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Category: Columns

What’s in a Name?

The tiny Mount Washington Village nestled next to the Jones Falls waterway is home to Le Bistro du Village, previously known as Crêpe Du Jour. Owner Mustapha Snoussi, a French expatriate from Paris, and his wife Donna opened Crêpe Du Jour in 2000 with a menu that befits a true French bistro: crêpes, mussels, escargot, […]

The Latest Dish

Top Stories The menu at Continental Modern Pool Lounge in Rosslyn (near the Continental) comes from the inspiration and talent of Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Smoked & Stacked. The connection for this project — a 180-seat indoor/outdoor beer garden near the Rosslyn Metro station — is Continental owner Curt Large, a partner at Roofers Union and […]

Monthly Profit and Loss Statement: Are You Reviewing It Closely Enough?

No one has to tell you that understanding the ins and outs of your business on a daily basis is critically important. That can be easier said than done, however, as on a daily basis, you are busy doing those things an owner, manager, and/or chef must do to keep things running. But once a […]

Culinary Stars: Roundtable & Rumble

“If you want to open a restaurant, open your dream restaurant…or do something else.” That’s just about the best advice you’re ever going to get about opening a restaurant. “Be passionate. The most successful restaurateurs didn’t open a concept. They opened their dream.” So exclaimed Yama Jewayni, co-owner of the Daikaya Group. He served on […]

Sprelly — Not Your Grandmother’s PB&J!

Sprelly — Not Your Grandmother’s PB&J!

Adrian Silversmith wants his PB&J sandwiches to be to Sprelly what coffee is to Starbucks, what chicken is to Popeye’s, what burgers are to Five Guys. Wait! Are you kidding me? Peanut butter? Jelly? Yup, that’s the stuff. But it’s not like any PB&J you ever took to school in your lunch box. So let’s […]

Nine Ways to Get Attention-Resistant Guests to Sit Up and Listen

Today’s tired, wired, and distracted guests have little appetite for listening. While rattling off specials, I bet you’ve felt you could light yourself on fire…and no one would notice. Not to worry, you’re not alone. So, let’s explore. 1) Get yourself together. Professional appearance alone makes you a better salesperson. Okay, the obvious. Clean pressed […]

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