Bloggers team up with Hill Country winery to create restaurant fundraiser wine – Food and Dining – Austin 360

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The Austinites who run a blog and popular Instagram account have teamed up with a Fredericksburg winery to raise money to help restaurants that have struggled to stay open during the coronavirus.

The Slate Mill Wine Collective and Karen Reinsberg and Gavin Booth, the bloggers behind Couple in the Kitchen (, have released Couple in the Kitchen Charity Wines, whose proceeds go to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which provides zero-interest loans for restaurants owners in need.

Slate Mill Wine Collective is a winery and also a custom crush facility, which allows other wine producers the ability to craft their own wines using their facility.

Winemaker Josh Fritsche teamed up with Booth and Reinsberg to pick wines they liked to create these fundraiser bottles. The initial release includes two wines, a

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Brendan Corkery Breaks Down Restaurant Management in the COVID Era

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Akron, Ohio – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 13, 2020 – Running a restaurant in the COVID era is proving to be the greatest challenge within any of our memories. Running a restaurant is never particularly easy, but the coronavirus has turned everything upside down. It’s hard to know what decisions are the right ones, and it feels like the rules change every day. Despite it all, you can still succeed with Brendan Corkery’s two pillars of restaurant management. 

Brendan Corkery’s Thoughts on Restaurant Safety

Safety is clearly the priority of managing restaurants right now. There are more safety recommendations than items on a menu, and it can be a lot to handle, but a few core principles will get you there. Brendan Corkery identifies two primary components of COVID-related safety.

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Colo. governor to discuss restaurant support amid pandemic

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Gov. Jared Polis is set to provide an update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response, as well as a discussion around supporting the state’s restaurant industry Tuesday. 

Polis will speak from the Boettcher Mansion in Denver about 12:30 p.m. and share the update via a livestream from his official Facebook page

Polis will be joined Tuesday by Sonia

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Five Guys perfect, food temperatures harm others

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Knoxville News Sentinel

Published 5:01 a.m. ET Oct. 13, 2020


Keep your fridge as cold as possible for food safety.


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants have gone to takeout only, reduced hours or have temporarily closed. Please call ahead to make sure a restaurant’s status has not changed.

The Knox County Health Department recently evaluated the following restaurants. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits; follow-up scores may not be immediately available. For more information on health scores, visit

Perfect scores

Elegant Otter (bar), 1123 N Central Avenue

Five Guys, 234 Brookview Center, #101 

Five Guys, 10922 Parkside Drive

Holiday Inn Express (kitchen), 816 N. Campbell Station Road


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Firehouse Subs, 128 Buckingham Road: Build-up in ice

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South of Downtown community rallies to support Lincoln restaurant owner after prostate surgery | Local

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Pepe Fierro

Pepe Fierro at Bryan East Campus during his stay for prostate surgery.

Pepe Fierro has long been a selfless figure in Lincoln’s South of Downtown community.

But when the restaurant owner needed surgery because of a prostate cancer diagnosis, he knew it was time to take care of himself and let the community support him.

And the community has stepped up, with a GoFundMe page for Fierro that has raised more than $23,000 since it was created Sept. 19.

Pepe Fierro

Pepe Fierro is comforted by his dog Jet after returning home from the hospital.

White Elm Brewing Co. is hosting a Pints for Pepe event Wednesday to raise money to support Fierro in conjunction with Juju’s Vegan Creole and Cajun Cuisine.

Fierro — the owner and chef of Pepe’s Kitchen, a restaurant in the South of Downtown neighborhood that specializes in healthy, vegan food — had surgery

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New Jacksonville restaurant would go where River City Brewing is razed

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David Bauerlein
| Florida Times-Union

The developer proposing to tear down the River City Brewing Co. restaurant on the downtown Jacksonville riverfront has added a restaurant with patio dining to its plan for a 335-unit apartment building.

The restaurant will not be as large as the two-level River City Brewing building, but it would give Downtown Investment Authority board members assurance that the riverfront site still would have a dining option.

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A DIA staff summary said the Related Group added the restaurant in response to “questions and concerns regarding the loss of a restaurant, lounge or space to be available for use by the public.”

The summary says the restaurant will be modeled after the Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove, which dubs itself an “intimate secret garden by the sea”  and touts its covered

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Learning the ropes, and English, to become a successful restaurant owner

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Maria Gonzalez, originally from Mexico, is now a proud entrepreneur and business owner in northwest Cedar Rapids.

Together with her husband, Javier, Gonzalez owns El Super Burrito & Lupita’s Bakery, 3300 Johnson Ave. NW. What began as a humble home bakery 17 years ago has expanded to a full-service restaurant with a loyal following.

So loyal, in fact, that the Gonzalezes purposefully choose not to advertise when they have specials and celebrations.

“We have a small kitchen and a small space,” Maria Gonzalez said. “We celebrate Dec. 4 as our anniversary every year, and we don’t even advertise because there are so many people that come. … May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is also a crazy time for us.”

Hundreds of authentic Mexican delicacies emerge from the restaurant’s tiny kitchen each day. The restaurant’s most popular dish, the burrito ahogado, features a giant burrito smothered in green salsa, guacamole, sour

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Downtown Sarasota’s Nancy’s Bar-B-Q to close

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A downtown Sarasota barbecue restaurant that developed a dedicated following over nearly a decade will close at the end of the month.

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q’s last day of business at its 301 S. Pineapple Ave. location, which opened in 2011, will be Oct. 31, said owner Nancy Krohngold. Its Lakewood Ranch location will remain open.

The downtown Sarasota site belongs to a two-block property that was sold in 2018, with its new owners envisioning a mixed-use project. Krohngold said the restaurant’s lease expires at the end of November, which will give them a month to vacate.

“The place, it’s like my firstborn child,” Krohngold said about saying goodbye to her original brick-and-mortar location. “But business is business, and the show’s got to go on, and it will go on. We’re still going to make people happy with barbecue.”

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Skokie Man Charged With Pair Of Restaurant Burglaries

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SKOKIE, IL — Police said evidence from a pair of break-ins at village restaurants over the summer led investigators to a Skokie man.

Albert Ishu, 52, of the 8300 block of Lowell Avenue, was arrested Wednesday evening at his home, according to Skokie police. The next day, prosecutors approved two counts of burglary against him stemming from incidents in July and August.

On the morning of July 9, the management of Pho Phu Linh Restaurant at 4741 Main St. called police to report they had just discovered a burglary.

A glass door had been smashed out and an unspecified cash was stolen from the register, according to a Skokie police statement.

About four weeks later, police were called to another restaurant for a similar crime scene. On the night of Aug. 4, staff at The Crazy Greek Restaurant, 5051 Oakton St., reported discovering a broken window and cash pilfered from

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Texas Restaurant Association Adds Tech and Leading Restaurateurs to 2021 Board of Directors

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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is proud to announce its Officers and new Directors for the upcoming year. The current board met in San Antonio last week and approved 30 new Directors representing every facet of the restaurant, food, and beverage industry.

Gary Johnson, Director of Operations, Frontier Enterprises (San Antonio), will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Restaurant Association, supported by Vice Chair Leo Duran, Owner, L&J Café (El Paso), Treasurer Jonathan Horowitz, Founder, Convive Hospitality Consulting (Houston), and Immediate Past Chair John B. Gessner, SVM Productions and Fox Rothschild, LLP (Dallas).

“With more than 50,000 entities employing 1.3M people and with sales of more than $70B prior to the pandemic, this is a critical time for our industry as we continue to navigate the crippling impact from

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