A tennis player just served a bunch of New York City restaurants -- including Applebee's, Olive Garden and Red Lobster -- with a lawsuit alleging deceptive business practices, because they add auto-gratuities on meal tabs. The case may get somewhere, because under NYC rules restaurants may not add s ... More >>
It's a tricky time for plan-ahead, chain-dining daters. They have six weeks to figure out which where to make Valentine's Day reservations, and despite the fact that dining out on February 14 is way more hassle than it's worth (big waits even with reservations, crowded dining rooms, flustered staff, ... More >>
When 86-year-old newspaper columnist Marilyn Hagerty wrote her now-famous review of a North Dakota Olive Garden back in March, I wouldn't say that her story changed the path of restaurant reviews everywhere -- or even anywhere. But it did give food writers, myself included, an appreciation for the f ... More >>
Cafe Society dished out five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a plate of tacos (with black olives!) from the Cherry Cricket (stick with the burgers), to an all-American hot dog from Mustard's Last Stand to a pathetic excuse for crab legs from a national chain that really should just sin ... More >>
So you were at a restaurant and you ordered way too much food -- or just the right amount if you wanted a "fat human" box or two to take home. But in the cold gray light of dawn, last night's chicken à la awesome could turn into today's irritable fowl syndrome. There are certain dishes that work we ... More >>
Former local boy Steele Platt has made very, very good: Darden Restaurants -- an Orlando-based company that operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster, among other chains -- announced today that it has agreed to buy Yard House USA Inc. for $585 million -- cash, according to Nation's Restaurant News. The ... More >>
Popular chain restaurants may have their faults, but they also have their benefits -- consistency primary among them. It's comforting for customers to know that they can count on uniform, no-surprise dishes at certain chains. And I definitely have my consistent favorites. Here's a list of my top f ... More >>
While a three-year-old's shooting of a five-year-old may have been the holiday season's most shocking violent death, it was hardly the only one. Another tragic incident involved elementary school teacher Andrea Roan, who was allegedly slain by Ryan Miller, her estranged boyfriend, with Richard Leavi ... More >>
Santa surveillanceIf you're one of those bleeding-heart liberal types who thinks no human on the planet needs to own a gun, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is probably not the place for you. I ventured into this dead-animal party in search of Santa for the first installment of this year's Santa ... More >>
Be sure to decorate your whip before whipping anybody.Now that Easter is over and you're back on all the vices you gave up during Lent, it's time to unwind a little bit. Jk, you didn't give up anything during Lent -- quitting things is for the weak willed and poor of spirit -- but it's still ... More >>
You can find Brian Melton behind the bar at TAG.All the talk about "In the Weeds" inspired Brian Melton to send in this missive about the restaurant industry. It's our New Year's Eve gift for everyone in the business --and anyone out on the town tonight who benefits from exemplary workers in ... More >>
Nancy LevineAfter stints at LoHi SteakBar and Caldonia's, Maura Schuster is now behind the bar at Ernie's Bar & Pizza. The place is new, but the bar is old-school, complete with a back bar salvaged from the old Armory in Greeley. And Schuster is an old-school bartender, "not a big performance ... More >>
Happy retirement, Ernie Duran!Parting gifts sure can be nice. Ernest Duran Jr., the outgoing president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union (whose recent messy election was the subject of this week's feature, "Can a Mild-Mannered Bakery Clerk Solve the Grocery Workers' Lab ... More >>
UPDATE: He missed his flight. Assuming they don't postpone the hearing, this is all kinds of suck. ORIGINAL ITEM: Here's a story I sort of wish I didn't read this morning: Actor Kelsey Grammer is in Colorado Springs today to tell a parole board why it shouldn't release from prison the man w ... More >>
If you give a hungry customer a happy hour... First came the patio, then the liquor license and now Catlin's Café, at 4379 East Mississippi, is open for dinner from 4 to 9 pm on Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Owner Eric Abney says he decided to expand his hours into dinner be ... More >>
Restaurants unwrap a few surprises.
Theres good reason to call Denver a cow town.
The Bent Noodle is comfortable, if no contender.
Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
Travel uncharted culinary seas at Ocean City Restaurant.
Area restaurants pitch in for patriotism.
Denver's Junior League has the recipe for lasting success.
While Petra's is a party, Pappadeaux gets a blackened mark.
From the week of May 25
February 11 - 17, 1999