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McDonald’s Will Ask SXSW Attendees to Please Fix Its Restaurants

Surprisingly, this is a real console and not a prop from 2001. McDonald's has a novel idea for fixing its troubled business: asking the tech-y attendees at this year's SXSW how they'd run the $28 billion company if they were, say, brand-spanking-new CEO Steve Easterbrook. Show More Summary

Just in Time for the Reservations Renaissance, OpenTable Debuts a New Look

Here's the new logo. The O.G. restaurant-reservation website has just announced a rebrand, with a fresh new look that includes two red circles for a logo, "the table is just the start" for a tagline, and a new color scheme. But aesthetics are just background noise: It's actually become cooler than ever for New York restaurants to take reservations. Show More Summary

Chef Shames ‘Insulting,’ ‘Entitled’ Customers on Instagram After They Threaten Nasty Yelp Reviews

Trouble in Boston. Boston chef-owner Michael Scelfo did some cathartic and very public Instagram-shaming this weekend after two women apparently seated themselves without reservations at his restaurant Alden & Harlow and thought they'd escape trouble by conspicuously Yelping on their phones. Show More Summary

Grand Sichuan’s UWS Outpost Reopens After DOH Shutter

Keep calm. The New York City Department of Health strikes again: Inspectors temporarily closed the Amsterdam Avenue outpost of Grand Sichuan, owing to evidence of live mice and roaches. During a February 24 inspection, the restaurant...Show More Summary

It’s Free Pancake Day at IHOP! Freak Out!

On a Tuesday. Today marks one of the most important fake annual food holidays: National Pancake Day. It's the one day each year that people love IHOP. That's because they're giving away pancakes and helping out charity (this year it's Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals). Show More Summary

City Kitchen Is the Massive New Food Hall That Times Square Has Been Waiting For

Luke's Lobster's classic roll. Following in the footsteps of the Plaza Food Hall, Gotham West Market, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, and Berg'n, City Kitchen is a 4,000-square-foot food market at Eighth Avenue and 44th Street. It could...Show More Summary

Senator Proposes Bill That Would Allow U.S. Soldiers to Drink at 18

Hear, hear, give this senator a medal of valor. Maryland state senator Ron Young has introduced a new bill that would make it legal in Maryland for service members as young as 18 (with valid military I.D.s, of course) to go to a restaurant and order beer or wine. Show More Summary

Someone Paid $700 on eBay for a Perfectly Round Egg

A very non-oval ovum. Kim Broughton, the British owner of the chicken who laid this totally round egg says she "was literally about to crack it open to make a pancake," which seems logical enough. That was, until a friend told her the orb was "one in a billion." She put it on eBay instead, where it eventually sold for £480 (about $741). Show More Summary

Nutella Bans Lesbian, Jewish, and Lots of Other Words From Its Personalized Jars

Who knew Europeans could be so prudish? Nutella's "Say It With Nutella" campaign rolled out in France as something like the digital version of Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" bottles, which were stamped with random names (and were a big success for the company). Show More Summary

That Brooklyn Hot-Sauce Emporium Surpassed Its Kickstarter Goal — and It Should Open Next Month

Get ready. Last week, news broke about Heatonist, New York's first hot-sauce tasting room, where there will even be a hot-sauce sommelier. Despite it seeming like perfect fodder for a story on The Onion, this concept is real and actually...Show More Summary

Why NYC’s Most Acclaimed New Omakase Menu Ends With Surprise Apple Pie

The pie itself contains a hint of miso and arrives with bay-leaf ice cream. Customers at Shuko probably don't expect to see apple pie at the end of their $175 multi-course omakase experience, but that's exactly what co-chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau send out for dessert. Show More Summary

LES Whynot Coffee Moving to Smaller Space Nearby, Making Way For Sushi Restaurant

Good real estate. The Lower East Side location of Whynot Coffee is one of the handsomest coffee shops in the city — and it's perennially packed — so it came as a surprise when news leaked of its closing. But according to owner Emil Stefkov,...Show More Summary

Some Toxic Pufferfish Liver Sent 5 People to the Hospital

Leave this in the water. A group of dining companions paid the price for eating fugu, The Wall Street Journal reports. This time, it's five middle-aged men in Japan who apparently pressured a restaurant into serving them a hot pot of...Show More Summary

Beloved Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery Opening First Stand-alone Shop

Hooray! One of the greatest under-the-radar bakeries right now is Mah-Ze-Dahr, an online operation run by Umber Ahmad and Shelly Acuña, who sell a small selection of their treats out of the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. The Times' Ligaya...Show More Summary

The No-Reservations Generation Grows Up: How Bookings Came Back

How it will look when Mission Chinese Food starts taking ressies. For a while there, it seemed as though New York's restaurants might never take proper reservations again. Owners instead posted live video feeds of their restaurants'Show More Summary

Plan Ahead for Einat Admony and Anita Lo’s Awesome Passover Dinner

Power chefs. This year, for her annual Passover Seder dinner at Balaboosta, Einat Admony is bringing on a guest chef: Annisa's Anita Lo. Together, they'll cook dishes like duck-matzo-ball soup, beef brisket with red dates and harissa,...Show More Summary

This Restaurant Shamed Its Own ‘Incompetent’ Staff on Yelp

They're not known for their excellent service. The owners of a Chinese joint in L.A. that's somehow survived for nearly 30 years gave customers some bad news on Yelp this week: Supreme Dragon is in a bad place and has no choice but to shut down, and you can thank the crappy staff. In a 300-word rant on the site, discovered by L.A. Show More Summary

Maraschino Cherry Mogul’s Secret Pot Farm Continues to Be Completely Fascinating

Shady. Business at Dell's Maraschino Cherries factory is up-and-running just two days after police unearthed owner Arthur Mondella's underground pot farm and Mondella fatally shot himself. We've learned that, by all accounts, his cherry...Show More Summary

British Chocolate Club Has Already Shut Down Operations

Miss you, BB. The heroic English couple who decided to export authentic Cadbury chocolates to America — in the face of the Hershey lawsuit — has quickly killed the idea. While founders and U.S. allies Robert Jeffreys and Rebecca Gurken thought they had discovered a loophole, they now say that their "confidence was misplaced" and offered full refunds. Show More Summary

Starbucks Is Launching Its Own Media Company

Activist journalism, now brought to you by Starbucks. Even though the stores themselves will stop selling CDs, the universe of things you can buy from Starbucks is nevertheless expanding to include "social-impact content." In real terms,...Show More Summary

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