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IHOP Just Flipped One Letter in Its Name

But no one knows yet what the 'b' in 'IHOb' stands for

(Newser) - First it was International House of Pancakes, then just IHOP, and now … IHOb? A cryptic tweet Monday from the restaurant chain notes a coming rebrand, though it's not saying what the "b" stands for; that reveal will come on Monday. "We're serious about the quality... More »

Bad News for Salt Lovers

Your favorite condiment is rapidly disappearing from restaurant tables

(Newser) - Poor, ordinary, white salt. It's rapidly disappearing from restaurant tables, and Bloomberg has some theories as to why. For starters, old-fashioned iodized salt has increasingly been replaced by exotic seasonings, a trend that makes the simple salt shaker a thing of the past. "The days of those nasty... More »

OpenTable Sorry for Employee's 'Disgraceful' Scheme

Worker fired after logging 300 fake reservations on rival service

(Newser) - Tactics are apparently rough in the business of online dinner reservations. An employee for OpenTable, the nation's No. 1 such service, made 300 fake reservations over three months at dozens of Chicago restaurants through rival service Reserve, reports Eater Chicago . The idea was to make Reserve look bad. As... More »

'Papa Bear in the House': Restaurants Play Spy Games

High-end joints go to extreme lengths to identify food critics

(Newser) - His name is Tom Sietsema, but he might be better known in high-end DC restaurants as "Papa Bear." That's because Sietsema just happens to be the food critic for the Washington Post, and an urgent whisper of "Papa Bear in the house" will send everyone from... More »

Top Restaurant on TripAdvisor Was Just Some Guy's Shed

Vice writer takes fake restaurant to top of TripAdvisor's rankings in just 6 months

(Newser) - For a brief shining moment in November, the best restaurant in London, as rated by TripAdvisor, featured TV dinners, live chickens, and a DJ playing kitchen noises in lieu of an actual kitchen. Oobah Butler used to be paid by restaurants to leave good reviews on TripAdvisor without actually visiting... More »

Michelin Has Spoken: NYC No Longer US Culinary Capital

San Francisco reigns over NYC in 3-star Michelin restaurants

(Newser) - No longer is New York City the culinary capital of America, based on restaurants with three Michelin stars. The 2018 Michelin Guide for New York City, released Monday, gives only five of the city’s restaurants the coveted three-star rating, down from six last year. Meanwhile, the 2018 Michelin Guide... More »

Celeb Chef Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Uproar

John Besh will put 'full focus on his family,' says restaurant group's new CEO

(Newser) - After a series of allegations of rampant sexual harassment , throughout the restaurant group that bears his name, chef John Besh has left. "John has decided to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on his family," new CEO of New Orleans-based Besh... More »

Report: Celeb Chef Blasted for Culture of Sex Harassment

25 current and ex-employees say John Besh, biz partner fostered 'kitchen bros' environment

(Newser) - More than two dozen women are accusing a celebrity chef and his business partner of fostering a Mad Men-type atmosphere they say was overrun by "kitchen bros." An eight-month probe by the Times-Picayune found 25 current and past employees who document sexual harassment while working at John Besh'... More »

Restaurant Sees 'Remarkable' Change After Diners Disconnect

They're actually talking to each other, says Marco Canora of Hearth

(Newser) - "We want people to have an experience that is calm," says Chef Marco Canora of his revamped Hearth restaurant in New York City. Apparently that means phones should be out of the picture. After noticing how often diners appeared more engaged in their phones than in their company... More »

Is OpenTable Slowly Dying?

It revolutionized online reservations, but faces threats

(Newser) - It's been almost 20 years since OpenTable launched in 1998. Now seating more than 23 million diners a month in 43,000 restaurants worldwide, it's still a force to be reckoned with, but the New York Times details the company's recent devaluation and other woes, and calls... More »

Indiana Couple Sets Cracker Barrel Record

Ray and Wilma Yoder have visited every location in the US

(Newser) - Ray and Wilma Yoder's visit Monday to a new Cracker Barrel restaurant in Tualatin, Ore., was a special one. For one thing, they were greeted with applause and flowers. That's because the Cracker Barrel visit marked not only Ray's 81st birthday, but the couple's completion of... More »

Celeb Chef Alters Restaurant Name After Disturbing Find

Tom Colicchio says he didn't know about racial beliefs of men he named it after

(Newser) - A celebrity chef has spent tens of thousands of dollars to quietly change the name of his Manhattan restaurant after he discovered its meaning had racial undertones. Per the New York Times , Tom Colicchio, the lead judge on Bravo's Top Chef, originally called his eatery in the New York... More »

The Cheetos Restaurant You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Here

Just for 3 days in New York City, starting next Tuesday

(Newser) - Frito-Lay is getting in on New York City's "Restaurant Week" (which is really more like "Restaurant Month") by opening a pop-up eatery with a menu full of Cheetos-themed cuisine. The Spotted Cheetah opens its doors in lower Manhattan for just three days next week, starting on... More »

Food Critic Gets Eye-Opener as Dishwasher for a Day

Scrub, scrub, scrub—and be wary of habanero oil

(Newser) - To be a dishwasher in a top restaurant, you need a "heroic" work ethic, says Tom Sietsema. That's just one thing the Washington Post food critic discovered after spending seven hours doing that very job. Taking a shift at Caracol, chef Hugo Ortega's 250-seat Mexican seafood restaurant... More »

Why Thieves Are Going After Grease

'It’s almost like a pawn shop or scrap-metal business'

(Newser) - Do you want grease with that? Apparently thieves do, as the leftover gunk that restaurants use to fry your food and then accumulate in their kitchens has become a serious commodity. As US refiners are processing record amounts of grease to meet government mandates for renewable fuels—3.84 million... More »

Trump Inspires GQ's List of Best New Restaurants

Brett Martin explains

(Newser) - While the rest of us were taking in Donald Trump's inauguration, GQ 's Brett Martin was zipping around the US visiting restaurants that had opened in the last 18 months. But not just any new restaurants. Martin chose to check in on restaurateurs who were born outside the... More »

Restaurant's Wager Costs It 50% Off Customer Tabs

Ruth's Chris offers percent off based on Michigan game's point differential—which was 78 points

(Newser) - No one expected the University of Michigan to blow out Rutgers so utterly and completely during Saturday night's football game—least of all the Ann Arbor location of one of the country's most high-end restaurants. Now in its Monday morning quarterback role, Ruth's Chris Steak House is... More »

World's Top 10 Restaurants

Italy now home to the new No. 1

(Newser) - The world has a new No. 1 restaurant, at least according to one ranking. Italy's Osteria Francescana has unseated Spain's El Celler de Can Roca for the top spot in the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list. The top American restaurant came in at No. 3, Eleven... More »

Chipotle Just Got Dethroned as the No. 1 Mexican Chain

Moe's Southwest Grill is now king of the casual, fast burrito

(Newser) - A faltering Chipotle has stumbled yet again, this time losing its place as the No. 1 casual, fast Mexican restaurant to a chain that has about a third the number of eateries as Chipotle, USA Today reports. With more than 650 restaurants to Chipotle's 1,900-plus, Moe's Southwest... More »

Joe's Crab Shack No-Tipping Policy Was No Success

Lost up to 10% of its customers at test sites that dumped gratuities

(Newser) - The first full-service national chain to get rid of tipping is, for the most part, reinstating the practice that its former CEO once called "antiquated." Joe's Crab Shack, which had tried out the gratuity-included model in 18 of its 130 or so restaurants across the country, is... More »

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