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CinéBistro: A Restaurant That Shows First Run Movies

Luxe movie-going has come to Baltimore with the opening of CinéBistro, midtown at the Rotunda. Just like making reservations for dinner, you can reserve your seats for your CinéBistro movie choice, arrive 30 minutes prior to the movie, and place your order from the chef-driven menu. Then, sit back, relax, and your meal is served […]

Restaurant Brain Trust’s Recipe for Success

So you want to start a restaurant in a new market?  Or grow a restaurant chain?  Or use your skills as a great chef to open your own restaurant?  So many issues, so many questions!  Where do you go for advice?  The Restaurant Brain Trust! Restaurant Brain Trust is an effort by the DC restaurant […]

You Can Eat Raw Beef … For Real

Last month, we talked about the popularity of sushi and how people can eat raw fish if bought from an approved supplier, farm raised or previously frozen. I would like to add a correction and clarification here in regard to raw fish consumption. In an interview conducted with Joseph J. Lasprogata, vice president of product […]

Keeping Restaurant Goers Engaged

When you are a restaurant that’s been around for 20 plus years, what do you do to keep your patrons engaged?Sotto Sopra Restaurant’s executive chef/owner Riccardo Bosio creates unique events and heavily promotes them through his Facebook page. In February alone, Bosio’s special events were: Children’s Valentine’s Day, Flip a Coin, Unity Potluck, Opera Nights […]

A Positive, But Mixed Reception for Restaurants

Virginia’s restaurant and hospitality industry took a few lumps during the shortened legislative session. Fortunately, the industry walks away with big wins in a few critical arenas. Here is a look at the important legislation from this year’s crop of more than 40 bills that could have affected the Commonwealth’s restaurants. First, we will take […]

Facial Recognition Software Meets Fast Casual Dining

Open for Biz UFood Grill, a fast/casual restaurant specializing in healthy food, opened at the Owings Mills Metro Centre. The menu features a nutritious and delicious (that’s the company tagline) menu that includes lots o’ organic ingredients in its breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes as well as vegan and gluten-free options. The restaurant doesn’t serve […]

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