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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New Coworking App Utilizing Empty Restaurant Space Nears Launch

Matthew Rothstein | Bisnow Philadelphia | June 1, 2018 A new coworking app is set to launch in Philadelphia with the goal of reducing the industry’s cost and dependence on office buildings. WEach Seats, the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Matthew Weaver and Sarina Chernock, offers daytime space in restaurants that would otherwise be closed until dinner to

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The Wiener’s Circle Property Is For Sale

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | June 26, 2018 No, the sky isn’t falling, but a Tuesday morning report puts the future of The Wiener’s Circle in doubt. The 36-year-old Lincoln Park hot dog stand is famous for spirited late-night banter between customers and staff. There are plans to sell the property where the 700-square-foot stand stands on the 2600 block of

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It’s Going To Take More Than A Cheesecake Factory To Save The Mall Food Court

Cameron Sperance | Bisnow | June 17, 2018 The restaurant industry was the perceived saving grace of shopping centers during the retail apocalypse. When mall owners were faced with the conundrum of how to fill vacant spaces, food and beverage concepts were a viable solution. But now even restaurants are facing a wave of closings due to overexpansion, especially midpriced casual chains like

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Uber Envisions Technology That Identifies Drunk Passengers

Chloe Aiello | CNBC | June 11, 2018 Ride-hailing apps, like Uber, have become known as safer alternatives to driving when intoxicated. Now the company is looking to learn a lot more about its late-night riders. Uber filed a patent application Thursday, first spotted by CNN, that envisions using machine learning to detect whether a potential passenger

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