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Feb 5, 2014 — Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.
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Dec 3, 2013 — Everyone who's ever had a job has had to show up for work on days they'd rather be anywhere else. Keeping it together can be especially challenging for servers, whose livelihood depends on providing diners with pleasant experience.
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Nov 8, 2013 — Restaurants with a "weak" reputation are more likely to write fake positive reviews, a study finds. But chain restaurants, which do not benefit greatly from Yelp, are less likely to commit review fraud.
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Nov 6, 2013 — Charlie Trotter was one of the country's most influential chefs. His death comes just a year after he closed his namesake restaurant in Chicago. Authorities plan to conduct an autopsy on Wednesday.
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Oct 28, 2013 — Digital menus may help diners make more informed choices about restaurants' food and drink options. And they may boost restaurant profits, too: Sales have increased 23 percent since one Florida restaurant introduced tablet menus in September.
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Oct 15, 2013 — A Ralph Lauren grill? A Tommy Bahama seafood restaurant? Yes, they exist — along with other retailers venturing outside their areas of expertise to whet customers' appetites. The idea is to create a branded sensory experience. But with food that can be risky.
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Sep 26, 2013 — Chefs are the masterminds behind restaurants that enable and celebrate indulgence and gluttony. So when they do weight loss challenges, the messages are mixed.
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Sep 10, 2013 — The Italian-themed chain is known for its all-you-can-eat, stuff-yourself-with-carbs approach to dining. But it's now trying to capture the millennial market by adding tapas designed for sharing.
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Sep 5, 2013 — The rule change, to be enforced beginning next year, will have an impact on restaurants that customarily add tips to the bill for large parties.
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Jul 30, 2013 — Picketers in seven cities say McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food chains should pay employees $15 an hour. But the restaurant industry says that would force those companies to cut jobs.
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