Independents

Independents

Adding Up the Costs Behind Le Cirque’s Bankruptcy and Closure

2 months ago

No restaurant is immune to the challenges of staying in business, not even those once at the pinnacle of fine dining.

Uncategorized

TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurant in the World Through the Eyes of a Food Critic

2 months ago

TripAdvisor's restaurant listings and recommendations are one step removed from Yelp's when it comes to understanding what's good and bad. But that doesn't mean they don't have the power to make and break some restaurants.

Independents

Mission Chinese Brings the Farm Even Closer to the Table

2 months ago

Mission Chinese would be a fringe case of success for a project like this, but it has a halo effect that could lead larger operations to experiment.

Independents

San Francisco Is Losing Its Great, Inexpensive Restaurants

2 months ago

It's a real shame that a city that cares so much about its food can't support the cost of doing business for restaurants looking to offer great food at reasonable prices.

Chains

Fast Food Restaurants Slow Down Hiring After Years of Growth

2 months ago

Humans are better than tablets, which is why smart restaurants will see digital tools as a way to increase growth rather than simply cut other costs.

Independents

The UK Now Has Five 3-Michelin-Star Restaurants

2 months ago

There's a special place in our hearts for chefs that simply tell diners how it will be and doesn't allow for any adjustments. The fact that this can still win a chef three stars is impressive.

Independents

Hotel Says Customers’ Expectations of Michelin Stars Is Bad for Business

3 months ago

Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants based on food and service, but its growing reputation for rewarding mostly fine dining establishments seems to be skewing diners' expectations.

Independents

Why René Redzepi Needed to Close the Original Noma

3 months ago

It's clear that Redzepi's stints in Japan, Australia, and Mexico have been crucial in helping him develop new ideas. The new Noma will be very different to old one, but that's a good thing.

Independents

Does Corporate Investment Kill Indie Food Brands?

3 months ago

We're pulling for Blue Bottle to maintain its indie cred even though it now has serious corporate backing.

Independents

The Fascinating Story of a Sushi-Making Robot

4 months ago

This is a cool case of cause and effect. To save the rice industry, one man literally revolutionized sushi.

Independents

Fast Thoughts About the ThinkFoodLab R&D Space

4 months ago

What restaurant group would love to have its own real-world lab for testing out new ideas. The key for the Lab will be to find the perfect balance between flexible space and providing a product that people in the neighborhood can depend upon.

Design

One Celebrated Designer’s Secrets of Perfect Restaurant Design

4 months ago

A good dining experience at a restaurant may feel seamless, but more often than not, it's because great care has been put into each element of the physical space.