Tag Archives: restaurant

Lawsuit filed over heart attack theme for restaurants

Calorielab in the article “Heart attack themed restaurants in legal spat” notes that an Arizona “medically themed” hamburger restaurant is suing a Florida copycat restaurant.

Arby’s chief Tom Garrett resigns

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Tom Garrett has resigned as president and chief executive of Arby’s after 29 years with the brand. Garrett leaves as Arby’s continues to struggle with lackluster sales. In the company’s latest quarter, ended Sept. 27, Arby’s reported a 9-percent drop in North American same-store sales. Roland Smith, president and chief executive of Atlanta-based Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, has assumed the role of interim president for the brand while the chain searches for a permanent replacement.

McDonalds issues responsibility report

McDonald’s Corporation has issued a report outlining its latest global practices in the areas of sustainable supply chain, nutrition and well-being, environmental responsibility, employment experience, community and corporate governance and ethics. This all-digital, interactive 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report can be accessed at www.aboutmcdonalds.com/mcd/csr/report.html

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Recognized by Citysearch

Gregory Woloszczuk, President of GMW Carolina Inc,  the company that locally owns and operates two area Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations, is proud to announce that users of Citysearch voted and selected their restaurant for the Best American Food, as well as Best Place for Group Dinning.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is located at 200 Crossroads Blvd Cary and 5318 New Hope Commons Drive in Durham off 15/501 and Mt. Moriah Road. Both locations offer dine in, take out, catering, and online ordering. The restaurants are open 7 days a week 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM.

NY Restaurants on transfat ban

In the article “Restaurants react to transfat ban” WBHG reports that the way local eateries cook your favorite meal, could soon change.

When a restaurant becomes part of the family

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Michael Bauer in the article “When a restaurant becomes part of the family” writes that many diners who repeatedly visit the same restaurants develop an emotional attachment to the staff, the food and the surroundings.

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria Opens a New Location in Cary

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria has opened a new location in Cary at the Lochmere Pavilion Shopping Center on Kildaire Farm Road.

They have taken over the former Blue Note & Oishee space which overlooks the Lochmere Golf Club.

Bocci’s owner, Bob Jewett, has redesigned the space to reflect an Old World ambiance reminiscent of the many trattorias throughout Tuscany.

The restaurant can seat up to 155 people is divided into three distinct areas:

  • the bar, which features a stunning large curved bar with a beautiful glass mosaic tile backdrop with a “Pizza Bar” and a grand piano for live music on the weekends;
  • the main dining area, which is set off by a mural of a Tuscan vineyard, cozy booths and a “special occasion” table which is partitioned off with a tile roof; and
  • “The Vintage Room” that is available for private parties and can seat up to 50 guests comfortably.

To celebrate the opening, Bocci has unveiled an updated menu.  Head Chef Michele Rizzo will feature classic Italian fare along with new favorites such as Pork Osso Buco, Tilapia Zafferano & Chicken Saltimbocca.

Bocci also offers a variety of pizza styles including New York style, Chicago Deep Dish & their very own Nonna’s Pizza.

Bocci is open seven days a week for lunch & dinner.  Find out more at www.bocciitalian.com or call (919)803-5358 in Cary or (919)206-4067 in Durham.

Giorgios Bakatsias Opens Giorgio in Cary

Giorgios Bakatsias announced that finishing touches have been completed for the newest Giorgios Hospitality Group restaurant to be located in Cary.

The restaurant, simply named Giorgio, will open to the public Dec. 17 for dinner. The 7,000 sq. ft. freestanding restaurant is located at 4300 NW Cary Parkway near the intersection of High House Road at the community of Preston.

This newest addition to the Giorgios brand will bring back a Giorgios Bakatsias restaurant to the town of Cary after a 25-year absence. Although the building once housed a seafood restaurant, Giorgios Bakatsias, known for his innovative restaurant design, has transformed the interior with dark wood floors, bright colors and spectacular lighting to create a visual journal of the seasons to stimulate the appetite while relaxing the soul.

“As a small child growing up in Karista, Greece, I recall the sense of comfort I felt as my mother prepared masterful dishes in our family kitchen,” said Giorgios. “I intend to bring this romance of Mediterranean aromas and flavors to a style of cooking I call New Mediterranean Cooking.”

“It is the melding of the traditions of European cultures, specifically those of Spain, Italy and Greece, and applying a contemporary approach using fresh local ingredients and today’s healthy sensibilities.”

Girogio will have four unique areas for dining: a multi-level dining room, a large bar and lounge, and two private dining/meeting areas. The restaurant will seat approximately 225 patrons. Entrée prices will range from $7 to $24 for dinner and lunches around $8.

“We will focus on the highest quality ingredients possible, simply prepared and presented in a sophisticated atmosphere without all the fuss. We are pleased to be able to return to Cary with a restaurant that is so well suited to its passion for life.”

The menu is the brain child of noted celebrity chef, Ricky Moore, who has worked as executive chef for several Washington, DC, restaurants and was an Iron Chef competitor. Chef Moore promises exciting dishes inspired by the New Mediterranean theme.

Giorgios Bakatsias has created some of the Triangle’s most notable restaurants, among them are Parizade, Vita, Nasher Museum Café, and Vin Rouge in Durham, and Bin 54 and Spice Street in Chapel Hill.

Chubby Taco opens new location in Durham

Jody of Chubby Taco says  there’s a new Chubby in town!

The newest Chubby’s Tacos is the third location. Doors opened Wednesday at the Durham’s Woodcroft Shopping Center Chubby’s at 4711 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707. the phone number is 919-489-4636.

The original Chubby is on 9th Street in Durham. There is a Raleigh location on Lake Boone Trail.

When I went by the Raleigh Chubby’s Thursday, they said the Durham location had a great opening with booming business.

Culver new Starbucks Coffee International President

Starbucks Coffee Company has named John Culver as president, Starbucks Coffee International.

Culver will oversee the operations and business development for all markets outside the U.S. and have Starbucks five regional leaders reporting to him. Culver succeeds Martin Coles, who resigned to pursue new opportunities.

Culver has been with Starbucks for seven years, most recently serving as president, Global Consumer Products and Foodservice. Prior to this role, he was general manager, Foodservice and president, Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific. Earlier, Culver was vice president of Sales for Nestlé USA where he was responsible for foodservice sales and the development of more than 30 brands.

Starbucks Coffee Company has stores around the globe and is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world.