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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Joe Flacco's Hail Mary pass in Saturday's division game may have saved the Ravens' season, but it appears to have emptied the tables in Baltimore restaurants. Baltimore bars did clean-up business on Saturday, but restaurants lost customers, as patrons called in to cancel reservations, according to anecdotal conversations with local restaurant owners. Blame it on bad timing. The division game began at 4:30 p.m., which was perfect, in theory, for planning a Saturday night restaurant dinner -- if the game had ended in regulation.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
Sondra Harrison McGee, who co-owned and managed her family's Pier Five seafood restaurant on Pratt Street, died of a heart attack March 17 at her Marco Island, Fla., home. She was 71 and had lived in the Hampton section of Towson. Born on Tilghman Island, she was the daughter of Levin F. Harrison Jr. and Alice Garvin Harrison, who owned and operated Harrison's Chesapeake House. Her father was a charter fishing boat operator and her mother ran the popular Eastern Shore summer hotel and restaurant.
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By Andy Trincia and Andy Trincia,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 2, 1991
Beth Chapple, one of the original Pasta Mill partners and founder of 2 Feathers Bar & Grill in Wichita, didn't struggle in the restaurant business because she is a woman.A former employee at Pizza Hut's product-development division, Chapple opened the Pasta Mill in 1988 with co-owner Gary Streepy. She sold her interest in the venture before opening 2 Feathers, a downtown restaurant and bar featuring Southwestern-style cuisine. She sold 2 Feathers to her manager earlier this year.Ms. Chapple, who now has a consulting and food-related service company, says the restaurant world has virtually unlimited opportunities for women and minorities -- from employment to management and ownership.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 19, 2014
The Grille at Peerce's, a longtime Phoenix favorite that overlooks Loch Raven Reservoir on Dulaney Valley Road, tapped the chef from another longtime Baltimore County institution to lead its kitchen last month. Marco Lombardini, a Cockeysville resident whose family owned the Candle Light Inn in Catonsville for more than 30 years before selling the building at the end of 2013, began three weeks ago as executive chef at the Grille at Peerce's. "As soon as I met him, I knew there was a connection," said Joe Bivona, owner of the Grille at Peerce's.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | January 24, 1997
NEW YORK -- In a move that had been anticipated, PepsiCo Inc. said yesterday that it will spin off its restaurants and possibly sell its restaurant supply company to focus on its more profitable and promising soft drinks and snacks.Pepsi will shed its biggest line of business -- KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut -- which it has assembled over two decades, because it has dragged down earnings and chewed through much-needed capital. It didn't give the terms of the spinoff, though it expects to complete it by year-end.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Sure, not everyone wants to celebrate Valentine's Day. It's not so hard to sit it out. But imagine if you and your sweetheart worked together in the Valentine's Day industry, catering to romance but, come dinnertime on Feb. 14, never able to experience it yourselves. That's the situation facing couples who work together in restaurants. Picture them: One is firing up a filet mignons, the other is clambering over boxes of sparkling wine in the walk-in. All the while, customers are glowing dreamily in the candlelight, clasping hands under the table and feeding each other succulent bites of lobster Thermidor.
FEATURES
December 4, 1991
Richard "Paco" Pachino is a busy young restaurateur, who works with his family at Hersh's Orchard Inn and Ralphie's Diner. Although the restaurant business can be "all consuming," Paco manages to find the time to chew the fat with friends at downtown Baltimorewatering holes, when he's not playing golf and tennis, or taking in an Orioles game. How would you describe your taste in clothing?It's somewhat schizophrenic. I'm as comfortable wearing my classic, European style restaurant attire (Perry Ellis and Andrew Fezza suits with Ike Behar and Armani shirts)
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By Kate Shatzkin | June 4, 2008
benjaminchristie.com Want to learn how to cook kangaroo meat or make Shortbread Cookies With Wattleseed? This redesigned Web site from an Australian celebrity chef will show you how. And there's information for those in the restaurant business.
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By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2005
Grotech Capital Group is looking to acquire as many as three restaurant companies to add to the one it already owns, underscoring the Timonium firm's plan to boost its involvement in atypical venture investments. Frank A. Adams, Grotech's founder and general partner, declined to identify the companies but said all of them are "names you would recognize." He said that Grotech is in serious talks with one company. The company is "early in the process" and one of several possible suitors with the other two, he said.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1995
Richard McClure got his start in the restaurant business 30 years ago as a busboy at a Howard Johnson in Annapolis. Next month the 46-year-old general manager of Carrol's Creek Restaurant will become the president of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, with more than 2,300 members.Mr. McClure has served in the association for seven years and held every elected office. He also was a representative to the Maryland Tourism Development Board, a delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism and a board member of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
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By Janene Holzberg | November 19, 2013
Though he's a New Jersey native, Christopher Infantino attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and grew to love Columbia after working as a waiter in local restaurants 15 years ago during college. In June 2011, with a passion for the restaurant business but no previous entrepreneurial experience, he launched Tino's Italian Bistro, located off Centre Park Drive. “I had always wanted to do this, and when Strapazza closed in 2010 it was the perfect opportunity,” says Infantino, who has made Howard County his home.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
Pietro "Pete" Rugolo, the popular owner of Jerry's Belvedere Tavern on York Road in Govans, died May 8 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of pancreatic cancer. The Lutherville resident was 75. Mr. Rugolo grew up in Enna, Sicily, where he stopped attending school after the fifth grade. In 1965 he fell in love with Beatrice Varelli, a woman he had known since childhood; she had returned to Sicily after living a while in America. The two married in 1966 and moved to Baltimore the next year. She worked as a seamstress at Lebow Brothers and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic at Marocco Construction in Towson.
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March 26, 2013
In reading Dan Rodricks ' column on the Dogwood Restaurant's closing last week, I felt compelled to write and thank him for bringing to light the restaurant and the good deeds that have come to an end ("Dogwood made a difference in lives," March 21). It's not just about Baltimore losing yet another business. Being the office manager and working with owners Galen and Bridget Sampson over the last short year has been the greatest job I've ever held. They are two of the most honorable people I have had the pleasure of knowing.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Sure, not everyone wants to celebrate Valentine's Day. It's not so hard to sit it out. But imagine if you and your sweetheart worked together in the Valentine's Day industry, catering to romance but, come dinnertime on Feb. 14, never able to experience it yourselves. That's the situation facing couples who work together in restaurants. Picture them: One is firing up a filet mignons, the other is clambering over boxes of sparkling wine in the walk-in. All the while, customers are glowing dreamily in the candlelight, clasping hands under the table and feeding each other succulent bites of lobster Thermidor.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Having the Ravens in the post-season has been great for bars and taverns but not always for restaurants. The Jan. 16 divisional game against Denver, for instance, took a bite out of Saturday-night profits when it went into overtime. A Sunday night playoff game, like last week's conference championship, doesn't hurt as much. Restaurant business is traditionally slower on Sunday night, and there are places like Peter's Inn and Henninger's , both in Fells Point, that close every Sunday night.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Joe Flacco's Hail Mary pass in Saturday's division game may have saved the Ravens' season, but it appears to have emptied the tables in Baltimore restaurants. Baltimore bars did clean-up business on Saturday, but restaurants lost customers, as patrons called in to cancel reservations, according to anecdotal conversations with local restaurant owners. Blame it on bad timing. The division game began at 4:30 p.m., which was perfect, in theory, for planning a Saturday night restaurant dinner -- if the game had ended in regulation.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 7, 1997
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- PepsiCo Inc. said yesterday that it raised $5.5 billion by spinning off KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell into Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. and exiting its restaurant business, to gain cash to pay off most of its short-term debt and boost its stock buyback.The maker of Pepsi soft drinks and Frito-Lay snacks said it received $4.5 billion from the Tricon spinoff, which was completed yesterday.It also sold its PepsiCo Food Systems restaurant-supply unit in July to AmeriServe Food Distribution Inc. for about $830 million; sold five small restaurant chains; and completed an initial public offering of its New Zealand restaurant business.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 2, 1994
I had lunch the other day at Denny's because I was in a hurry and everybody knows you get fast service at Denny's as long as you have white skin.This could explain the condition of the customers at the Denny's where I went: white, every one. Last week, Denny's settled a class action suit involving more than 4,300 complaints from those who were customers and those who merely attempted to be customers before Denny's stiffed them at the door.It cost Denny's $46 million in legal settlements for refusing to serve blacks, or making them wait longer, or making them pay differently than white customers.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
We know a lot about some of the big 2012 projects and almost nothing about others. But it's looking like 2012 could be the year of the comeback. After a long absence, the founder of the Baltimore's first brew pub is returning to the restaurant business, and by the time summer gets here, diners could be back at a new Donna's in Mount Vernon and a revived Werner's downtown. Until the last contractor leaves and the all of the inspectors have come through, restaurants tend to be reticent about specifics like opening dates.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2011
Myles Julian Feldman, a founder of a restaurant equipment business, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Dec. 15 at Pinecrest Delray Hospice in Florida. The Boca Raton, Fla., resident had previously lived in Stevenson. Mr. Feldman was 82. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he was the son of Samuel Feldman, a restaurant supplies salesman, and Frieda Feldman, his office manager. The family moved to Baltimore, where Mr. Feldman was a 1946 graduate of Forest Park High School.
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