pizzas are now whole and round, and the menu includes snacks like beef tartare and marinated olives, salads, roasted vegetables, a single crust, three mains, and desserts (get there early or eat fast to guarantee a slice of classic chocolate cake). ).

With its eclectic simplicity, Cafe Olli has decidedly “this is what a restaurant should be after a pandemic”. Its five founding partners all previously worked for Submarine Hospitality (Ava Gene’s, Tusk). They own 50% of the restaurant, while the remaining 50% is owned by an employee-owned trust. This means that half of the quarterly profits go to employees based on hours worked and seniority.

There’s also no tipping here since Cafe Olli charges a 20% service charge to pay all staff higher salaries and provide health care and paid vacations. The social practices extend to the menu, which includes a sliding-scale community meal ($0 to $14)—a savory farro porridge during the day and a meatball dish at dinner—available, as he describes, for “those experiencing food insecurity or financial hardships. No questions asked.

But Cafe Olli also has familiar pre-pandemic elements: It is, of course, “seasonally focused” and “locally sourced,” with produce from Pablo Munoz Farms and beef from Laney Family Farms. There’s also a commitment to making as many things as possible in-house, including pastas, breads and roast meats for sandwiches. The menu and space also evoke the brunch, crunchy vibe of all-day LA stalwarts Sqirl and Gjusta.

For breakfast, a frittata of the day ($8) changes with whatever seasonal vegetables are on hand – on a recent visit, it was potato, leek, spring onion and garlic. green garlic. It came with a shot of mayonnaise and a side of hearty greens.

If you prefer a sandwich instead, Cafe Olli lets you order your frittata nestled in a seeded ciabatta bun served with cheddar cheese, greens, mayonnaise, and a hot fermented jalapeño and serrano sauce ($10).

A large green schmear of hot sauce with cheddar and mayo is also on the sausage sandwich ($10), which can be ordered with or without a fried egg. Her crispy little “breakfast roll” seemed unlikely to hold her layers, but, in fact, the roll is both fluffy and squeezable, and all the pieces are held together without the need for the supplied knife.

If it’s Saturday or Sunday, the pastry’s star attraction is the bombolini ($6), a gigantic Italian doughnut coated in crispy sugar that walks the “is this dessert or is this breakfast?” line, especially when the filling is a salted chocolate pastry cream. Other recent options have been passion fruit curd and cheesecake mousse. There’s also an old-fashioned donut ($5), with vanilla buttermilk frosting, as well as good old-fashioned coffee cake in the form of a loaf ($3 a slice).

The dinner menu has a choose your own adventure feel, suitable for someone looking for a quick meal of pizza and salad at the counter with its full view of the oven, or a customer looking for a full trip through the menu. Recently, a plate of strong-tasting roasted Brussels sprouts ($10) stole the show. In fact, its char, sweetness and tartness also made the next plate bland, beef tartare with crisps, horseradish and Meyer lemon ($14).

If you have to choose your carbs, choose pizza over pasta. Current options include a four cheese (no tomato) with kale and agrodolce onions ($26) and an Italian sausage with pepperoncini and Calabrian chili ($25), which you can also brown with hot Calabrian honey ($3) . But it’s the minimalist pomodoro ($20) — nothing but tomato sauce, thinly sliced ​​garlic, oregano, and olive oil — that really showcases the naturally risen and kissed crust. by fire.

Except you’re also going to want to “spoil” the purity of this pizza by adding stracciatella ($3). And oh boy, will you feel spoiled. Hand-stretched from curds supplied by Cowbell Creamery, the milky fat of cream cheese is both decadent and simple. Which also sums up Cafe Olli.

TO EAT: Cafe Olli, 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-206-8604, cafeolli.com. 9am-2pm Tuesday, 9am-9pm Wednesday-Sunday.

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Restaurants

A look at new and closed restaurants in San Antonio’s food scene


Follow us as we follow the opening and closing of restaurants in San Antonio.

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The restaurant industry in San Antonio is exciting, bustling and ever-changing. From the newest openings helmed by celebrity chefs to neighborhood staples for years, it can sometimes seem like the moment you finish a bite there’s news of a new opening or someone sinking.

We’ve collected all of this news for you here in this story which will be updated monthly so you can keep up to date with the latest happenings.

What opens:

Opening scheduled for early April.

Opening scheduled for early April.

Donut Stand

Donut Standone of the best food kiosks in the San Antonio Farmer’s Market, will soon open a physical location on Broadway. Opening this month. Read more:

What ends:

Closed March 17.

Closed March 17.

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Jacala, one of San Antonio’s oldest restaurants, which recently burned down in a devastating fire last month, remains closed with no announced plans for its future. Closed March 17. Read more:

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Closed March 21.

Closed March 21.

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Fletcher Burgers, a key part of the Pearl Bottling Department food hall since the summer of 2017, served its latest smoked burger. But rumors on social media hint at a future reopening. Closed March 21. Read more:

Check back with this story as we update it every month with the latest.

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Bars

A restaurant known for its revolving sushi bar will open the 2nd spot in NJ

Kura Sushi, known for its revolving sushi bar, is opening its second restaurant in New Jersey this summer.

The company announced that the new Kura Restaurant will open in Jersey City’s Newport Tower at 525 Washington Blvd.

It has yet to announce an official opening date.

Kura Sushi offers an extensive sushi bar and an assortment of Japanese dishes, such as teppanyaki, ramen, udon and ojyu.

The restaurant’s revolving sushi bar meanders through the dining room with plates covered in sushi.

Kura Sushi will open its second New Jersey restaurant this summer in Jersey City’s Newport Tower. (Photo courtesy of Kura Sushi)

The express belt – or “sushi route” – is positioned above the revolving sushi bar.

Customers can place orders using a tablet at their table, and the Express Mat transports orders directly from the kitchen to them.

Kura Sushi

Kura Sushi will open its second New Jersey restaurant this summer in Jersey City’s Newport Tower. (Photo courtesy of Kura Sushi)

Kura opened in Japan in 1977. The company operates over 46 restaurants in the United States and over 400 in Japan and Taiwan.

The sushi chain made its Garden State debut in 2020 in Fort Lee.

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Nightclubs

1 man injured in shooting at Orange County adult entertainment club, deputies say

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1 man injured in shooting at Orange County adult entertainment club, deputies say

A shooting on South Orange Blossom Trail left one man injured Monday night, deputies say. Deputies say the shooting happened near an adult entertainment club between 22nd and 23rd streets around 8:30 p.m. A man in his 30s with gunshot wounds was transported to the hospital in serious condition, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting is still under investigation. There’s no word on a suspect yet, but WESH 2 News will bring you the latest updates.

A shooting on South Orange Blossom Trail left one injured Monday night, deputies said.

Deputies say the shooting happened near an adult entertainment club between 22nd and 23rd streets around 8:30 p.m.

A man in his 30s with gunshot wounds was taken to hospital in serious condition, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting is still under investigation.

There’s no word on a suspect yet, but WESH 2 News will bring you the latest updates.

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Cafes

South Korean cafes and restaurants face flood of complaints over plastic cup ban

South Korea’s cafes and restaurants have reportedly received customer complaints after it banned disposable cups and dishes for diners. Establishments can’t do anything about the ban since it was the government’s order to stop the use of disposable utensils in their stores.

The South Korean government has banned plastic cups in fast food outlets, and the policy went into effect on Friday, April 1. According to the Korea Times, the use of disposable utensils was first banned in 2018, and the ban was lifted. in 2020.

When the pandemic hit, the regulations were reinstated to stop the spread of COVID-19. The government eased the restriction a few months later, but the Ministry of Environment now imposes the same rule with the same rigor when implementing it, as the country’s government believes that the COVID situation will soon enter the phase. endemic.

“People have gotten used to using plastic cups again over the past couple of years and I understand that many still feel uncomfortable drinking drinks from a cup, which many people share in the cafes and restaurants,” said a cafe owner identified only by her last name, Jeon. in a report. “However, I can’t do anything against government policy, but people keep asking me if they can just use a plastic cup because they’re leaving in five minutes.”

There are also locals who believe that restricting the use of plastic cups is not effective as the ban is only enforced in South Korea. They say this because eliminating disposables is part of the effort to help save the environment.

“The government encourages people to use personal cups, but they are also made from plastic,” said another customer. “I don’t know how Korea alone banning plastic cups can help improve environmental protection.”

Meanwhile, the Korea Herald previously reported that the country has again banned single-use plastic cups. The Environment Ministry ordered restaurants and cafes to follow and containers, plastic cups, toothpicks and wooden chopsticks were not allowed, even in bars and food stalls. This recent ban was announced last week.

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H&T has to pay back £2million after finding one in ten loans should not have been granted

H&T said 11.5% of loans should never have been paid out (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

Pawnbroker H&T has announced it will refund customers more than £2million after a review of a group of loans found more than one in 10 should never have been granted.

The company said it examined a number of loans made between April 2014 and October 2019 and found 9,800 loans to 8,000 customers that should have been rejected.

These loans account for approximately 11.5% of the total unsecured, high-rate, short-term (HCST) borrowings the company borrowed during the period.

“We are pleased that the review is now complete and that the majority of H&T’s HCST loans are considered responsibly originated,” said Chief Executive Chris Gillespie.

Expensive, short-term, unsecured loans are no longer part of the Group’s product offering

Chris Gillespie, H&T

He added, “H&T’s Board of Directors is acutely aware of the concerns and uncertainties this review has created for all stakeholders.”

The company has been reviewing these loans since 2019 and has now received approval from the Financial Regulator promote a compensation system for customers.

The company said it would pay £1.6million direct to customers in redress and a further half a million will be available to adjust the balance of their outstanding loans.

On average, each customer gets £264, the company said.

“Customers whose credit should not have been granted and are due for redress will be contacted directly and we will endeavor to complete the redress program as soon as possible so as not to prolong the uncertainty any further,” Mr Gillespie said.

“H&T is committed to providing services that ensure the highest standards of customer care and regulatory compliance and we have worked extensively and constructively with the FCA throughout this review.

“High cost, short-term, unsecured loans are no longer part of the group’s product offering.”

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1st restaurant with full bar ‘Elevates Dining Experience’

  • Smashburger has opened its first restaurant with a full-service bar, which sells beer and cocktails.
  • Its chairman said there was huge “pent-up demand” to socialize and eat out.
  • In contrast, other restaurant chains have abandoned dining rooms and focused on drive-thru.

Smashburger is experimenting with increasing its alcohol offering.

The fast-casual chain opened its first company-owned restaurant with a full-service bar in Denver in late March. In addition to draft and canned beer, the bar sells cocktails.

The move is part of Smashburger’s efforts to improve the overall fast-casual dining experience for consumers, chairman Carl Bachmann told Insider.

“I think American consumers are demanding more fast-casual,” Bachmann said, adding that diners wanted a better overall experience.

“When people walk in, we want to give them a premium product – taste being paramount,” Bachmann continued. “And we realized that we really had a great product when it was done right, and so to pair it with first-class cocktails and draft beers to give people the overall experience, we thought it was important.”

Some Smashburger restaurants already sell alcohol, although the Denver restaurant is the first Smashburger-owned restaurant with a full bar and liquor license, Bachmann said. He noted that some of the chain’s franchisees already have large bars in non-traditional spaces like airports.

Restaurants have redesigned their layouts and redesigned their sales channels during the pandemic to meet the growing demand for delivery and takeout. They’ve added additional drive-thru lanes, improved their apps, and even turned to shadow kitchens, which have no dining areas and only sell food for delivery.

Smashburger itself is working to provide multiple ordering and collection points at its restaurants, including food lockers and more drive-thru locations. Bachmann told Insider that about two-thirds of Smashburger’s orders are not consumed at its restaurants.

But as the economy continues to open up, restaurants are looking for ways to attract diners – and offering a wider selection of alcohol could be one of them.

During the pandemic, people have had to cut back on social activities and restaurant meals due to restrictions and closures, creating “pent-up demand,” Bachmann said.

“People have been locked in or scared to come out and it’s almost surreal to walk into a Smashburger and be able to sit down with your family and have a great meal,” he added.

Smashburger first full bar restaurant

Guests can enjoy a burger and a cocktail at Smashburger.

Smashburger


Signature cocktails at Smashburger Restaurant in Denver include “Blackberry Smash”, “Smoke and Spice Margarita”, “Smash Rum Punch”, and “Coconut Mule”.

Many American bar owners have changed their cocktails to show their unity with Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country. Some bar owners have told CNN they are renaming Moscow Mules to Kyiv Mules, for example.

According to Bachmann, however, the company does not stock any Russian products. “We really focus on domestic products, for the most part, so we don’t have Russian products in our restaurants today,” he said.

Smashburger first full bar restaurant

Smashburger’s first full-service bar sells no liquor associated with Russia.

Smashburger


The addition of alcohol at Smashburger restaurants, according to Bachmann, is intended to appeal to a variety of demographics, “whether it’s a family walking in” or people who want a burger and a beer at the bar while they are watching a football game.

Bachmann said Smashburger is expected to test more restaurants with full-service bars, with a few openings in New York over the next few months.

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Nightclub explosion in Azerbaijani capital kills 1, injures 31, AP reports

April 3 (Reuters) – An explosion rocked a nightclub in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Sunday morning, sparking a fire that killed one person and injured 31, the Associated Press reported.

The explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas leak and investigations are ongoing, the AP said, citing a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

“Very sad news regarding the casualties following the explosion at the club in downtown Baku,” tweeted US Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim. “My condolences and prayers.”

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Some 24 of the injured were hospitalized, most with burns, the AP quoted a Health Ministry spokesperson as saying.

Azerbaijan’s health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters outside of working hours. The Interior Ministry could not immediately be reached.

Emergency services nationwide were called to the club at 03:00 (23:00 GMT Saturday) and extinguished the fire before it could spread, the AP said, citing a statement from the department.

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JayDay Café and Boba in Yakima offer food, tea and other beverages | Business

Milk and bubble teas, coffee and energy drinks, smoothies, pastries and other food items are offered at the newly opened JayDay Café and Boba, 2402 S. First St., Suite 102, in Yakima.

The name of the establishment is a combination of the two owners, the couple Yakima Jayden and Dayana Nguyen, who dreamed of opening their own business together. They just needed a location.

“I was helping unload supplies next door at the family business (beauty salon JayDay Nails) when the jeweler who had this place told us he was moving,” Jayden said.

“We tried to make this place unique and show our love for plants and the outdoors,” Dayana said of the interior design of JayDay Café. “We have over 50 different drinks and some things you won’t find anywhere else in Yakima.”

Boba or bubble tea is an Asian drink that consists of tea, soft tapioca balls and other flavors. Jayden said taro or strawberry flavored milk tea is their most popular drink, while Dayana recommended the sunset smoothie, which “literally looks like a sunset” and includes dragon fruit. and pineapple.

JayDay Café and Boba, which held its grand opening last week, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call (509) 426-2886 or visit jayday_cafenboba on Instagram for more information.

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17 Great Restaurants and Bars to Visit in Dallas-Fort Worth in April 2022

This feeling? It’s the buzz of new restaurants opening in Dallas-Fort Worth. We predicted this would be a big year for restaurant openings, and April 2022 has the highest profile yet.

Some of the exciting newcomers include: Italian hot spot Carbone (Dallas Design District), Darkoo’s Chicken Shack (Old East Dallas), Mexican restaurant Don Artemio (Fort Worth), Nashville hot chicken place Hattie B’s (Deep Ellum) , the contemporary restaurant The Mexican (Dallas Design District) and a candle brunch at Sadelle’s (Highland Park).

Find them and many more below, listed in alphabetical order.

Texan AG

State Fair of Texas concessionaire Abel Gonzales — you know, the guy who created Fried Butter and Fried Coke — has opened a new restaurant near Love Field Airport. It’s a modest place that serves breakfast tacos, smoked brisket, and steak quesadillas. Every week, he bakes a favorite State Fair dessert, like the Big Tex Choice Award-winning fried PB&J or his famous deep-fried cookie dough. Gonzales is a hard worker, trying to recoup the money he lost during the pandemic – a story he tells well on the A&E show Fried Dynasty. Go see him for lunch.

AG Texican is at 7101 Harry Hines, Blvd., Dallas. Breakfast and lunch only: it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day except Sunday.

A brewery !

Get this: In 2012, Texas had 84 craft breweries. Today, there are more than 350. Many of these breweries have struggled during the pandemic, and three recently closed in D-FW. If you love craft beer, there’s never been a better time to support these small businesses. Some of my favorites are Peticolas, TUPPS, 3 Nations and Vector. What are yours?

find a handy map of Dallas-Fort Worth breweries from beerinbigd.com. Or, discover all our news on craft beer at dallasnews.com.

Carbon

There’s no livelier restaurant in Dallas right now than Carbone, the New York Italian restaurant that’s finally opened in the Dallas Design District. The menu and design are fabulous and over the top. Prepare to spend big on a Caesar salad, lobster and shrimp ravioli, spicy rigatoni and wine. (Of course, wine!) It will be difficult to get reservations.

Carbon is at 1617 Hi Line Drive, Dallas. Dinner only. Closed on Mondays.

Crispy and green

I can’t stop eating Crisp & Green’s #SquashGoals salad. #SquashGoals is a kale and quinoa salad with chicken, apples, maple-roasted butternut squash and white cheddar, all tossed in an apple cider and pumpkin seed dressing. I don’t care if it’s not fall, and I don’t even hate the hashtag in the name (although you have full permission to hate it). The food at Crisp & Green is reliable and fast, and the restaurant keeps popping up in new parts of North Texas.

Crisp & Green restaurants are open at 6565 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas and 6333 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Rockwall and Southlake are next.

CrushCraft Thai Eats

CrushCraft Thai Eats has moved to 2688 Laclede St. in Dallas - very close to the original...
CrushCraft Thai Eats has moved to 2688 Laclede St. in Dallas, very close to the original restaurant.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

The excellent Thai restaurant CrushCraft has moved to a new space in Uptown, a few blocks from the original. It’s still in the Quadrangle, which is undergoing a massive renovation. If you haven’t been there, go: Lots of buildings were bulldozed. We’re glad CrushCraft experienced this so we can continue to get khao soi and kra pao to go. If you ask Guy Fieri, the kheo wan (green curry) and drunken noodles are top notch.

CrushCraft Thai Eats’ new restaurant is located at 2688 Laclede St., Dallas.

Darkoo Chicken Shack

The former Khao Noodle Shop, which was once called the #2 best new restaurant in America by enjoy your food magazine, closed. In his place, Khao owner Donny Sirisavath opened Darkoo’s Chicken Shack alongside Jimmy Niwa, owner of Niwa Japanese BBQ. Darkoo’s sells Asian fried chicken with fries, cucumber salad, coleslaw and fried chicken skin, our Claire Ballor reports. It’s great to see Sirisavath’s Lao cuisine come to life and it’s good to see it paired with the Japanese influence of Niwa.

Darkoo’s Chicken Shack is located at 4812 Bryan St., Dallas.

Don Artemio

Adrian Burciaga, General Manager of Don Artemio, was previously General Manager of Cafe Modern...
Adrian Burciaga, general manager of Don Artemio, previously worked as general manager of Cafe Modern at the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth.(Shafkat Anowar / personal photographer)

Fort Worth’s newest restaurant, Don Artemio, oozes understated confidence. It is a contemporary Mexican restaurant serving dishes from the famous Mexican chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas. Soon one of his sons, Rodrigo Cárdenas, will move to the United States and take over as executive chef. I loved the nopalitos fritos, a fried cactus appetizer served on homemade blue corn tortillas; and Chilean sea bass with plantains and black mole. All of the restaurant’s design elements, from the clay bricks on the wall to the cowhide chairs in the dining room, were made in Mexico.

Don Artemio is at 3268 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. It’s a date or a business dinner, and it’s the best is to make a reservation on OpenTable.

Farm + Food

People seem to love Farm + Feed, a restaurant in Plano made by gamers, for gamers, reports special contributor Jeremy Hallock. There’s Xbox and Playstation 5, arcades and PCs. There’s even a board game area and a library with science fiction books. Games cost between $5 and $10 per hour, per person, depending on the time of day. Food includes pizza rolls, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corn Cheese Balls, and burgers.

Farm + Feed is located at 7401 Lone Star Dr., B120 in Plano.

fiatto

Anyone remember the Eureka restaurant in Dallas’ West Village? (No?) An Italian restaurant named Fiatto has opened in its place, at the north end of the Uptown shopping complex, near McKinney Avenue and Blackburn Street. Dishes on the menu include pork bolognese and ricotta gnocchi, prawn scampi with broccolini and short rib pappardelle.

Fiatto is at 3700 McKinney Ave., Dallas, in the West Village. Dinner only.

Gahwena coffee station

I haven’t been to this new cafe in Duncanville, but it’s at the top of my list. Gahwena Coffee Station is owned by a 29-year-old University of Texas at Dallas graduate who opened a cafe because the neighborhood needed it, according to CultureMap. I’m interested in trying the Arabic latte, a mix of Turkish coffee, espresso and cardamom. Sounds seriously caffeinated.

The Gahwena Coffee Station is located at 711 S. Main St., Duncanville.

Hattie B’s

A hot chicken sandwich and fries is the way to go at Hattie B's in Deep Ellum.
A hot chicken sandwich and fries is the way to go at Hattie B’s in Deep Ellum.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Nashville Hot Chicken may be overdone in Dallas, but Nashville native restaurant Hattie B’s does it better than anyone. Hattie B has six heat levels, and you should skip the hottest two unless you like pain. My go-to is the warm, fried chicken sandwich at a “hot” spice level. It’s a little moist, but the coleslaw, back sauce and pickles cool it down. Get to this fun restaurant in Deep Ellum ASAP.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is located at 3000 Main St., Dallas.

The Mexican

Le Mexican is a beautifully decorated and massive venue in the Dallas Design District, ideal for a business dinner or a group gathering of 10, 12, or up to 40 people. And who is the Mexican? That would be Roberto González Alcalá, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, whose family owns a $5 billion food business.

The Mexican is at 1401 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas.

Patriot Sandwich Co.

After veteran David Jordan never received $86,000 in restaurant revitalization funds promised by the Small Business Administration, he closed Patriot Sandwich Co. in Denton and sank into “a very dark place,” as he put it. describe. Then, an anonymous donor wired him $45,000, and this rambling little sandwich shop came back to life. Jordan needs your business to keep the restaurant running.

Patriot Sandwich Company is at 1507 S. Loop 288, Denton.

David Jordan, owner of Patriot Sandwich Co., prepares sandwiches for customers Saturday, March,...

Reata Restaurant

Reata, a Fort Worth staple, is leaving Sundance Square after 20 years, reports Ballor. Owner Mike Micallef says he’s looking for locations — anywhere there will be a better parking and valet situation, he says. In a surprising tactic, Micallef asks customers to tell him where they want to see Reata next. You have until June 2024 to visit the original.

Reata Restaurant is located at 310 Houston St., Fort Worth.

At Sadelle’s

Brunch spot Sadelle’s now serves bagels, Benedicts and mimosas to the eager crowds of Highland Park Village. Sadelle’s was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, alongside Carbone. They’re also related: the two are operated by Major Food Group, the New York and Miami-based company that opens bold restaurants all over the world. Take a seat at Sadelle and you’ll be the hero of your weekend drinking clique.

Sadelle is at 1 Highland Park Village, Dallas. Reservations on Resy. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sfuzzy

Sfuzzi is a pizza bar that opened in East Dallas after nearly 10 years away.  Sfuzzy...
Sfuzzi is a pizza bar that opened in East Dallas after nearly 10 years away. Sfuzzi opened its doors in 1987.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

For a glass of nostalgia, head to Sfuzzi on Henderson Avenue in Dallas. This reborn Dallas restaurant serves up pizza and booze, two things we can’t help but adore. Longtime East Dallas drinkers may feel an extra rush of nostalgia when they walk upstairs: it’s the old Capitol Pub.

Sfuzzi is at 2401 Henderson Ave., Dallas.

Steak and Lobster Lounge Steve Fields

For another dose of local history, head to Steve Fields in West Plano. The original restaurant closed in Park & ​​Preston in 2019, then moved across the intersection to its new home (formerly Brick House Tavern + Tap and Bennigan’s – remember that?) . Steve Fields serves up lobster tails and filet mignon, but its owner likes to think of the restaurant as D-FW’s affordable steakhouse — a place that’s not too snooty. “There’s still some ‘ahh’ when you walk through the door,” says designer and builder Bruce Russo, “but we’ve turned the music down, so to speak.”

Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge is located at 4900 W. Park Blvd., Plano.

There is no trace of the old restaurants, Bennigan's or Brick House Tavern, at the new...
There is no trace of the old restaurants, Bennigan’s or Brick House Tavern, at the new Steve Fields in Plano. (Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

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Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade are now open

Plans to open the combined space have been delayed by the pandemic, but the nearly 30,000 square foot space officially opened last week.

OHIO CITY, Ohio – The season is finally changing here in Northeast Ohio, and many of us can’t wait to try new things. Well, there’s a new place in Ohio City that’s definitely worth checking out – Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade cover nearly 30,000 feet of entertainment and drinks, too.

3News’ Jason Mikell sat down with Rise Brands Founder and CEO Troy Allen for the inside scoop. He says Ohio City has long been on the company’s radar.

“For me, Ohio City, I lived here 20 years ago. It was always a goal for me to be here,” he said. “18 years later, we are now here on the streets West 25th, opening two of our brands.”

Rise Brands previously had a 16-bit location in Lakewood, which closed in 2021, but Pins Mechanical Co. is new to northeast Ohio. Plans to open the combined space have been delayed by the pandemic, but the vast space officially opened last week. And Allen says, there’s a game for everyone here.

“Bocce ball, foosball, pinball, tons of arcade games, bubble hockey, about 50 games in total. We always say when you walk in here, if you don’t have a smile on your face, there’s something wrong with you.

The nostalgia factor is not lacking either.

“We surround people with, not just music, TV shows that stream right up to our wallpaper. There are so many visual cues and sounds that when you walk in for me, it always takes me back to my childhood,” Allen said. “I grew up going to arcades.”

Above all – there is a certain sense of fun.

“We always say when you walk in here, if you don’t have a smile on your face, there’s something wrong with you.”

And if you’re wondering if it’s more family-friendly or adults-only, the answer is simply both. Allen says he wanted to create a place for everyone to enjoy.

“We’re super family-friendly during the day, and after 8:00 p.m. we become an adult property,” Allen said. “The other thing we find is that when people come here with their families and enjoy this experience, the parents are always like, ‘hell, I want to come back myself’ and so we find this transition from day to night, it’s a seamless transition for us. The lights go down, the music comes up a little louder, but it’s really an experience for everyone.”

They don’t serve food. Instead, they encourage customers to bring in food from other neighborhood businesses. But they offer plenty of drinks.

“We have three bars in this space, 36 local and craft beers on tap. And then we have our signature cocktails.

Be sure to try the Hulk Hogan – a blueberry vodka lemonade that comes with a red, white and blue popsicle pop. Or, maybe the Carrie Fisher, a concoction of coconut rum and pineapple juice with a rock candy topping, is more your vibe.

Jason has also dabbled in their signature Duckpin Bowling and numerous arcade games. His opinion ? A ton of fun.

Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade are located at 1880 W. 25th St. – you can find more information here.

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Cheap Spring Break 2022 Destinations for International Students

Spring break 2022: the moment students around the world have been waiting for. If you’re currently studying in the US, you’ll know that spring break is especially popular – and chances are your college colleagues are busy planning the best vacation they can think of.

However, unless you are one of the lucky few to have a beach nearby – Florida being a great example – if you want to spend your spring break 2022 like every other student, you’re going to have to dip into your wallet, and as a student you’re not always going to be in the best position to splurge on a classy break.

The bad news? Vacation spots across the United States are gearing up for Spring Break 2022 and are likely to charge sky-high prices for a room. Luckily for you, however, there are just as many places that will suit your budget – and provide you with a budget-friendly but still exciting break you’ll remember for years to come.

Here are some of our top picks for affordable Spring Break 2022 destinations in the United States for international students:

Cheap destinations for spring break 2022

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach offers an exciting location for spring break. Credit: Sean Rayford/AFP

Most students will look to the more obvious Florida or California for spring break 2022, and may not look to South Carolina for their vacation plans. Luckily, that makes it ideal for any college student on a budget. Located halfway between the start and end of The Grand Strand, you’ll be treated to a beautiful, wide stretch of sand and sea in Myrtle Beach.

More than that, Myrtle Beach is home to many fun attractions you can visit between spending time on the beach. you have broadway at the beach, a huge entertainment complex with more than 100 shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Or perhaps you would like to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, a sight that will immediately capture your attention as King Kong hangs from the Empire State Building.

Many hotels and rentals currently give spring break offers 2022 right now that you can take advantage of. This includes the Crown Reef Beach Resort and Water Park and the Colony resortwhere you can get a room for under $130 a night between a few friends.

South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island has hosted artists like Steve Aoki for Spring Break. Credit: Brandon Bell/AFP

South Padre Island is located in the far south of Texas, bordering the Gulf of Mexico. While Texas might not immediately come to mind for your spring break, you’d be surprised – the island is bustling with the best parties we can offer. Artists like Cardi B, Migos, and Steve Aoki have been known to put on a show for spring breakers like you, alongside waterside nightclubs, pool parties, and more.

That’s not to distract from the multitude of outdoor activities you can experience for free. Swimming, sunbathing, dolphin watching, flying kites – you can spend afternoons relaxing and enjoying the nature around you before getting ready for a wild night.

There is a lot of packages offered for students, and cheap hotels which start as low as 40 USD.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach offers a classic Florida beach getaway for your 2022 spring break. Source: Julio Aguilar/AFP

If you don’t want to miss out on the fun, you can always head to Panama City Beach – which, despite all its popularity, offers a huge range of affordable hotels and rentals for your stay. From Springhill Suites to Laketown Wharf Resort, there are many hotels which welcome the swarm of students who come for the spring break 2022.

All the while, you won’t have to worry about missing a thing – you’ll be right in the center of some of the best parties Spring Break has to offer. Considered the “Spring Break Capital of the World”, you’ll be treated to 27 miles of white-sand beaches and lively nights of nightclubs, events and more. This is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for a true American-style spring break experience.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

For college students looking for a more relaxing spring break in 2022, Punta Cana is the place to be. With miles of white sand, tropical breezes and palm trees lining the path, Punta Cana is heaven on earth. Here, you can indulge in all the traditional activities of the island: snorkeling, dolphin watching, horseback riding and parasailing.

Despite this, Punta Cana offers a surprising number of affordable resorts. Lock in a Spring Break Offer Where search for a station to your liking, all of which are priced below USD 150 during off-peak seasons and up to USD 200 during peak periods.

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Outlook | Hummingbird Floral and Cafe your one stop shop | Outlook

WILEY FORD, W.Va. – Breathtaking, beautiful, alluring and attractive best describes the flowers of Hummingbird Floral.

Selling fresh and silk arrangements, it is a full-service floral boutique. Specializing in funeral and wedding flowers, they offer a variety of funeral floral services, including casket sprays, standing sprays, urn centerpieces, funeral baskets and living dish gardens. Best of all, local delivery is available. Call for more information.

Hummingbird also offers custom wedding bouquets and decorations. The floral boutique opened in November 2020 and is owned by Kim Kesner and her daughters Olivia Kesner and Emily Snyder.

Kim was a florist for nine years before opening the flower shop. Emily and Olivia are learning more and more about the business every day.

Hummingbird Floral is a family-owned business that also includes the Hummingbird Cafe, which is a full-service restaurant and bakery that opened in 2015.

Hummingbird Floral and Hummingbird Cafe combine delicious food, decadent desserts and beautifully arranged flowers under one roof. It’s your one-stop-shop and guaranteed to impress for any occasion, from birthdays to weddings and holidays.

They are located at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford and are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call them at 304-738-4019 and like them on Facebook.

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Restaurants to visit on Tybee Island

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Tybee Island is one of the best places to go for a fun beach trip, but where should you go for a bite to eat after the day is over (or before it’s over). start?) Here are five Tybee Island restaurants to get you on the road to a great meal.

Seafood Sting Ray

If hush puppies, fried shrimp cakes and Louisiana crayfish are your thing, you’ll love Sting Ray’s Seafood. This restaurant offers a long list of seafood options, from Alaskan snow crab to Gulf Coast oysters. Not only do they have seafood, but they also have burgers and salads.

Sting Ray’s Seafood is located on Butler Avenue. They are open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and you can find their website via the link here.

Cafe Sundae at Tybee

Once an ice cream parlour, this friendly restaurant serves southern-inspired seafood and steaks. Their lunch plates vary by day of the week, but include chicken fried chicken, pot roast, and fish n’ grits. They also serve low country tacos, fried green tomatoes and more.

The Sundae Cafe at Tybee is located on 1st Street and hours vary depending on the day. You’ll want to check their lunch and dinner times on their website via the link here if you want to skip.

Huc-a-poos

If you’re looking for a drink and a bite to eat, you’ll want to try Huc-a-poos. This local favorite serves up pizza and more, all at a reasonable price. A single slice of pizza, which is advertised as “bigger than your face,” costs just $5.

This truck stop is located on US-80 near McKenzie Avenue. Huc-a-poos opens at 11 a.m. every weekday and you can find more information about their menu by visiting the link here.

Agave Bar & Grill

Want Mexican? Agave Bar and Grill has you covered. They have all the classics. This includes fajitas, burritos and enchiladas as well as carnitas, sopes and quesadillas. Whatever Mexican cuisine you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Agave Bar and Grill.

The Tybee Island location for this restaurant is on 1st Street. It is a short walk from the Sundae Cafe. Their hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. You can find more information about them by visiting their website at the link here.

Salt Island Fish and Beer

The Salt Island Fish and Beer menu has more than you would expect from a seafood restaurant. In addition to the usual fish and chips and fish and grits dishes, they also have fried goat cheese salads, poke bowls and shrimp bruschetta. Their varied menu means there is plenty to choose from. Even if you don’t want seafood, you can always find something you’ll enjoy, like their pork fries or Greek meatballs.

Salt Island Fish & Beer is located on Lovell Avenue. They are open Wednesday through Monday until 9 p.m. and you can find more information about their hours of operation by visiting the link here.

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Pandemic Stress on Unsecured Credit Assets via: HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank announced today that the increased stress on unsecured lending assets seen during the Covid-19 pandemic is over and the bank is now bullish on the segment.

The unsecured loan book for the bank includes credit cards and personal loans.

According to Parag Rao, Country Head for Consumer Finance at HDFC Bank, the next two years present an interesting opportunity to grow in what is otherwise seen as somewhat risky.

Rao acknowledged that his bank has also seen some rise in asset quality issues in the unsecured segment during the pandemic, and clarified that this has never reached worrying levels.

“A lot of the problems of the pandemic are gone,” he said, adding that customers who are now seeking credit are relatively better off from a risk perspective.

Bank lending grew 8.7% year-on-year on March 11, with retail lending continuing to post the strongest rise, data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) showed.

According to bankers, there is typically a greater need for credit in the last three months of a fiscal year as they attempt to meet year-end targets and borrowers exhaust existing credit limits. While non-food loans remained in the 5.4-7.2% range through November, they rose sharply to 9.3% in December and momentum continued over the next two months.

Outstanding non-food loans stood by 116.5 trillion on March 11, up 8.7% from the same period last year and up 0.7% from the two weeks ended February 25. The RBI publishes data on loans and deposits every 14 days. On an absolute basis, outstanding loans have increased by 79,482 crore between February 25th and March 11th.

Retail loans continued to grow faster than corporate loans, which were flat 31.8 trillion, up 12% from a year ago (as of Jan. 28), while credit to industry was at 30.5 trillion, up 6.4%. Sectoral credit data are usually available with a one-month lag.

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China tightens restrictions and excludes scholars from international conferences: NPR

Candidates prepare for an exam revision at the library of Hebei University of Technology in Handan, north China’s Hebei Province, Dec. 6, 2021.

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BEIJING — The international conference was meant to bring together some of the most promising and established Asian studies scholars from around the world in lush Honolulu.

Instead, at least five Chinese academics based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have been barred from attending virtual events via Zoom, according to four people with direct knowledge of the matter.

They said Chinese security officials and education officials intervened directly, citing education regulations issued during a global coronavirus pandemic that require all Chinese scholars to receive clearance from the university to attend any international event in person or online.

“After years of encouraging and funding PRC scholars to participate internationally, the intensified controls of recent years are now on a large scale, and scholarly work, at least on China, needs to be put in place. quarantine of the world,” said James Millward, a history professor at Georgetown University who attended the conference. “The doors slammed quickly.”

The conference, which ended last weekend, was an annual gathering hosted by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), one of the largest membership organizations in the field. For emerging scholars as well as more experienced scholars, the conference is an opportunity to network and hear the latest research on Asian countries from a variety of disciplines.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, AAS has decided this year to host a combination of in-person events and online-only panels.

In one case, a group of police went to an academic’s home in China after he presented his research paper to an online Zoom panel earlier in the week, questioning the academic for hours, in part because they considered the title of the article “incorrect”.

“It was deeply chilling,” said an academic who attended the panel but requested anonymity to protect the identity of the academic involved.

NPR has reviewed the article but is not publishing its title or topic to protect the identity of the author. The document does not address topics that Chinese authorities normally consider sensitive, such as human rights, Tibet, Xinjiang or Hong Kong.

Chinese scholars participating in a separate virtual panel have also been asked by Chinese university administrators to cancel their presentations. Eventually, they emailed fellow attendees to withdraw from the panel for “medical reasons,” but hoped to attend AAS events again “at less sensitive times,” according to two people with direct knowledge of the incident.

“Topics that have seemingly been considered apolitical are now removed or deemed not allowed to interact with international colleagues,” said another academic who attended the panel and also wished not to be named so as not to identify the relevant Chinese scholars.

Strict COVID prevention policies had already hampered the volume of intellectual exchange between the PRC and the rest of the world. Those who study China have found themselves isolated by border closures that have made travel to and from China nearly impossible, rendering archives and field sites in China inaccessible for the past two years and more.

Since 2016, China’s Ministry of Education has required its scholars to obtain university approval for all overseas travel and collaboration. In September 2020, universities also started applying these rules for online events organized by international organizations, although these rules have not been widely applied so far.

Academics say such checks will further exhaust the already scarce exchanges between China and the rest of the world while hampering the careers of young Chinese scholars.

“We were already anxious, because for those of us who study modern China, it’s been two years with no end in sight as to when we might return to the archives,” said a third scholar who visited China. AAS conference. “You keep thinking maybe somethings will be better, so after the [Winter] Olympics, after [October’s Chinese Communist] Party Congress, there will be an easing of restrictions, but unfortunately it continues to get worse.”

The AAS said it was aware that some PRC-based academics were barred from participating and is now trying to determine exactly how many academics were affected. “The AAS strongly supports the right of scholars around the world to participate in the free exchange of ideas and research through conferences and other forms of academic cooperation,” the association said in a statement posted on Wednesday. its website.

AAS has already are under increased scrutiny in China. In March 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs sanctioned a member of one of the SAA’s board of directors because of his research into Chinese state policy in the Xinjiang region, where the authorities had detained hundreds of thousands of mostly ethnic Uighurs. The scholar, Joanne Smith Finley, had hosted two panels on Xinjiang for the AAS annual conference a few days earlier.

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Nightclubs

Norfolk increases police patrols to deter crime in the city center

This comes the same month that five people were shot on Granby Street. Two of the victims – Sierra Jenkins and Devon Malik Harris, both 25 – died.

NORFOLK, Virginia – Author’s note: The above video is archived on March 23, shortly after five people were shot while walking down Granby Street.

The City of Norfolk has just shared its plans to quell the violence in the city centre.

This comes the same month that five people were shot on Granby Street. Two of the victims – Sierra Jenkins and Devon Malik Harris, both 25 – died.

“The Norfolk Police Department has increased patrols and presence in the city’s entertainment districts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights,” a city spokesperson wrote.

On top of that, there will also be a slew of unannounced visits from the Planning Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, Planning and Neighborhood Services, and the City Attorney’s Office.

At night, these agencies will stop by nightclubs and restaurants to provide “visibility”, make sure all businesses have the proper licenses, and make sure no city codes are violated.

“The goal of this action plan is to build a system in which business owners, operators and the City of Norfolk share responsibility for creating a safe environment for everyone who lives, works and visits our restaurants and discos.”

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They may choose to create a body that would manage the entertainment district, require security measures as part of conditional use permits, and change building occupancy based on weather and other conditions.

“The goal is to bring business owners and operators to a state where they are self-regulating, self-monitoring and self-governing, with the support of the city,” the announcement reads.

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Cafes

Massive Taiwanese cheese-tea chain opens first cafe in Chicago

A local franchisee has opened the first Chicago location of Happy Lemon, a Taiwan-based boba chain known for specializing in Asian cheese teas – sweet and savory cold tea drinks topped with salted milk and cheese foam to la crème – and has big plans for the surrounding suburbs.

Trinh Le, a west coast transplant that already has a Happy Lemon location in Evanston, opened the new cafe in March at 818 W. Fullerton Avenue near the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University. The simple service counter with an all-student staff seats 20 in a space decorated with white subway tiles and bright yellow walls. Founded in 2006, Happy Lemon has more than 1,500 company-owned stores and franchises in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.

Although many Chicagoans are now familiar with boba, which is sold in cafes across the city, Le’s extensive menu will expand the city’s options. It’s the same menu as the Evanston location, where last year it first introduced the brand to Illinois, and includes purple taro milk tea with boba, black tea with Strawberry with salty cheese, smoothies, granitas and playful bubble waffles (original and chocolate). “I was raised in California, so I was surrounded by bubble tea all the time,” she says. “When I first moved to Chicago, I saw a very diverse food scene, but there wasn’t much variety in terms of boba tea.”

A former banker, Le originally planned to treat Happy Lemon as a hobby, but soon realized she wanted to pursue hospitality full-time. It aims to open five sites in the Chicago area by the end of 2022 and is already looking for sites in Glenview and Schaumburg in hopes of securing leases in the coming months. It is also set to open a third location soon that will share space with its other franchise project – Taiwanese hot pot chain Tasty Pot – in suburban Naperville.

“[The shared location] will help us find a balance,” says Le. “The hot pot is good in cold weather and Happy Lemon is busier in the summer, so we can attract customers all year round.”

happy lemon Lincoln Park, 818 W. Fullerton Avenue, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Restaurants

Tri-Valley family restaurant in Dumont has a new look, same taste

Owner Sandy Panagiotou hasn’t let the public know when, after being closed for seven months for renovations, she reopened the Tri-Valley Family Restaurant, a nearly half-century-old luncheonette in Dumont.

“I didn’t want to be too busy,” Panagiotou said. “I always want to give good service.”

It didn’t matter. In no time, the traditional neighborhood mainstay was packed – again. The neighbors told the neighbors. Families have told other families. And some ad hoc influencers took to social media to spread the news.

The Tri-Valley family restaurant opened in Dumont in 1975 by Peter Panagiotou (not pictured).  Panagiotou's daughter Sandy Panagiotou (not pictured) took over the business and recently had the restaurant renovated.  An assortment of dishes is presented on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

That day in February, “there was a line at the door,” said Panagiotou, a 49-year-old mother of two who lives in Harrington Park. “The first week was amazing.”

For its fans, many of whom are decades-old patrons – during renovations a ramp was widened to better accommodate diners in wheelchairs – the reopening was a huge relief.

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Many feared that Tri-Valley would never reopen, forever denying them the pleasure of biting into a two-fisted Tri-Valley “Rodeo” burger slathered in melted cheddar cheese; or the joy of devouring a stack of Oreo pancakes topped with scoops of ice cream; or the satisfaction of polishing a plate of tender Hungarian goulash or velvety Yankee roast.

Perhaps even more than losing the joy of eating down-to-earth meals in their neighborhood, they feared losing the kind of warmth and hospitality that Tri-Valley served.

The Tri-Valley family restaurant opened in Dumont in 1975 by Peter Panagiotou (not pictured).  Panagiotou's daughter Sandy Panagiotou took over the business and recently had the restaurant renovated.  Sandy Panagitou comes to the aid of Reynold Rieger, a client since the mid-1970s, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

“Customers were worried that I would change it too much and make it too fancy,” said Panagiotou, who has spent more than half a million dollars installing new booths, new tables, new floors, new bathrooms and a new kitchen.

She did this, she says, to help attract younger diners; The Tri-Valleys tend to be “older,” she said. “It’s beautiful. It’s brighter. It has a nice fresh look. But it’s still Tri-Valley.”

It’s always a welcoming and inviting place where the prices are reasonable, the food is tasty and familiar, and the staff isn’t haughty.

Panagiotou has increased its price by 15% to 20%, but many customers agree that it is still quite affordable; a large Greek salad is $10.50; London broil with soup or salad, potato and vegetables, $16.95.

“I haven’t changed the menu much,” she said. Except for its first eight months, Tri-Valley has had the same chef: John Matthews, now 80, who “can pick up a sack of potatoes like nothing happened,” said declared Panagiotou.

Its staff of 20 does not change every two weeks either. Many have been in the restaurant for at least 15 years.

And, of course, it’s still the same family that runs it.

Sandy Panagiotou’s parents, Peter, 87, and Stacey, 72, bought the shop, then an ice cream parlor, in 1975. “I made my own homemade ice cream,” Peter said. He eventually turned the lounge into a restaurant, making sure to offer dishes made with “top quality ingredients”, he said. “I doubled the turnover. You have to have quality.”

“A lot of police and firefighters would come here,” he said. “I felt very protected.

His father was his first boss. Peter hired current chef Matthews – “I’ve known him for 70 years” – eight months after opening.

Sandy has worked in the restaurant since she was 10 years old. “Sandy was standing on a crate of milk and working the crate,” Peter said. Some customers remember seeing her doing her homework at the counter.

The Tri-Valley family restaurant opened in Dumont in 1975 by Peter Panagiotou (not pictured).  Panagiotou's daughter, Sandy Panagiotou (not pictured), took over the business and recently had the restaurant renovated.  A plate of beef goulash is presented on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

Sandy graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, went to college and, after getting married, went into the restaurant business with her then-husband. They owned Borderline Bagels in New Milford and Delmonico Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Closter.

Six years later, they divorced. In 1999, his parents sold Tri-Valley and retired. “I was sad,” Sandy said.

The restaurant passed through a few owners, eventually becoming an Italian joint named Intermezzo. When, in 2007, she learned that it was for sale, she bought it with her sister and converted it back into Tri-Valley. “My parents were so happy,” she said. The sibling partnership did not last, but his parents always lent him a hand.

“I’ve been in the restaurant industry all my life,” she said. “It’s in my DNA.”

His customers are delighted.

“I’ve been going there forever,” said Matt Santiago, a bariatric nutritionist who lives in Demarest. And apparently often. “At one point I ate more there than at home. I thought our stove was broken.” Today is maybe once a week.

The reason for his loyalty? “It’s a good neighborhood family restaurant, the kind we’ve lost today. It has a great atmosphere. The staff are friendly. They always say hello. And the food is surprisingly good.” He loves salmon, he says.

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Keith Wright, 72, of Montvale, who considers himself a “foodie” (“My son graduated from the Culinary Institute of America”), is also a fan. “Everything is so well prepared,” he said. “I haven’t found any other place that cooks vegetables as well as they do.”

He loves roast pork, omelettes and burgers. “A burger should be easy to make, but not all places do it well.” Adding: “The first week Sandy opened, we were there.”

Wright’s brother Mark, a Demarest resident and retired English teacher at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, was there days after the opening. “It’s still packed with locals. It’s really affordable, kind of a neighborhood restaurant. Everyone knows it. Everyone really missed it.”

Sandy insists she’s not going anywhere. She loves the place too – and is there every day. Tri-Valley, at 366 Knickerbocker Road, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“It’s in my heart,” Sandy said. “I go to work and it’s not like work for me. I don’t even count the money.”

Esther Davidowitz is the food editor of NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please register today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.

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Bars

A small town bar is a meeting place for more than the locals | Characteristic

STANTON — Wolf’s Den Bar and Grill in Stanton has operated under the direction of a mother-daughter duo for nearly 41 years, establishing itself as a go-to spot in Stanton County and beyond.

The company prides itself on having the “best burgers around”, which is supported by the company’s growth over the years, largely attributed to booming food sales.

The Wolf’s Den, located at 817 S. 10th St. in Stanton, was purchased by Lynnette Raasch in 1981 from Diane Wolf and the late Bob Wolf. Raasch owned and managed the bar for nearly 30 years before handing the reins over to his daughter, Brandi Easley, in 2009.

Raasch was born and raised in the area and wanted to build on the experience she already had working in restaurants. Raasch didn’t really know what to expect when she bought the business, she said, but it was a chance she said she was willing to take.

“I’ve always loved waiting for people and I’ve always loved cooking,” Raasch said. “It turned out to be for sale, and I saw an opportunity there.”

The Wolf’s Den has remained a staple in the community, which Raasch and Easley said is a credit to the combination of a loyal clientele, who stick to what works, and loyal employees.

“It’s the support from small towns and the friendships we’ve made with people over the years that make our jobs really enjoyable,” Easley said. “And, with Stanton, we have customer support from all over – Clarkson, Dodge, Leigh, Wisner, Pilger – it’s amazing.”

The Wolf’s Den used to house shuffleboard, pool and foosball tables, but the bar had to get rid of them because there wasn’t enough space to accommodate a constant clientele.

“The food business has grown so big that we’ve removed everything and added rear seating and a salad bar,” Easley said.

The Wolf’s Den offers an assortment of burgers and sandwiches, as well as soups, salads and multiple fried items. The signature menu items at the bar, Raasch and Easley said, are the burgers. The Wolf’s Den typically consumes about 400 pounds of beef in a week, they said.

The bar and grill has 10-ounce, never-frozen burger patties that people rave about. Customers can also get double or triple burgers, which have grown in popularity in recent years. In 2021, a “triple burger challenge” took off at the bar, as dozens of regulars took on the 30-ounce burgers and continue to do so through 2022.

“It’s usually the young, skinny guys who are the most successful,” Easley said. “I couldn’t tell you why.”

The mother-daughter couple said they are still trying to staff the business with nine employees who help run the bar and grill, which operates from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Raasch said she was ready to hand over ordering, payroll and day-to-day management duties when the company changed hands nearly 13 years ago.

Easley, who has worked at the bar and grill since she was 14, has learned to handle most of those tasks over the years, she said.

The two Stanton women said they got along well running the business, which made the transition smooth.

While Raasch transferred ownership responsibilities to Easley more than 13 years ago, she remains heavily involved in day-to-day operations. She always cooks fresh soups, cooks breakfast and lunch, and helps out elsewhere as needed.

The building has expanded over the years to include more storage and refrigeration to complement the ever-growing food business.

The exterior of the bar and grill could get a facelift later this year as several Stanton businesses have received grants as part of a city redevelopment plan.

Raasch and Easley also credited longtime employee Karen Myrick with helping the business maintain its success and reputation for friendly service and good food.

Myrick has worked at The Wolf’s Den for 27 years and has helped Raasch and Easley navigate the challenges brought on by the 2019 floods and the pandemic since the start of 2020.

As for the future, Easley said she plans to run The Wolf’s Den in the future and serve a loyal clientele for years to come.

“It’s really great to be able to meet people, make friends and see people grow over the years,” she said. “There have been a lot of memories created here.”

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Nightclubs

Amsterdam leaders blasted with racial slurs in social media post

AMSTERDAM — Local leaders have been deflated after a new business owner, opening a nightclub in the heart of the city center, used a derogatory word for the city on social media.

The Daily Gazette first reported on the situation, quoting Ravena’s Corwin Hendy, who posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday asking for prayers as he sought Planning Council approval from ‘Amsterrico’.

Reached on Saturday, Hendy said he thought the word was an innocent nickname for the town.

“I spoke to a few people I knew, even people in town, and heard the name many times and didn’t take it in a derogatory way when people used it, so when I thought of the word for myself and said that Spanish culture dominates the region, so I considered it a nickname referring to Puerto Rico,” he said. “Not once did I I didn’t mean that in a way that was disrespectful to the people or the city of Amsterdam.”

* He added that he deleted the post as soon as he learned it was a derogatory word.

“Once it was brought to my attention, I immediately addressed the issue and apologized on the Amsterdam reconstruction page which I was alerted to,” he said. “Once again, I apologize to the city of Amsterdam, New York and the community.”


It’s not a good start for a new business, Second Ward Alderman Dave Gomula said.

“People see that, they’ll say you’re against minorities. And there are a lot of minorities in this city. I grew up in this town,” he said.

The nightclub is in the Gomula district. He said he planned to speak to owner Joe Tesiero.

“Joe, are you sure it’s going to fly over there?” he said he would ask the owner.

Mayor Michael Cinquanti said he spent the day Friday several times at the nightclub in hopes of meeting Hendy. He wants to talk with him about the city and how to be respectful of his ethnic mix. Amsterdam has the largest Hispanic population of any city in the Greater Capital Region; according to the latest US census data, approximately 30% of the city’s residents are Hispanic.

“I don’t like going through social media,” he said. “I want to meet him. This is a very hurtful comment for the people of this town. We are proud of our cultural diversity. It is not a term that should be used.

Still, he said Hendy’s deletion of the post was a good first step.

“Hopefully from now on he does what he has to do to build trust with the city and build a successful business,” he said.

The bigger question, he said, is how Hendy could have used the word without intending it in a derogatory way.

Former city councilman Patrick Russo said he met him on several occasions – but never in a positive way.

“That term really pisses me off. I was working in Albany and I remember people saying to me, “Oh, Amsterrico”. They used it in a derogatory way to say that Amsterdam is an asshole,” he said. “People still say it when I go out to Albany. I should correct them.

His family has owned a business in the city, Russo’s Bar and Grill, for 102 years, he said.

“People come here and they say, ‘Oh, that’s not so bad,'” he said. “It’s not fair. I hate it when people use that term.

On Wednesday, Hendy received approval to open Club VPL at 32 E. Main St. The nightclub is moving into existing commercial space, recently used as a restaurant, but Planning Board members have raised concerns about residential tenants who live upstairs. The nightclub will be open until 3am, with live music, and noise could be a serious issue. But landlord Joe Tesiero said other downtown noises haven’t deterred tenants.

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Cafes

Live: Terry Robb at the Wild Manzanita Grocery and Cafe on May 19. | Community

“One of the best acoustic guitarists on the international scene.” – living blues

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Some musicians win prizes. Then there are very few prizes named after them. Terry Robb – hailed as a blues guitar virtuoso and one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international scene – is one such musician. The Vancouver-born, Portland-based bluesman won the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar so many times that the Cascade Blues Association eventually collapsed and attached his name to the trophy permanently.

The recognition of his art does not stop there. The Oregon Music Hall of Famer has been hailed by Rolling Stone, Acoustic Guitar, Down Beat, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Living Blues, and Oprah’s O Magazine, praising his talents as a finger picker, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He toured the country with Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Robin Trower and John Fahey, appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, dazzled crowds at Portland Trail Blazers games and collaborated with the Oregon Symphony. During his decades-long run in the limelight – one during which he released fifteen acclaimed albums – he proved to be a master of almost every blues style and technique imaginable.

And there’s no better representation of his mastery than Confess my rights. Robb’s 13-track collection of original songs draws on influences as varied as country blues to Coltrane, ragtime to Hendrix and Americana to American primitivism. Released in 2019 to worldwide acclaim, the album topped the Billboard Blues Album Chart, Living Blues Radio Report, Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart and UK’s International Blues Broadcasters Album Chart, earning it another Muddy Award for North West Recording of the Year and a Blues Music Award Nomination by the Blues Foundation.

Terry Robb is an acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. His work is featured in Hollywood films, documentaries and biographies, such as Game of Thrones, The Horse Whisperer and Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist.. He is associated with the American Primitive Guitar genre through his collaborations with Fahey, and is considered a blues acoustic guitar virtuoso. Over his decades-long career, Robb has released 15 acclaimed albums as a solo artist and performed at festivals and concert halls across the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information, visit www.terryrobb.com.

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Eatery Business

Questions and Answers: What you need to know about dfcu unsecured payroll loan

dfcu Bank recently launched an unsecured payroll loan campaign aimed at responding to customers who may need a quick financial boost with a quick turnaround time for personal use.

The campaign, titled Win-Win with a dfcu Salary Loan, runs for 12 weeks and promises an unbeatable offer with quick response, affordable interest rates and much more.

Miranda Bageine Musoke, dfcu Head of Personal Banking, shares more insights into unsecured personal loans.

For our audience, how would you describe an unsecured loan?

Unsecured loans are loans that do not require a deposit or collateral. Instead, loans are approved based on personal credit history and stable salary income.

In short, unsecured loans offer many advantages to borrowers, including flexibility and the ability to borrow without collateral.

Tell us about “Win-Win with a dfcu payroll loan”

This is an unsecured personal loan or salary loan campaign that we created to meet the needs of clients who need money for urgent and often personal reasons that cannot wait or be delayed.

We’re still in the first quarter of the year, which for many people is a time to set annual goals that almost always require funding if they are to be successful.

With this campaign, dfcu Bank offers the financial part of the overall solution that is necessary for the success of our customers.

Who is eligible for this loan?

Both existing and new customers with payroll accounts are eligible for this campaign. It is important to note that customers can transfer their existing loans from other banks to dfcu Bank for free to take advantage of this initiative.

How long will this campaign last?

The promotion is scheduled for 12 weeks.

What are the key campaign features for anyone looking to purchase the loan?

  • Customers can access up to 250 million Shs.
  • We are committed to a fast processing time of 24 hours after receiving the loan application.
  • Finally, customers have a chance to win Shs. 10 million to pay off her loan. This is capped at a maximum of Shs 10 million per winner.

How does a customer qualify for a dfcu unsecured payroll loan?

Key customer eligibility criteria include:

  • One must have a recipient of monthly salary/income.
  • One should have an active account that is frequently used for transactions.
  • One should have a clean credit history.

What do you think makes this offer different from other campaigns?

As part of this campaign, dfcu Bank is:

  • Offers customers up to 250 million Shs.
  • No collateral requests.
  • Allow customers to enter a raffle to win a loan payback of up to 10 million UGX.
  • Working with clients who wish to transfer their existing loans from other banks to dfcu Bank for free.
  • Calculate reduced interest rates of only 16.5% per year.

Any last words?

We are committed to helping all of our clients achieve their financial goals and dreams and we believe this offering will do just that.

Anyone interested in learning more or applying for the loan can email: [email protected] or call toll free 0800 222000 or message WhatsApp number: 0776 760760.

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Restaurants

Make outdoor dining changes permanent for Portland restaurants

Eem, a Thai barbecue and cocktail restaurant in North Portland, is one of many restaurants in the city to add outdoor seating during the pandemic.

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Early in the pandemic, the City of Portland Department of Transportation created programs to provide restaurants with outdoor seating that otherwise would not have been permitted. Some streets were partially blocked off to accommodate outdoor dining spaces, which in many cases was the safest form of food service. Now the department has been instructed to prepare to make these special outdoor seating arrangements permanent. Security, ADA compliance, and private use of public spaces are among the issues that need to be addressed — and funded by the city council. We’re joined by Portland Department of Transportation Chief Chris Warner to learn more about those plans. And two restaurant owners share the role outdoor dining has played in their businesses: Lisa Schroeder of Mother’s Bistro and Bar and Carlo Lamagna of Magna.

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Bars

A drive-by shooting lands Monroe’s men behind bars; authorities looking for two other suspects | KTVE

MONROE, The. (KTVE/KARD) – On Thursday, March 24, 2022, the Monroe Police Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of Peach Street regarding a drive-by shooting. During officers’ investigation, they discovered that approximately 17 rounds of 9mm and 40 caliber rounds had been fired from a gun and into an apartment complex, hitting several apartments and injuring a tenant in the complex.

Officers also learned that the bullets were fired from a black four-door sedan occupied by four suspects and that the vehicle was traveling from an apartment complex on the east side of Monroe. Officers said CCTV footage of the apartment complex led authorities to identify Keythandrius Kamari Reed, 23, as the driver and Josiah Micah Williams, 18, as one of the passengers.

Officers located Reed and questioned him about the incident. According to officers, Reed indicated that he was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the alleged drive-by shooting, but had no knowledge of the other suspects’ plans to shoot at the apartment complex.

Reed was placed under arrest and transported to Ouachita Correctional Center. He was charged with assault by drive-by shooting.

As for Williams, he was reportedly seen on video removing a weapon from the trunk of the vehicle and concealing it as he climbed into the front passenger seat. Williams was located at his residence in Morehouse Parish and authorities discovered a .40 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol stolen from inside his bedroom.

Williams was transported to the Monroe Police Department and questioned by officers. After reading his Miranda rights, he informed officers that he had no knowledge of the drive-by shooting incident.

Williams was transported to Ouachita Correctional Center. He was charged with assault by drive-by shooting.

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: Nightclub Daydreaming Album Review

Abrasive post-punk was once the modus operandi of Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. On early releases such as 2012 Jazz Spirit and 2014 party prison, the Baltimore duo created small vignettes rather than full-fledged songs. Tracks like “Televan” and “When I’m in a Car” erupted like fireworks, evaporating into the air shortly after the fuse was lit. With Dan Deacon product Riddles, however, those jagged edges had softened and Ed Schrader’s Music Beat broadened their sound. Four years later, vocalist Ed Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice are back with their fourth studio album, Nightclub Reverieand they’ve mostly ditched aggressive post-punk for sleeker, more danceable sounds.

Rice said their intention for the album was to create a collection of “sunny disco bangers”. Although the album sounds more like Suicide than Donna Summer, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat takes a subtle turn to the dancefloor. Hard-hitting tracks like “Eutaw Strut” and “Echo Base” evoke classic new-wave bands like the B-52 and Talking Heads, but with their own Music Beat twist. Propelled by a driving bassline and motorik drums, “This Thirst” is among the most bubbly in the duo’s catalog. Schrader’s echo-soaked vocals, meanwhile, often evoke the darker aspects of the ’80s, reminiscent of bands like the Sisters of Mercy.

In a recent Instagram post Addressing their gender identity, Schrader announced, “I’ve decided to give you the full me…the me that I’ve suppressed in hopes of not making others feel uncomfortable. ” They added, “In your art, you can’t lie. This is why I have always chosen riddles and enigmatic words. Their writing remains as mysterious as ever, filled with dense imagery and mythical resonances, and laced with references to coded meanings, “buried steps” and an unlit lock and key. But there are glimpses of Schrader’s search for their identity: In “Black Pearl,” they sing “I’m a stranger, even at home now/I’ve closed chests to heal you,” tracing the lower limits of their register. Their guttural delivery is reminiscent of their former touring mates Future Islands, and the chorus strikes a cathartic moment on a record that could benefit more of them. It’s one of their best songs to date. On the next track, “Echo Base”, modulated, Disintegration-guitars give way to a slightly monotonous and repetitive hook with little benefit. The drums are so busy that they end up distracting from the otherwise hazy aura.

The band’s early records were varied, with caustic songs interrupted by downtempo intermissions, but Nightclub Reverie, apart from the master ballad, “Hamburg”, often sounds homogeneous. Either way, it’s refreshing to hear Schrader and Rice try something new a decade into their career when many artists would like to stick with what’s already working. Though they’ve shed the frenzied energy that once defined them, they bring a sense of refined intensity even to their newly discharged beats. It was hard to imagine dancing to Ed Schrader’s Music Beat in 2012, but with Nightclub Reveriethis notion is no longer so far-fetched.

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Almendro Café will bring coffee and Mexican food next to the Hyde Park Art Center

HYDE PARK – The owners of a cafe next to the Hyde Park Art Center are planning a grand opening next week as they prepare to offer specialty coffees, Mexican food and a “comfortable” environment.

Almendro Café will take over the former Bridgeport Coffee, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., pending a final municipal inspection of the space, co-owner Pamela Hernandez said. She owns the cafe with her mother.

Alongside coffee, iced tea, pastries and other cafe mainstays, they will reflect “a bit of our Mexican heritage” on Almendro’s menu with molletes, tortas, tamales, elotes, l ‘horchata and agua de jamaica,’ Hernandez said.

“I would say someone can eat reasonably for less than $20,” Hernandez said. “We know there are a lot of older people and students in the area, so we try to bring our prices down.”

Hernandez hopes to open the cafe next week, and when it does, neighbors will be invited to get a feel for the place during a free tasting, she said.

Almendro Café hours will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

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A strawberry pie from Almendro Café, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. in Hyde Park.

The cafe is next to the Hyde Park Art Center, where students are due to start their first session of paid classes next week. The cafe will remain open beyond its normal hours and will sell food to people attending art center events as needed, Hernandez said.

“We are really grateful to the art center for entrusting us with the offer [the café space]because we know there were a lot of applicants,” Hernandez said.

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The barista stand, the counter and the seats of the Almendro Café.

The art center is “super excited to have Almendro Café in our building and is looking forward to its opening,” Lorenz said in an email. “We know the community has missed having a place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat and congregate, and [we] are enthusiastic about their vision of space.

The owners are completing renovations to the space, Hernandez said. They want to create a “place where someone can feel welcome,” especially after neighbors have been isolated from each other for the past two years, she said.

“We don’t just want it to be a cafe; we want you to walk there like a house,” Hernandez said. “There will be a sofa over there if you just want to be over there with your coffee. … We’re not just a retail location, we want you to feel welcome and comfortable.

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Reed backs fund to help restaurants impacted by COVID | News, Sports, Jobs


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Rep. Tom Reed wants the federal government to help restaurants as they continue to recover from lost business during COVID-19.

In a conference call Wednesday with media from the 23rd congressional district, including The Post-Journal and OBSERVER, Reed noted that he supports the proposed restaurant revitalization fund. If approved, affected restaurants would receive $60 billion.

“This is the fund from the COVID relief fund that goes directly to our restaurants who are still struggling to get back on their feet to a large extent,” he said. Some of the biggest issues restaurants still face include hiring staff and supply chain shortages.

The Corning Republican said he would like the money to be made available to restaurants that weren’t eligible for previous relief programs or were unaware and hadn’t applied for funds before. He said the package was backed by both Republicans and Democrats, with more than 300 congressional representatives signing a letter of support.

“We just want to send a message to our restaurant owners and the workers in our restaurant industry that we hear your pain, that we hear your struggles as we navigate this final chapter of COVID,” he said.

Reed noted that Congress and the administration are working on a much larger COVID relief package, of which the Restaurant Revitalization Fund would be a part. He imagines funds for things like testing and personal protective equipment would also be part of the package.

“The whole package is going to include more than just restaurants,” he said.

Reed expects that, if approved, eligible restaurateurs will be required to show how their business has been impacted by the pandemic.

“This program has already been established under the previous COVID relief program,” he added.

Reed was unable to provide a timeline for the completion of such a package. “I wish I had a crystal ball that would guarantee you a time frame that said that’s when it would be done, but it can’t be done right now,” he said.



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Unsecured Loans: What MSMEs should do to get loans from banks, NBFCs without collateral

Credit and financing for MSMEs: Although obtaining credit via the cash flow-based model is relatively easier than taking out an asset-backed loan, the former carries a higher interest rate.

Credit and financing for MSMEs: Banks and non-bank financial corporations (NBFCs) have in recent years started to embrace the cash flow-based lending approach to solve credit-related challenges MSMEs face, instead of asset-based secured lending. Experts pointed out that traditional lenders, mostly banks, who previously depended on collateral, are now taking a pragmatic view of the scenario. “Since, on the one hand, new companies are springing up in the country like mushrooms and, on the other hand, family assets are being shared, collateral is also running out. Hence banks are moving towards cash flow based valuation,” Dhrubashish Bhattacharya, Head – MSME Business, Bank of Baroda told Financial Express Online. The credit gap in the MSME sector was around 20-25 lakh crore as of June 2019, according to a report by the UK Sinha Committee formed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

So what do MSMEs need to secure cash flow-based bank or NBFC loans without draining their assets? First and foremost, the promoters need to share appropriate business data that could help the lenders assess the financial health of the company now and in the future. Arun Nayyar, CEO of digital lending platform NeoGrowth, told Financial Express Online that alternative data sources such as digital transaction data in terms of UPI, RTGS, NEFT and IMPS, apart from GST, and previous credit histories with on-time repayments are taken as a sign of a responsible borrower of to be financial institutions. Data on income tax returns, bank statements, point of sale data and more could also be useful.

However, according to Shachindra Nath, managing director of small business lending platform U GRO, the biggest problem in lending is getting MSME promoters to share this data. This, Nath says, is a problem with MSMEs thinking that the less information they share with the lender, the better off their creditworthiness. Even today, 90 percent of U GRO customers refuse to share their GST information and 67 percent do not share their bank account details. “Just as you cannot hide your symptoms from a doctor, a company cannot hide information from a lender,” Nath said at the panel on alternative SME finance for the FE Boardroom 2022 event, organized by Financial Express last week.

While data sharing is the key requirement in a cash flow-based lending model, MSMEs must ensure that the capital is used for the purpose for which it was used, even if the promoter also has full ownership of it, regardless of the amount his/her MSME unit must take ownership of the stake they have in the company, said B Sankar, Chief General Manager-SME and SCF, State Bank of India at the webinar.

“It’s their unit and they are responsible for the people who work with them, their livelihoods and their families. Therefore, the easy-going stance on the deal is not going down well with lenders,” Sankar added. Lenders’ final request is that MSMEs repay loans on time. A bank failure can exclude not only the promoter itself but also future generations from the formal credit system. “So, pay off loans on time and work to build a robust credit history so that we, the lenders, are with you in your growth story,” he said.

Although borrowing via the cash flow-based model is relatively easier than taking out an asset-backed loan, the former carries a higher interest rate. Compared to traditional bank loans with an interest rate between 8 and 17 percent, cash flow-based loans raise up to 30 percent or more and at least about 12 to 13 percent, depending on financial information including CIBIL score. In other words, the interest rate is set based on the risk profile of the borrower.

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“When an MSME applies for a loan from us, we assess their creditworthiness, past track record, certainty of business growth and repayment. These factors are taken into account when setting the interest rate,” Alok Mittal, co-founder and CEO of MSME lending platform Indifi told Financial Express Online.

For example, a higher interest rate would lock in borrowers who may be in default on their previous loans, or their ‘degree of formalization’ could be low, meaning that while they claim revenue of Rs 2 lakh a month, they only accrue Rs 35,000 of it Account statements could be visible, Mittal explained. On the other hand, those enjoying a lower rate of around 12 to 20 percent would be companies that have been in operation for the past five years, with regular cash flows, strong banking histories, and zero defaults. Founded in 2015, Indifi has disbursed more than 40,000 loans in over 400 cities.

Especially during Covid, digital lenders had come to the rescue of MSMEs through their cash flow-based financial model. For example, Ahmedabad-based logistics company HGR Logistics has been hit by payment delays from its customers in the automotive, garment and other sectors as Covid forced several companies to temporarily suspend operations in 2020. The company even switched to pharmaceutical logistics, but had little capital to fund day-to-day operations.

“We were facing a financial crisis at the time. I knew banks would not give me credit during Covid, especially to businesses like logistics, which have been hardest hit by the pandemic. While looking for unsecured loans on the Internet, I happened to come across Indifi. My CIBIL score of over 780, GST details, my company’s sales for the past five years and other details were good enough for me to get a Rs 25 lakh loan at an interest rate of around 16 per cent. It helped me recover from that time when I had no assets for a mortgage if I had opted for a traditional bank loan,” Moral Agrawal, managing director of HGR Logistics, told Financial Express Online.

In the case of new businesses seeking credit, without cash flow data and assets to guarantee the loan, promoters can take advantage of the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) loan program set up by the CGTMSE with no collateral from the Government and SIDBI. Importantly, in her budget speech in February this year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an overhaul of the scheme to allow additional loans of Rs 2 lakh crore for micro and small businesses in the coming fiscal year.

However, the current limit under CGTMSE is up to Rs 2 crore. If the founder of a new business wants to raise more than Rs 2 crore with no business records or collateral, lenders are less likely to support him/her. “How can anyone give you more than Rs 2 crore in such a situation,” said Bhattacharya. “We advise new entrepreneurs to start with an amount allowed under CGTMSE, backed by the government guarantee, and grow the business for about a year or two before applying for a larger loan,” he added.

Other well-known government collateral-free schemes for MSMEs include the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS). However, it only applies to existing borrowers on banks’ books as of February 29, 2020.

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Tri-Cities Shops, Restaurants and Bars Contribute to Non-Profit ‘United Help Ukraine’ Profits This Weekend | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A growing number of businesses in the region have signed up to an effort to help a nonprofit that helps Ukrainians and has ties to the region.

The “Eat, Drink and Make a Difference” campaign runs from Friday to Sunday and is the brainchild of Nelly Ostrovsky, originally from Kyiv area who moved to Johnson City in 1990 as a young woman. Proceeds will go directly to “United Help Ukraine”, a Washington-based nonprofit sister-in-law established after the outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

A number of restaurants, shops and venues are participating. In addition to agreeing to contribute a portion of their proceeds, each business will display a poster (or more than one) with campaign information and a QR code that customers can scan to make a direct donation.

High Voltage, a downtown Kingsport venue that also includes an ax throwing area, will donate one dollar to United Help Ukraine for every draft beer they pour this Friday and Saturday.

“I think more importantly we will have posters with QR codes here and at Ax House we will have donation boxes,” co-owner Anne Greenfield told News Channel 11 on Wednesday.

A Facebook banner design for the United Help Ukraine fundraiser this weekend created by local artist Samantha Steadman.

Artisans Village, a fair trade store in downtown Johnson City, will donate half of the proceeds from its Thistle Farms line of lotions and beauty products. This line itself supports women who have been victims of human trafficking.

Wheeler’s Bagels produces giant blue and yellow cookies at its Johnson City and Kingsport locations and donates all of those profits.

Greenfield said she heard about the effort on Monday, reviewed it, and realized after talking to Ostrovsky “it was something we wanted to be involved in.”

“If people want to buy a beer and let me donate, that’s fine with me,” Greenfield said. “If they want to donate through the QR code or through the donation box, that’s wonderful too. I think it’s a great cause that we all need to support.

Companies interested in participating can email [email protected] to learn more. Posters with QR codes will be given to them.

Greenfield said she was particularly sold because United Help Ukraine is an established charity run by volunteers and less than 1% of its revenue is needed for overheads.

“I think sometimes as Americans we just push money, and it makes us feel better, but we don’t really know where it’s going or how we’re giving,” she said. declared.

“I think that’s the beauty of this project. We know who is responsible, we know their hearts are breaking over this and they know where the money will go.

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