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Take-out mixed drinks could be back on the menu at Pennsylvania bars and restaurants

Pennsylvania bars and restaurants could start selling customers mixed drinks to go again if a proposal from the state Senate is approved.

These drinks were popular early in the pandemic, when catering businesses lacked sales during the state’s indoor dining ban. Liquor regulators have temporarily allowed establishments licensed to sell alcohol to provide mixed drinks to go – as long as they don’t exceed 64 ounces and are sold before 11 p.m.

Bar owners were then disappointed when Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board had to ban take-out cocktails again after the state’s declaration of a pandemic emergency ended last year. Before that happened, lawmakers tried and failed to fully legalize the drinks. Although a majority in both houses voted in favor of the idea last summer, it did not receive the final Senate vote it needed to be sent to Governor Tom Wolf’s office.

The senses. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and John Yudichak (I-Carbon) are mounting another effort and, like last time, expect broad support.

“The Republicans and Democrats I’ve spoken to realize that this industry has been one of the hardest hit, so to speak, during the pandemic and the shutdowns,” Laughlin said.

“This legislation will give restaurants and bars the ability to maintain cash flow and expand their offerings, helping them recover.”

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) said last summer she would not call a take-out cocktail measure for a vote until lawmakers decide whether to keep permanently pandemic-era rules regarding outdoor cocktail service. Months later, they solved the problem by approving a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails within 300 meters of their own premises.

Although people can once again dine at restaurants in Pennsylvania, Chuck Moran of the state’s Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association said bringing back cocktails to go would still be helpful.

“The virus is still there and some customers are hesitant to walk into a restaurant, sit down and enjoy a meal,” Moran said. “So you still have to get past that and then of course you don’t know what’s going to happen next winter.”

Moran said supporters of the first take-out cocktail bill soured when a few Republicans passed a measure to also legalize canned or ready-to-drink cocktails. Democrats were among those who opposed the move, saying canned cocktails would have made it easier to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor industry.

Laughlin said he would agree to legalizing these drinks, but only as part of a separate bill.

“The way people buy alcohol in Pennsylvania is changing. I think we can all see that,” he said. -to-drink, I just don’t want her attached to this [cocktails-to-go] legislation.”

Laughlin and Yudichak’s effort, known as Senate Bill 1138, now awaits a state Senate committee hearing and vote.

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Lenawee County bars and restaurants see business rebound in 2021

With many indoor dining restrictions lifted in 2020, restaurants and bars have started to see business return after pandemic limitations in 2021.

One measure is the amount of liquor establishments with liquor licenses purchased from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

While beer and wine are sold through a few distributors, spirits – whiskey, gin, vodka, etc. – are all sold only through the Liquor Control Commission. Each year, the commission releases reports showing how many bars, restaurants, stores, and others are licensed to sell state-ordered alcoholic beverages. The report gives a dollar amount for each company and not a breakdown of what was ordered. It also does not include beer or wine orders because the state is not a wholesaler of these beverages. Additionally, the amounts do not match the amount the companies collected from customers during sales and could include inventory ordered in 2021 but not sold until 2022.

Stores are by far the top source for those enjoying a drink 21 or older – Super Liquor III in Adrian led all stores in Lenawee County with $1,057,681.80 in state orders in 2021. But sometimes people want a bartender to serve them a cocktail and in 2021, these are the top 10 places people have barged in in Lenawee County:

1. Chaloner Cigar House, Adrian

2021 orders: $95,455.62

2020 orders: $57,082.04

2019 orders: $100,689.13

Fine cigars, old-fashioned candies and bags of fresh popcorn have been part of Chaloner’s Cigar House and Store business model for over 100 years. High-quality, handcrafted cocktails that you simply can’t enjoy elsewhere are also part of this successful business model, which continues to establish Chaloner’s as a destination location in downtown Adrian and throughout Lenawee County.

“We strive to have the best variety of liquors, spirits, wines and beers and strive to be the best,” said Joelyn Roberts, Bar Manager at The Chaloner. “We serve the best bourbon, rum, scotch and tequila. It is this product that you cannot find anywhere. Here, people are looking to spend money on certain bottles that they can’t find anywhere else.

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Chaloner’s customer base is quite loyal, Roberts said, and thanks to their patronage, Adrian’s historic business was able to rebound last year from COVID-19 mandates and limitations on restaurants and gathering places.

“Since COVID, we have picked up, perhaps doubling our number of customers. Our volume is just awesome,” Robert said. “We have clients (here) from all over the state. Our regular customers keep us afloat. We really appreciate the city’s support.

2. Lenawee Recreation, Adrian

The Lenawee Recreation Center and ZZ Sports Bar & Grill is located at 520 College Ave.  to Adrian.  The sports bar and 24 lane bowling alley offer something for everyone of all ages.

2021 orders: $48,052.83

2020 orders: $24,795.04

2019 orders: $30,849.64

Home to a 24-lane bowling alley and ZZ’s Sports Bar and Grill, Lenawee Recreation Center is also home to Second Arrow Pro Shop, a full-service pro shop where guests can meet all their bowling and entertainment needs. ‘equipment.

The center is also the home bowling alley of local Lenawee County high school bowling teams, including Adrian, Madison, and Sand Creek, as well as the bowling teams of Adrian College and Siena Heights University.

There’s a bit of something for everyone to enjoy at the Lenawee Recreation Center, and for adults, that includes its selection of spirits, too.

ZZ’s Sports Bar and Grill offers a full bar featuring various types of liquor with “premium cocktails prepared by our talented bartenders,” according to information posted at

“Eat, drink and watch sports at Adrian’s first sports bar, ZZ’s Sports Bar and Grill,” enthuses the website. “We offer large flat screen TVs throughout our bar, Keno, great space for small or large parties and our food and drink menu is top notch.”

3. Fiesta Ranchera, Adrian

Mexican restaurant Fiesta Ranchera, 1675 US 223, Adrian attributes much of its success in liquor sales to its variety and popular sizes of margaritas.  Flavors include traditional lime, strawberry, peach, mango, and coconut.  All varieties of flavors can also be mixed,

2021 orders: $44,574.50

2020 orders: $25,731.49

2019 orders: $51,636.08

If you want to treat yourself to a tasty locally made margarita, look no further than Mexican restaurant Fiesta Ranchera.

Margaritas and Mexican cuisine are an almost perfect marriage of food and drink and it seems the current system at Fiesta Ranchera is pleasing its customers.

“COVID has been a pretty good blow to our sales,” manager Luis Vega said. “The community came out to support us however they could, and we couldn’t do take-out alcohol (during the pandemic shutdowns). We could make blank drinks, if customers requested. He took a good hit. Our sales have plummeted.

Luckily for Fiesta Ranchera, its clientele has supported the business as best they could, and the support continues today as COVID-19 warrants begin to run out. The restaurant is almost back to normal serving customers and celebrating with big birthday parties.

Margaritas can also be quite large.

Margarita sizes are available in 12, 16 or 27 ounce glasses, or customers can order half pitchers or full pitchers of margaritas in a variety of flavors including traditional lime, strawberry, peach, mango and walnut of coconut. Any variety of flavors can also be mixed together, Vega said.

“Fortunately, we have a good community here at Adrian. They are good for us and we are good for them,” Vega said. “Everyone get out now, if they can.”

4. Taverne des deux lacs, Manitou beach

Two Lakes Tavern, 110 Walnut St., is located in the Manitou Beach Village and is well known for its smoked pork and freshly made burgers.  These menu items and many more pair well with the tavern's selection of handcrafted liquors and mixed drinks.  Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

2021 orders: $44,383.32

2020 orders: $23,021.11

2019 orders: $22,575.25

Two Lakes Tavern in Manitou Beach wasn’t even open for an entire year of business before sweeping state-imposed regulations to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, impacting bars and restaurants nationwide.

Owner Misty Robertson referred to the pandemic shutdown with one word: “Stressful.”

“We have tried to stay open as much as possible during COVID for our neighbors,” Robertson said. “The people who come here are our family and our friends. We are here for the long term.

Just about any variety of liquor you could think of is available at Two Lakes Tavern. Robertson, who has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, said she owes the success of the tavern bar to bar manager Rachel Beach, who is responsible for preparing daily drink specials. Beach, Robertson said, has an idea of ​​what customers like to drink.

Live music, entertainment and karaoke create a fun atmosphere at the tavern. During the summer lake season, lake goers and tourists are almost regulars.

“I have a great team of employees who want to work hard and be successful,” Robertson said.

Two Lakes Tavern rebranded under Robertson’s ownership. The rebranding phase included the addition of an expanded beverage menu and well-known items such as its smoked pork and freshly made burgers.

5. Brooklyn Moose Lodge, Onsted

The Brooklyn Moose Lodge on US 12 near Onsted, pictured March 8, 2022, features souvenir license plates from other Moose lodges above the bar.

2021 orders: $41,502.63

2020 orders: $27,856.28

2019 orders: $39,948.59

Located between Evans and Sand lakes on US 12 is the Brooklyn Moose Lodge, a private fraternal organization. Ranking so high on this list came as a surprise to former Governor Phil Gilliam.

“I can’t believe we competed with County, being a private club,” he said.

Membership costs $70 for the first year, then $50 per year to renew, Gilliam said. The lodge supports charitable causes like Moose International’s Mooseheart, a residential day care center near Chicago for children whose families cannot care for them, and Moosehaven, a seniors’ community in Florida.

Maintaining a family atmosphere and being close to Irish hill lakes helps the lodge’s bar and restaurant stay busy, Gilliam said. In the summer they have live music and cornhole on the terrace. They were able to add seats this year and people came back to the lodge.

“We are grateful for our members,” Gilliam said.

6. Artesian Wells Sports Tavern, Cement City

2021 orders: $39,615.02

2020 orders: $26,935.32

2019 orders: $40,716.14

7. Jerry’s Pub & Restaurant, Brooklyn

2021 orders: $38,836.73

2020 orders: $20,891.52

2019 orders: $41,725.73

8. Applebee’s, Adrian

2021 orders: $36,458.07

2020 orders: $27,160.29

2019 orders: $39,924.98

9. Muk Sports Pub, Tecumseh

2021 orders: $30,959.99

2020 orders: $18,682.12

2019 orders: $31,235.36

10. Brick Wall Pub & Grill, Adrian

2021 orders: $24,599.72

2020 orders: $20,668.40

2019 orders: $32,193.80

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Some King County restaurants and bars meet vaccine requirements

This week, King County lifted the requirement for bars and restaurants to verify proof of vaccination. But some owners say they don’t plan to stop checking just yet.

SEATTLE — King County has officially lifted a mandate requiring restaurants, bars and certain other businesses to check for proof of vaccinations before customers enter. However, some local spots say they still plan to require proof at this time.

The Octopus Bar in Wallingford is one of them.

“What I want people to know at home is that it’s not us who are saying that because you think that way, we don’t want you here; at the end of the day, we want you to everyone be here,” said general manager Keeley Gislason.

Gislason said they want everyone to come and feel comfortable, but their priority is the health, safety and comfort level of their staff.

“Obviously, we’re not scientists or medical professionals, but that’s what got us this far without any major incidents, so we have to stick with it,” she said. declared.

She and her colleagues are hoping someday soon COVID and vaccinations won’t be a factor.

“And hopefully then it’s all gone and everyone can come back and we never have to talk about it again – but it just doesn’t seem like it is yet,” Gislason said.

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It’s just one of many Seattle restaurants that have posted on social media that they plan to continue checking for vaccination evidence.

Gislason said they weren’t trying to make anyone feel uncomfortable and hoped customers would be receptive and understanding.

“When you run a bar you try to avoid politics at all costs because alcohol and politics are dangerous, but for us it’s all about staff safety first and foremost,” Gislason said.

Gislason said The Octopus Bar had to close for two weeks in December as cases skyrocketed after she fell ill and the rest of the staff followed.

“So just to be on the safe side we closed for a couple of weeks and surprise all of a sudden they tell us we can get rid of the vax cards but it’s like we just closed yesterday,” he said. she declared.

They expect to let the mask mandate go, given that people tend to take their masks off once they eat or drink anyway, and they hope to end the vaccination requirement when everyone will be comfortable. But for now, they hope people will support them and respect their staff.

“Whatever hyper-awareness I had of the staff before, that’s even more the case, because I mean when this vaccine mandate started, we had door guys who had just been reprimanded, everything was quite difficult,” Gislason said. “We went through this and the last thing I’m going to do is go back and start over.”

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Dallas bars and restaurants will ring in Texas Independence Day this year

About 186 years ago, Richard Ellis, the President of the Texas Constitutional Convention, appointed five men to draft the state’s Declaration of Independence: George C. Childress, James Gaines, Edward Conrad, Collin McKinney, and Bailey Hardeman. They modeled the document on the country’s declaration of independence, establishing the separation of Texas from Mexico and the creation of the Republic of Texas. On March 2, Ellis signed the incorporation document, which was distributed to what were then the towns of Bexar, Goliad, Nacogdoches, Brazoria and San Felipe.

Since then, cities across the state commemorate the holiday, which also fails Texas Flag and Sam Houston Day. Although March 2 is not an official public holiday, government offices are operating with reduced staff as a reminder.

Bars and restaurants are getting in on it too, celebrating with Texas-inspired food and drink. Here’s where to find the best places to celebrate all things Lone Star State on March 2

rodeo bar

The Texas-themed bar within the Adolphus Hotel will feature an assortment of adult-friendly Texas dishes. Cheer on the state’s founding fathers with an ice-cold Dr Pepper or relive your childhood at the State Fair with a sampling of Frito Pie, Turkey Legs and Funnel Cake. Order a bowl of Texas red (chili) or a plate of carne asada to end the evening. As always, the bar’s signature Rodeo Burger will be available for purchase.

JAXON Texas Kitchen and Beer Garden

With $2 burgers, $3 Texan pilsners, and $5 Texan whiskey all day, the downtown beer garden and cafe celebrates Texas and the venue’s second anniversary in a big way. Bumble & Brim Hat Co. will be on hand with Texas-themed hats and branded merchandise for guests to purchase. Be sure to grab an item or two for a souvenir photo for the Photo Wagon, which will be on site. At 7 p.m., Straight Tequila Night, a 90s country cover band, will play live music until 10 p.m.


Celebrate happy hour like a real Texan. From 5-7 p.m., the Uptown restaurant will offer $12 palomas, old-fashioned tequila, and ranch waters. Also on offer: a $30 sampling flight, which includes happy hour specials, plus two small pours of tequila blanco and rosa. Pro tip: RSVP for the happy hour special to receive a free appetizer. Country musician Sarah Johnson will be on hand for the afternoon party. Don’t forget to take pictures of Texas-sized balloons for the gram.

the ranch

Show your Texas pride with a tasting of Texas wines. This event focuses on state wineries, instead of tequila and whiskey, to showcase Texas wine country. For $75, guests will blind taste a selection of Texan wines and compare them to other wines from around the world. The tasting will be accompanied by a series of bites from the restaurant’s chef. At the end of the night, guests will leave with a personalized bag, wine glass and tasting notebook to continue their wine tasting adventures elsewhere. For non-wine connoisseurs, the restaurant will host a Texas whiskey tasting from 5-7 p.m. Buy tickets.


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Why weren’t more bars and restaurants in Cleveland allowed late hours for All Star weekend? Editorial Board Roundtable

Visitors to The Block watch a video that was made for them by Ridgeland Studios and was made in a stop-motion action format. The Block opened today during NBA All Star Weekend, giving fans a three-day experience of access to top players, musical acts, personalities, local artists, designers and more around the corner from West 54th Street and Detroit Avenue, February 18, 2022 Yes, II’s NBA All Star party in Cleveland this weekend – but why aren’t more bars and restaurants staying open late? The round table of the editorial board is looking into this question.John Kuntz,

New Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb cited neighborhood safety concerns and limited planning time in his decision to allow only seven Cleveland hotels to continue operating for an additional hour and a half after 2:30 a.m. this weekend. -end NBA All Star.

But many in the city’s struggling hospitality industry who could use this post-pandemic boost were shocked by the decision, which left most of the 80 bars and restaurants that had taken the time to apply. . City Council Speaker Blaine Griffin said he was “extremely disappointed”.

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Super Bowl fans pack Gaslamp Quarter bars for watch parties

SAN DIEGO — On Super Bowl Sunday, all it takes is good company and a good seat to have a good time.

Crowds booked their seats in front of flat-screen TVs in Gaslamp Quarter bars and restaurants to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium.

“We just wanted the downtown vibe, we just got dropped off, we were walking around and it looked like fun here,” Rams fan Emilee Sierra said.

Along Fifth Ave and Market Street, teams from the Gaslamp Quarter Association set up free inflatables, including a field goal and quarterback challenge.

For some people, it’s all about the halftime show.

“It was a really good surprise, it was just a throwback. It was all Californians, just the West Coast,” Rams fan Joann Naoum said.

“I actually saw Anderson Paak on drums. I would have liked to see him sing and dance but he was in the back so it was cool. I’m a Big Snoop Dog and Mary J fan,” said Bengals fan Lauren Gentzler.

In the third quarter, the drinks were flowing at American Junkie, which catered to fans of both teams.

“Dos Equis, our Mexican lagers, have gone crazy,” said American Junkie waitress Megan. “It’s the Super Bowl of super bowls to serve. It was awesome there, the crowd is amazing, the game is awesome.

Rams fans stayed late Sunday night to celebrate their NFL victory.

“We need this one for LA, to represent and take the state,” Rams fan Rick Phelps said.

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Lebanon accident chokes Beirut’s legendary Hamra Street

BEIRUT (AP) — From his small music store on Hamra Street in Beirut, Michel Eid has witnessed the rise and fall of Lebanon through the changing fortunes of this famous boulevard for more than 60 years.

Hamra Street represented all that was glamorous in Beirut in the 1960s and 1970s, with the best cinemas and theaters in Lebanon, cafes frequented by intellectuals and artists, and luxury boutiques. It has seen a revival over the past decade, with international chain stores and lively bars and restaurants.

Now many of its stores are closed. Poor Lebanese and Syrian refugees beg on its sidewalks. Garbage piles up on its corners. Like the rest of Lebanon, the economic crash swept the streets like a destructive storm.

At 88, Eid recalls the bad times, during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, when Hamra saw militias fighting, killings in his cafes and, at one point, invading Israeli troops marching through the city. Street. Nothing was as bad as now, Eid said.

“We’ve hit rock bottom,” he said. Few customers come to his Tosca Music Shop and Electronic Supplies, which sells records and a variety of electronic clocks, calculators and watches.

Lebanon’s Economic Collapse was the country’s post-war high point. Militia leaders from the war became the political leadership and have held power ever since. They ran an economy that was booming at times, but was actually a Ponzi scheme riddled with corruption and mismanagement.

The program ultimately collapsed, beginning in October 2019, in what the World Bank calls one of the world’s worst economic and financial crises. since the mid 1800s.

The value of money evaporated, wages lost their purchasing power, dollars in banks became inaccessible, and prices soared. No less than 82% of the population today lives in poverty, according to the UN

A stroll down Hamra Street shows the impact.

Many stores closed because landlords could no longer afford high rents and huge monthly bills for private electricity generators. After dark, businesses still in operation close early. Many streetlights are not working due to power cuts. Once late at night, Hamra feels deserted before midnight.

At its height in the 1960s and 1970s, Hamra Street was the elegant heart of Lebanon’s pre-war cosmopolitan era, Beirut’s Champs-Élysées. Arab, European and American tourists flocked to its chic shops, restaurants and bars.

Hamra had the best cinemas in the capital. At the Piccadilly Theater, Fayrouz, Lebanon’s most beloved singer, performed. You might see the international diva Dalida stroll down the avenue before one of her shows. World stars have given concerts in Lebanon, including Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka.

Located in the western district of the capital, Ras Beirut, Hamra was – and still is – a place where Christians and Muslims live side by side. Its cafes were haunts of artists, intellectuals and political activists, caught up in the leftist, secular and Arab nationalist spirit of the time.

“Hamra Street is an international avenue,” says Mohamad Rayes, who has worked on the street since the early 1970s and owns three clothing and lingerie boutiques in the neighborhood.

He was talking while sitting in a café which, in the 1970s, was called the Horse Shoe. He pointed to a corner where two of the greatest Arab singers of the time, Abdel-Halim Hafez and Farid el-Atrash, had a regular place, as well as Nizar Qabbani, an iconic romantic poet from Syria.

The Civil War put an end to this golden age. The fighting caused heavy damage in Hamra Street.

After the war, Beirut’s center for international trade and shopping moved to a newly renovated downtown. But Hamra Street saw a major facelift in the early 2000s, with new water, sewage and electricity systems.

This has fueled a revival over the past 15 years. International chains like Starbucks and Nike have opened stores. New restaurants have sprung up, including those opened by Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war.

The new wave pushed many pre-war icons out of the region. Its famous Modca cafe has been replaced by a bank. A McDonald’s stands in place of the Faisal restaurant, where Arab leftists once huddled over glasses of arak liquor and appetizer dishes. The Piccadilly Theater has been abandoned.

But the street attracted a new generation of young people from all sects, bringing with it the progressive spirit of the frustrated Arab Spring of 2011. Again the street rang with bars. One club, Metro Medina, attracted young crowds with retro performances of early Arabic music from the last century.

Hamra stays busy during the day. Thousands of people come for treatment at its medical centers or to study at the nearby American University of Beirut, one of the best educational institutions in the Middle East.

But “Hamra is not the Hamra of the past,” said Elie Rbeiz.

Rbeiz, 70, has been a hairdresser for the elite in Hamra since 1962. Among his regular clients was the late Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, who once flew Rbeiz to London on a private jet for a haircut. Rbeiz expanded his business 20 years ago to include menswear.

Now in the economic crisis, its sales have fallen by 60%.

Still, Rbeiz believes Hamra will bounce back. He said his store blew up during the Civil War and he renovated and reopened it. “I didn’t surrender then and I won’t surrender now. Ever.”

Not everyone is so sure.

Eid opened his music store in Hamra in 1958. He will close it when he stops working, he said. His two sons live abroad; if they don’t want his 4,500 records, many of which are collectibles, he’ll donate them.

Will Hamra Street bloom again? “Never ever. Impossible,” he said.

But he won’t leave.

“Hamra Street is the oxygen I breathe,” he said. “I grew up in Hamra Street and I will end my life here.”

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NPHET advises widespread reopening, including nightclubs and offices

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

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

The team recommended the general easing of restrictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Otherwise tomorrow Monday was the other date being discussed.

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

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

Reporting by Sean Defoe

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Happy alcohol take-out restaurants grab Hochul’s attention

ALBANY – The hospitality industry, which has pleaded with the state to re-allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol with take-out and delivery orders, was encouraged on Wednesday to hear the cited measure among Governor Kathy Hochul’s priorities to be accomplished over the coming year.

Although it was not included in the text of his state-of-the-state address that was distributed beforehand, Hochul verbally mentioned take-out alcohol, illustrating what a reporter from the pool said. in attendance was said to be the only audible reaction from the crowd in person to a variety of plans and goals that the governor described. The response was a “chuckle,” the reporter said.

In accompanying material for the State of the State Speech (see page 115), Takeout Alcohol is one of six initiatives in what is described as a billion dollar proposal to help small businesses across the state.

Calling on alcohol to become a “critical revenue stream for New York City bars and restaurants during the pandemic,” Hochul’s proposal said she would like to make the provision permanent, although such a measure requires adoption. of the state legislature.

Before the pandemic, restaurants and bars were allowed to sell take-out beer only. Under an executive order during the pandemic state of emergency, former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2020 began allowing restaurants and bars for sale, with takeout / delivery orders, every alcoholic products that they were allowed to serve internally, including cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, wine by the glass and bottled, and alcohol by the bottle. The order was renewed monthly for over a year.

Alcohol lapsed in late June after the legislature, faced with stiff opposition from the liquor store lobby, failed to pass a bill that would have continued to take alcohol to take away on a one year trial basis. Although the bill contains concessions to opponents, including banning sales of full bottles and limiting portion sizes in restaurant takeouts, it never made it past committee stage before the adjournment of the legislature.

Take-out liquor supporters applauded Hochul as he renewed attention to the issue.

“This incredibly popular and critical measure would add a much needed revenue stream to the restaurant industry as we continue to struggle through the third year of the pandemic,” Scott Wexler, Executive Director of The Empire, said Wednesday. State Restaurant & Tavern Association, in a statement. He continued, “For the benefit of restaurant employees, employers and their customers, we hope to see a permanent extension adopted as soon as possible.”

Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said her members were happy with Hochul’s plea for take-out alcohol, noting that 78% of the public believe it should be restored, according to a survey carried out for the commercial group.

“These are tough times that just don’t relax. The restaurant industry is hit again by another wave of COVID-19, colder weather restricting dining options and widespread staffing issues,” said Flsichut in a press release Wednesday.

Calling last year’s bill “better than nothing,” Fleischut said the restaurant association was concerned about some of its provisions and hopes to see a less restrictive version passed, but is encouraged by the firm’s support. governor to measure in principle.

“We will fight (…) to allow alcoholic drinks to take away and delivery,” she said.

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German student stabbed and seriously injured in brawl outside Tel Aviv nightclub

A German student was stabbed and seriously injured in a scuffle outside a Tel Aviv nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 22-year-old man, a German national living in the central town of Herzliya, was repeatedly stabbed outside the Meitav Street site.

Police said in a statement they arrested three suspects – all residents of Ra’anana and Herzliya – aged 18 and 19.

The three will appear in Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court later Saturday for a pre-trial detention hearing.

The Israelis packed bars and restaurants across the country on Friday night, determined to celebrate the New Year despite the rise in COVID numbers and new restrictions aimed at limiting the celebrations.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said it had treated 28 victims of violence overnight, including two people in serious condition and one person defined as moderately injured.

In addition, dozens of people, many of them teenagers, have been treated for illnesses and injuries related to excessive alcohol consumption.

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Some bars and restaurants in Asheville temporarily close, COVID protocols

ASHEVILLE – Diners and drinkers will need to take extra steps to prepare before heading to town.

Normal operations at local bars and restaurants may be disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased regulations and the winter season.

Closure during the peak holiday season is not typical for food and beverage businesses and is another example of the pandemic’s toll.

“The week between Christmas and New Years has historically been a very busy and lucrative time for restaurants in the Asheville area,” said Jane Anderson, executive director of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. “The fact that some of them had to close is a big blow to their results. They depend on that income to get it through January and February.”

Positive COVID tests, negative result

The omicron variant of the virus continues to increase during the holiday season, leading to temporary shutdowns in the New Year. Some companies have announced closures and stricter health and safety guidelines after discovering employees have been exposed or tested positive for the virus.

Little Jumbo, a neighborhood bar at 241 Broadway Street, closed on Christmas Eve and is not expected to open until January 3 or later. The bar closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19 and came into contact with other employees.

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“We wanted to be as careful as possible when it comes to protecting our guests and staff,” said Chall Gray, co-owner. “We have a small squad, so unfortunately we really didn’t have a lot of choice because we don’t have a lot of people to start. “

Some employees are waiting for the results of their tests, which will determine when the business reopens, he said.

“I stopped trying to predict the future two years ago because it just never worked for me,” Gray said.

Little Jumbo was closed for 387 days after the initial pandemic shutdown in March 2020, he said. The bar opened in April 2021, and this is the first time it has been forced to close due to the virus since then.

The latest shutdown has another big impact on the company’s revenue. Additionally, Little Jumbo canceled their New Years party and refunded ticket holders.

“It’s definitely a big hit on the income, that’s for sure. I don’t see any way to get it back. Business interruption insurance hasn’t really done much for anyone at any time, and I doubt it does now. It’s just a loss, ”Gray said. “I look forward to the day, which I hope won’t be in more than a few years, that all of this will be a thing of the past.”

Stricter COVID Protocols

Holeman and Finch, a restaurant that opened earlier this month on the South Slope, has been closed for more than a week, due to the pandemic. The restaurant has closed and is expected to resume operations on Jan.4, according to the restaurant’s website.

Once reopened, the restaurant will follow suit with other restaurants and bars in Asheville and require customers to present proof of vaccination to enter. And temperature controls will be required for all guests.

Little Jumbo introduced a proof of vaccination rule in August.

“We were among the first. Asheville Brewing, they were one of the main pioneers there, and The Crucible, ”Gray said. “I’ve heard that more and more places are starting to require it now, just in the last few days.”

There were negative comments from guests, while others expressed that the vaccination check was the reason they decided to visit, he said.

“From the calls we get at AIR, I think there are people looking for these restaurants,” Anderson said. “On the other hand, I know there are people who don’t like going to restaurants like this. It’s kind of a mixed bag.

Bottle riot

On December 27, Bottle Riot updated their guidelines to include the vaccination requirement.

Additionally, according to North Carolina law, guests will need to register as “members” of Bottle Riot to be admitted, as the bar now sells spirits and is considered a “private bar.” Previously, membership was not required since the bar only served wine and beer. The law has established bars that serve spirits but do not have restaurant kitchens serving food, co-owner Lauri Nichols said.

“Our priority continues to be the health and happiness of our staff, all our guests and our communities, and we believe that further proof of COVID-19 vaccination to become a member of Bottle Riot is a small but crucial step. to take to do so. “Nichols said.

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Many bars operate under the categorization of private bars, Gray said, including Little Jumbo. Guests should be prepared to register at the gate if they are visiting for the first time.

“It’s easy and windy. Anyone 21 and over just needs to show valid ID, along with proof of vaccine, ”Nichols said. “It can be a vaccine card or a clear photo of the card on your phone and a one-time $ 1 membership fee.”

Winter downtime

After the holiday rush, some establishments close for days or weeks to give their employees time to rest and take care of internal tasks. Winter holidays are normal and a practice that dates back to before the pandemic, Anderson said.

“Because January and February are traditionally the slowest months of the year for our restaurants, it is not uncommon for many of them to take winter vacations … so they can do a bit. repair and restoration in their restaurants, ”she said.

Customers are recommended to visit the company’s website, social media pages or call before scheduling a visit to confirm that it is open and to know the updated hours, which may be reduced due lack of staff. Also check out its COVID-19 guidelines, which may have changed with the recent virus spike.

“My best suggestion for people looking to dine out, especially this week, is (to) make sure the restaurant you’re going to is open – so check their website and / or call them,” Anderson said. “The best thing is to be nice and wear a fucking mask.”

Tiana Kennell is the food reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter / Instagram @PrincessOfPage.

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The best new Dallas bars and restaurants of 2021.

After a tough year for small businesses, we’re raising a drink at the 21 Best Bars and Restaurants that opened in Dallas in 2021.

“You win, you lose”, as the old saying goes. This year in the food and drink news, Dallas has lost a lot to the ongoing pandemic that is hitting local businesses, resulting in numerous closures. But as the year draws to a close, let’s focus on the positives – as establishments have closed, many have opened – which is a feat worth applauding at times like this.

In no particular order, we’re highlighting 21 spots that caught our attention (and our taste buds) last year. So if you haven’t looked at them yet, quickly add them to your list – you need to make sure that you have time to check out all the establishments that appear in 2022.

Murphy’s Spider

Photo via Spider Murphy’s website.

This Irish pub is less beer-focused, which may sound blasphemous to some, but we’re in it. Offering cocktails like an old-fashioned mezcal and espresso martini, the pub serves more refined versions of bar fare, including burgers, nachos, and even weekend brunch options. Dublin owner Feargal McKinney opened the joint in March and subsequently completed a trio of Irish pubs on Henderson Avenue – McKinney also owns The Old Monk and Skellig, McKinney.

Charlie’s Star Lounge

This dive bar was brought to you by our friends behind The Nines. In a location that was once known as The Star Lounge on the edge of Deep Ellum, Charlie’s Star Lounge opened in April and kept the retro vibe of its predecessor – it’s just been cleaned up a bit. With DJs, arcade games, and expanded drink offerings, this is a place where you can truly relax.


Photo via the Cheapsteaks Facebook page.

Another Deep Ellum joint, this long-awaited casual steakhouse opened in August in the space that was previously Stonedeck Pizza. Here you can get cheap steaks (duh) from Israel Fearon’s cuisine, cocktails (Smoke, Hotel St Germain, The Porch and Neighborhood Services) and live music.

Blackbird Society Speakeasy / Neon kitten

It’s a 2-in-1. Neon Kitten is a dim sum lounge that opened in October and offers sushi, dumplings, and other Asian fare. There is also a cocktail menu, and one of them is served in a glass shaped like Hello Kitty. If you want more exclusive drinks and Japanese spirits, direct your attention to the back of the restaurant where its reservations clandestine bar, Blackbird Society resides.


Photo via Atlas menu.

Inspired by his travels, Krio owner Dan Bui opened this lounge bar at Bishop Arts that serves food and drinks from around the world. Here you can find bruschetta, gyros, and pho on the same menu, as well as spirits from Singapore, France, and Kenya, among others. It also sports a sophisticated bookcase aesthetic, so you can get drunk and feel smart. And if you want to book a private section, you can get there through a secret library.

South Roots Table

This Farmers Branch restaurant was named one of Esquire’s Top 40 New Restaurants in America. Chef Tiffany Derry’s Southern Comfort restaurant was the only Dallas restaurant on the list. We have previously quoted Esquire who called Roots “glaring proof that the black cuisine of the southern Creole coast … is both the country’s greatest culinary heritage and its way forward.”

Electric mixer

Photo via Electric Shuffle website.

Originally based in London, this Deep Ellum store is the country’s first and makes shuffleboard cool. The trendy spot, which serves both food and drink, contains 17 puck layouts. You can get Caught in The Rain – tequila infused with jalapenos, coconut, pineapple, lime, simple syrup – or Live Lav Love – vodka, lavender, lemon, simple syrup, and egg white.

Villa Azur

In November, this nightclub and restaurant opened its Dallas location at the W Hotel. During the day, it’s a Franco-Mediterranean restaurant where you can taste first-rate seafood. At night it transforms into an upscale nightclub with crazy entertainment like waders and contortionists.

Beckley 1115

Photo via Beckley’s website 1115.

In Oak Cliff you have this restaurant / wine bar which opened in October and offers comfort and fine dining for all meals of the day. They also have a burger of the month, which benefits various nonprofits. And of course, wine.


Led by Executive Chef Nick Hurry, the Bishop Arts Lounge offers cocktails and shared platters with tropical inspirations. This is another restaurant containing a sweatshop, well, a “singeasy”. Inside are the Casanova Karaoke Lounges – six rooms with an app-based database for choosing songs and adjustable lighting.

Social green light

Photo via Green Light Social Dallas on Facebook.

We’re a little ahead of ourselves on this one, as this Austin-based venue’s second location isn’t quite open yet, but it’s coming December 31st, just in time to place it on this. listing. It’s right next to your favorite spots – Bottled Blonde, Vice Park, Citizen, The Sporting Club, and Blum.

Thunderbird pies

In the fall, Jay Jerrier’s brand new concept from Cane Rosso opened in East Dallas. It specializes in rectangular and thick Detroit-style pizzas. You can also find beer and wine on the menu, as well as pinot freezio, a special frozen blend of pinot grigio and cucumber lemonade.


Photo by @smariefoodtography on Instagram.

This Lower Greenville ‘avant-garde cocktail bar’ opened in July and features things you’ve never had, like a gold leaf drink that costs $ 5oo and others that ‘numb it. your tongue, have an octopus tentacle or [are] made with pasta sauce. They make drinks with scientific tools and techniques like liquid nitrogen, centrifuges, and pyrolysis. The food is just as crazy.


Located in The Epic in Deep Ellum, Harper’s offers global cuisine and fine cocktails. Here you can get steak, seafood, and a Trip “N” Grass cocktail that contains CBD oil. The place is Milkshake Concepts’ latest neighborhood business that also brought you Vidorra, Stirr, Serious Pizza, Sky Rocket Burger, and Dirty Bones.


Photo via @postinowinecafe on Instagram.

This Phoenix-based wine bar’s premier North Texas location, Postino opened in April in a building shared with Merit Coffee. Like Deep Ellum, the bar pays homage to the region’s music scene with concert posters and ticket stubs lining the walls.


The Franco-Indian restaurant opened in the spring at what was once Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. The menu includes lamb vindaloo and various brunch options. At the back, a champagne bar called Elephant Bar serving cocktails with a Franco-Indian touch.

Saddle lounge

Photo via @sidesaddlesaloon on Instagram.

In Fort Worth, located in the Mule Alley complex, is a Texan cocktail and tapas bar that pays homage to the vintage cowgirls of the Old West. What are some Texas tapas you can ask for? Bacon, cheddar and chive cookies, duck confit tacos and house beef jerky, to name a few. Yeah.

Saint Tacos

After BBBop Seoul Kitchen left Lower Greenville and turned into a ghost kitchen, Saint Tacos returned in the spring. The menu includes breakfast tacos, street tacos, Tex-Mex dishes, and chicken wings. No margin here, but you can get horchata and a hibiscus limeade.


Photo via Muchacho’s Facebook page.

If you want margaritas, head to Southlake for this Tex-Mex eatery from James Beard-nominated chef Omar Flores. The food and drink menus are both stacked. Another restaurant in Flores, Whistle Britches, also opened its third restaurant this year. Probably because he got the Flavortown Seal of Approval from Guy Fieri on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives back in 2018.

The Rabbit Hole Bar & Grill

This cozy place has taken over the old Eastbound & Down space on Ross Avenue. A perfect place to hang out with the neighbors, the place has a dog park, fire pit and patio, and offers over 20 beers on tap.

Hot Chicken

Photo by Cody Farmer.

Finally, an ode to the hot chicken craze that hit Dallas. Above is our ranking of four different spots since the start of last year. In June, Lucky’s Hot Chicken announced five new locations: Oak Lawn, Richardson, Pleasant Grove, Framers Branch, and Grand Prairie. Head to the already open locations of East Dallas and Highland Park if you haven’t already.

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England bars and restaurants applaud lack of new Covid measures | Hotel industry

Hotel bosses have welcomed the news that the government has ruled out further restrictions on Covid in England ahead of the busy New Years Eve negotiation period.

Companies had called for certainty, with bars and restaurants saying they had been left in limbo at a time of potentially lucrative reservations – or costly cancellations.

Industry feared Boris Johnson and ministers would toughen Covid-19 measures in England, after the Omicron variant led to an increase in Covid infections.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have already imposed stricter Covid rules on physical distancing and the number of people who can meet, including closing nightclubs.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, the industry body, said confirmation by Health Secretary Sajid Javid that no further crackdowns would come in England before the start of 2022 was good new for business.

She said the government had taken a “pragmatic and proportionate approach” which “would give a real lifeline to many of those who have struggled with the loss of trade in the run-up to Christmas.”

“Losing the New Year in December would have been devastating, and keeping restrictions to a minimum helps protect businesses and jobs,” she said.

Possible restrictions ministers have reportedly considered, including advice to households not to mingle indoors, would have been a lockout aside from the name, she said “with trade pushed to unsustainable levels” .

Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of ARC Inspirations, which operates 18 bars in the north of England, said it would be “fantastic for the industry” to have no more restrictions.

Speaking before the PM confirmed there would be no changes, he said certainty was needed for “our managers and staff, our clients – who want to know if they can meet their loved ones -” and the entire supply chain “.

He had planned that his bars would be open and had already placed orders, as he said it was not possible to leave everything at the last minute.

“It’s a very, very profitable time for everyone – it’s when we make the money that gets us through January,” he said.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association (Nita), which represents bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and entertainment venues, said the decision came after “a few extremely worried weeks for our industry”, but he was glad the prime minister listened.

He said, “Our industry can now begin to plan with some certainty over the next week and make up for lost time promoting one of the key nights of the year in the coming days.

“It is important that, given this opportunity, we continue to recognize our responsibility to the public health strategy and urge our clients not only to support us during this time, but also to play their part in ensuring that it is the start of our recovery. “

On Twitter, Nita called the announcement “amazing news”, saying, “The New Year is on !!”

Kill said a longer term strategy was needed, adding: “It is clear that the open and close strategy, which has had a huge impact on our industry, is not sustainable.”

Others echoed the call for more clarity. Speaking ahead of Javid’s comments, Paul Askew, the head chef of the Art School restaurant in Liverpool, said his business was ‘eroded’ by announcements that had caused anxiety and the cancellation of large group bookings .

“This procrastination in the middle may serve political convenience but not business recovery and confidence,” he said.

“The government needs to make it clear to consumers that it is safe to go out, or if it isn’t, put a circuit breaker in place and compensate all businesses involved.”

Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said Johnson needed to provide “much more clarity on what his government will do in the near future and in the longer term.”

“There is an urgent need to support public spaces to improve ventilation and air quality, with structured and smart public investments,” he said.

A £ 1billion emergency package, consisting of business grants and sickness benefit aid, which was announced last week by Rishi Sunak has aroused the ire of hotel bosses, who said it was not enough after the collapse of the pre-Christmas pub, restaurant and hotel trade.

Nicholls reaffirmed the warning on Monday, adding: “Without further rate relief and a lower VAT rate to support jobs, businesses will fail and jobs will be lost.”

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New Orleans bars and restaurants covid-19 vaccine compliance mandate

New Orleans director of communications Beau Tidwell held his weekly press conference to address the spread of the omicron variant along with other city updates. with the mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 55 locations, 19 were found not to comply with the warrant and received a verbal warning and instructions on how to comply. Tidwell said these locations will receive a second visit and risk citations and even closures if they don’t comply. He stressed that it is a last resort if establishments do not comply. Tidwell also said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell would provide an update on the city’s coronavirus restrictions on Thursday. It is not known which restrictions will change. Turning to Hurricane Ida, Tidwell said a virtual town hall will be held on Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m. Residents wishing to participate can register at City officials will share their perspective on the decisions that have been made, and residents will be able to ask questions and provide feedback.

New Orleans director of communications Beau Tidwell held his weekly press conference to address the spread of the omicron variant along with other city updates.

Tidwell said last Friday that Code enforcement had visited more than 50 bars and restaurants that were flagged to 311 for not being in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Of the 55 locations, 19 were found not to comply with the warrant and received a verbal warning and instructions on how to comply.

Tidwell said those sites will receive a second visit and risk citations and even closings if they don’t comply.

He stressed that it is a last resort if establishments do not comply.

Tidwell also said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell would provide an update on the city’s coronavirus restrictions on Thursday.

It is not known which restrictions will change.

Turning to Hurricane Ida, Tidwell said a virtual town hall will take place on Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m.

Residents wishing to participate can register at City officials will share their perspective on the decisions that have been made, and residents will be able to ask questions and provide feedback.

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Dutch cannabis cafes see increased activity during COVID-19 pandemic

Customers walk in and out of cafes in The Hague, as the cannabis trade booms despite current restrictions on coronaviruses.

Whether it’s to calm their anxiety or ease the boredom of the past two years, many shoppers say their consumption has increased during the pandemic.

When the Netherlands first closed its doors in March 2020, there were scenes of ‘weed panic’ with long queues in front of cafes, the Dutch term for cannabis cafes. .

But while access to bars, restaurants and nightclubs has been severely limited, cafes have been able to remain open, mainly for take-out.

Since 1976, the Netherlands has tolerated the consumption of cannabis, hashish, weed and other products that can be purchased in coffeeshops.

The Hague, seat of the Dutch government, has around 30.

A survey by Trimbos, a mental health and addictions research institute, found that 90 percent of Dutch cannabis users had smoked the same or more since the start of the pandemic. Three quarters smoked every day.

“So it’s not about people who want to get high, to get away from it all. Rather, it’s a way of dealing with everyday anxiety,” said Stephen Snelders, historian of drug use.

Similar changes in tobacco and opium use have been seen during historic plague epidemics in the Netherlands, he added.

During the stress of a pandemic, “a little brain party is always nice,” agrees Gerard Smit, who runs the Cremers coffeeshop in The Hague. “There is nothing wrong with having one (a joint) while watching Netflix.”

However, the coronavirus restrictions have emptied many famous smokehouses and smoke-filled cafes. “We love each other, but we don’t give each other more joints,” said Smit.

Take-out sales are booming, however.

“For most coffee shops, this pandemic is quite beneficial, yes. People stay at home more, they smoke more, profit more because there is nothing to do. So yes, the coffee shops are very well spent, “he added.

“COVID has been good for us,” smiles Carmelita, owner of No Limit Coffeeshop in The Hague.

“The only profession that is happy with COVID is coffeeshops,” she continued.

The No Limit Coffeeshop also saw the number of its customers increase during the pandemic, from 300 to 350 customers per day to 500.

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Gray Cup Watching Nights Boost Winnipeg Bar Business

While the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are ready for Sunday’s Gray Cup battle in Hamilton, so are the fans at home.

“Oh, that’s great. It’s beautiful,” said Collin Glass, who was watching the game at Tavern United.

“I expect more fans and we can all applaud them loudly.”

“Oh yeah, can’t wait to go to the viewing party. It’s going to be sick. Hope the bombers come out of it,” said Carson Allaire, who was also watching the game at Tavern United.

The city’s bars and restaurants like Tavern United put on their hosts’ hats to give fans the best possible experience.

“It’s nice to see our fans come out and have fun with us and have fun together. Everyone is just eating and drinking and having a good time,” said Brandi Holden, supervisor at Tavern United Transcona.

However, for many companies, the Gray Cup means more than just fun.

“I mean obviously, the sportier the city, we’re a pub style restaurant, so obviously sport helps us with sales,” said Riley Edwards, managing director of LOCAL Public Eatery.

At LOCAL, the game marks a triumphant and important end to the CFL’s pandemic break.

“The last two years since the pandemic have been tough for all of us in the industry. It’s just amazing to have sports in the city. I know our community loves bombers and jets,” Edwards said .

As for the fans, they are also more than happy to see the Bombers make another run for the Cup.

“You have to love it,” Allaire said. “You wish you could be at the game, but it’s the best thing to do.”

Glass agrees.

“It’s like the next level. I’m glad the team is doing well and moving on. I hope they finish strong this season.”

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Ohio Sportsbook Ready Local Bars and Restaurants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN0 – Ohio has waited on the sidelines as 32 states have legalized sports betting. Now Ohio is ready to step into the game.

Lawmakers approved it, now it’s up to the governor.

Sports bars and restaurants were waiting for sports betting to kick off in Ohio. Coaches Burger Bar has six locations (Austintown, Calcutta, Canton, Poland, Salem, St. Clairsville) that are ready.

It kind of goes hand in hand. Burger and beer and gambling and sports bar, ”said owner Patrick Howlett,

Howlett said he was happy Ohio is moving forward and catching up with other states that have seen the benefits of sports betting legalized. He notices the camaraderie and excitement that surrounds big games like watching Ohio State or the Super Bowl and thinks that will expand with sports betting.

“I really think it keeps them here a bit and it makes things more fun. I’m going down and I’m going to bet on the game, have a burger and beer and watch my game I’m betting on, ”he said.

Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that creates sports betting online, in casinos, stadiums, and even bars.
This latest wrinkle in sports bar betting would likely be with machines like lottery machines already present.

“I think just like having the lottery in restaurants, having Keno, I think that keeps people there,” Howlett said. “I think you are developing more regulars. I think people come to play in certain places, and that’s what they do.

Ohio was penalized for not having sports betting. The players just crossed the border and bet in Pennsylvania. Ohio lawmakers took three years to legalize sports betting.

“I am in favor of sports betting in the state of Ohio. Its time has come, ”said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

Lawmakers want sports betting to be up and running next year in the state. They set a deadline of January 1, 2023 for its start.

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New COVID Ireland travel measures: PCR / antigen test required during nightclub closure

Meanwhile, from tomorrow (Sunday, December 5), passengers arriving from overseas in Dublin and other southern air and sea ports will be required to produce proof that they do not have COVID via PCR or antigen test.

Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly TD has now signed the regulations amending the requirements for international travel to the Republic due to the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

From Sunday, December 5 (after midnight tonight, Saturday), overseas passengers to Ireland will be required to show proof of a negative / undetected COVID-19 test result.

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In advance, passengers are encouraged to adhere to these new travel requirements to support Ireland’s response to the pandemic.

A passenger with proof of vaccination or recovery may present either a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Proof of a negative / undetected COVID-19 test result will be verified prior to departure and may be subject to checks upon arrival.

Passengers should also complete the Passenger Tracking Form prior to traveling to Southern Ireland (less than 72 hours prior to arrival): to Ireland who arrive without a negative test result are required to self-quarantine at home and have a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival. Subsequent negative / undetected text may allow the passenger to exit home quarantine. If no PCR test is performed, the passenger must remain in home quarantine for 10 days after arrival.

The Irish government has said the new measures “are intended to be temporary and will be constantly reviewed”.

The foregoing exemptions from pre-departure testing requirements apply, including for transport workers, children under 12, and people traveling for urgent medical reasons.

The test measures do not apply to passengers whose journey has started in Northern Ireland and who have not been abroad within 14 days of arrival.

For more travel information, visit, in a speech to the nation on Friday evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a series of other restrictions were deemed necessary.

The Taoiseach has announced the closure of nightclubs from Tuesday, December 7 to January 9.

Strict social distancing will be required in all bars and restaurants including hotels and they must all revert to the situation that was in place before October 22.

This means: table service only; 1 meter between tables; a maximum of six adults per table; there cannot be reservations for more than one table; masks must be worn outside the table; closing time remains at midnight.

There will be a maximum of 50% capacity at entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, all of which must be full. Face masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking.

The Covid Pass will be compulsory for sports halls and leisure centers and hotel bars and restaurants.

In addition, NPHET advised that visits to private homes over the next few weeks should be limited to a maximum of three other households (i.e. four households in total) at a time.

Mr Martin admitted: ‘It is difficult because even though Ireland has done very well as a country and you have done everything you were asked to do, we received very harsh advice from our chief medical officer. and our public health experts who require the reintroduction of a number of restrictions.

“I understand and share the disappointment and frustration this will cause many of you … The challenge we face is that although we have stabilized the tide of cases in the country, the daily number of cases is still very high. “

He added: “This is not about going back to the days of the blockages. It’s about adjusting the guidelines to deal with the threat we face today and protecting the progress made to date.

“Across the country, scores of people in the hospitality and entertainment industries will be bitterly disappointed by this news. Many of them will fear for their livelihoods. I want to reassure them that, just as we have done since the start of the pandemic, the government will support them and ensure that they have the necessary financial supports to weather this latest storm and remain intact until we got out of it. “

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Covid-19: Fun Freedom Day as bars and nightclubs brace for new traffic light system

Fat Eddie's, one of the most popular concert halls in central Christchurch, will host crowds on Friday evening.


Fat Eddie’s, one of the most popular concert halls in central Christchurch, will host crowds on Friday evening.

Crowded dance floors and bustling bars are back, with the new traffic light system configured to transform evenings under Covid-19.

From Friday, venues can open without restrictions, as long as they meet the My Vaccine Pass requirements.

Under the new traffic light framework, people will have to show their vaccination cards at cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs to avoid tighter restrictions. They may also be required to provide photo identification to verify their passport.

In central Christchurch, hotel businesses were eager to operate without the current Alert Level 2 restrictions, which included the presence of all customers.

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Janelle Pritchard – the managing director of The Oxford Group, which owns several locations including Fat Eddies, Original Sin and The Bog – said that while the transition presented challenges, it has been widely welcomed by the hospitality industry.

“We are in a business that relies heavily on late night trading and open dance floors, the complete opposite of what we have been able to do,” she said.

The group had developed “an extended modus operandi” to allow staff to treat customers calmly, as they would meet “some people who are not happy to have to present a pass”.

“We choose to scan, not just see the passes,” she said.

Nick Inkster is the owner of the Inkster Group, which operates an OGB bar and Austin Club in central Christchurch.

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Nick Inkster is the owner of the Inkster Group, which operates an OGB bar and Austin Club in central Christchurch.

“We will cross-check the vaccination pass with an identity document.”

In addition to preparing to check customer vaccination cards, companies also had to gather proof of vaccination from their staff, which had been a “huge challenge,” Pritchard said.

Nick Inster, the owner of the Inkster group which owns the OGB bar and the Austin Club, didn’t foresee any big problems.

“It’s just a normal day for us, except everyone who walks through the door has to prove that they are doubly vaccinated,” he said.

“People who have chosen not to be vaccinated have probably accepted that they will not be able to get out of [Friday]. “

Regulars would be asked to show their vaccination passports once, he said.

“We’re not going to keep asking them every day.

“If we have people trying to get in who are not vaccinated, they will not be served and will be asked to leave. “

Vaccine passes, which include a QR code, were made available from November 17 and in less than a week, more than 1.1 million passes were downloaded.

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European countries tighten restrictions in fight against covid-19

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Nations across Europe took further action on Friday in an attempt to prevent a covid-19 spike from spiraling out of control, hoping that action now will preserve the joys of Christmas next month .

A spike in cases fueled by the contagious delta variant has forced governments to act to curb infections even in countries with no outbreaks and high vaccination rates.

Meanwhile, the world faced yet another challenge in its long pandemic ordeal on Friday: the discovery of a new, potentially more transmissible variant of covid-19 found in southern Africa – which the World Health Organization named on Friday. “Omicron” under its Greek name. letter system.

In Belgium, where a spike in cases and hospitalizations has exceeded even the worst medical forecasts, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has stepped up measures for the second time in just over a week and closed nightclubs, while bars and restaurants must close at 11 p.m. for the next three weeks.

“We were deceived by the delta variant,” he said.

Referring to the more than 25,000 cases per day currently in the country of 11 million people, he said: “This is unprecedented in our country”.

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Neighboring Netherlands have struggled with the virus just as much.

Health Minister Hugo De Jonge said hospitals in the Netherlands had been ordered to cancel planned surgeries and increase acute and intensive care beds to 1,350 across the country to deal with the growing number of covid patients.

The Dutch government tightened its lockdown on Friday night amid a rapid rise in infections and admissions to intensive care units, although it has kept schools and universities open – where most students will be required to wear masks in the hallways between the courtyards.

Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that for three weeks from Sunday all places such as bars, restaurants, theaters and shops selling non-essential items will close from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. As part of the current lockdown, they are to close at 8 p.m.

“The numbers are high, higher, higher,” Rutte said of the spike in infections.

He said a panel of experts had advised the government to take action to reduce the number of people-to-people contact by at least 20%.

“That means we won’t get there with a few small tweaks. And that’s why we’re here today, a week ahead of schedule, with another message that’s going to demand a lot from all of us,” Rutte said. .

He urged people to stay and work from home as much as possible and has extended the use of face masks and social distancing to cover places where the country’s covid pass is already in use. While Rutte spoke, a few dozen protesters protested loudly, but peacefully, on a nearby street, blowing whistles and blowing sirens.

In Spain and Portugal, where infection rates are lower than in most European countries, authorities were also reinstating previous restrictions or adding new ones.

In Spain, although 79% of its 47 million people are fully vaccinated and hospital admissions are increasing at a slower rate than in previous outbreaks, the mandatory use of covid-19 passes is becoming widespread .

In Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, passes were to become mandatory from Friday to enter bars, restaurants, gyms, nightclubs and retirement homes. But authorities in the region have said they are temporarily suspending the order due to an overwhelming number of pass requests.

The Catalan health service said in a statement that it had received more than 700,000 pass requests in the four days leading up to Friday. Health officials have said the implementation of mandatory passes will be reconsidered next week.

In Portugal, less than two months after removing most of the pandemic’s tighter restrictions, the government announced on Thursday that it would reinstate some of the measures such as mandatory masks in confined spaces or the digital certificate required to enter some premises. Even people who have been vaccinated must test negative to visit hospitals, nursing homes, sporting events, and bars and clubs.

And in Italy, where the covid situation was under control compared to neighbors like Austria, the mayors of Milan, Bologna, Padua and Bergamo were imposing mask mandates for the holiday season. New restrictions were also expected in Rome.

Denmark, meanwhile, announced on Friday that it plans to start offering covid-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 from this weekend after the European Union regulator cleared Thursday Pfizer’s vaccine for children.

“Our assessment is that by providing children in the target group, we can increase immunity and eliminate infection,” said Helene Probst, deputy director of the Danish Health Authority. “We need it.”

She said Denmark was “in the middle of a historic health crisis”.

Information for this article was provided by Colleen Barry, Aritz Parra, Barry Hatton, and Jan M. Olsen of The Associated Press.

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(CNN) – Austria has introduced unprecedented new Covid measures, Ireland is under curfew at midnight, but India has reopened its doors to vaccinated tourists.

Here are some of the biggest developments in travel this week:

It’s starting to look a lot like … confinement

Visitors explore Vienna’s Christmas market on November 15 before Austria returns to containment.

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Austria will impose national containment on November 22 as Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced, becoming the first European country to do so this fall.

But things are accelerating in Asia

India suffered greatly when it was hit by a calamitous second wave of Covid this spring, but it now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, which has earned it a CDC Level 1 rating as as low risk travel destination. Monday it opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Ireland is now a Cinderella state

Irish revelers must now leave their Prince Charming and hurry home from the ball. Ireland imposed a midnight curfew in bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just a few weeks after the nightclubs first reopened since March 2020.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands has returned to partial lockdown and Hungary and the Czech Republic are among the four new additions in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest risk travel category.

Ireland will impose a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs from November 18 as the country experiences a further rise in Covid-19 cases, despite one of the highest vaccination rates in the world . CNN’s Becky Anderson sits down with Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to chat.

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In the United States, there will be a lot more shared turkey compared to last year, as vacation travel is expected to return almost to the good old days of 2019. Here’s our advice to manage the rush.
About 53.4 million Americans are expected to be on the move, including Jamal Hinton, who will continue his tradition of visiting his “grandmother Wanda” in Arizona. The couple met in 2016 when Wanda Dench accidentally sent teenage Hinton a Thanksgiving invitation intended for her grandson and an unlikely friendship blossomed.

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Maya Bay in Thailand to reopen

It's not me, it's you: Maya Bay needed some time to recuperate and a break from the tourists.

It’s not me, it’s you: Maya Bay needed some time to recuperate and a break from the tourists.

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Thai authorities have announced a reopening date for one of the most famous attractions in the country. Maya Bay, a resplendent cove made famous by “The Beach” – a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio – will reopen to tourists on January 1, 2022. This particular closure was unrelated to Covid, however; It has been banned for tourists since 2018, as authorities embarked on a rejuvenation program to revive the region’s decimated corals.

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State, Shady’s Bar and Grill settle pandemic lawsuits

(KNSI) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday his office has settled the lawsuit against Shady’s Bar and Grill and another business that violated or threatened to violate executive orders during the COVID-19 emergency in time of peace.

Gov. Tim Walz has closed all bars and restaurants for in-person dining, and Shady’s owner Kris Schiffler has said he won’t be doing so much longer if he can’t open his doors. He had planned to open his location in Albany, but Ellison applied for and received a temporary restraining order prohibiting him from opening the doors. A GoFundMe page had been set up to help Shady’s and other bar and restaurant owners pay legal fees. In a few days, more than $ 200,000 was raised.

Under the terms of a consent judgment filed in Stearns County, Shady’s will pay the state $ 30,000. All funds received under this settlement go to the State of Minnesota General Fund, not the Attorney General’s office.

According to a press release, the settlement comes after more than a year of litigation. The press release says Shady’s has filed counterclaims against the governor and other state officials who were removed from office following opposition from the attorney general’s office. In August 2021, the attorney general’s office obtained summary judgment on his claims and was allowed to seek fees for his litigation costs.

Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks was also ordered to pay $ 25,000 for violating emergency orders.


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Delhi HC allows the sale of herbal hookah in bars and restaurants. Details here

Judge Rekha Palli, who has heard a series of pleadings from several restaurants and bars against the ban on the sale or service of herbal-flavored hookahs, said the bans imposed due to Covid-19 “cannot last forever ”and said authorities have already allowed cinemas and swimming pools to operate at full capacity.

Noting that he was granting permission on an interim basis, Judge Palli made it clear that bars and restaurants would commit to serving only herbal hookah in accordance with strict coronavirus protocols.

“Subject to the applicants filing an undertaking, until the next hearing date, the respondent (the Delhi government) will refrain from interfering with the herbal hookah service,” the judge noted. .

“In the event of a change in the situation of Covid-19, the respondent will be free to move the tribunal,” she added.

The court also ordered the AAP-led Delhi government to file its response to the petitions and asked it to “take a call” if other restaurants and bars contact it for permission to serve water-based hookah. plants according to the coronavirus protocol.

Separate petitions have been filed by Breath Fine Lounge and Bar, TOS, R High Speedbar and Lounge, Verandah Moonshine and Sixth Empirica Lounge in West Punjabi Bagh claiming that they serve herbal hookahs for which no license is granted. required because they are completely tobacco-free. but the police continued to carry out raids, seize equipment and launch challans.

The petitioners challenged the order of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Licensing Unit) prohibiting the sale or service of herbal flavored hookahs.

The Delhi government has opposed arguments claiming that for a single mistake the whole of Delhi would have to pay a heavy price, and allowing hookah consumption in public places could spread COVID-19 since people would share it.

“Now you have everything opened. Cinema room, full capacity. Swimming pool, full capacity. You want to ban hookah, you can do it but not on COVID grounds, ”the judge told Delhi government lawyer Santosh Kumar Tripathi.

“What’s going on? These people (the petitioners) don’t have to survive? I gave you a long rope. But there must be a limit. You cannot have such restrictions at the expense of of your livelihood. I know we can’t let our guard down but this can’t go on forever “,

The Delhi government attorney reiterated the official position that herbal hookah cannot be allowed to be sold and used at this time.

The petitioners argued that the continued ban on the sale and use of herbal hookah was unjustified.

The High Court had previously ordered the Delhi government to reconsider the ban and file an affidavit.

The Delhi government then told the court that now was not the time to ‘let our guards down’ for unnecessary service that is likely to contribute to the transmission and severity of the coronavirus.

The court was informed that under the latest order of October 14, the Delhi government decided to maintain the ban on the use of hookah, with and without tobacco, i.e. hookah to herbal, water pipes and other hookah-type devices, in all public places, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc.

The Delhi government had clarified that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority only allows activities, such as opening cinemas, restaurants, etc., which are essential, are of social welfare and of the public and can be tracked in accordance with all appropriate COVID behaviors.

However, the very nature of the hookah mechanism increased the risk of transmitting the virus, it was said.

The court registered the case in February next year for a new hearing.

With PTI inputs

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Editorial: Still Life Nightclub Comes to Chapel Hill

From mom and pop stores and college bars to local restaurants, Chapel Hill and the surrounding area are known for their college aesthetic.

Local places – like He’s Not Here and Sutton’s Drug Store – help keep the vibe of the college town of Chapel Hill going. But, this fall, a new club is opening on Franklin Street that could bring a new going out experience to Chapel Hill.

Still Life Chapel Hill, a nightclub and rooftop bar, will be located above Sutton’s Drug Store on Franklin Street. Its official opening date has not been disclosed.

After losing many businesses on Franklin Street to the pandemic, the addition of a nightclub in the area is a promising sign that life is coming back to Chapel Hill after the pandemic.

As the number of COVID-19 remains relatively low, bars and restaurants in Chapel Hill can operate at full capacity. Unlike this point last year, going out on a weekend night in Chapel Hill is reminiscent of life before the start of the pandemic. This means that students and people in the community are eager to go out and visit the bars, restaurants and clubs. Still Life Chapel Hill opens just at the right time to capture this demand.

The nightclub is said to be Chapel Hill’s premier entertainment experience. This may be what Franklin Street needs. At present, the nightlife in Chapel Hill is relatively limited to college bars.

The library was once a bar with plenty of space to dance, but it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this summer. Other Chapel Hill nightlife spots that have room for drinks and dancing are often crowded and have long lines. Anyone who has had to wait over an hour to get into Goodfellows knows what we’re talking about.

Although Chapel Hill is definitely a college town, the addition of a large nightclub will provide new and different options for going out on Franklin Street. With bottle service, a sweatshop, and a rooftop bar, Still Life Chapel Hill will be unlike most nightlife spots in the area.

Still Life has owned several nightclubs throughout North Carolina, including in Greenville at East Carolina University. The Still Life at ECU is a popular nightlife space – the Instagram account alone for this location has 20,000 followers. But not all locations in Still Life were successful. Raleigh’s Still Life closed this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the location has not yet opened, we are already awaiting the opening of Still Life in Chapel Hill. Social media accounts for the venue are popular, and bouncers, bartenders and promoters are already in the process of being recruited.

The opening of Still Life in Chapel Hill is a promising sign that businesses are still drawn to the area, despite the high costs of renting space on Franklin Street. This venue is going to be a different experience than most of the nightlife spaces already in Chapel Hill, which is exciting when you think about what Franklin Street will look like after the pandemic.

With so many businesses shutting down during the pandemic, it’s exciting to think about what’s new in the region. A nightclub – with all of its attributes – is a welcome addition to Chapel Hill nightlife.


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15 Boston bars and restaurants serving hot cocktails

Breweries & Bars

Warm up with spicy hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and drizzled chai tea.

CYOC hand warmer series at City Tap House. Town tap house

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As igloos and fireplaces began to reappear across the city, it was only a matter of time before Boston bars and restaurants began adding hot cocktails to their seasonal drink menus.

Not that we were complaining. There are few things that compare to sipping rum hot chocolate by a fire pit or warming your hands around a hot toddy in a bar while the threat of snow looms outside. And while frozen mai tais and frozen margaritas may miss us for a few months, there’s hot cider to keep our spirits up.

To help guide your next order as the temperatures continue to drop, here are 15 Boston bars and restaurants with hot cocktails to keep the cold at bay.

Tequila Toddy at A&B Kitchen • Bar
Tequila Toddy at A&B Kitchen • Bar. – A&B kitchen • Bar

Hot toddlers are usually made with whiskey, but this West End restaurant gives the drink a twist by using tequila instead. On your next visit, try Tequila Toddy made with aged añejo tequila, agave nectar, lime, and hot baking spices, topped with a stick of cinnamon and star anise for garnish. (115 Beverly Street, Boston)

Wassail at the alcove
Wassail in Alcove. – Alcove

Want to combine your hot cocktail with a sweet sight? Take a seat on the Alcove patio overlooking the Zakim Bridge and order the Wassail, a soothing blend of Ferrand 1840 cognac, apple cider, orange and cloves. (50 Quai Lovejoy, Boston)

Apple Seed Sipper at Bambara Kitchen & Bar
Apple seed sipper at Bambara Kitchen & Bar. – Bambara Kitchen & Bar

Miracle, the Christmas-themed holiday event that is taking over bars around the world, won’t appear at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel’s Lobby Bar until November 26. In the meantime, you can stop by Bambara, the Cambridge hotel restaurant and bar, for the equally festive Appleseed Sipper. Served hot, the drink is made with red lillet, altos blanco tequila, honey, lime and apple bitters, making it a smooth and fruity cocktail. (25, boulevard Edwin H Land, Cambridge)

Salvatore Toddy at the Mezzana bar
Salvatore Toddy at the Mezzana bar. – Reagan Byrne

This South End coastal Italian restaurant is heating things up with Salvatore Toddy, made with rum, honey and Averna amaro, the latter of which is named after its inventor, Salvatore Averna. (360 Harrison Avenue, Boston)

Bourbon hot chocolate at Buttermilk & Bourbon
Bourbon hot chocolate at Buttermilk & Bourbon. – Buttermilk & Bourbon

What else would a hot chocolate at Buttermilk & Bourbon be enriched with if not … bourbon? The South Back Bay hot spot this year has hot chocolate with bourbon, cherry jam and a flambé fluff topping. (160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

Hand warmers at City Tap House
Hand warmers at City Tap House. – Town tap house

Seaport Restaurant’s new CYOC (“Make Your Own Cocktail”) hand warmer series allows patrons to prepare their favorite version of a hot and alcoholic beverage. Choose from a base of hot chocolate, coffee or apple cider, followed by your choice of $ 4 shot: Stoli vanilla, Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, Baileys, Frangelico and other options. Finish it off with a filling of whipped cream, marshmallows, Christmas chips, Heath bar, crushed candy canes or chocolate shavings. (10 Boston Wharf Road, Boston)

Happy Birthday at Juniper

Happy Birthday at Juniper
Happy birthday to Juniper. – Juniper

A cheeky nod to Alice in Wonderland Tea party, Wellesley’s Juniper is now serving Happy Unbirthday, featuring Bully Boy dry gin, brewed green tea, Giffard pineapple liqueur, chartreuse yellow, and lemongrass simple syrup. Topped with hot water and a lemon wedge, this cocktail encourages sipping slowly – and maybe a finger in the air. (13 Central Street, Wellesley)

Chocolate peanut butter at Liberty & MAIN
Chocolate peanut butter at Liberty & MAIN. – Freedom & PRINCIPAL

At Liberty & MAIN, the recently opened American bistro at Legacy Place in Dedham, chocolate and peanut butter find a happy marriage in this decadent drink. The hot cocktail uses Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and Illy coffee, and is topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder. A final garnish: a chocolate munchkin. Who needs dessert after a drink like this? (500 Legacy Place, Dedham)

Warm Italian wood-fired apple pie MidiCi
Warm Italian apple pie over a MidiCi wood fire. – Italian wood-fired MidiCi

Fancy a hot apple pie? Assembly Square’s MidiCi gave the popular fall dessert a boozy twist, combining hot cider with vanilla whipped cream vodka and topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick. (463 Assembly Row, Somerville)

Spicy hot chocolate at Publico Street Bistro
Spicy hot chocolate at Publico Street Bistro. – Bistro on rue Publico

Publico’s post-ski-style facility, the Lodge at Publico, is expected to return in mid-December. Until then, you can stay warm with the restaurant’s spiked hot chocolate made with Kahlua and Baileys and topped with a good serving of marshmallows. Visiting with a crowd? The drink is also available in a large format cocktail served in a French press carafe. (11 Dorchester Street, Boston)

Hot apple cider at Puritan & Co.
Hot apple cider at Puritan & Co. – Puritain & Cie.

It’s the season for anything hot, including the festive Hot Apple Cider from Puritan & Co.. The cider is spiced up with brandy, figs, orange peels and winter spices, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to some of the dishes on Puritan’s new fall menu, like a dry-aged pork chop with fall veggies or a squash and honey risotto. (1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge)

Chocolate in Rochambeau
Chocolate in Rochambeau. – Rochambeau

For another boozy version of hot chocolate, consider Rochambeau in Back Bay, where sweet lovers can find Chocolate. Made with amaro and Pernod, hot chocolate is a very grown-up take on a classic cold-weather drink. (900 Boylston Street, Boston)

Hot chai at Rowes Wharf Bar
Hot chai at Rowes Wharf Bar. – Rowes wharf bar

Named one of the world’s best hotel bars for 2019, Rowes Wharf Bar is a drinking destination on Boston’s scenic waterfront. Stay warm during your visit with Hot Chai, a seasonal drink made with Wild Moon chai liqueur, blood orange puree, lime juice, yuzu and Cointreau. (70 Rowes Wharf, Boston)

Burrabirra at SRV

Burrabirra at SRV
Burrabirra at SRV. – SRV

Harry potter fans, take note: SRV’s Burrabirra was inspired by Butterbeer, a caramel-centric drink that appeared frequently throughout the series. At SRV, Burrabirra is made with bourbon, cardamaro, hot spices, apples, brown sugar and butter, and finished with vanilla and apple whipped cream. (569 Columbus Ave., Boston)

Espresso train to the North Pole at Tuscan Kitchen
Espresso train to the North Pole at Tuscan Kitchen. – Tuscan cuisine

Snowport, the vacation home of the Seaport, returns to the neighborhood on November 19 with an outdoor vacation market featuring 60 small businesses. After you’re done shopping, head to the market’s Tuscan cuisine, where thirsty guests can find cocktails like the espresso train to the North Pole. Featuring Bully Boy Vodka, a double dose of hot espresso, vanilla ice cream and gingerbread, the cocktail is a great tribute to the holiday season. (88 Seaport Blvd., Boston)

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Blaze devastates the beloved bar; second business in Fulton County to be rocked by fire this week

The week Dave Waterman, 26, was scheduled to open Top of the Hill Bar and Grill in the town of Johnstown was the same week in 2020 when bars and restaurants in New York State were forced to close in due to the pandemic. Still, the young owner said he was not discouraged. He waited a full year to finally open Top of the Hill in the spring of 2021.

And things were going well. In June, Waterman, who also owns his own construction company, renovated the exterior of the building, which had once been the Rockwood Tavern. And last week, the bar, which has over 2,000 likes on Facebook, hosted one of its biggest events to date: a Halloween party with around 50 or 60 people – a sizable turnout for one. upstate New York hometown bar.

“It was crazy. We had a lot of people,” said Katelyn Kwiatkowski, the only bartender at Top of the Hill. The 22-year-old is also Waterman’s girlfriend. She said people were dancing and put a lot of effort into their costumes. One guy dressed in Old Spice deodorant; another guy like a bag of Wonder Bread. Kwiatkowski and Waterman wore matching cowboy and cowgirl outfits. And even though he was difficult to keep up with all food and drink orders – Waterman is also the Top of the Hill cook – Kwiatkowski said: “It was one of our best nights.”

Six evenings later, Thursday November 4, Top of the Hill, at 4700 State Highway 29, experienced a fire that destroyed his kitchen and damaged the bar, according to Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria. No one was injured and the cause remains under investigation by the County Investigation Team, but the Top of the Hill fire followed a catastrophic blaze that destroyed another beloved Fulton County business more early in the week.

That Sunday fire completely wiped out Colonial Overhead Doors, on State Route 67 in the town of Johnstown, which had been open since 1989. Owner Michael McGregor said news of the fire had made him ill.

Equally heartbreaking was the Top of the Hill fire, just an 8-minute drive from the Colonial Overhead Doors site.

“It’s just unfortunate for the region,” said Santa Maria. “Let’s face it, times aren’t 100% perfect right now. We’re still a little reeling from the pandemic, so for a person to start a business and try to build something in Fulton County, that’s a wonderful thing. ”

See two Fulton County businesses badly hit by fires in a week?

“It’s still devastating,” said Santa Maria. “They put their necks in danger to try to get things done and they want to get involved in the community. It is always difficult.

The night of the fire was surreal for Kwiatkowski and Waterman. They were at the bar just an hour before they heard of the flames, Waterman said. It had been a slow night, like many weekday evenings, so they closed around 9 p.m.

Fulton County Fire and Emergency Department Deputy Sheriff Christopher Ortlieb discovered the blaze around 10 p.m. when he saw smoke and flames coming out of the back of the building, according to Steven Santa Maria. Ortlieb walked around the building to assess the extent of the fire and to see if there was anyone inside. Fortunately, no one was.

Ortlieb reported the fire to the Fulton County 911 dispatch center, which promptly dispatched the Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Station (RGL) Company of volunteer firefighters on the scene. The RGL Fire Department responded under the direction of RGL Fire Chief and Fulton County EMS Coordinator Mark Souza, according to Santa Maria. Deputy Fire Coordinator Ralph Palcovic was next to arrive at the scene and reported a massive fire in the back of the building, where the kitchen was located, with flames through the roof in that same area, said Santa Maria. Palcovic immediately asked the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Company to come to the scene with manpower and equipment, according to Santa Maria. Seconds later, RGL Chief Souza arrived and immediately requested additional resources from the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company to attend. Several other units eventually joined the fight, according to Santa Maria.

While all of this was going on, Waterman and Kwiatkowski were getting calls from friends about the fire. The couple ran back from Fort Plain. The 25-minute ride had never been so long, Kwiatkowski said.

When they got back to the bar, they didn’t see any flames, just thick smoke and lots of flashing lights.

“My heart sank. I wanted to throw up. I was just heartbroken,” Kwiatkowski said.

Waterman said: “It has taken its toll. Honestly, we’re still grabbing it.

The flames were quickly extinguished with swift action and effective tactics, Santa Maria said, with teams entering the building through the unburned front section and making their way to the kitchen in the back.

“As soon as the crews got there, they got down to work. The guys did a phenomenal job. Truly the fire never progressed further than it was when they arrived. They did all the right things. They attacked him from the right side, ”said Santa Maria. “They came in and went to get him. ”

Firefighters went up to the attic to fight the blaze that had spread there, and they remained at the scene until about 3:15 a.m., extinguishing hot spots, ventilating the building and supporting the investigation. , according to Santa Maria. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen, he said.

The building’s kitchen, back and attic were badly damaged, but the rest of the building suffered only heat, smoke and water damage.

“The kitchen area suffered the most damage. The bar had smoke and heat damage, ”said Santa Maria. “That will kind of be what the insurance company and the owners decide to do. I think it could be saved, but sometimes it’s cheaper to start over.

Although Waterman said, “It’s a pretty good mess,” he also said the plan is to rebuild with the help of insurance.

If and when that happens and Top of the Hill finally reopens, Kwiatkowski has said his heart will be healed.

“This piece that broke last night will almost be healed because we can do what we love to do again,” she said. “We will be happy to be able to do it again and see everyone’s faces again. This room will be almost full.

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Local bars and restaurants prepare for an active weekend

ROCHESTER, Minnesota (FOX 47) – The scariest vacation of the year is fast approaching. Kids will be heading to the neighborhood for treats on Sunday, but in the days leading up to the family affair, young adults tend to spend Halloween in a different way.

“This weekend is busy,” said Andy Ferguson, co-owner of Bitter and Pour. “It’s always a crazy, busy weekend. It’s funny. Usually I have no problem because people are in a good mood.

Like other bars and restaurants in downtown Rochester, Bitter and Pour prepares for an active weekend.

“It’s very busy,” Ferguson said. “Weekends downtown are usually pretty busy anyway. But, it is a longer period of activity. Instead of being busy from 7 a.m. to midnight, it’s 6 a.m. to midnight. You are full all the time. It’s not half full, half full, it’s just full.

With a vacation known to disguise yourself as someone other than yourself, there could be a question of safety. But Ferguson is not worried.

“We don’t allow people under the age of 21 to come in. To have a drink you have to be seated,” he said.

Plus, as someone who has worked in the industry, he knows how to spot a forger.

Bitter and Pour’s Andy Ferguson is ready for the busy Halloween weekend ahead and is confident he’ll be safe too. “You can usually choose a minor,” he said.

“You can usually choose a minor. Some of them might have been in places a while and they could get good, ”Ferguson said. “But they’re clumsy, hide in a corner, have someone else order for them. They won’t make eye contact with you. There is little clue they give you that they could be sketchy. We don’t have a generally younger crowd here.

Just down the street, CRAVE is adding patrols to keep up with what is sure to be a busy rooftop weekend.

“We’ll have more security,” said Hannah White, CRAVE Services Manager. “We will have cooks, managers who will step in and be at the door. And make sure people are safe.

Friday, Aventi Entertainment transforms the CRAVE rooftop into a dance floor.

“They take the whole floor, it’s a huge dance floor with fog and lights,” White said. “… We are very busy and people are having fun dancing. “

The Aventi Entertainment team then heads to the Workshop Foodhall and Bar on Saturday.

The roof of CRAVE turns into a nightclub with the help of Aventi Entertainment. “We work very well with them,” said Hannah White, CRAVE Services Manager.

“We are working very well with them,” White said. “We work as a team. We make sure they’re safe, they make sure we’re safe. We sort of do everything together.

Costumes and all, downtown employees are confident Halloween weekend will be sure to be.

“If someone comes in with a full gorilla mask, or any mask, I’ll just ask them to live it real quick,” Ferguson said. “I mean, they’re gonna have to do it anyway, have a drink of their cocktail.”

Weekend Halloween Events:

-The Mayo Civic Center welcomes Rochester on Tap for its third year. On Saturday there will be a Halloween costume contest with a prize of $ 500.

–Halloween Hootenanny at TheFarm, 7 p.m. potluck

-Trunk or Treat events, Sunday

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Sarasota’s Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants at Bradenton Beach

While we love our Florida beach bars and oceanfront restaurants, we also love to drink and maybe dine on a fab rooftop. Just five years ago, however, there were few or none in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Fortunately, that all started to change in 2017, with openings continuing through 2020. Shown from oldest to newest, here’s a look at our five favorite rooftop bars and restaurants for cocktails, craft beers and can. -be a light bite or even a full meal.

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The rooftop bar and eats

100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota; 941-217-4777;

Opened in 2017 and located on the 19th floor of the Westin Sarasota, the Roof Bar and Eats easily offers the highest vantage point of any rooftop bar in downtown Sarasota with spectacular views of the waterfront and the city ​​skyline. The pool is only available to hotel guests, but is otherwise open to the public, drawing visitors in for its expansive views of downtown and Sarasota Bay. The Roof Bar and Eats offers a selection of craft cocktails, beer, and wine, along with a menu of laptops and small platters such as burgers and quesadillas. There are a variety of living room furniture to take your drink or meal, including fire pits when it gets colder at night.

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The Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar is located at the Art Ovation Hotel in the Theater District of downtown Sarasota.

Rooftop pool bar in perspective

1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota; 941-316-0808;

Part of the Art Ovation Hotel in the Theater District of downtown Sarasota, this eighth-floor rooftop bar opened in 2018. The Perspective Pool is for hotel guests only (except when you buy a day pass), but is otherwise open to the public, with its own view of Sarasota Bay and downtown, and late-night Fridays and Saturdays that draw a nightlife crowd. It also regularly hosts events, including a rooftop reggae party hosted by Shantel Norman of Jah Movement. The Perspective’s menu offers signature and classic cocktails, beer and wine, as well as dishes such as a burger and a blackened grouper sandwich.

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In downtown Sarasota, Sage serves a selection of creative cocktails, beers and wines at its rooftop bar.


1216 First St., Sarasota; 941-445-5660;

Opened in 2019 in the former Sarasota Times building on the National Register of Historic Places, Sage recently reopened its rooftop bar on the fourth floor. In addition to its historic background, the allure of Sage’s rooftop bar is its privacy, not reaching the heights of its downtown counterparts, but almost feeling like it is hanging out on the rooftop of Sage. ‘a friend, also with a big home. Sage serves a selection of creative cocktails, beer and wine, and plans to offer a menu of dishes on its rooftop in the near future. For now, you can go downstairs to try its acclaimed international cuisine.

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The Deck at Oak & Stone in downtown Bradenton is a 3,400 square foot rooftop bar with stunning views of the Manatee River.

The terrace at Oak & Stone

1201 First Avenue West, Bradenton; 941-357-4306;

Opened in late 2019 and located atop the eight-story Springhill Suites hotel in downtown Bradenton, The Deck at Oak & Stone overlooks the Manatee River with views of the Palmetto Shore, Tampa Bay, and the Bridge Sunshine Skyway. At the covered rooftop bar you can order from their menu of craft cocktails or help yourself to the beer wall with taps for craft beers, ciders and wine selections. There is also a large open-air space with several seating areas with coffee tables and fire pits. Hunger? The Deck now offers Oak & Stone’s full menu with thin crust pizzas, oven-roasted chicken wings and a tasty burger.

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Daiquiri Deck Restaurant and Bar opened its location on Anna Maria Island, on Bridge Street in the town of Bradenton Beach, in March 2020. This photo was taken on March 8, 2020.

Daiquiri Bridge Anna Maria Island

107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach; 941-253-3300;

The Sarasota-based Daiquiri Deck has five impressive locations, but our favorite is the most recent, which opened on Anna Maria Island in early 2020. Located near the west end of bustling Bridge Street in the small town of Bradenton Beach, it occupies the second and third floors of a beautiful new Key West-style building. The rooftop bar and accompanying terrace offer views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as much of the island, as no structure can exceed three stories. Along with the alcohol infused slushies that made the Daiquiri Deck famous, they also offer seafood and raw sea bass, along with plenty of other menu items.

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Wade Tatangelo, the entertainment and dining editor of the Herald-Tribune, can be contacted by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Email entertainment reporter Jimmy Geurts at [email protected] Support local journalism by subscribing.

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Haunted Lehigh Valley Restaurants To Visit This Halloween, Pt. 2

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Editor’s Note: To read the first installment in this series, click here. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Saucon Source newsletter and follow Saucon Source on Facebook, because there is nothing scarier than missing out on important local news and information.

The Lehigh Valley has no shortage of bars and restaurants housed in historic buildings. Many of these great restaurants have been operating for generations, and in some cases they have apparently done so with a little help from certain “wits”, both literal and figurative. ??

Legends of haunted establishments abound in our region as well, which is why we are highlighting some of them this Halloween. We hope you not only investigate their reported ghostly associations, but also dine with them and support them as local businesses.

Feel free to tell us your stories about these and other historic places, and of course, create new memories by visiting them for festive fun and great food all year round.

For more on each of the current and former restaurants listed below, please check out Ellen’s interview on Saucon Source’s No Rain Date podcast, episode 76 (release date: October 15, 2021).


The Iron Mule restaurant and bar, located at 831 S. Delaware Drive, Easton, was built as the Black Horse Inn in 1783. Many years later it became Stemie’s Place, and the tradition of riverside hospitality continues today under the owners of the “Mule”. Almost a century ago, however, the hospitality that was served was enjoyed not only by local patrons but also by Prohibition-era gangsters. On July 22, 1928, one of these figures was enjoying a meal at the Black Horse Inn when he was brutally murdered by an unknown suspect. At around 9 p.m. Saverio Damiano, aka Johnny “The Wop” Farrara, went to make a call in the pub phone booth when a gunman opened fire on the room. Farrara fell down a series of steps and into the basement, where he crawled around the corner and later died. It was believed to be an organized mob strike, and all witnesses immediately fled the scene. Oddly enough, Farrara’s body was not discovered until two days later, when a delivery boy stumbled upon it. Several people were believed to have ordered and executed the coup, but no motive was ever firmly established and no one was ever convicted of Damiano’s murder. Since then, dark silhouettes have been reported around the property and items have been found out of place, particularly in the kitchen. The appearance of a large black dog has been repeatedly spotted on the basement steps where Farrara died, and the dogs are known to act strangely there. The appearance of a little girl who allegedly drowned in the nearby canal was also observed.


Previously known for many years as Widow Brown’s, this former inn and stagecoach stop at 200 Main Street in Stockertown is haunted by a ghost named “Marvin,” according to the restaurant’s website. I love that they kiss their ghost as part of their business! The owner of The Widow’s Tavern and Grill isn’t 100% sure how old the tavern is, but the fact that it was once a stagecoach stop means it probably dates from the mid-1800s or earlier. As the story goes, Marvin worked at the Inn for the first few years of its existence. He fell in love with a woman who also worked at the inn, but the owner disapproved of their affair. Marvin was fired, which apparently led to his demise. We don’t know exactly what happened after this, but some time later Marvin was found hanged in the back staircase of the tavern. It is also not known whether he was hanged or himself, but what many believe is that Marvin continues to “hang around” to this day.


Credit: Township of Lower Nazareth

Above, the Newburg Inn is pictured in the late 1800s. The historic building was demolished in September 2021. For more on what led to this, as well as the site maps, read the edition Fall 2020 of the Township of Lower Nazareth newsletter.

Built in 1750 and recently razed, the Newbourg Inn in Newburg Road and Nazareth Pike was an iconic foodie destination in the Nazareth region for generations, until it closed in 2018. In its early days, the inn building served as a stagecoach stop, Indian trading post , farm and, during the French and Indian War, protection of the settlers against the attacks of the Amerindians. According to legend, a Native American was hanged in the inn’s attic, while other stories tell of the appearance of a little girl who customers and employees say frequented the bar. Some have claimed that more than 30 spirits haunted the Newburg Inn, which was demolished so that the intersection it bordered could be widened.


The old one Magnolia vineyard on Village Road in Orefield was named for Magnolia Evans, who was the daughter of a Major General serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. According to legend, one day she found an injured Confederate soldier in the vineyard behind the house and secretly began to help him regain his health. Perhaps predictably, during this time, she fell in love with him. When the soldier left to return to his regiment, he swore to Magnolia that he would return after the war, and she swore that she would wait for him. When the war ended, she waited by Jordan Creek, and waited, and waited and waited. He never came back. People say they always see her by the creek waiting.

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Haunted Lehigh Valley Restaurants To Visit This Halloween, Pt. 1

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Credit: Hanoverville Roadhouse

An early photograph of the Hanoverville Roadhouse in Bethlehem Township shows its large porch filled with guests, some of whom have apparently never left.

The Lehigh Valley has no shortage of bars and restaurants housed in historic buildings, many of which have an excellent reputation as foodie destinations. Most of the restaurants featured below have been in business and have been in operation for generations, and in some cases apparently have done so with a little help from “wits”, literally and figuratively. ??

Legends of haunted establishments abound in our region, which is why we’re celebrating eight of them this Halloween. We hope you will not only investigate their alleged paranormal associations, but also dine with them and support them as local businesses.

Of course, there are plenty of restaurants besides the ones listed below with scary stories.

Don’t hesitate to tell us about it and visit them for some Halloween fun and great food.

For the full story of each of the restaurants listed below, please check out my interview on Saucon Source’s No Rain Date podcast, episode 76 (release date: October 15, 2021).


The old one King George Inn is located in the Dorneyville section of the Township of South Whitehall at 3141 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. A renowned foodie destination in its day, the oldest part of the inn building dates from around 1755, when the surrounding area was little more than wilderness. In its early years it functioned as a center for the nascent border community, and it was during this time that it was attacked by Native Americans, during the French and Indian War. According to legend, the attackers killed most of the customers inside the inn, including a young mother and her baby. They allegedly threw the baby into a cistern (throwing bodies into wells was done to contaminate the water supply). Over the following centuries, visitors to the inn claimed to have heard a baby cry near where the cistern was located. The King George Inn narrowly escaped the wrecking ball after closing in 2012. According to a May 2020 report Morning call History, according to plans approved by the Township of South Whitehall Commissioners, the Inn building will be restored in conjunction with the redevelopment of the surrounding property, where a bank, hotel and pharmacy are expected to be built.


The Auberge du Soleil, at 564 Main Street, Bethlehem, has a long and illustrious history. Built in 1758, nearly two decades before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the stone fortress-like building was home to many legendary patriots of that era, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and John Hancock. Heavily enlarged and architecturally altered over the years, by 1971 the inn had fallen into disrepair and was on the verge of demolition. Through the efforts of one of Bethlehem’s early advocates of preserving historic resources, Hughetta Bender, the Sun Inn Preservation Association was founded and work to restore the building to its colonial-era appearance began. The popular Ghost Hunters show visited the Sun Inn in 2011 and filmed there for its “Christmas episode”. The GH team were looking for evidence of a little girl believed to be residing in the hostel’s attic, and what they found – or rather heard – were footsteps upstairs and what looked like the voice of a little girl. Using their devices, they recorded electronic vocal phenomena (EVP) of a laughing girl and recorded thermal readings where the girl was apparently sitting. Reopened to the public after its restoration in the 1980s, the Sun Inn now houses a tavern and a museum, and its courtyard serves as the city’s important public space.


Built in 1825 as a stagecoach relay, the Hanovreville Roadhouse is located at 5001 Hanoverville Road, Bethlehem. Over the past two centuries, the building has become a local landmark, repeatedly housing a post office, general store, biker bar, and even a brothel. Today it is home to a much-loved restaurant – and apparently the ghost of a young boy. People who have seen the boy say he looks very sad, often holding his head down. It is said that the boy slaps people on the leg or arms and came to visit the owner, who lives in the building, at night. The Hanoverville Roadhouse has been investigated by ghost hunters, who heard a young child’s moans and footsteps during their stay. The team concluded that the Roadhouse ghost boy could very well be a residual appearance, as they were unable to come into contact with him during their investigation and the boy tends to either take no action or pay attention to them. visitors. The current owners of the hostel have adopted their building’s spooky reputation and regularly host Halloween-themed events that are planned around it. To learn more about them, as well as the colorful history of the Hanoverville Roadhouse, visit the hostel’s website.


Before it was Braveheart Highland Pub, this building housed the Hellertown Hotel, and before that, the Eagle Hotel, which was built around 1907. Investigators from the City Lights Paranormal Society declared it “haunted,” and it is possible that the individual who be haunted by someone who once sought refuge in the building. Over the years, employees have also reported hearing voices and a female apparition was reportedly seen roaming the property. In the restaurant area, this sighting was reported by company investigators as having been seen walking into a wall and disappearing. It was later discovered that a door was in the part of the wall she had passed through. After sitting vacant for several years, the building was bought by local entrepreneur Andy Lee, who turned it into an authentic Scottish pub. Opened in December 2006, Braveheart has become a favorite dining and beverage destination in the borough over the past 15 years. It is located at 430 Main Street, Hellertown.

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WECHU ends early closure, ban on dancing for bars and restaurants

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is repealing additional public health restrictions that were placed on bars, restaurants and weddings last month as COVID-19 cases skyrocketed.

Acting medical officer of health Dr Shanker Nesathurai said Monday morning that a letter of instructions requiring bars and nightclubs to close at midnight and ban dancing had been canceled.

The letter also required weddings and funerals to have a maximum capacity of 100 people or less if a social distancing of two meters cannot be maintained.

WECHU CEO Nicole Dupuis said the region has seen a reduction in cases associated with these parameters as well as overall. Additionally, the province’s vaccination certification program, which means only those vaccinated can enter indoor bars and restaurants, is now in effect.

“We know this significantly reduces the risk of COVID-19, the risk of the spread and transmission of COVID-19,” she said during a virtual media availability Monday morning.

The revocation takes effect immediately, she said.

The previous rules, which took effect on September 7, were announced as Windsor-Essex had more than 500 active cases of COVID-19, along with some of the highest COVID-19 and test positivity rates in Province.

Some in the hospitality sector demanded an end to restrictions following the implementation of the provincial vaccination passport system.

The petition called for an end to the “curfew”

An online petition calling on WECHU to revoke the rules has received more than 1,700 signatures.

It was started by a group of bar and restaurant owners, WKND Hospitality Group, which owns The Bull & Barrel, The Goat Tap & Eateries and Wild Child Nightlife.

Matt Komsa, one of the co-owners of WKND Hospitality, said in an interview last week that downtown Windsor is booming, but business has slowed down after establishments were told to close at midnight.

He warned of the dire consequences if the mandates of the health unit remained in effect for an extended period.

“You will see layoffs, you will see overdue payments and you will see businesses closing down downtown. I can guarantee that,” he said.

Health service reports 100 new cases

The health unit said Windsor-Essex had recorded an increase of 100 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. Of the additional cases, 32 were reported on Saturday, 40 on Sunday and 28 on Monday.

Fifteen people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

A total of 278 cases are active in the region, as well as 25 epidemics.

A potential exhibition site was also announced on Monday. Anyone who has visited Buffalo Wild Wing at 3100 Howard Ave. at the times listed below should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after exposure and be tested if symptoms develop.

Exposure time:

  • Sep 25: 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sep 26: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sep 27: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sep 28: 8 am-5.45pm
  • Sep 29: 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.

A total of fourteen outbreaks occur in the workplace:

  • Six workplaces are in the agricultural sector.
  • Five workplaces are in the health care and social assistance sector.
  • Two workplaces are in the manufacturing sector.
  • A workplace is within a framework of public administration.

Outbreaks are underway in six schools, including a newly declared outbreak at Georges-P.-Vanier Catholic Elementary School.

The rest of the epidemics take place in the following schools.

  • Sainte-Ursule Catholic Elementary School.
  • West Sandwich Public School.
  • Saint-André Catholic French Immersion School.
  • Ford City Public School.
  • Al-Hijra Academy.

A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at the downtown mission, while two other community settings are also in an outbreak: St. Clair College and one at the Salvation Army.

Two long-term care homes, The Village at St. Clair and La Chaumière Retirement Residence, are also emerging.

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Diageo sees its margins increase with the opening of bars and restaurants

A bartender takes a bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 22, 2017. REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov / File Photo

Sept. 30 (Reuters) – Whiskey maker Johnnie Walker Diageo Plc (DGE.L) said on Thursday its new fiscal year had a “good start” and expected its operating margins to rise as people opt for premium brands and spend more in restaurants and bars.

The recovery in Europe has been ahead of its own expectations, while in North America, despite supply constraints, the business has been “performing strongly,” the company said in a statement ahead of its annual general meeting. later in the day.

Sales in bars and restaurants, hit by restrictions imposed by COVID last year, are rebounding sharply in both regions as higher vaccination rates encourage more people to venture out.

Sales in the African, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean markets are also doing well, but Diageo has warned that it expects some volatility in those markets to persist.

“We have got off to a good start in FY ’22 … as we benefit from the resilience of non-trade (retail) and the continued recovery in on-trade (bars and restaurants),” said the general manager Ivan Menezes.

The company also benefits from customers who buy more premium drinks and increased sales through higher-margin channels such as e-commerce, Menezes added.

Report by Siddharth Cavale in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Fingers crossed by bar and restaurateurs near Soldier Field Bears – and their joint patrons – stay in town

Owners of bars, restaurants and hotels near Soldier Field, who rely on patrons who flood the area when the Bears play at home, are hoping the city will strike a deal to prevent the team from relocating to Arlington Heights.

“For a lot of reasons, that would be sad,” said Grant DePorter, head of restaurant group Harry Caray, which has a location on Navy Pier that transports fans to and from Soldier Field by boat on game days.

“When the Bears play it brings a lot of business to Chicago, a lot of people travel for the weekend to watch their team play against the Bears and fill hotels and restaurants. It would be a big economic loss. I just hope they decide to stay, ”DePorter said.

“In New York and Los Angeles they have Hollywood actors, but in Chicago your celebrities are sports stars, and the Bears are some of the biggest stars out there,” he said.

“The Bears are great for us,” said Billy Lawless, owner of Gage, a restaurant on Michigan Avenue just steps from the grounds. “A move wouldn’t be good for hotels and restaurants in the area, but in reality it’s only eight days a year,” he said, referring to the number of home games in the regular season which the Bears play.

“I hope they can get through this, though. Emotionally it’s very important to have the Bears in the city, they are part of who we are, ”Lawless said.

Sam Toia, chef of the Illinois Restaurant Association, hopes a deal can be made.

“A move of the Bears out of town would definitely have an impact on restaurants and bars in the South Loop, West Loop and the Central Business District,” he said.

“I hope that the town hall and the Bears can come out of this,” he said. “We also have members (restaurants) in Arlington Heights, but Chicago is the economic lifeblood of the state.”

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Best Restaurants Rooftop Bars for Eating and Drinking Outside of DC

It’s 70-ish, sunny, and incredibly gorgeous weather in DC. And you know it won’t last long. Here’s where to make the most of the outdoors while sipping a delicious drink and / or enjoying something tasty this week.

Try one of these scenic spots by the water

Barca, a new Spanish-inspired bar in the old town. Photography courtesy of Barca Pier & Wine Bar

We recently mapped out all the waterfront bars and restaurants (that we know of) within a two and a half drive of DC, whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a nice riverside cocktail accessible via the subway.

Fancy a happy hour with a view, a fancy dinner or a new hotspot? Try one of our 25 favorite spots by the water.

The weather is also shaping up to be mild this weekend, a perfect time to adjust to a nice brunch by the water’s edge before the temperatures cool down.

Fall for crabs

Photograph by Jay Fleming.
Photograph by Jay Fleming.

It wasn’t the best year for Chesapeake crabs, but early fall is the best time of year for a crab feast. The prices are often lower, the crabs are plumper and it is indeed pleasant to spend hours picking outside. Here are our favorite Chesapeake crab houses, as well as some classic DC area crab houses within the city limits if you don’t want to drive.

Take your best friend to a puppy-friendly patio

Dogs and humans both love to drink outside in Dacha. Photograph by Scott Suchman

These restaurants, bars and beer gardens go beyond welcoming pets. Forget about water bowls – we’re talking puppucinos, alcohol-free dog beers (yes, that’s a thing), and even built-in play areas where they can run off leash.

Discover one of these pretty patios and roofs

The new Quattro Osteria in Shaw. Photograph by Amanda Hoey

A number of new restaurants have recently opened with atmospheric outdoor space. Quattro Osteria (pictured above) recently made their Shaw debut with an impressive menu from a team of native Italians, including Tosca elders and brothers Giovanni and Salvio Ippolito. A spacious terrazza lounge is reminiscent of Italian country homes with an indoor / outdoor setup, as well as cafe-style sidewalk seating.

Looking for something more casual? DC Chaia’s popular “taco farm” store just opened in Bethesda with a taco window and small front patio (part of a much faster, more relaxed expansion trend that’s happening right now).

More in the mood for elevated eyesight? Try one of these eye-catching rooftop bars and restaurants.

And even when the temperatures start to drop, that doesn’t mean you have to go inside – here are a few of our favorite cozy fall patios that feel like city breaks.

Spend time at a new beer garden

The new location of the Pen Druid Brewery overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photograph by Brian Oh.

There are a bunch of new (and soon to be opening) beer destinations around DC, many with great outdoor space. Plus: It’s Oktoberfest season, and a bunch of beer gardens are having events, serving special beers and serving kids through September and early October.

Tiki TNT offers tropical rum drinks and snacks. Photograph by Rey Lopez.

Live the hot weather (while you can)

Although the first pumpkin and spice lattes are appearing, there are still some good options for making the most of the balmy season. Here are some of the best summer treat picks like frozen drinks – and even more frozen drinks – as well as ice cream, beer gardens, and more.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University in New York City, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

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Unions are gaining strength in restaurants. They’ve been here before.

The food and beverage industry has one of the lowest unionization rates in the United States – 3.4% of workers last year, compared to the overall rate of almost 10.8%. But workers at some high-profile stores are hoping to narrow that gap and have tried to organize at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco; Voodoo Donut in Portland, Oregon; and, most recently, a group of Starbucks workers in Buffalo, New York.

While this may seem like a new movement, organized labor in the industry dates back to 1891, when the first restaurant union – now called Unite Here – was formed.

“It was a different world, especially when we entered the turn of the 20th century,” said David Whitford, historian at Unite Here.

A union promotional video shot at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in the 1950s.

When American industry was strong, so were manufacturing unions. And it had a ripple effect.

“If you owned a bar or restaurant in a small town in the Midwest where there was some sort of union factory and you wanted union workers to come and patronize your establishment, then you had to be a union restaurant as well,” said Whitford.

Communities organized “sip-ins” at non-union restaurants, with activists lingering over a single cup of coffee as an act of protest. Unionized bars and restaurants hung signs on their windows as badges of honor. Customers viewed these signs as signals that the quality would be higher.

“So it felt like if you had a union cook you would have better food. If you had a union server, you were going to get better service, ”said Dorothy Sue Cobble, author of“ Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century ”.

Catering unions were so common that membership was transferable. Workers took their benefits with them from job to job. The unions have not only benefited workers either. Employers turned to unions for hiring, human resource issues and even scheduling when someone was sick.

In the 1950s, almost a third of workers in the private sector belonged to a union. But, remember how many more restaurant workers unionized as manufacturing expanded? The opposite was also true.

When manufacturing declined, unionization in restaurants also declined. Labor laws written in the 1930s were primarily created to protect factory workers, Cobble said. And on the other hand, “there were also provisions in these laws that made it more difficult to organize non-factory workers, especially in small industries where there are small employers and high turnover.”

During this time, the restaurant industry was changing drastically. Chains with the money and power to fight the organization have become neighborhood staples, and cheap fast food has proliferated. Union membership rates in restaurants have plummeted. Salaries have fallen and benefits have mostly disappeared.

In recent years, however, the momentum to organize has grown. Union membership rates increased slightly over the past year. Public support for unions has been at the highest level in nearly two decades, with two-thirds of Americans approving them, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Cobble believes the pandemic could push the trend even further. “There has been tremendous stress on frontline and service workers, so there is a real desire for change,” she said.

Midwestern chain Colectivo Coffee recently became the largest coffeehouse company in the United States to unionize, with approximately 450 eligible employees.

“I think the momentum has really grown with COVID, like people saying, ‘This has been a problem for a while, but it only brought it to light,'” said Zoe Muellner, the one of the organizers.

It was not easy and took years as workers had to coordinate at 20 sites and deal with staff turnover. The union won by seven votes. Since Colectivo workers organized, Muellner said, other cafe workers across the country have called for advice on how to do the same.

“You keep hearing things like, ‘Well that’s just the service industry. If you don’t want things to be like this, find another job. And so I think that’s something people are seeing now, “Oh, there are a lot less people willing to work in the service industry. They get different jobs, ”she said.

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Rowdy celebrations and brawls erupt in Norway as COVID restrictions end

HELSINKI – Norwegian police on Sunday reported dozens of unrest and violent clashes, including mass brawls in major cities across the Nordic country after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions that have lasted for over a year.

The Norwegian government abruptly announced on Friday that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be removed from Saturday and life in the nation of 5.3 million people would return to normal.

The unexpected announcement by outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg to drop coronavirus restrictions the next day took many Norwegians by surprise and led to chaotic scenes in the capital, Oslo, and elsewhere in the country.

“It has been 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime,” Solberg said at a press conference on Friday. “Now the time has come to get back to normal everyday life. “

Loud celebrations by hundreds of citizens across Norway began on Saturday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Sunday. Police said unrest had been reported in several places, including the southern city of Bergen and the central city of Trondheim, but the situation was worst in Oslo.

Long lines were seen outside Oslo’s nightclubs, bars and restaurants on Saturday night and police recorded at least 50 brawls and unrest overnight. Neither vaccination status certificates nor negative test results are required to enter such sites in Norway.

“This is exactly what I predicted,” club manager Johan Hoeeg Haanes in Oslo told Norwegian newspaper VG. “It was a potentially life-threatening situation in the city because they (the government) didn’t give us at least a few days’ notice. It was a dangerous situation, as police said all places were crowded. “

Among other incidents, Norwegian media reported that police received an alert about a man carrying a machete on a bus in Oslo and people passed out while waiting to enter pubs in Trondheim.

“There was a significantly heavier workload (Saturday) than during the summer. It was already very crowded in the afternoon and it continued into the night, ”Oslo police spokesman Rune Hekkelstrand told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

Solberg responded to criticism of the sudden decision to reopen the company, saying Norwegian health experts backed the measure.

“We will not have strict measures (coronavirus) unless they are professionally justified. People should be allowed to live as they wish, ”Solberg told VG on Saturday evening.

Norway is the second country in the Nordic region to lift COVID-19 restrictions after Denmark on September 10.

More than 76% of the Norwegian population has received a dose of the vaccine, and nearly 70% have received both injections, according to official figures.

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Skateboarding Icon Tony Hawk Goes Into Restaurant Game – NBC 7 San Diego

Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk has yet another trick up his sleeve: he’s getting into the restaurant business, teaming up with former chef de Jeune et Jolie at an Encinitas restaurant and bar. Eater San Diego shares this story, along with other top news of the week from our local food and drink scene..

Chick N ‘Hawk arrives at Coastal Encinitas
By Spring 2022, Chick N ‘Hawk is a collaboration between skate legend Tony Hawk and chef Andrew Bachelier, formerly of the famous Young and Jolie of Carlsbad. The ‘fine casual’ restaurant and cocktail bar will focus on seafood, chicken and seasonal produce with dishes like fried chicken sandwiches, fish ceviche and more. This takes us back to when Hawk brewed craft beer with Black Plague Brewing in 2019. The northern San Diego County resident certainly likes to keep it local: he’s also an investor in places like Animae, Herb & Sea, Market Del Mar and Steel Mill Cafe in Oceanside.

The Michelin guide awards Bib Gourmand status to five local restaurants
Ahead of the upcoming announcement of the Michelin Star in the International Restaurant Guide, the company awarded Bib Gourmand awards to San Diego’s Callie, Cesarina, Ciccia Osteria, Dija Mara and Morning Glory restaurants, deeming them to be “of good quality and ‘A good price-performance ratio”.

15 essential sushi restaurants in San Diego
The city is full of remarkable sushi restaurants serving top quality local seafood as well as fresh fish from Japan. Eater’s latest guide lists 15 of the best sushi restaurants in a Diego, ranging from omakase-only sushi bars to Michelin-rated restaurants and establishments with more creative versions of the kitchen.

Hermosa Beach Tower12 extends to Pacific Beach
Land near Crystal Pier in PB’s former Fat Fish Space is an unnamed restaurant and bar from the owner of Tower12, a popular pier-side hangout in Hermosa Beach, California. Inspired by an expansive beach bungalow, the restaurant will feature multiple dining areas and a wraparound patio, and serve Tower12’s premium food menu.

New to San Diego’s Little Italy neighbor, Wolfie’s Carousel Bar, a restaurant with a unique centerpiece: a slowly spinning carousel bar.

Where to sip thoughtful mocktails in San Diego
Local bars and restaurants get savvy with mocktails, using zero-proof spirits, homemade herbal teas, and aromatic bitters to create drinks for the sober as well as for those cutting back on alcohol. Eater’s map highlights 17 places in San Diego where bartenders mix things up.

After years of back and forth, it looks like the plan to bring legendary Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles restaurant to San Diego is back.

Candice Woo is the founding editor-in-chief of Eater San Diego, a leading source for information on the San Diego restaurant and bar scene. Keep up to date with the latest content from Eater San Diego via Facebook or Twitter, and sign up for the Eater San Diego newsletter here.

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Go online for a good old-fashioned conversation with Chatty Café

If you feel like you’re on your chin while enjoying your afternoon tea or coffee, jump into one of the regular Zoom chats and connect with the team at Chatty Café.

Chatty Café aims to break down feelings of loneliness and social isolation through conversations. They currently have up to 15 local drop-ins, which usually provide an opportunity for community members to meet a Chatty Café volunteer for a good old-fashioned conversation. Due to current Victoria State government restrictions, the lovely people at Chatty Café run two online sessions per week.

Meet at any Chatty Café Zoom session on Monday
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting link to join the Zoom chat
Meeting number: 818 5477 1722
Access code: 794716

Meet at any Chatty Café Zoom Friday session
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting link to join the Zoom chat
Meeting number: 883 7319 5343
Access code: 354779

The recurring link stays the same so you can join any session you want during the hour. Contact chattycafeaustralia [at] If you have any questions.

New to Zoom?

If you need help getting started with Zoom and enjoying a wonderful conversation with Chatty, you can sign up for a free training session.

Monday September 27, with Zoom and WhatsApp at 10 a.m. and Zoom and Facetime at 1 p.m.

Wednesday September 29, with Zoom and Facetime at 10 a.m. and Zoom and WhatsApp at 1 p.m.

For assistance joining the training call 9596 4547

To book, visit the Stay in Touch website or call 9596 4547

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Become a Chatty Café location

Chatty Café is a global program where cafes, bars and restaurants become the setting for new friendships. The Council received a grant to continue supporting the role of Chatty Café sites across Bayside. “This project supports regional priorities by connecting communities and reducing social isolation. For more information on the regional priorities of the Inner Southeast Metropolitan Partnership, visit

Chatty Café will resume face-to-face sessions when restrictions permit.

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New mandate demands vaccinations for LA County bars

A new mandate will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for customers and employees of indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in Los Angeles County.

My colleagues Luc Argent, Rong Gong Lin II and Stephanie Breijo reported on the mandate this week. Staff and clients will need to have at least one dose of vaccine by October 7 and be fully immunized by November 4. Currently 67% of LA County residents are at least partially vaccinated, according to a Times analysis.

The directive comes as health officials consider fall and winter, hoping to reduce the types of spikes in cases that occurred last year as the weather cooled, as rallies were moving indoors and that vacation meetings spurred travel.

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Their story quotes Dustin Lancaster, whose credits include Bar Covell in Los Feliz, Augustine Wine Bar in Sherman Oaks, and six other Los Angeles area bars and restaurants. “If you want to sit inside a bar, it makes 100% sense to me that you get vaccinated,” Lancaster said. “The science is out there, we know that vaccinations help reduce that, and all of our clients – for the most part – have been incredibly supportive and said, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m so glad you’re doing this. ‘”

Luke and Ron followed with a quick, point-by-point explanation of what you need to know before you go.

Stephanie reported last month on a group of 20 restaurants and bars independently requiring that clients be vaccinated. Among the group was Osteria La Buca on Melrose Avenue. I went to the restaurant last week with my partner and a visiting friend. A security guard outside the entrance checked our cards (or photos of our cards). It was as if our identity was verified before entering a bar. That is to say: not serious if you are vaccinated.

Jenn Harris ate through the dining options at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood: burgers, tacos, burritos, pizza, and a hot dog-stuffed stromboli among them. Jenn details her thoughts in her story, but it’s even better to watch her candid real-time reactions in the video.

Hollywood Park, the 300-acre commercial development project that already houses the SoFi stadium and a casino, will also be home to a massive Barbara “Sky” Burrell project, slated to open in November 2022. The 3,800-foot iteration sound squares Sky Gourmet Tacos, Stéphanie reports, will include “a large dining room; a lounge with a piano bar and other live entertainment several nights of the week; Burrell’s first dedicated bar; a terrace ; and private event spaces.

After a year of hiatus, the The Michelin guide is coming back to California soon. Stephanie reports that her next Michelin-starred restaurant rating update will be announced on September 28. Stephanie also has the week news overview, including details on the opening of Primo’s Donuts in Westwood Village and a second location in Long Beach for pizza favorite Little Coyote.

Staff photographer Robert Gauthier has a beautiful photo essay and accompanying story about 36-year-old sake brewer James Jin and his Nova Brewing Co., the only craft sake brewery and tasting room in the Los Angeles area.

Exceptional field dinners in October

The LA Times is teaming up with Outstanding in the Field for five dinners hosted in evocative Los Angeles and Orange County settings throughout October, featuring local chefs while covering topics related to sustainability and the environment.

On Thursday, October 7, at Sepulveda Dam (a venue that showcases LA River watershed restoration efforts), the event includes the premiere of the film “Man in the Field”, featuring the founder of Outstanding in the Field, Jim Denevan.

An afternoon event on Saturday, October 9 at Wattles Farm, the 4-acre community garden in West Hollywood, highlights women farmers as well as wineries and breweries owned by women.

Sustainable seafood is the theme for a dinner at Huntington Beach Pier on Tuesday, October 12, with chefs Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group and Craig Brady of Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar in Orange.

Post & Beam chefs John Cleveland and Eric Bost (formerly at Auburn in Los Angeles and now at Jeune et Jolie & Campfire Restaurant in Carlsbad) hosted a farm-to-table dinner at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday 14 October. ; food will come from the 28 acres of the center.

Paramount Studios in Hollywood will be the iconic venue on Saturday, October 16 for a dinner highlighting LA’s Michelin-starred chefs, hosted by Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish and Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.

Tickets, which cost $ 385 per person for each event, for the LA Times Food Bowl, presented by the City National Bank, are available at

James Jin, owner and brewer of Nova Brewing Co., bundles a pile of rice that he will use to make koji for sake production.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Hank investigates abandoned restaurants – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – More than 100,000 bars and restaurants across the United States have closed since the start of the pandemic. Many others struggled to stay open and were promised government money to help them. But they never got that money! Hank Phillippi Ryan is investigating.

The door to the District 7 tavern has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Inside, the bar is empty. The pool table is covered. The televisions and the jukebox are turned off.

“It’s been a struggle to keep the lights on,” says co-owner Arianne Waldron. “We are in debt. We are drowning. The Roxbury pub is struggling to find the money to reopen.

The bills are piling up in a very overwhelming way ”, Ariane says, “How are we going to get out of this?” “

Earlier this year, she and her business partner applied for a grant from the federal “Restaurant Revitalization Fund”.

The fund had $ 28 billion that Congress set aside to help businesses like Arianne’s that have been hit hard by COVID.

“It was like, okay, this was going to be our lifeline” said Ariane.

District 7 received an email from the Small Business Administration with good news: “Congratulations, award approved. ”

“We were delighted” said Ariane.

The email promised that a grant of $ 100,000 would be in the restaurant’s bank account in “3-7 business days.”

This money was going to save us. This money would allow us to reopen, to allow us to rehire our workers, and to be able to provide for the needs of their families ”, said Ariane.

Arianne and her partner used the email – and the promise of that money – to get a bank loan.

They began repairs, bought employee uniforms and rehired their manager.

But two weeks later, they got another email that said:

“We regret to inform you that due to recent court decisions the US Small Business Administration will not be able to disburse your Restaurant Revitalization Fund award.”

“I immediately had a stomach ache” said Ariane.

We found that the same shocking notice had been sent to almost 3,000 bars and restaurants across the country. The money they had been promised was not coming!

Their immediate reaction was terror, despair, grief, confusion, ”said Erika Polmar, co-founder and executive director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

What happened? When Congress established the fund, lawmakers prioritized applications from businesses owned by women, veterans, or those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

But then some companies took federal action to challenge that. And the judges agreed with them.

“It’s especially devastating when you think you have the price and it’s taken away from you,” Erika says.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition has been inundated with calls from business owners who have also already spent the money they were promised.

“I spoke to people who were rightly hysterical. I had never in this role called crisis counselors on the phone with people, it was just as serious and it still is, ”says Erika.

The fund then had to reconsider all outstanding requests on a first come, first serve basis and quickly ran out of money!

We found that only 36% of businesses that applied for money were ultimately approved.

And now, over 100,000 restaurants and bars – including District 7 – are still waiting for help.

“That sudden hit of that rug under our feet really left us out,” says Arianne.

There are currently bills in Congress calling for more money to be given to restaurants and bars to stay afloat. Industry experts tell 7-Investigates that if something isn’t done soon, more businesses will close and more people will lose their jobs.


Coalition of independent restaurants and additional resources

Video published by the Coalition of Independent Restaurants

National Association of Restaurateurs

Boston Black Hospitality Coalition

Here are links to some of the bills pending in Congress to replenish the fund and other laws to help restaurants, bars and other food and beverage businesses:

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, 2021

Entry law

Information from the Small Business Administration on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Companies that have received money from the fund

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recounts 7 surveys:

As of June 30, 2021, the RRF program has received over 278,000 eligible submitted applications representing over $ 72.2 billion in requested funds, and approximately 101,000 applicants have been approved for restaurants, bars and other businesses in restaurant type.

Underserved populations received approximately $ 18 billion in grants, including:

  • Women-owned businesses ~ $ 7.5 billion
  • Veteran-owned businesses ~ $ 1 billion
  • Socially and economically disadvantaged businesses ~ $ 6.7 billion
  • Businesses owned by representatives of several underserved populations ~ $ 2.8 billion

The remainder of the $ 28.6 billion was awarded to eligible applicants not identified as part of an underserved group.

Additional economic relief is available: The SBA still administers programs such as economic disaster loans [EIDL], Advanced Targeted EIDL Programs, and Additional Targeted Advanced EIDL Programs. SBA administrator Guzman has increased the maximum amount small businesses can borrow through the EIDL program.

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WVABCA encourages people to get vaccinated to keep bars and restaurants open

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) – The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration recently released a public service announcement encouraging people to get vaccinated.

The organization shared that to keep bars and restaurants open, people need to get vaccinated to reduce the spread of the virus.

Classic’s Restaurant, Pub & Hot Spot owner Louis Scotchel said there had been a lot of changes since Monongalia County bars reopened in October 2020 after being closed for weeks.

Scotchel said Classic’s was fortunate to have the support of the community. However, he added that this was a challenge as not all customers realized how COVID-19 had affected businesses.

“Since we closed our doors now, when we reopen, we are understaffed. There are a lot of impatient people. We have learned to adapt to this. You also have to somehow keep your graces. You kind of have to keep riding with it, ”he explained.

Scotchel added that the bar portion of their business has been pretty consistent since they reopened. However, the restaurant had taken a hit.

He said they had to make adjustments if necessary.

“Sometimes it’s a fight. We are now seeing that the cases are increasing. It’s kind of a bit behind. I think people are a little more nervous, ”Scotchel said.

He added that he personally did not agree with a vaccination mandate.

“I have employees who have been fully vaccinated. I have employees who have not been vaccinated. I think it should depend on that person, ”explained Scotchel.

He said that at that time his employees could decide whether or not to wear a mask.

Scotchel said he has a meeting with his staff to discuss the protocol as fall and winter approach.

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Hawaii to Deploy COVID Vaccine Passport to Gyms, Bars, and Other Businesses

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The state is set to deploy a COVID vaccine passport to enter gyms, bars and restaurants. The governor says he hopes it will be up and running by Labor Day.

Companies would not be required to implement the vaccination passport. Some say it would actually be a lot simpler if the state simply mandated it.

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Other cities like New York and San Francisco have already started requiring vaccine passports. But there, it is obligatory. So, although there have been negative reactions, most of them are not directed against the companies themselves. Hawaii business owners find themselves in a difficult situation and must make a choice.

“It’s a complicated decision, and so as a business owner there are many factors to consider. If the state demands it, it withdraws this decision from us, ”said Greg Waibel, President and CEO of the YMCA of Honolulu.

The state calls it a digital smart health card and says it would work the same as the Safe Travels vaccine exception, where people would have to download a copy of the immunization card from a secure website.

Waibel says gyms like the YMCA already have a similar system in place, so the transition would be easy.

“We would make it fairly simple. You show it, especially if you are vaccinated, once we mark you as a vaccinated person, so you don’t have to keep showing the pass, ”he said.

Waibel adds that those who are not vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID test. However, many other companies are concerned with how this is supposed to work.

“Liability issue, how to enforce this and how employers and employees will have to handle this, because they are the ones who should verify the passport,” said Sherry Menor-McNamara, president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

She says businesses will need more guidance from the state before they consider implementing it.

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The state said it was still in the early stages of its development and sent a statement saying, “The details of the smart health card will constantly evolve until the project is made public.”

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Owner’s Scandinavian roots inspire new fine dining restaurant to replace closed cafe in North Muskegon

NORTH MUSKEGON, MI – Nine months after a North Muskegon cafe closed, the renowned restaurant opens with an artisan menu and a robust wine list.

Owner Tresha Kidder closed 4 Corners Café in November 2020 when bars and restaurants were ordered for the second time to close restaurants indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After months of reimagining, renovating and getting a liquor license, the restaurant will once again welcome diners as The Valkyrie on Friday August 6.

“The North Muskegon region has always been very united and supportive of us – and this throughout the pandemic – so I just wanted to give back to the community and offer something different to the region,” Kidder said.

Related: Local Eats: 4 Corners Cafe owner “bursts into tears” for community support amid pandemic

While the 4 Corners Café focuses on coffee and sandwiches, the Valkyrie offers a relaxed dining experience with quality service. Its new Nordic concept is inspired by the Scandinavian roots of North Muskegon Norsemen and Kidder.

“I think it’s going well with the town of North Muskegon,” Kidder said. “It’s a wealthy community but also very down-to-earth people.

Kidder partnered with Devin Hekkema, a certified sommelier and restaurant manager from Muskegon, to develop the restaurant.

“We know we are different, but we try to be,” Hekkema said. “We want to give people a taste of the big city without having to leave Muskegon. “

A farm-to-table menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients has been created by Chef Zachery Skiver. It offers items like walleye with pickled elderberry, wild rice and blueberry sauce or smoked beets with wild mushrooms, rice, lemon dressing and pickled red onion.

A fully stocked bar serves cocktails, beer, and over 100 wines with bottles sold at retail plus a $ 10 corkage fee.

“We want people to be able to have good wine at a fair price and have it in our garden here,” Hekkema said.

On weekends, performances will take place at The Valkyrie, a restaurant Hekkema envisions as a gathering place where the community can come “in costume or in t-shirt.”

The building, at the corner of Ruddiman Drive and Center Street, previously housed the Keefe Pharmacy. It now has a chic dining room, a brand new kitchen and a covered patio decorated with bistro lights.

A large-scale mural painted three years ago by Muskegon artist Jimmy Cobb lights up the patio and peeks through the dining room windows. Cobb also left his mark on the updated space: a new mural of orange and purple Valkyrie wings.

Kidder said that after nine months of “long days”, she was delighted to see people filling the restaurant again.

The Valkyrie, 1900 Ruddiman Drive, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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Muskegon Community College Offers $ 25 Gift Cards to COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

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KC MO wine bar joins others demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccine

With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country.  A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country. A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

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Another Kansas City-area business requires customers to show they’ve been vaccinated for services as the area tries to weather another COVID-19 outbreak.

Big Mood Natural Wines, a wine bar in the city’s Crossroads neighborhood, announced on Instagram Wednesday that the company is making the decision in light of the continued spread of the delta variant in the community.

Visitors wishing to enter the store must now prove their vaccination by showing an official document or a photograph of one of them, the company said. Those unable to provide proof or unable to receive the vaccine will be asked to sit outside and wear a mask when speaking with the waiters.

The wine bar joins others in Kansas City who have recently started requiring proof of good faith vaccination. A handful of bars and restaurants adopted similar rules on Monday, when the city’s last mask term took effect.

The delta variant has been the main driver of new cases in the metro area as well as the country in recent times. The Kansas City metro area recorded 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since January on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise. And emergency rooms are so crowded that some hospitals have started asking people not to go to the emergency room unless they have a serious medical emergency.

In response to the outbreak, Kansas City reinstated a mask mandate that applies to anyone over the age of 5, regardless of their immunization status. Everyone is expected to wear masks in indoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Casper PD training helps law societies prevent sexual assault through recognition and intervention training

Backwards Distillery, The Office and Keg and Cork have all recently completed the Bar and Restaurant Spectator Intervention Training Program launched by the Casper PD Victim Services Unit (Casper Police Department, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper Police Department works with local bars and restaurants to recognize situations of potential sexual violence and provide them with the tools to respond.

Backwards Distillery, The Office and Keg and Cork have all recently completed the Witness Intervention Training Program launched by the Victim Services Unit at Casper PD. Adverse or problematic situations often evolve in bars, said Victim Services Coordinator Leslie Fritzler.

Fritzler recognized that it can be uncomfortable or inconvenient for someone to intervene directly in unfamiliar situations where they suspect, but cannot be sure, that something is wrong. Fritzler said there are many preventative measures and subtle strategies that facility staff can adopt.

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Backwards Distillery, The Office and Keg and Cork have all recently completed the Witness Intervention Training Program launched by the Victim Services Unit at Casper PD. (Casper Police Department, Facebook)

Not over-serving alcohol and not serving unwanted drinks are basic measures provided by training. Bars can also put up signage in bathrooms inviting a victim to order a specific drink or say a code phrase to alert staff if something goes wrong.

“At the very least, be extremely careful,” said Rebekah Ladd, spokesperson for the CPD. “If you’re not comfortable saying or doing anything, just pay attention. You never know what you might be witnessing and how it might help investigators down the road or at some point. “

Training encourages staff to take note of who may have split up from a group they arrived with, especially if that group leaves. They are also encouraged to involve the potential victim and, if necessary, to distract the potential abuser.

Maintaining and projecting consciousness can in itself deter predatory, violent, or unwanted behavior, Fritzler said. “It’s really following your gut,” she added. “We know when a situation doesn’t necessarily look right. “

Window stickers received at the end of the training, as well as coasters printed with contact information for victim services, help facilities communicate that they are on their guard against problematic behavior.

Fritzler added that an officer will come to a bar to pay a visit whenever it is reported that a situation may worsen.

According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of rapes reported to Casper increased tenfold between 2016 and 2018. The 103 reported rapes (per 100,000 population) far exceeded rates in major cities like Chicago and New York (with 66 and 33 reported). rapes per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively).

“We investigate sexual assaults every day,” said Ladd, spokesperson for the CPD. “It’s rare that there isn’t a sex offense on our appeal board. It is a problem.”

Casper PD’s victim services unit has two full-time staff and 12 volunteers, and it’s one of the few in the state, Ladd said.

Nonetheless, Wyoming’s resources for victims of sexual assault are limited compared to large cities, according to Amanda DeDiego, an assistant professor of counseling at the University of Wyoming at Casper College.

DeDiego joined Jennifer Dyer, executive director of the Casper Self Help Center, and Ashley Garcia, a human trafficking survivor, for a panel on women’s issues at Bourgeois Pig in June.

Just as educating staff in facilities can help prevent a potentially violent sexual situation from evolving, Garcia said self-awareness is key in deterring predators.

“The first step in the grooming process with a predator of any kind is to find its victim through its vulnerability,” Garcia said at the June roundtable. Age and insecurity, especially when it comes to physical appearance, are two key vulnerabilities, she said. The predator will then attempt to maintain the addiction and isolate a victim from family or friends.

“We are talking to [youth] to take these vulnerabilities and not just recognize them, but own them, ”Garcia said. “If you’ve got that knowledge and that self-awareness, they’re going to feel it and be like, oh that’s not someone I can easily play with.” They want the simplest target possible.

DeDiego said understanding the nature of consent is key to enabling people to avoid becoming victims. She proposed the acronym “FRIES” to highlight the key points of true consent, namely:

  • Given for free (no pressure, manipulation or drugs)
  • Reversible (saying “yes” once means it is given every time)
  • Informed
  • Enthusiastic
  • Specific (saying ‘yes’ to one activity does not mean ‘yes’ to another)

“There is no gray area [around consent] once you’ve recognized your own vulnerabilities, ”Garcia said.

Both Dyer and Fritzler have said the stigma surrounding sexual assault persists and it is always difficult to prosecute.

“It’s hard to win a sexual assault case,” Fritzler said, saying questions about a victim’s dress and level of intoxication often arise with juries.

“I think it’s getting better,” Dyer said. “But we know, culturally, that it takes so long – decades – to make these cultural mind shifts… There’s still a lot of work to be done with that.”


The Self-Help Center of Casper works with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and elder abuse. It provides mental health services, housing resources, court advocacy and operates the only emergency shelter in Natrona County.

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A guide for Crew fans

The Columbus Crew’s new downtown home was built in a section of Columbus with plenty of bars and restaurants. While the old home on Black and Gold Boulevard on the north side provided only a small handful of restaurants and drinking places, the new Arena District stadium on West Nationwide Boulevard at the west end of downtown Columbus has dozens of bars and restaurants within driving distance.

Here are some of the more important options:

Betty’s bar

Betty's Bar, which attracts Clippers fans before a game, will likely be a meeting place for crews once the new stadium opens.

This downtown waterhole is something of an institution in Columbus. Located in a gray, largely indescribable stand-alone building on Nationwide Boulevard, Betty’s is easy to miss, but has managed to create a cadre of loyal regulars over the years thanks to its friendly staff and great food and drink. reasonable prices. Thanks to its proximity to the stadium, Betty’s has a chance to supplant 4th Street Bar and Grill as a pre-match and post-match bar for Crew fans.

Arena district:Bars and restaurants benefit from the return of sportspeople


Some of the cocktails sold at Nada in the Arena neighborhood on Nationwide Boulevard, a few blocks from the Columbus Crew's new home.

One of the most upscale restaurants in the Arena district, Nada offers small plates with Latin flavors. There’s plenty to share on the Nationwide Boulevard restaurant menu, and an impressive selection of cocktails for the most discerning Crew fan.

Fried Chicka Bang!

This pop-up restaurant pops up in the afternoons at the Sunny Street Café (a breakfast and lunch destination) on Nationwide Boulevard from Wednesday to Sunday and offers patio service and take out. The restaurant prepares sandwiches and chicken wings, and is renowned for its loaded waffle fries, topped with bacon, jalapenos, cheddar and ranch.

Boston Sports Bar and Restaurant

Boston’s on Nationwide Boulevard serves everything one might reasonably expect from a sports bar, offering a sizable menu of wraps, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas, appetizers, and tangy wing flavors. It’s nothing fancy, but there’s something for just about everyone.

Brazilian Steakhouse Rodizio Grill

Rodizio Grill in the Arena district

A buffet-style steakhouse on Nationwide Boulevard that offers beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and seafood, Rodizio is a bit pricey, with dinners costing nearly $ 30. But you certainly won’t leave hungry.

Wario Beef and Pork

Pork and Falafel Sandwiches at Wario's Beef & Pork, a takeout sandwich shop opposite the Nationwide Arena.  (Photo by Tim Johnson)

Famous Wario’s on Nationwide Boulevard serves cheesesteak-style sandwiches with rib eye, pork, chicken, cold cuts and even has a vegetarian option. The menu is pricey, with sandwiches between $ 10 and $ 17, but they don’t skimp on size.

Whistle and keg

Located on Nationwide Boulevard, a stone’s throw from the Nationwide Arena, this tasting room and brewery is already a top destination for Blue Jackets fans, but Crew fans will likely get to know Whistle and Keg as well. The menu features craft beers with quirky titles like Cotton Candy Carnival Series Lager, Java the Stout Coffee Stout, and Astra Red Cream Soda Hard Seltzer, making Whistle and Keg a great place for beer lovers to grab. a few drinks before a Crew Game.

R bar

CBJ pizza at R Bar.

One of the most popular pre-game destinations for Blue Jackets fans, the R Bar resides on Front Street and has a large selection of draft beers and a cuisine menu that rivals any sports bar. Food items include a variety of pizzas that you can share if you go to the game with friends.

Buca Di Beppo

Buca di Beppo in the Arena district

This North Front Street Italian restaurant is known for its generous portions meant to serve multiple people, making it an ideal destination for a pre-game dinner for a group of friends attending a game together. And with entrees costing between $ 5 and $ 7 (per person, assuming you’re following the recommended portions), this is one of the more affordable restaurants in the Arena district.

Veranico Kitchen + Provisions

Bowl of black rice, bean soup, Samjoko salad and panini club sandwich at Veranico Kitchen & Provisions in the Arena district.  (Tim Johnson / Alive)

The Veranico’s menu includes pressed panini sandwiches and cereal bowls. You can also make your own bowl from all kinds of vegetables, cheeses, meats and dressings at this Front Street restaurant. Most of the menu items will set you back between $ 9 and $ 11.

Big Bang Duel Piano Bar

Big Bang Dueling piano bar in the Arena district

Located at the corner of Maple Street and North Ludlow Street – two pedestrian paths outside of Nationwide Arena – this bar offers exactly what its title suggests: two pianists exchanging pop tunes. It’s a great place to relax and listen to live music before or after a Crew match.

Modern Italian Martini

The veal martini and an apricot and sage martini at Martini Modern Italian.

One of the more upscale restaurants near Nationwide Arena, entrees at Martini Modern (next to North High Street) cost between $ 20 and $ 54, depending on what you’re in the mood for. It’s arguably the fanciest pre-match dining option near the stadium, and a great place to eat if you’re making a match date. White tablecloths, fancy glass, and silverware adorn the sleek, modern interior with chandeliers that provide mood lighting. Just make sure you have reservations.

Kooma Sushi Restaurant

the "Tammy" roll and soba tempura at the Kooma sushi bar on Vine Street.

Vegetable tempura, shrimp tempura, fried gyoza, and fried calamari are just a few of the items available at this High Street sushi restaurant. It’s one of the few quality Asian dining experiences you’ll find in this section of Columbus.

Barley’s Brewing Co.

Gates of Hell Wings, Midwestern Mac & Cheese and Clevelander Burger with fries with a beer growler from Barley's Brewing Co.

This restaurant and bar on North High Street serves relatively upscale bar fare as well as its menu of home-made craft beers that includes lagers, pilsner, wheat ale, milk porter, and Scottish ale. The dinner menu includes wings and a burger and sandwich menu with items that cost between $ 10 and $ 14.

Brothers bar and grill

Brother's wings

This Arena neighborhood staple on Park Street serves all kinds of bar fare, including chicken wings and nachos, but the menu also includes more eclectic fare, such as breaded pickles and Wisconsin cheese curds. And there’s a sizable menu of burgers, wraps, and sandwiches that cost between $ 8 and $ 12 each, making Brothers a great place to enjoy classic bar fare before a game. This national chain’s Columbus location has a dance floor and adopts a nightclub atmosphere later in the evening on weekends.


Homemade fried cheese sticks at BBR in the Arena district.

The title is an acronym for “beer, burgers, rock,” and the walls are lined with life-size black and white photos of rock legends like Kurt Kobain and Gene Simmons, leaving little room for confusion as to what this institution is. Columbus’ nightlife on The Street’s Park is all about. With burgers, sandwiches and entrees costing between $ 11 and $ 16, it’s slightly more expensive than most sports bars and restaurants in the area, but it offers a lot of variety in its cuisine, with dishes to choose from. share like coconut shrimp, stuffed jalapenos, buffalo chicken dip and stuff meatballs. BBR brings in DJs on weekend evenings when it turns into a nightclub.


Callahan on Park Street

With sandwiches costing less than $ 9 each and residing on Park Street, Callahan’s is an affordable place to eat before a game, but the post-game draw is unmistakably the rooftop patio and pub that offers a glimpse without Previous in downtown Columbus on the second floor. . They bring in DJs on weekend nights if you want a nightclub experience with your panoramic view.

Park Street Tavern

Even though it sits in the middle of the city’s hippest nightlife district, Park Street Tavern (on Park Street, believe it or not) is still more of a neighborhood than hip, with unassuming interiors, reasonably priced bar games, drinks and bar food, and a glaring lack of a dance floor.


Gaswerks on Park Street

The kitchen menu includes a pair of ‘extra large’ share dishes – loaded fries and ‘the werks’ nachos – for groups who want to share appetizers and enjoy a few beers before a crew match. This Park Street bar also offers wings and burgers that cost between $ 9 and $ 13, and clears tables to make way for a dance floor late at night on the weekends.

Mikey’s Late Night Slice

This central Ohio staple’s Arena District location is on North High Street serves the same reasonably priced pizzas Mikey’s is known for (also sold by the slice, if you’d rather not share a pie with friends), but also has a full bar and a basement sweatshop that serves creative cocktails.

Novak’s tavern and patio

Interior photos at Novak in the Short North near the North Market.  Shot on August 23, 2013 for Alive Bar Review.  (Meghan Ralston)

With a rooftop patio that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, Novak’s on North High Street is a great destination for a pre- or post-game drink in the summer. Novak’s does not have a kitchen, but guests can bring their own food or order from the nearby Barley’s Brewing Company.

Char Bar

With wood-paneled floors and brick walls, the Char Bar on North High Street looks like a neighborhood watering hole, and its reasonably-priced drinks make the unconventional diving a low-key hangout before or after a game. the crew.

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Brewers, bars and fans unite to help Skeleton Key Brewery

WOODRIDGE, IL – After a tornado damaged Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge on Sunday, regular customers and members of the local brewing community came together to donate their space, time and funds to help the beloved brewery. In the days immediately following the tornado, local brewers and bar and taproom owners purchased the remaining Skeleton Key Brewery beer, stored their raw materials, scheduled fundraisers, shared their facilities, and donated food. , hugs and moral support.

Emily Slayton, co-owner of Skeleton Key Brewery with her husband Paul and brother John Szopa told Patch it was hard to say “how grateful we are for the support we have received” since their world was upset by The Sunday tornado.

A “destroyed dream”

via Emily Slayton

The five-year-old brewery had just expanded its tasting room to add a lounge and event space. The 2,500-square-foot living room debuted less than three months before Sunday’s EF-3 tornado. “We were doing great,” Slayton said. “We had doubled our workforce. Everything came and went.

Slayton’s voice quivered as she told Patch about the moment she learned that Skeleton Key Brewery had been hit. She had listened to the police scanner until 3 a.m. Monday and heard a report of “serious structural damage at 8102 Lemont Rd., Skeleton Key Brewery”.

“I still can’t say it without being hushed up,” Slayton said.

Slayton’s brother John arrived at the brewery first after firefighters let him pass barricades that had been put up due to downed power lines, gas leaks, fire and other damage near. The walls were “actively collapsing” as firefighters escorted John through as much of the brewery as possible, Slayton told Patch.

She said John started to “shake so hard” that firefighters escorted him. When Slayton and her husband arrived at the scene, John burst into tears.

“It’s gone man, it’s gone, it’s all gone,” he told them.

Unable to sleep, Slayton returned to the brewery on Monday to find her “dream just destroyed”. The tornado had demolished the space, ripping off the roof, shattering the glass and collapsing the walls of the entire brewery.

Doors had been blown out, water, debris and loose wires were everywhere, the walls of neighboring businesses had blown in their living rooms.

It “looked like a box that had been picked up and shaken,” Slayton told Patch.

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“Such a favorable industry”

The day before the tornado, Skeleton Key Brewery had canned 250 cases of beer. They had raw materials ready to start brewing on Monday, Slayton told Patch.

The tornado cut off electricity to the building, meaning the brewery was forced to dump the beer into its tanks.

Skeleton Key Brewery would have had to sacrifice its remaining beer cans and kegs, as well as its brewing equipment, had it not been for the local breweries to come to the rescue.

Darien’s Miskatonic Brewing Company immediately put the raw materials for Skeleton Key into storage. Since, as Slayton said, yeast is “highly perishable,” local breweries are going to use these brewing materials as well.

Skeleton Key has brewing dates in place at Miskatonic, Werk Force Brewing Co. of Plainfield, and Whiskey Hill Brewing Co. of Westmont.

“Distant bars, bottle shops and breweries everywhere” had called to inquire about buying beer since hearing about the tornado damage from Skeleton Key Brewery.

Tuesday, representatives of Pabst Blue Ribbon helped move the remaining beer from Skeleton Key Brewery to Miskatonic, where patrons, bars, bars and restaurants have flocked to buy it.

“Pretty much every brewery in the area,” said Slayton, including Alter Brewing, Mikerphone Brewing, and Metal Monkey Brewing. Within hours, 250 cases of beer and 50 kegs were sold.

Breweries, bars and restaurants have strived to offer bartending positions to the beloved employees of the Skeleton Brewery. Others organized and planned special events to donate the profits to the brewery. Support has come from Goldfinger Brewing, 2 Fools Cider, Sovereign, Orange and Brew, Wolfden Brewing, First Forest Brewing, Ike and Oak Brewing, Elmhurst Brewing, Liquid Love Brewing, Iron & Glass Taproom and Chuck’s Cafe, to name a few. only a few.

Slayton said it had been “such a humbling experience.”

“We are really lucky to be in such a supportive industry,” she said.

Fundraising efforts

Slayton said Charlotte Converse of Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village started a GoFundMe to help Skeleton Key Brewery.

On the first day of the fundraiser, Slayton said she and her family were “so upset we couldn’t even look at her.” In just four days, the GoFundMe page raised over $ 122,000 to help with payroll, repairs, and the cost of moving salvageable items.

Slayton said she and her team are determined to be transparent about how they plan to use the funds. “Out of respect for the people who have donated their hard-earned money to help us get back, we want to make sure we know very clearly where that money is going,” Slayton said.

Pick up the pieces

Since Sunday, Emily Slayton, her husband Paul and her brother John have worked tirelessly to “minimize the impact on everyone else related to this”.

They met and comforted the employees, called in customers to help them find alternative venues for their special events, and surveyed their original reception hall to make a list of items that could be salvaged from what is left of their brewery. . The new space is a “complete waste,” Slayton told Patch.

Over the next few days, they will work with their landlord, accountants, contractors and insurance representatives and develop a plan for the immediate future.

Amid their own trauma, Slayton said Skeleton Key Brewery is still looking for ways to help others affected by the tornado.

“Yes [the brewery] hadn’t been so completely destroyed, ”Slayton said, they could have been a“ safe haven ”for those in need.

“We’re trying to find something that we can do for the community as a whole,” Slayton said.

Skeleton Key’s GoFundMe description is a testament to their generous spirit. Charlotte Converse of Mikerphone Brewing wrote: “They have always stepped forward to help others when needed, and now it’s our turn to help when needed.”

How to help Skeleton Key Brewery

Upcoming events benefiting Skeleton Key Brewery include:

Click on the link to donate to GoFundMe for Skeleton Key Brewery.

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Bigfork Restaurant brings 1920s glitz and glamor to town

BIGFORK – Electric Avenue restaurant opens sweatshop, the first of its kind in Bigfork.

“There are obviously bars and restaurants in town, but there really isn’t anything quite as unique as this,” said Aaron Killian, owner of Showtyme Act 2. The sweatshop will be called 1908, and it will embrace the history of the building that was once a bank.

“The original bankers from 1908, I found pictures of them so I have them framed across the street and we put on this cool stuff like that,” Killian said.

Offering high-end bourbon and gin, the sweatshop brings back the historic feel of the basement with its rock walls and Edison bulbs.

Killian and his wife have always had this idea for the restaurant.

“My wife and I always had the idea of ​​saying ‘oh man, that would be such a cool space. We have to figure out what to do with it, ”Killian said.

But devastation struck on March 20 when Killian’s wife Jenny died in her sleep from a kidney infection.

“His potassium levels dropped in the middle of the night and his heart stopped,” Killian said.

Showtyme closed for six weeks as Killian and his family mourned the loss of Jenny.

“There was a good week and a half where we had to decide if we were going to open at all,” Killian said.

After getting over her loss, Killian got down to business and decided to set up the sweatshop for Jenny. With the help of the community and colleagues, 1908 was opened.

“People helped and my staff were really good about it and helped me with stuff and they still are, they pick up little bits of things that she would do and they maybe do for me now. “said Killian.

Now, a photo and frame signed by friends and family of Aaron and Jenny have been placed in the foyer since their restaurant’s first opening night, to remember and pay tribute to her.

1908 and Showtyme are open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. until the last person leaves.

You can find more information here.

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