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Fired OpenTable Employee Faces Federal Fraud Charge For Fake Reservations

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | September 20, 2018 A former OpenTable employee who made several hundred fake restaurant reservations in an attempt to harm online reservation rival Reserve faces a charge of wire fraud. The man, Steven Addison, worked in the Chicago office of OpenTable, and from November to February, he made more than 300 fake reservations at Chicago restaurants

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Lincoln Park Gets Its First Pour-Your-Own-Beer Bar Next Week

Daniel Gerzina | Eater Chicago | September 12, 2018 Marcus Sullivan of SVN Chicago Commercial’s Restaurant Resource Group represented the buyer in the transaction. The owners of Chicago’s most popular pour-your-own-beer bar, Tapster in Wicker Park, are almost ready to unveil their new Lincoln Park location. It’ll open in the former Wrightwood Tapspace at 1059 W. Wrightwood Avenue to the

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The 25 Bars Everyone Should Visit In Their Lifetime

Alison Millington | Insider | August 29, 2018 Finding hidden gem bars and restaurants is one of the best parts of travelling — but it can be hard not to fall into the tourist traps. Jurgen Lijcops, who has 28 years of experience working in food and drink, put together “150 Bars You Need To Visit

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When the Menu Says ‘Organic,’ But Not All the Food Is

Priya Krishna | The New York Times | August 13, 2018 About four years ago, Gil Rosenberg started eating at Bareburger, an international restaurant chain, after undergoing surgery that left him prone to infection and more inclined to eat organic meat. And the sign outside the Bareburger in Astoria, Queens, where he first ate prominently displayed the word

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New State Law Has Craft Beer Owners Fearing For Their Futures

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | August 21, 2018 The surge in brewery taproom openings in Chicago may delight typical beer drinkers, but they pose a threat to some bars which are seeing fewer customers. Several popular Chicago craft beer owners are voicing concerns over a law passed last week that they say will pose bigger challenges to their

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Profitable Eateries: 50 Highest Grossing Restaurants In The US

Colman Andrews | USA Today | August 9, 2018 The restaurant business is a tough one. The average lifespan of a restaurant is five years and by some estimates, up to 90 percent of new ones fail within the first year. There are, however, some very successful exceptions that manage to rake in millions of dollars

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Public Act 100-0663 Provides Newfound Flexibility to Local Liquor License Applicants

Patrick Wartan | Taft Stettinius & Hollister | August 10, 2018 On Aug. 2, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 100-0663 , which amends the Liquor Control Act and gives local governments the flexibility to grant liquor licenses for locations that are within 100 feet of any church, school, hospital, home foraged or indigent

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Emanuel To Let Aspiring Chefs, Retailers Test Concepts In Vacant Storefronts

Fran Spielman | Chicago Sun-Times | July 24 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel will move Wednesday to implement his innovative plan to allow aspiring chefs and new retailers to test their concepts in vacant restaurants and storefronts. Pop-up permitting was just one of a host of mayoral reforms unveiled last spring to further improve a small

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Yelp To Display Health Inspection Ratings On Restaurant Pages Nationwide

Andria Cheng | Forbes | July 24, 2018 Restaurants and other food service operators with subpar hygiene and health inspection records, take note: Review site Yelp is set to display those scorecards on business pages listed on its platform nationwide. Yelp, which first began to post such information on some business pages in select markets in

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The 50 Best Restaurants

Jeff Ruby & Carrie Schedler  | Chicago Magazine | July, 2018 Chicago’s essential destinations, from haute tasting menus to inventive street food. No. 1: Alinea   No. 2: Oriole   No. 3: Lula Cafe   No. 4: Schwa   No. 5: Topolobampo   Full List    

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