Category: Columns

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 […]

Awards, Invitationals, Raffles

Awards Voting Who do you think is Maryland’s best chef?  How about favorite bar or best new restaurant? The Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Stars of the Industry Awards are open for voting beginning March 8 and running through March 29. This is your opportunity to weigh in on who should be recognized for excellence and […]

Shoo Fly Tarts and Whoopie Pies

The 400-seat Mexican restaurant that will open in Q4 2017 at The Wharf in SW, DC will be called Mi Vida. It’s brought to you by Jason Berry and Michael Reginbogen of DC-based Knead Hospitality + Design and Roberto Santibañez, the chef/owner of Fonda and La Botaneria in New York. It has prime real estate […]

Defining Success

The closing of Jeff and Sally Buben’s iconic Southern restaurant, Vidalia, this past December, gave me much to think about. We’re all aware that the life span of a restaurant is finite, and eventually, forces beyond the control of even the most dedicated owners, influence tough decisions. Having been friends with Jeff and Sally since […]

It’s Trade Expo Time!

With more than 400 exhibit booths, the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association Spring Trade Expo is certainly the place to be on March 5-6. Industry professionals will gather to share innovations, insights and solutions for all things hospitality.  This year marks the OCHMRA Director Susan L. Jones’s twenty-second year spearheading what is the main event […]

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