Where longtime coffee shop closed, a newcomer to ‘restaurant row’ will open in Boise

Torri Donley

If you predicted that a new restaurant would go into the space vacated by Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters, well, you nailed it.

Cupbop, a Korean barbecue chain founded in Utah, plans to open at 298 N. 8th St. — the corner of 8th and Bannock streets.

The fast-casual restaurant could be dishing up hot noodles as soon as the end of this month, says Michael Bevans, whose franchise group owns the Treasure Valley locations. Cupbop also operates in Idaho at 1520 W. Chinden Blvd. in Meridian and 1471 Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa.

Spokane-based Thomas Hammer shuttered its Boise store in August after about a decade and a half on 8th Street. It shared the block with popular dining destinations such as Bittercreek Alehouse, Eureka!, The Funky Taco and PieHole.

“… We are really excited about this spot,” Bevans said in an email, “and to be part of ‘restaurant row.’ ”

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Westlake Fire Department offers kitchen fire tips; Faces of Westlake nominations open

Torri Donley

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Not many people know that the No. 1 cause of fires and fire injuries in the home happens in the kitchen. In particular, unattended cooking is the leading hazard related to home fires, with scald burns coming in second.

The Westlake Fire Department has participated this year in the national Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen campaign to bring awareness to these types of fire danger. The campaign shares simple but important actions that can be taken to keep ourselves safe in the kitchen.

To that end, here is a cooking safety checklist of questions to ask yourself about your own kitchen:

Does an adult always pay attention to things that are cooking?

Does an adult watch the stovetop when he/she is frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food?

If an adult must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, does he or she

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Oakland Barbecue Restaurant Finally Set to Open After Delays

Torri Donley

Foodies in the Bay Area are counting down the days until a much-talked-about barbecue joint opens in Oakland.

A worker at Horn Barbecue. (Oct. 9, 2020)

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A worker at Horn Barbecue. (Oct. 9, 2020)

After one year of jumping through hoops, Horn Barbecue is set to open next week.

Pitmaster and owner Matt Horn was supposed to open his first brick-and-mortar restaurant last October at a West Oakland space that used to be Brown Sugar Kitchen. But then came the red rape. Horn said Alameda County required the restaurant to install an indoor smoker.

“This sort of cooking is done outside,” Horn said. “This is a wood-burning pit. It’s supposed to be outside.”

Horn complied. He then had to get it certified, which required flying out an inspector from Texas.

“We’re in maybe over a few hundred thousand dollars in this whole project,” Horn said.

Then the pandemic hit. In a

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Portsmouth Gas Light restaurant remains open after COVID cases – News – seacoastonline.com

Torri Donley

Paul Sorli, owner of the Portsmouth Gas Light restaurant, said they are open for business but have reduced the area of the restaurant being used due to a recent exposure to COVID-19.

“If there was an outbreak, hands down I would close the restaurant,” Sorli said. “I don’t want to be the cause of the infection spreading. I work here seven days a week and I certainly do not want to get COVID.”

“We had a contact in the past week,” Sorli said. “It is not our first and we are handling it according to the CDC guidelines. Over the summer we had a UNH student working here who was exposed after traveling to North Carolina for a family event.”

This time, Sorli said two employees who sat side by side answering the phone were involved, one being his marketing manager.

“He tested positive for COVID, and then when we

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Catering sector subsidy to open

Torri Donley

The Catering Business Subsidy Scheme under the third-round of the Anti-epidemic Fund will invite applications from October 13 to November 12.


A similar scheme was introduced in the fund’s second round to provide financial relief measures to catering businesses hard hit by the epidemic and social distancing measures.


So far more than $3.2 billion in subsidies has been disbursed to eligible applicants.


The new round of the scheme will provide subsidies ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to eligible licence holders of general, light refreshment and marine restaurants as well as factory canteens in operation, according to the premises’ floor area as specified on the licence.


The scheme is expected to benefit about 17,000 catering outlets.


Karaoke establishments, nightclubs and bars or pubs that are directed to close the whole of their licensed premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirement & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation, are eligible for

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Volcano Crab and Bar to open at former Applebee’s restaurant

Torri Donley

This story was updated at 4:43 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, with more information.

Eleven years after opening his first restaurant at the Fuji Steak & Sushi restaurant in Chattanooga, Canton, Georgia, restaurateur Quanren Lin is preparing to open a seafood restaurant in a former Applebee’s restaurant near Hamilton Place Mall.

Known as the Volcano Crab and Bar restaurants, the new eatery at 2342 Shallowford Village Drive is scheduled to open in the next month or two and will feature a variety of lobster tail, shrimp, steak, and crab leg entrees. Joyce Lin, who like Quanren Lin emigrated to the United States from Hong Kong to enter the restaurant business, said the Volcano Crab and Bar will be open daily from 11 a.m.. to 10 p.m. with luncheon and dinner menus.

The restaurant is expected to have 15 to 20 employees initially and hiring for the new workers should

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Soul food restaurant to open second Lehigh Valley location, dish out free children’s lunches

Torri Donley

Craving candy yams, collard greens and other soul food staples?

Good news: Hot Plate Southern Kitchen, offering honey-dipped fried chicken, Cajun shrimp and other Southern fare, will hold a soft opening of its second location 2 p.m. Thursday at 163-165 Main St. in Phillipsburg.

The full-service restaurant will supplement the business’ other area location, which opened in March at 37 S. Ninth St. in downtown Allentown.

Hot Plate favorites include “soul bites” ($.75-$12) such as corn bread, deep-fried cauliflower, salmon croquettes and mac and cheese soul rolls; main dishes (starting at $13.75 and including 2 sides) such as barbecue pork ribs, honey-dipped fried chicken, smothered turkey wings and stewed oxtails; seafood selections (starting at $13.75 and including 2 sides) such as Cajun snow crab legs, barbecue salmon, fried whiting and deep-fried lobster tails with Cajun shrimp; and sides ($3-$5.75) such as Cajun hand-cut fries, fried sweet plantains, sauteed string beans

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P.J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant in Dauphin County is hiring for 80 positions as it prepares to open

Torri Donley

P.J. Whelihan’s Restaurant & Pub in Susquehanna Township is back on track.

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© Whelihan’s Restaurant & Pub is preparing to open its first restaurant in the Harrisburg region.nnP…

The doors of the restaurant at 3882 Union Deposit Road are scheduled to open as early as the week of October 26. The company said it is filling 80 year-round positions for front and back of the house, including servers, hosts and line cooks.

Last year, the chain’s owner, P.J.W. Restaurant Group, announced it was bringing the restaurant to the former TGI Friday’s at Dauphin Plaza. It expected to open in early 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic pushed back the opening.

Jim Fris, the chain’s chief executive officer, said last year the chain is gradually moving west in Pennsylvania. It opened a restaurant in Chester County in 2010 and has added several more in the county followed by restaurants in Reading

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Kevin Smith’s ‘Mooby’s’ pop-up restaurant to open in Chicago

Torri Donley

The fictional fast-food chain Mooby’s is getting a real-life spot in Chicago.

Director and actor Kevin Smith, 50, shared this news to his Instagram account on Monday with a “coming soon” graphic.

“MOOBY’S MIDWEST! @jayandsilentbobstash are bringing their @moobyspopup to SWEET HOME CHICAGO,” Smith captioned his post. “After the udder successes of the Mooby’s in L.A. and the @giannispizzeria Mooby’s in New Jersey, the fast-food-foisting Golden Calf will take over a local Chicago eatery for one week, bringing a little piece of Jersey to Illinois!”

Mooby’s is featured in many of Smith’s movies.


Smith originally opened up a Mooby’s pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles as a coronavirus-related fundraising event from June 18 to Aug. 16, which took place after a successful delivery run on Postmates that kicked off in April.


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Mall owners see a ray of hope as food courts, restaurants to open from October 5

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a person standing in a room: Mall owners see a ray of hope as food courts, restaurants to open from October 5

Mall owners see a ray of hope as food courts, restaurants to open from October 5

Struggling to bring back customers, mall owners have pinned hopes on the Maharashtra government’s decision to allow food courts and restaurants to reopen from October 5 after a gap of almost six months.

Restaurants, bars, food courts and hotels are among the hardest hit sections of the economy as restrictions on travel and movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus have kept people away.

In the fifth phase of the rolling back of lockdown restrictions, the government has allowed restaurants, bars and food courts to open from October 5 but with a caveat. They will have to operate at 50 percent capacity, according to the ‘Mission Begin Again’ guidelines issued by the state government on September 30.

“Restaurants prove to be a perfect option for customers to grab a bite or

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