Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shirley Leung Globe Columnist August 08, 2018 It was the closing that sent chills down the spine of the Boston restaurant industry: Les Sablons in Harvard Square shuttered last week after just over a year in business.Playing in a notoriously tough game, restaurants close all the time. But this one involved Garrett Harker, whose Midas touch turned Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Eastern Standard into gastronomic gold. The unappetizing truth is that Les Sablons is just the latest in a recent string of high-profile restaurant closings by experienced operators who called it quits after a relatively short run. Other casualties include Michael Schlow’s Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar and Matt Jennings’s Townsman. Advertisement “We are talking about very talented chefs who couldn’t make a go of it,” said Chris Coombs, chef-owner of … [Read more...] about Are there too many restaurants in Boston and not enough diners?
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I hate opening a menu and finding page after page of entree options.Unfortunately for me, seems it won't be long before the densest menus jump to life in the form of 3D, augmented reality visualizations.Augmented reality developers are taking aim at the dining industry, which in turn is likely to be a prime early adopter of AR technology.Also: AR and VR mean business: Everything you need to knowThat's because AR deployments, done well, promote engagement with customers. For example, patrons of NYC-based Magnolia Bakery can currently peruse the catering menu by projecting virtual renderings of cakes and cupcakes via a mobile device, which has been a big hit. The same technology is making its way into sit-down restaurants, and it's a sure bet you'll soon be seeing diners gazing at iPads and smartphones as they visualize meals that could soon be in smelling distance.The trend follows the deployment of AR experiences by food and beverage companies like Coca-Cola and Treasury Wine … [Read more...] about Augmented Reality is coming to a restaurant near you
From the oven to the front door. That's the new mantra for many diners these days, no matter what they're eating. An increasing number of people are opting to stay home and order in. According to a recent study, the number of deliveries is up 10 percent overall and restaurants are changing the way they do business because of it. Mimi Blitz is counting on that trend. Blitz opened Pinky's Space in New York City's East Village with co-owner and chef Wesley Wobles earlier this year. But don't expect to sit and eat there. It's either takeout or delivery. "We wanted to create happy meals for adults. The game plan was to have a small footprint in the city and focusing on the delivery and the takeout," Blitz told CBS News' Dana Jacobson. Pinky's Space serves up what Blitz called a hybrid of Southern and French cuisine. They keep the menu simple with staples like brisket and roast turkey to help in delivery, which Blitz says is 75 to 80 percent of their business. With a unique space and few … [Read more...] about How a rise in food deliveries is changing the restaurant industry — and what’s served
Restaurant industry titan Danny Meyer built his empire by focusing on good food and what he calls "enlightened hospitality." The question of whether restaurants owe hospitality to all patrons regardless of political affiliation was raised last weekend when a Virginia restaurant refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because of her association with President Trump. For Meyer, the founder of popular burger chain Shake Shack, that's just bad for business. "I'd like to think that the people we hire at our restaurants are there for the purpose of hospitality. I'm benefiting from having grown up with a Republican dad and Democratic mom and we used the dinner table to talk things out. I think it's a slippery slope. How do you know that Sarah Sanders or someone wasn't dining with a liberal friend and they were going to use the table as an opportunity to work things out?" Meyer said on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday. "The minute you see me checking people's … [Read more...] about Danny Meyer says refusing customers over politics is bad for restaurant business
Alison Millington, provided by Published 4:10 am, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 City Foodsters via Flickr The best restaurants in the world have been revealed — and some serious bucket list-worthy eateries are on the list. The winners of the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards were announced at a glamorous ceremony in Bilbao, Spain on Tuesday, June 19. The ranking is based on the opinions and experiences of over 1,000 international restaurant industry experts — from food writers and critics to chefs, restaurateurs and "well-travelled gourmets" — from 26 regions around the world. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Ahead of the 20th World Refugee Day, the UN's Refugee Agency reveals that more people were displaced in 2017 than ever before. In its annual report on refugee trends, the UNHCR say that 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced in 2017, the highest figure on record. That's the fifth year in a row that the figure has … [Read more...] about The 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018