Dining Out

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Patio seating offers some unique perks and challenges Al fresco dining is the centerpiece of the CiboDivino Marketplace in Dallas, and the frenetic pace of Friday and Saturday nights is nothing short of “crazy,” says owner Daniele Puleo. But it’s also magical, as the outdoor dining system transforms a pocket of Texas into a sliceMore »

Four battle strategies to win the war against pests

Soda fountains are a main hiding place for bugs because of their sticky sweet splatter.

Apply offensive and defensive tactics to pest control That four-letter word –– PEST –– can strike fear in the heart of any restaurant owner. Fighting vermin can seem like a never-ending war. And face it. If you’re worried about pests invading your pizzeria, you have good reason. Here’s some food for thought from the NationalMore »

Sound Check: Live Entertainment

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Sleeping at the base of the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains on the Historic Oregon Trail is Baker City, a picturesque town of 10,000 people. But on Friday nights in summer, this hamlet wakes up to music on the outdoor patio at Paizano’s Pizza. Two-and-a-half years ago, owner Kina Allen invested $30,000 of her business profits intoMore »

Fans for Life — Kid-friendly restaurants build generational clientele

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Mia Figlia (pronounced, “Mee-ah Fee-lee-ah”) is Italian for “My Daughter.” When John Boudouvas gave his Chicago restaurant that name in July 2010, it was to reflect “the two loves of his life” –– his daughters, Ellena and Angelina. And the restaurant name says it all. Boudouvas works hard to strike a balance between offering fineMore »

‘Move over, darling’

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Dining room expansion gives you plenty of options Eight years ago, when competing pizza chains choked his business, Jim Jacobs renovated his dining room, adding a lunch buffet at Pisanello’s Pizza in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The result was magic. Customers on lunch breaks crammed the place. Ironically, that triggered a new challenge: “People I knowMore »

Wine for Your Bottom Line

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Vino can make the difference between a good night and a great night   Since 1970, the folks at Pizza Man in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have had a long-distance love affair with the vineyards of California’s Napa Valley. And they have brought that love back to the Midwest by providing Napa wine for thousands of theirMore »