Restaurants – Dining In BC http://dininginbc.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 05:26:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dininginbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Restaurants – Dining In BC http://dininginbc.com/ 32 32 Wichita restaurants busy with Thanksgiving preparations https://dininginbc.com/wichita-restaurants-busy-with-thanksgiving-preparations/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:24:00 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/wichita-restaurants-busy-with-thanksgiving-preparations/ WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Some Wichita-area restaurants are preparing Thanksgiving meals, providing a convenient option for families who don’t have time to deal with shopping, cooking or cleaning. Depending on Thanksgiving plans and the size of the party, taking the meal from a restaurant could also be a cost saver. Spear’s Restaurant & Pie Shop […]]]>

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Some Wichita-area restaurants are preparing Thanksgiving meals, providing a convenient option for families who don’t have time to deal with shopping, cooking or cleaning. Depending on Thanksgiving plans and the size of the party, taking the meal from a restaurant could also be a cost saver.

Spear’s Restaurant & Pie Shop on the west side of Wichita at 4323 W Maple makes Thanksgiving meal kits. Owner Dan Crandall and his staff have been busy with take-out orders and restaurant meals. They also make thousands of pies.

“We’ll be making about 4,000 pies this week, so not bad,” Crandall said.

For some, Spear’s $89 Thanksgiving feast that serves six to eight people, or a similar offering from another restaurant is the best option this year.

“My mom, she normally does the cooking, but she admitted she couldn’t do it this year, so I decided to treat her,” Spear’s client Pamela Hupp said.

Spear’s client Karen Hudson said the Thanksgiving meal kit also makes economic sense this year.

“You can’t beat the price. You go to the grocery store and the prices are so expensive. It’s a lot less than if I was going to bring it all in and make it myself with the cleaning and the works. So I’m a happy camper,” Hudson said.

Across town, at Stroud’s near North 37th Street and Hillside, general manager Kevin Allis is roasting dozens of turkeys that are expected to serve 1,000 Thanksgiving meals.

“During COVID, we found we could serve a lot more people just to take out, and it’s been a big hit for the past two years,” Allis said.

Both restaurateurs said the shortage of turkeys caused them to buy and store turkeys earlier than usual this year.

“Availability is the hardest thing. It’s sometimes very difficult to get these products, especially turkey this year,” Crandall said. “You order the product, but you never know until the truck arrives. This is the difficulty.

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Two Chicago spots are among the best new restaurants in America https://dininginbc.com/two-chicago-spots-are-among-the-best-new-restaurants-in-america/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 21:03:45 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/two-chicago-spots-are-among-the-best-new-restaurants-in-america/ Two local spots just made Esquire’s 2022 list of America’s Best New Restaurants. For this year’s edition, the publication’s editors highlighted 40 places that “represent what it means to eat well in the United States right now.” In Chicago, Kasama, the modern Filipino standout, landed at No. 7 for its tasting menu, which debuted in […]]]>

Two local spots just made Esquire’s 2022 list of America’s Best New Restaurants.

For this year’s edition, the publication’s editors highlighted 40 places that “represent what it means to eat well in the United States right now.” In Chicago, Kasama, the modern Filipino standout, landed at No. 7 for its tasting menu, which debuted in late 2021. Although the restaurant operates as a casual kitchen and bakery during the day, the service dinner sees it transform into a fine dining sensation.

“Nilaga, made from cabbage, bone marrow and fluffy short-grain rice, has the uncanny ability to conjure up what you would eat on a rainy day as a kid. There is a croissant towards the end with a shower of truffles. All of this made us believe: people should also know the pm version of Kasama,” wrote Esquire editor Kevin Sintumuang.

The accolade is the icing on the cake of a momentous year for Kasama – it was assigned a star by the Michelin Guide last April.

At No. 36, Indian, the progressive Indian newcomer that Time Out Chicago hailed in its review for raising the bar for South Asian experiences in the city. Sintumuang is also impressed by chef Sujan Sarkar’s “powerful and unexpected” cooking, calling the $90 tasting menu a “steal.”

“The service is delicious, informative, correct, the room is large and luxurious, the food and wine pairings are enlightening. You might be wondering what’s the catch? As far as I know, there is none,” adds Sintumuang.

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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) sees a significant drop in short-term interest https://dininginbc.com/bjs-restaurants-inc-nasdaqbjri-sees-a-significant-drop-in-short-term-interest/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 20:25:44 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/bjs-restaurants-inc-nasdaqbjri-sees-a-significant-drop-in-short-term-interest/ BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI – Get Rating) experienced a significant drop in short-term interest in October. As of October 31, there was short interest totaling 1,560,000 shares, down 23.9% from the total of 2,050,000 shares as of October 15. Currently, 6.9% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume […]]]>

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI – Get Rating) experienced a significant drop in short-term interest in October. As of October 31, there was short interest totaling 1,560,000 shares, down 23.9% from the total of 2,050,000 shares as of October 15. Currently, 6.9% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume of 357,000 shares, the short interest ratio is currently 4.4 days.

BJ’s Restaurants stock down 2.2%

NASDAQ: BJRI was down $0.71 during Friday’s midday session, hitting $31.75. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 205,304 shares, compared to an average volume of 403,329. BJ’s Restaurants has a 1-year low of $20.15 and a 1-year high of $37.22. The company has a debt ratio of 0.15, a current ratio of 0.33 and a quick ratio of 0.27. The company’s fifty-day moving average is $27.43 and its two-hundred-day moving average is $25.54.

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BJRI has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Citigroup raised its target price on BJ’s Restaurants to $30.00 in a Thursday, October 27 report. StockNews.com launched coverage on BJ’s Restaurants in a research report on Wednesday, October 12. They have set a “holding” rating on the stock. Benchmark raised its target price on BJ’s Restaurants to $35.00 in a Tuesday, November 1 research report. Stephens launched coverage on BJ’s Restaurants in a research report on Thursday, September 22. They issued an “equal weight” rating and target price of $27.00 on the stock. Finally, Barclays cut its price target on BJ’s Restaurants from $21.00 to $17.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday July 22. One research analyst has assigned the stock a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned the stock a buy rating. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $28.43.

Institutional investors weigh in on BJ’s restaurants

Several hedge funds have recently increased or reduced their stakes in the company. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. ® increased its stake in BJ’s Restaurants by 2.5% in the second quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 3,880,400 shares of the restaurateur valued at $84,127,000 after buying 94,775 additional shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in BJ’s Restaurants by 3.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,713,031 shares of the restaurant owner valued at $105,078,000 after purchasing an additional 107,734 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in BJ’s Restaurants by 5.9% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,489,248 shares of the restaurateur valued at $70,445,000 after purchasing an additional 139,430 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in BJ’s Restaurants by 12.9% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,043,644 shares of the restaurant owner valued at $24,892,000 after buying 119,308 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its stake in BJ’s Restaurants by 1.6% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 844,384 shares of the restaurateur valued at $18,306,000 after buying an additional 13,163 shares in the last quarter. 95.10% of the shares are held by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc owns and operates casual dining restaurants in the United States. The company’s restaurants offer pizza, craft and other beers, appetizers, entrees, pastas, sandwiches, specialty salads and desserts. As of April 19, 2022, it operated 213 restaurants in 29 states. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Huntington Beach, California.

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Inflation makes restaurants the best deal for Thanksgiving https://dininginbc.com/inflation-makes-restaurants-the-best-deal-for-thanksgiving/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 20:29:00 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/inflation-makes-restaurants-the-best-deal-for-thanksgiving/ This Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a real turkey. With inflation and bird flu skyrocketing the cost of the traditional holiday feast this year, it may make more sense to eat out, according to a Wells Fargo report. The study, which compared November 2021 Consumer Price Index data with November this year, found that […]]]>

This Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a real turkey.

With inflation and bird flu skyrocketing the cost of the traditional holiday feast this year, it may make more sense to eat out, according to a Wells Fargo report.

The study, which compared November 2021 Consumer Price Index data with November this year, found that the cost of food outside the home rose at a rate of 5 .79%. This is well below the increase seen by consumers at the supermarket, where prices rose by 9.81%.

“This shrinking of the [cost] means the price of some Thanksgiving dishes at your favorite restaurant is closer to the price of your food at home, which could save you time and energy. In other words, you could spend about the same on a meal in a restaurant as you would on making it at home,” the report says.

A Wells Fargo report suggests eating out could be the Thanksgiving move.
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Turkey prices are forecast to rise 23% from the fourth quarter of 2021, and that’s just the start of the heartburn news.

The price of eggs rose by 32.5% compared to the same period last year, while butter fell by 25.8% and flour by 17.1%. Additionally, issues with cranberry crops in the northwest, brought on by “bad weather,” are expected to wreak havoc on supply.

“The size and quality of berries in the Northwest may not meet fresh produce standards,” the report notes. “That means less fruit for the fresh market and more fruit for processors. Since most fresh berries are in high demand around Thanksgiving, prices will likely be higher than last year.

White potatoes grown in northwestern states like Idaho are expected to rise in price this year, due to similar weather struggles. However, a surplus of sweet potatoes, typically grown in the southeast, should fill the void.

Inflation at the supermarket has outpaced restaurant inflation, perhaps making the latter a more economical choice for some.
Inflation at the supermarket has outstripped rising costs at restaurants, perhaps making the latter a more economical choice for some.
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“For all those sweet potato pie lovers, this really is your year to shine,” the report reads.

Wells Fargo reports the biggest deal this season will come from limited-service restaurants, or LSRs. These include big brands such as Panera Bread and Chipotle – a highly competitive category catering to more price-sensitive customers, hence the reluctance to send prices into orbit just yet, Wells Fargo said. .

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discounts, freebies at Phoenix restaurants https://dininginbc.com/discounts-freebies-at-phoenix-restaurants/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 13:01:19 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/discounts-freebies-at-phoenix-restaurants/ When it comes to expressing gratitude, donating food is one of the most appreciated gestures. So, on a day designated to honor the men and women who served in the valley’s military restaurants, say thank you. All offers are valid on November 11 only, unless otherwise stated. And proper identification may be required to receive […]]]>

When it comes to expressing gratitude, donating food is one of the most appreciated gestures. So, on a day designated to honor the men and women who served in the valley’s military restaurants, say thank you.

All offers are valid on November 11 only, unless otherwise stated. And proper identification may be required to receive offers.

These are great restaurants, bars, and cafes in Metro Phoenix offering discounts or freebies to veterans and veterans, and in some cases, first responders, reservists, and nurses.

cider body

This family-owned and operated craft cider house gives active military and veterans 30% off all beverage purchases.

Details: 31 S. Robson, Suite 103, Mesa. 480-993-3164. Other locations on cidercorpsaz.com.

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Myke’s Pizza

Active military and veterans receive a 10% discount.

Details: 31 S. Robson, Mesa. 480-687-8526, mykespizza.com.

morning press

Morning Squeeze in Scottsdale will be offering a trio of breakfast tacos for $7 as part of Arizona Breakfast Weekend.

Veterans and active military members receive 10% off their order. Additionally, during the month of November, the restaurant will donate 10% of proceeds to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 472. The organization supports combat-wounded veterans and their families, fosters camaraderie and goodwill among veterans and provides mentorship and support to ROT students.

Details: 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-945-4669. Other locations on morningsqueeze.com.

Marcellino Ristorante

Spaccatelli with sausage and tomato ragout at Marcellino Ristorante.

Veterans and active military members will receive a 10% discount on meals. Offer is valid for restaurant orders only and excludes alcohol and packaged goods.

Details: 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. 480-990-9500, marcellinoristorante.com.

Original breakfast house

Seasonal French Toast (clockwise from top left), Pumpkin Blossom Omelet and Cinnamon Bun from The Original Breakfast House.

The annual Veterans Day celebration honors those who serve with a free meal for active duty military personnel, veterans, first responders and nurses. A vintage car display and free live concert are part of the day-long festivities. Proceeds from the event benefit Tunnel to Towers Tempe, a non-profit organization founded in honor of firefighter Stephen Siller who lost his life in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, as well as all first responders and military heroes who also made the ultimate sacrifice.

Details: 13623 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. 602-482-2328, originalbreakfasthouse.com.

Thumb

Veterans and active duty military will receive 15% off groceries.

Details: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. 480-513-8186, thethumb.com.

Pair of cupworks

Active military and veterans receive a 10% discount on any coffee or tea drink.

Details: 31 S. Robson. Mesa. paircupworks.com.

Thirsty Lion Gastro Pub

Brunch dishes at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill.

Military personnel will receive free admission and a soft drink.

Details: 3077 W Frye Road, Chandler. 480-786-5799. Other locations on soifyliongastropub.com.

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Roaring Fork

A variety of small plates from Roaring Fork.

Serving and retired military members will receive a 15% discount on their meal. Offer is valid on restaurant orders only after 4 p.m. and does not include alcohol.

Details: 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-947-0795, roaringfork.com.

Patent 139 Brewing Co.

Active military members and veterans can order the special barbecue platter for $20, which includes three smoked tips, pulled pork and St. Louis ribs with coleslaw, house-made pickles and a buttery Kona roll. figs. They will also receive a complementary pint glass to take home and can purchase a beer for the happy hour price of $5.

Details: 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler 480-597-7138, patent139brewingco.com.

Koibito Poke

A selection of Koibito Poke bowls.

Veterans receive $5 off store orders.

Details: 4280 E. Indian School, Phoenix‍. 602-671-2445. Other locations on koibitopoke.com.

The streets of New York

Veterans, active military, police and firefighters receive a 20% discount at participating locations. Offer does not apply to alcohol.

Details: streetsofnewyork.com.

Diego Pops, Eat Up Drive In, The Hot Chick and The Montauk

All Jocque Concepts restaurants (Diego Pops, Eat Up Drive In, The Hot Chick and The Montauk) will offer a 25% discount on all food purchases to active military and veterans.

Details: joqueconcepts.com.

Queen Creek Oil Mill

The Queen Creek Olive Mill can be quite a long drive, but fans of the working olive grove say it's worth it.

Active military and veterans receive a 20% discount on all purchases.

Details: 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek. (480) 888-9290, queencreekolivemill.com.

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Modern Mexican Salt and Lime Grill

Veterans and First Responders receive a 20% discount. Offer not valid on alcohol purchases.

Details: 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-661-5463, saltandlimeaz.com.

Miracle Mile Grocery

One of Miracle Mile Deli's family packs.

Veterans get a 20% discount – double the year-round 10% discount – with valid ID. The offer is valid for on-site and take-out orders.

Details: 4433 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-776-0992, www.miraclemiledeli.com.

Fire at will

Veteran and former Marine Dom Ruggiero is set to open this restaurant on November 11 and will offer a 15% discount to veterans.

Details: 4912 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Eatfireatwill.com.

some burros

Veterans, active military, and first responders can take advantage of 25% off all orders up to $100.

Details: 101 E. Base Road, Tempe. 480-839-8226. Other locations on someburros.com.

Louis Bar

Upscale pub Bar Louie was born in Chicago, making it a great place for Chicago Cubs fans to grab a bite to eat.

Active and retired military members receive a free Bar Louie Craft Burger.

Details: 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale. 602-609-5500. Other locations on barlouie.com.

Dickey’s BBQ

Veterans using code VETFREE will receive a free pulled pork sandwich.

Details: 1005 South Arizona Ave, Chandler. 480-812-1687, other locations on dickeys.com.

twin peaks

Twin Peaks restaurant cheeseburger.

Veterans and active military personnel receive one free meal from these options: cheeseburger and fries; chicken fillets and fries; pulled pork sandwich and fries; soup and salad combo for lunch; and chicken caesar salad with a choice of protein swap for shrimp. One item per person, on-site orders only.

Details: 2135 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-954-8946. Other locations on twinpeaksrestaurant.com.

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walk-on

Active and retired military members receive a free burger and fries purse for restaurant orders.

Details: 4928 S. Power Road, Mesa. 480-420-0711, walk-ons.com/location/gilbert-az.

red lobster

Veterans receive a gift on Veterans Day.

Veterans, active duty military, and reservists receive a complimentary meal of Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw.

Details: 4802 E Cactus Rd, Scottsdale. 602-996-5470. Other locations on redlobster.com.

Mexican food from Macayo

The multi-day celebration at Macayo's is offering discounted daily specials May 2-5.  On May 4, get the à la carte Chimi for $6.99 (regularly $9).

Active and inactive military personnel will receive one free entree of the following: fiesta salad; carnita dinner; poblano chicken; big dinner; large baja dinner; Trio of enchiladas from Sonora; Baja burro or carne asada burro.

Details: 15565 W. Bell Road, Surprise. 623-214-5950. Other locations on macayo.com.

Barrio Brewing Co.

Barrio Brewing Co. offers signature beers like Barrio Blonde, Mocha Java Stout, and Copperhead Pale Ale.

Active and inactive military personnel will receive a free entree from the Veterans Day menu, which includes items such as Barrio Brat, quesadilla, Reuben’s high on rye, Lizzy salad and pulled pork sandwich.

Details: 5803 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa. 480-988-7171, barriobrewingmesa.com.

Raw Tacos

Taco papa brava crujiente with Yukon Gold potatoes, herbs, Oaxaca cheese, homemade salsa and cabbage from Mochilero Kitchen in Peoria.

Veterans will receive a free Premiere CRU Margarita with the purchase of any taco.

Details: 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-687-7777, crutacos.com.

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SF restaurants and markets brace for Thanksgiving turkey shortage https://dininginbc.com/sf-restaurants-and-markets-brace-for-thanksgiving-turkey-shortage/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 11:03:21 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/sf-restaurants-and-markets-brace-for-thanksgiving-turkey-shortage/ Turkey lovers might be in for a Thanksgiving shock. With bird flu killing at least 3.6% of the nation’s turkeys this year — coupled with supply shortages and drought in the farming industry, according to the New York Times — it will be harder and more expensive than ever to get your hands on one. […]]]>

Turkey lovers might be in for a Thanksgiving shock. With bird flu killing at least 3.6% of the nation’s turkeys this year — coupled with supply shortages and drought in the farming industry, according to the New York Times — it will be harder and more expensive than ever to get your hands on one.

But it’s not just the Thanksgiving bird that’s in danger, it’s also your lunchtime turkey sandwich. Delicatessens and butchers in San Francisco are already feeling the effects of the shortage.

“It’s like pulling teeth trying to get turkeys from companies,” said Sal Qaqundah, owner of Arguello Market, a San Francisco cult cult for its “world famous” turkey sandwich.

He said that while the Arguello Market has been able to maintain its turkey supply so far, thanks to booking well in advance, he doesn’t know what will happen closer to Thanksgiving.

An employee cuts pieces of turkey to make a hot roast turkey sandwich at Arguello Market in San Francisco, California on April 10, 2022. The market is the self-proclaimed home of the ‘World Famous Turkey Sandwich’.

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“I always use multiple suppliers because I don’t want to depend on just one,” Qaqundah said. “…One of the suppliers – I also have a plan B and a plan C – promised me that he would have turkeys soon, but he delayed three times.”

Marina Meats, a butcher shop in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood, is also bracing for what could happen to its entire turkey supply later this month.

“We could expect a 50% shortage on everything we did last year,” manager Guillermo Pescador said. “So it’s going to be a tough time, trying to fill all the orders. If we have to do that, we might have to bring things out of state, even though we’re trying to source from small local farms.

Deli Board owner Adam Mesnick said he had been aware of the impending turkey shortage since late July, when he warned his Instagram followers: “It’s going to be a poultry show for the rest of This year. Hide a bird in the freezer for Thanksgiving, don’t tell me I didn’t tell you.



“Really since that time I’ve had to manage my turkey stock pretty tightly,” Mesnick said. “I have turkey right now, but there have been times over the last two months where I’ve had to ration or haven’t had a turkey.”

Turkey is Deli Board’s most popular lunch meat, he said, so it’s very hard to live without. Mesnick has generally only been able to access about two-thirds of his needed turkey supply over the past five months, so he has occasionally had to substitute ham in some sandwiches.

“I try to do my best to find a product to replace it, but there really is no replacement for turkey,” Mesnick said. “It’s a huge problem.”

With the decrease in supply, turkey prices have also increased. In grocery stores, fresh, skinless turkey breasts cost up to 112% more than last year, according to Wisconsin State Farmer. As of this week, frozen turkey is selling for an average of $1.99 per pound, which is a 73% increase over last year, the USDA reported.

Roast turkeys for sandwiches at Arguello Market in San Francisco, California on April 10, 2022. The market is the self-proclaimed home of the 'World Famous Turkey Sandwich'.

Roast turkeys for sandwiches at Arguello Market in San Francisco, California on April 10, 2022. The market is the self-proclaimed home of the ‘World Famous Turkey Sandwich’.

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In delicatessens and restaurants, this price increase is also passed on to customers.

“We didn’t raise the price much, but we had to because the price of turkey went up 15 to 20 percent,” Qaqundah said. “I don’t like doing that. It’s our signature, everyone loves turkey [sandwich].”

Augie’s Montreal Deli, which closed its Berkeley store last month due to soaring meat prices, still sells smoked turkey and other wholesale products in the Bay Area.

“Getting turkey was very difficult,” said owner Lex Gopnik-Lewinski. “Ours costs almost $2 more per pound than our beef. I was told this was the first time in forever that turkey was more expensive than beef.

Mesnick also said the price of turkey sandwiches at Deli Board had caught up with the price of corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. Pescador said they are seeing up to a 25% price increase for whole turkeys.

A customer holds a hot roast turkey sandwich at the Arguello Market in San Francisco, California on April 10, 2022. The market is the self-proclaimed home of the 'World Famous Turkey Sandwich'.

A customer holds a hot roast turkey sandwich at the Arguello Market in San Francisco, California on April 10, 2022. The market is the self-proclaimed home of the ‘World Famous Turkey Sandwich’.

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For those worried about getting the centerpiece of their Thanksgiving table, however, experts aren’t saying it’ll be impossible. Shoppers may not have as wide a variety of choices as they usually do, The New York Times reported.

Best advice for turkey seekers? Order your Thanksgiving bird early this year.

“We’re taking orders for Thanksgiving, but I’m asking people to confirm us before the 15th,” said Qaqundah, who also sells whole turkeys at Arguello Market for the holidays. “We put people on the waiting list, and of course we give priority to our regular customers.”

Pescador said Marina Meats posted signs in the store telling customers about bird flu and encouraging them to order early. It’s up in the air if the store will be able to accommodate last-minute turkey orders.

“We should be able to do quotas, but it depends,” he said. “We still have time until Thanksgiving. We’ll cut it close.

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Cars crash into restaurants in Short North, Italian Village in separate events; Both Temporarily Closed – 614NOW https://dininginbc.com/cars-crash-into-restaurants-in-short-north-italian-village-in-separate-events-both-temporarily-closed-614now/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:14:17 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/cars-crash-into-restaurants-in-short-north-italian-village-in-separate-events-both-temporarily-closed-614now/ Two popular Columbus restaurants were forced to temporarily close after cars crashed into their driveways. The accidents were both separate events. The first accident happened in front of S’wich Social, located at 869 N. 4th St. in Italian Village. “Unfortunately there was a car accident outside our store and they came straight into our window. […]]]>

Two popular Columbus restaurants were forced to temporarily close after cars crashed into their driveways. The accidents were both separate events.

The first accident happened in front of S’wich Social, located at 869 N. 4th St. in Italian Village.

“Unfortunately there was a car accident outside our store and they came straight into our window. No one from our store was there at the time and from what we were told said, no one was seriously injured,” the statement read. “We are still working out the details and duration of our closure. We will provide updates as we learn more!

Photo via Instagram of S’wich Social

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The second crash happened at Gala Park Steak, located at 900 N. High St. It happened around 6:30 p.m. tonight.

The restaurant has yet to share a statement, but a white-colored sedan crashed into one of the restaurant’s large street-facing windows, smashing it. Another window on the opposite side of the restaurant also shattered. Both Columbus Police and Columbus Fire Department were at the scene.

It is not known if anyone was injured. This is a developing story. 614Now will add more information as it becomes available.

You want to know more ? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Find out where you can find a free copy of our new November issue here!

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns to the Ossining area https://dininginbc.com/hudson-valley-restaurant-week-returns-to-the-ossining-area/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 13:00:38 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/hudson-valley-restaurant-week-returns-to-the-ossining-area/ OSSINING, NY – It’s time to start deciding where you want to eat during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2022, when more than 150 restaurants will celebrate the local food scene, including eateries in Ossining and in its surroundings. From Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 20, chefs from across the region will serve delicious, […]]]>

OSSINING, NY – It’s time to start deciding where you want to eat during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2022, when more than 150 restaurants will celebrate the local food scene, including eateries in Ossining and in its surroundings.

From Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 20, chefs from across the region will serve delicious, creative dishes using local ingredients.

For two weeks, restaurants in the Hudson Valley will offer special three-course menus for lunch and dinner.

New this fall is that restaurants and diners can choose between four different price points:

  • Tier 1 dinners will cost $44.95, while Tier 1 lunches will cost $29.95.
  • Tier 2 dinners will cost $39.95, while Tier 2 lunches will cost $24.95.

Prices do not include drinks, taxes and tip. Restaurants can also offer their menus at a fixed price to take away. Those who have chosen to offer take-out will have a “take-out” filter listed on their listing. Menus and prices are available here.

Participating restaurants span seven Hudson Valley counties: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Ulster, Orange, Sullivan, Greene and Dutchess.

Here are the restaurants in and around Ossining:

For a searchable list of all participating restaurants, click here.

Reservations are strongly encouraged (and sometimes required). While you’re on the list, you can make an online reservation through OpenTable by clicking the “Reserve Now” button. If the button is not available, just call the restaurant directly.

If you really want to tickle your taste buds as you browse the menus, check out HVRW’s list of culinary and artisan products that add to the Hudson Valley’s growing reputation among foodies.

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It’s Gen Z’s favorite restaurant, according to a survey https://dininginbc.com/its-gen-zs-favorite-restaurant-according-to-a-survey/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 20:26:00 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/its-gen-zs-favorite-restaurant-according-to-a-survey/ New York CNN — It’s been a good year for Chick-fil-A — a recent survey ranked it the top Gen Z restaurant, with 15% of respondents citing it as their favorite pick. Piper Sandler’s annual study surveyed 14,500 teens in 47 states, whose average age was just under 16 (15.8, to be exact). Starbucks came […]]]>


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It’s been a good year for Chick-fil-A — a recent survey ranked it the top Gen Z restaurant, with 15% of respondents citing it as their favorite pick.

Piper Sandler’s annual study surveyed 14,500 teens in 47 states, whose average age was just under 16 (15.8, to be exact).

Starbucks came in second with 12% of teens, followed by Chipotle (7%), McDonald’s (6%) and Olive Garden (3%).

Earlier this month, the restaurant appeared in another poll, with results that weren’t quite as favourable: QSR’s annual drive-thru report revealed that Chick-fil-A had the line of slowest wait among 10 restaurants, with an average wait time of around 107 seconds. But that was mainly because it’s so popular that there are many cars lined up for his meals.

Here again, Chick-fil-A also led the industry in customer satisfaction in the same survey – 88% of customers said the fried chicken sandwich chain offered “friendly service”.

The researchers also found that Chick-fil-A had refined its “checkpoint system”, which keeps customers engaged through different interactions with employees, from placing their order to their famous reply to people who thank them: “with pleasure”.

The chain had 2,730 outlets and hit nearly $16 billion in sales in 2021, according to Technomic, a food industry research and advisory firm. (Chick-Fil-A is a private company that does not publish its results.)

The company did not win over everyone, however. The channel’s support for anti-LGBTQ organizations and its opposition to same-sex marriage have been at the center of political debates and boycott calls.

– CNN’s Nathaniel Meyersohn contributed to this report.

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A Window to the Past – Restaurants galore at 90-100 Waterman Drive https://dininginbc.com/a-window-to-the-past-restaurants-galore-at-90-100-waterman-drive/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 08:15:00 +0000 https://dininginbc.com/a-window-to-the-past-restaurants-galore-at-90-100-waterman-drive/ In the area where the four-story South Portland Housing Authority building stands today, there were two small buildings that housed various businesses over the years. The history of these buildings dates back to the late 1960s. Prior to 1965, Waterman Drive did not exist. The lettered streets, A, B, C, and E, all ended at […]]]>

In the area where the four-story South Portland Housing Authority building stands today, there were two small buildings that housed various businesses over the years. The history of these buildings dates back to the late 1960s.

Prior to 1965, Waterman Drive did not exist. The lettered streets, A, B, C, and E, all ended at the waterline on the west side of Knightville. At the end of E Street, the city of South Portland operated a “burning dump” where waste was burned and then pushed into the ocean. In 1964, the city embarked on creating what was then called the Knightville Bypass. Throughout 1965, construction was undertaken on the bypass, now called Waterman Drive, after longtime director of public works Albert Waterman.

This impressive sign of Dante’s pizza and spaghetti restaurant was prominently displayed at the front of the business. The one-story restaurant at 100 Waterman Drive was first built in 1969. The sign was 10 feet tall and very colorful – red, white, black, yellow and orange colors were used, with “flames “neon lights twinkling down below. Courtesy picture

The Waterman Drive section of the bridge at Market Street was new construction on filled ground. The section from Market Street to Broadway already existed (it was previously called Commerce Street). The combined and completed Waterman Drive was first opened to traffic on Sunday, November 21, 1965.

When it opened, it created a new traffic pattern in Knightville, with one-way traffic from the bridge, via Waterman Drive to Broadway. Traffic returning to Portland would do so via Ocean Street.

With all of Portland’s inbound traffic flowing on Waterman Drive, it didn’t take long for entrepreneurs to see the potential. In 1966 alone, a Texaco coin-operated car wash and gas station opened, and Wolfe Ford built its new showroom and service garage (the site is now home to Yankee Ford).

In 1969, Martin “Bud” and Bartley Costello, brothers who formed a partnership called Cosbro Associates, acted as developers and came up with a plan to build the lot on Waterman Drive between B and C streets. Cimino Construction was hired to construct two buildings.

Jordan’s Big Beef leased 90 Waterman Drive, a small A-frame building, and Dante’s, Inc. leased the building at 100 Waterman Drive.

Jordan’s Big Beef was one of two local retail stores (the other was on Route 1 in Falmouth) opened by the Jordan brothers, who also owned Jordan’s Ready-to-Eat Meats in Portland. The Jordan building was completed first – they received their occupancy permit in December 1969. The drive-in restaurant offered roast beef sandwiches and hot dogs, but also offered ham and pastrami sandwiches, hamburgers , fries, shakes, sodas and other treats.

Dante was a pizza and spaghetti restaurant. Their building at 100 Waterman Drive was completed in early 1970 and the license of occupancy was issued in February 1970.

The Jordan’s Big Beef and Dante’s restaurant buildings were located side by side at 90 and 100 Waterman Drive. The South Portland Historical Society is looking for photographs of these restaurants and the other businesses that later occupied the buildings. Image of the South Portland Historical Society

The two restaurants held a joint grand opening party on February 4, 1970. Despite their new set-up and attractive signage, Dante’s was the first to go. The restaurant closed in December 1970, after only 10 months of operation. Jordan’s Big Beef did a little better, but they closed in the fall of 1972, less than three years after opening.

After Dante closed, the building at 100 Waterman Drive saw several different restaurants use the space over the following decades:

– Maria’s Restaurant operated from the site for four years, from December 1971 to December 1975. Maria’s is believed to have been founded by Larry Napolitano. He was joined in the business by his friend, Al Piscopo. Maria’s Restaurant specializing in Italian, American and seafood cuisine. Larry’s brother was Tony Napolitano, who founded Napoli’s Restaurant in 1960, which later became Maria’s Ristorante which still exists today in Portland.

– Frank Maffei operated Maffei’s Restaurant at 100 Waterman Drive from approximately 1977 to 1978. Maffei’s specialized in fine Italian cuisine.

– Pedro’s Fine Mexican Food opened in March 1979. This franchise restaurant was owned and operated by the Andrew and Myrna Ring family of Cumberland. They were in business for several years in the 100 Waterman Drive building, then moved the restaurant to the Maine Mall food court in 1984.

Pedro’s Fine Mexican Foods opened in 1979 at 100 Waterman Drive. Image of the South Portland Historical Society

– After being vacant throughout 1985, 100 Waterman Drive became the home of a Mister Bagel store, from January 1986 to the early 1990s.

After Jordan’s Big Beef closed in 1972, the small A-frame building at 90 Waterman Drive also had several other tenants over the years:

– In October 1976, Bill Kinsman opened a sandwich shop in space. He had operated his original pizzeria in Yarmouth since 1974, under the name Bill’s Pizza, however, Bob Bergeron owned the first Bill’s Pizza, which was established in Old Orchard Beach in 1949. The name was trademarked in 1964.

With the Yarmouth location far enough away, the two companies had both operated as Bill’s Pizza, but with Kinsman opening a store in South Portland, across the bridge from one of Bergeron’s stores, Bergeron insisted on the issue. Kinsman agreed to change the name of his restaurant, so the South Portland location opened as Don’s and Bill’s Sandwich Shop, with Kinsman’s brother-in-law Don Herron managing the South Portland store. While still selling pizza, they decided to specialize in sandwiches at this store, so as not to compete with nearby Pizza by Angelone.

A four-story office building at 100 Waterman Drive now occupies the site of the former Side-by-Side restaurants. Photo by South Portland Historical Society

– Circa 1979, Vivian’s opened at 90 Waterman Drive. It was Vivian’s second location. Vivian’s original Drive-In was located on Forest Avenue in Portland. Vivian made subs, sandwiches and pizzas.

– In 1983, Sterling Insect and Lawn Control took over the space. They remained in business there until 1994, then moved to 904 Broadway where they remained for many years. It is now in operation at Gorham.

– In 1995, Port Harbor Marine began using the building and surrounding land for the display and sale of boats.

– In early 2000, Beale Street Barbeque began expanding the A-frame building. It was completed and they received their certificate of occupancy in May 2000. They remained there until 2007, then moved to 725 Broadway.

In December 2006, the City of South Portland issued a demolition permit for 100 Waterman Drive. The permit for 90 Waterman Drive was delayed while Beale Street located a new facility. Permission to demolish this building was issued in January 2008. With both buildings razed, the site was now ready for construction of the four-storey office building which now houses the South Portland Housing Authority.

Very few photographs exist today to document these two buildings and the restaurants and sandwich shops that occupied them. I hope that by posting this column, we reach someone who might have photos to share with the South Portland Historical Society.

The South Portland Historical Society hosts many conferences, author talks, and other scheduled programs during the winter months and into the spring. Historical Society programs are free to current members, so if you are a South Portland resident and not already a member, we hope you will take this opportunity to begin your membership, take advantage of one or more of our programs, and know that your dues help support the historical society and its mission to preserve our local history.

A one-year family subscription is only $25. Donations can be made through our online museum at https://sphistory.pastperfectonline.com, or if you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to South Portland Historical Society and mail us at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106. Thanks. If you need to contact the company, we can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 207-767-7299.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of the South Portland Historical Society. She can be reached at [email protected]

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