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March 5, 2007
Hot Topics | By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY Restaurant chains — under mounting pressure — are serving up new ways to shield customers from credit card fraud. Ruby Tuesday today will announce that it will be the first national restaurant to offer an ultra-secure credit card processing system that leaves no credit card information with the restaurant. The system that will be in all of its 900...
March 5, 2007
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January 21, 2007
Hot Topics | The Weekly Feed: I Smell A Ban A'Cookin' Edition Now Departing Union Station, Trans Fat I'd watch out on the red line over the next few days if I were you. Courtesy of today's Examiner, we learn that both B. Smith's and Capitol City Brewing Company are booting Trans fat out the door, and he is going to be pissed off. There's no telling what some Trans fat will do, all...
January 21, 2007
Hot Topics | Business Washington restaurants brace for lobbying reforms (Brig Cabe/Examiner) Katie Wilmeth, The Examiner Jan 22, 2007 3:00 AM  WASHINGTON - With the Senate’s passage of sweeping lobbying reform legislation, many local restaurants that play host to lobbyists and members of...
January 16, 2007
Hot Topics | by Abigail Cutler The Atlantic Monthly | January/February 2007 When the French National Library airbrushed the cigarette out of Jean-Paul Sartre's hand in a 2005 poster of the iconic, chain-smoking philosopher, you knew it was only a matter of time. This February, France joins a growing number of jurisdictions that have implemented far-reaching smoke-free legislation -- including such...
November 26, 2006
Hot Topics | By LAWRENCE M. FISHER NAPA, Calif., Nov. 19 — The wine industry certainly has welcomed the recent disclosures that a compound in red wine improves the health and endurance of laboratory mice. So why isn't the industry crowing about it? Because it can’t. The industry has long been handcuffed by state and federal laws that discourage promoting the benefits of wine, with some of...
November 12, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Post-Katrina   The city is coming back slowly but let me say that the dining and imbibing, music and joie de vivre is alive and well, the Quarter is delightful as is Uptown. And the BigEZ restaurants are keeping the spirit and reality of our wonderful culinary and hospitality industries alive. Check www.nola.com for the most up-to-date information on the recovery…   When visiting...
October 4, 2006
Hot Topics | From the Dayton Business Journal:  Restaurant failure rate lower than thought! The common business wisdom – that restaurants fail at an alarmingly high rate, maybe as high as 90 to 95 percent in the first year, is flat wrong, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Their research suggests that the actual numbers may be closer to 57 to 61 percent; the highest failure rate...
September 20, 2006
Legislation | Capital Is Attracting Singles and Empty-Nester Travelers, Nonprofit Group Says By Chris KirkhamWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 20, 2006; B04 Tourist spending jumped nearly 5 percent last year, pumping an estimated $5 billion into the District's economy and cementing tourism as one of the key economic drivers in the city, according to a survey released yesterday. By paying...
September 4, 2006
Legislation | Virginia: The Best State For Business Best Places Kurt Badenhausen 08.16.06, 8:00 AM ET Four hundred years after Captain John Smith established the first permanent English colony in Jamestown, the commonwealth of Virginia is leading the way once again. Virginia grabbed the top spot in Forbes.com's first-ever Top States for Business thanks to its strong economic growth, low business costs...
September 4, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | By Linton WeeksWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 3, 2006; A01To see and hear and smell how America works, go to the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW and step into the Steak 'n Egg Kitchen. The Tenleytown diner is a round-the-clock crossroads for people from all over the world -- all colors and ages and religions and socioeconomic stripes. It's usually...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Thank you to all of you who have expressed concern about my family and the city of New Orleans.During this hellish week, I have been as devastated as my city, flooded with grief but hopeful that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast will be soon flooded with more relief.Every time more scenes of the hurricane and its aftermath are on TV or on the internet, I reminisce of wonderful times growing up in...
August 31, 2006
Legislation | By Annie Shuppy May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Jeff Buben wonders how his two Washington, D.C., restaurants changed from places where lawmakers enjoyed lunch to potential crime scenes. ``The business of Washington is done in restaurants,'' said Buben, chef-owner of Bistro Bis and Vidalia. ``To put restaurants at the end of the barrel, say that's where criminal activity is being done -- that...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Washington Business Journal - December 10, 1999 by Steve Davolt Small Business Editor When District restaurateur Lynne Breaux returned to her native New Orleans for three days last June, her trip wound up being a strange sort of homecoming. Instead of the Garden District and the French Quarter, Breaux took in a side of the Big Easy she had never seen. She toured the surrounding military...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Take a look at the faces behind the facts, the figures and maybe even a few fights Washington Business Journal - January 2, 2004 Business stories are people stories. A seemingly obvious observation, yes, and a statement readers of Washington Business Journal know better than anyone. Ask the unenlightened, however, and they'll likely tell you business stories are numbers. They're stock...

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