April 23, 2006

Today, I want to profile one of my favorite restaurants in the area. This past weekend, I had dinner at Bahama Breeze, located right off of Chagrin Blvd. The atmosphere was very laid back and I almost felt like I was on vacation for a second. Employees are decorated in Hawaiian style shirts and the dress code is casual. The restaurant is owned by Darden Restaurants, which also owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Smokey Bones BBQ and Grill. If you're looking for a casual night out with a loved one or even the entire family, I highly reccomend Bahama Breeze. For more info check out their website. http://www.bahamabreeze.com/

April 21, 2006

Comment on Man Suing Restaurant

In an earlier blog, I posted a story about how a New York man was filing a lawsuit against a fast food restaurant because of his belief that it has contributed to his obesity. I wanted to clarify a few things. First, I do not eat fast food anymore. After watching the documentary " SuperSize Me," I realized that most of the fast food we eat today is simply garbage and has little nutritional value at all. It has always angered me when individuals file lawsuits against restaurants when they think the food at these places has made them overweight. I feel that these people need to exhibit some level of self-control and simply not eat at these places! However, this may be easier said than done? I am not quite sure if these individuals are addicted to the food or what? The flip side to this arguement is the fact that certain restaurants such as McDonalds have been assuring us for years that they are going to lower the trans fat in their food, however they have not. I compare McDonalds, especially, almost with the likes of the tabacco industry. They definitely know their products are harming millions of people,obviously on a smaller scale, yet they don't choose to really do anything about it. It's all about the money to them. What it comes down to is the need for people to be informed about what they are putting into their bodies and if you know these things are harmful and continue to eat them then it may be your own fault...Something to think about..everytime you consume a certain amount of transfat, you have a 25% greater risk of having heart problems at some point in your life. I read this in an article recently in the Plain Dealer which was actually about McDonalds and the hazards of eating their food.

April 16, 2006

ServSafe

Today, I am going to introduce a food safety initiative in the restaurant industry called ServSafe. This organization "leads the way in providing the restaurant and foodservice industry with an up-to-date, comprehensive food safety training and certification program."
The ServSafe program has training for every level in the restaurant and comes in many different training methods including books, videos, and CD Roms. Essentially the program assits in training managers and employees while making sure the restaurant runs smoothly and safely.

For more info check out
http://www.nraef.org/servsafe/


April 13, 2006

Man Sues Fast Food Firms

A New York City lawyer has filed a lawsuit against some fast food restaurants, claiming that the fatty acids found in their food has contributed to his client's obesity and other health problems..It is great to see restaurants like these being exploited for what they really are..and that is institutions that contribute to the poor health and obesity rates in this country.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,58652,00.html

April 11, 2006

Finger In Fast Food

To go along with my previous post concerning restaurants being at risk for potential lawsuits, here is another famous story involving Wendys. This story is pretty amazing, and it shows the length some people may go to in order to extort money from these restaurants.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/04/13/national/main687910.shtml

Lawsuit in Restaurants

The following is a link to an interesting case involving the restaurant Bennigans, courtesy of Professor Piderit.

http://www.jotzel.com/story/2006/3/10/81855/7492

March 26, 2006

Restaurants and Tourism

The following are some interesting facts illustrating the impact tourism has on the restaurant industry.

Spending by travelers and visitors accounts for roughly 15-30 percent of revenues at tableservice restaurants with average check sizes of less than $25.

According to the Travel Industry Association of America:

• Roughly half of all travelers report that they dine out out when they travel, and that dining out is the most popular activity planned after tourists arrive at a destination.

• The travel-and-tourism industry is the first-, second- or third-largest employer in 29 states and DC.

• 42 million international visitors are expected to travel to the United States in 2004

• The U.S. travel industry is projected to receive more than $568 billion from travelers in 2004.