Wednesday May 31, 2023

What’s it like to run a local restaurant Masters week? You better stock up

Tbonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Ga., is just a few miles from Augusta National Golf Club.

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The crowds. The pace. The pressure. There’s nothing quite like Masters week for Augusta-area bars and restaurants. Take the scene at Tbonz Steakhouse, a local institution just down the road from the gated entrance to Magnolia Lane. Though it does a robust year-round business, Tbonz knocks out 12 percent of it annual sales from Sunday to Sunday of tournament week, when lines spill out the door into the parking lot. The crush of customers requires all kinds

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Islanders take home potatoes by the bootful as farmers collect donations for local food banks

Islanders were able to help themselves to a bucketload — or a bootful — of free P.E.I. potatoes this weekend while also supporting a good cause. 

On Saturday, P.E.I. residents paid a visit to Island potato farmers participating in this year’s “Come Fill Your Boots” in support of local food banks.

Islanders were able to top up their footwear — or their buckets, or sacks — with P.E.I. spuds at four different locations where farmers collected donations support people facing food insecurity.

The event began last year when a trade dispute with the U.S. over the discovery of potato wart

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Food Tours, Local Eateries, & Happy Hour Specials

Located at the southernmost point of Florida, Key West is renowned for its tropical weather, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. But one aspect that often goes overlooked is its food scene, a delightful fusion of Caribbean, Cuban, Italian, and Southern flavors.

Key West is a paradise for foodies and adventurers alike, with numerous food tours and happy hour specials that are perfect for those who want to savor the unique flavors of the island. Visitors can embark on a food tour to explore the hidden culinary gems of Key West, where they can taste Cuban sandwiches, conch fritters, and key

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Reservation no-shows cost local restaurants time, effort and a lot of money: Andrew Coppolino

If you don’t show up for your dental appointment, there’s a chance you could get charged for it.

Miss your flight and need to re-book, you’ll likely pay.

Skip that physio for your rotator cuff and you could get stuck with the bill.

But what about your restaurant reservation?

Changes to bookings on busy nights, granted, are a part of the industry. But they also cause more work for staff as it discombobulates table arrangements and alters staffing calculations and food orders.

Last-minute cancellations — and worse, no-shows — can have a significant impact on a business and many local

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San Antonio food writer unveils cookbook featuring recipes from high-profile local chefs | Flavor | San Antonio

click to enlarge Clementine's gnocchi is one of the recipes featured in San Antonio Cooks - Jessica Attie

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Clementine’s gnocchi is one of the recipes featured in San Antonio Cooks

Veteran Alamo City food journalist Julia Rosenfeld is releasing a cookbook featuring more than 80 recipes from notable local chefs and cocktail gurus.

San Antonio Cooks (Figure 1 Publishing) will drop Nov. 22, showcasing recipes from culinary powerhouses including Dashi Sichuan Kitchen + Bar’s Kristina Zhao, Best Quality Daughter’s Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson, Clementine power couple Elise and John Russ, and Lala’s Gorditas owner Steven Pizzini.

click to enlarge San Antonio Cooks is available for pre-order now. - Courtesy Photo / Figure 1 Publishing

Courtesy Photo / Figure 1 Publishing

San Antonio Cooks is available for

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Emeril’s French Quarter restaurant NOLA will not reopen; local name takes over | Where NOLA Eats

The fate of chef Emeril Lagasse’s French Quarter restaurant NOLA has been one of the lingering question marks in New Orleans dining through the pandemic. The restaurant, in business for nearly 30 years, has been closed since March 2020 when all restaurants were ordered to suspend indoor dining.

Now a different local restaurant company has leased NOLA’s building, at 534 St. Louis St., and plans to quickly develop a new restaurant in its place.


First opened in 1992, NOLA Restaurant from chef Emeril Lagasse got a new design and menu overhaul in 2017, shown here that year.  (Staff photo by

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