Restaurant – BB Veggie http://bbveggie.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://bbveggie.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Restaurant – BB Veggie http://bbveggie.com/ 32 32 Corry restaurant owner announces candidacy for state representative https://bbveggie.com/corry-restaurant-owner-announces-candidacy-for-state-representative/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:14:56 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/corry-restaurant-owner-announces-candidacy-for-state-representative/

A current restaurant owner in Corry, Pennsylvania is calling himself an “ordinary man with common sense” to run for state representative in Pennsylvania’s fourth legislative district.

Jason Monn is a former councilor for the town of Corry, as well as a former mayor.

Monn has spent the past nine months traveling through Pennsylvania in the Gubernational race.

He is currently running for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s Fourth Legislative District.

The slogan “a regular guy with common sense” was born after his restaurant closed twice.

Monn drove four hours to Harrisburg and sat on the steps of the Capitol for ten hours hoping he would speak with an official, but his plan was unsuccessful.

It was then that he realized that ordinary people needed a voice.

“Judicial reform is a big issue for us. We’ve been through a lot in our family and by allowing the judges to judge, we elect those people, and then we tell them how they should do their jobs. I think we need to open this up a bit,” said Jason Monn, candidate, PA Fourth Legislative District.

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Monn seeks to take the normal, everyday aspects and make them easier in people’s lives during her candidacy.

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Mayor Larson announces 30-day Duluth mask mandate; Restaurant Association Not thrilled https://bbveggie.com/mayor-larson-announces-30-day-duluth-mask-mandate-restaurant-association-not-thrilled/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:22:19 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/mayor-larson-announces-30-day-duluth-mask-mandate-restaurant-association-not-thrilled/

DULUTH, Minnesota – Just days after Duluth City Council was unable to vote unanimously to pass a new citywide mask mandate, and after councilors agreed that Mayor Emily Larson is expected to take the lead on such emergency orders, Larson took to the podium on Thursday afternoon announcing just that – a new mask mandate for the next 30 days beginning Friday 5 p.m. for people 5 years and over.

Larson said she made the decision for a mask mandate considering the number of health recommendations that have been reported recently by medical professionals at our hospitals in Duluth, the county health department of St. Louis, and advice from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

“That’s how I see this mask mandate. I understand it will come up against the choices you’d like to make with the freedoms you have, and we’re still being implored by public health security experts asking us to do it, for them and for us,” Larson said.

Saint Luke’s CEO Dr Nicholas Van Deen said 26 of their 267 registered hospital beds are occupied by COVID patients. The hospital has just 26 intensive care beds, and nine of them are currently occupied by COVID patients, eight of whom have been on ventilators since Thursday.

On top of that, some vaccinated healthcare workers are catching COVID, further hurting the workforce.

“As the mayor alluded to, staffing has become a crisis, at Saint Luke’s today we have 162 absent staff and over half of them have covid. These are breakthrough infections, they prevent our staff from providing you with the care we want,” Van Deen said.

The mask mandate takes effect on Friday, January 14 at 5 p.m. and lasts for 30 days until February 12 at 5 p.m.

Tony Bronson

Tony Bronson, President of the Duluth Local Restaurant Association

Indoor public spaces covered by this mandate include all businesses, places of entertainment, recreational facilities, public transportation, etc.

Meanwhile, Duluth Local Restaurant Association president Tony Bronson isn’t thrilled with the new term.

Bronson, who is also an executive at Grandma’s Restaurant Company, said the struggles have been real for the restaurant industry during this pandemic. And even if customers can remove their masks while eating and drinking, it’s just another hurdle nearly two years into the pandemic that isn’t helping businesses, and he worries what’s next.

“We’re at it again, you know, so hopefully on February 12 we don’t sit here again and say, ‘What do you think about the 60-day extension that we’ve put in place? You know, that would be a disappointment. But if we can do things to help mitigate or shorten the time that was going to have to continue to process this, I think that was in favor,” Bronson said.

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Councilman Derek Medved

It also says Grandma’s Restaurant and its restaurant partners will comply with the mandate, asking customers to mask up when entering establishments. Its staff were already wearing masks before the announcement of this mandate.

Another business owner in the city, and one of two councilors who spoke out against the mask mandate at Monday’s city council meeting, was Councilman Derek Medved.

He and Roz Randorf voted against the mandate on Monday, which prevented it from passing unanimously, but their reasoning was not that they were for or against the mandate itself, it was that they wanted to let this power to the mayor.

Medved says he thinks the mayor’s office is better equipped to implement warrants like this and revoke them just as quickly when it’s time for them to end.

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Councilman Roz Randorf

“As an adviser, it is very important to me for public health and safety, but I think coming from the administration they can track it and manage it much more effectively than we ever could. We’re in this together, we’ll find out no matter what, but it doesn’t surprise me that it’s being implemented,” Medved said.

He also adds that he’s not that concerned about the impact it might have on business as it will only last a month, but he’s curious to see how it’s going to be enforced.

Meanwhile, Councilwoman Roz Randorf applauded how the mask mandate process has unfolded under Mayor Larson’s leadership. At Monday’s city council meeting, Randorf was very blunt with his message on this topic saying that the council is not set up to handle the search and time required to declare an emergency mask mandate, and that everything is in the hands of the mayor, his administration and all the expert contacts they have.

“I want to thank Mayor Emily Larson, St. Louis County Chief Health Officer Amy Westbrook, and the leaders of our two health systems. Their quick and well-informed crisis response plan is exactly the kind of strong leadership needed to guide us through this pandemic surge. I fully support my fellow advisers,” Randorf said.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County released a statement to FOX 21 on Thursday indicating whether it is also considering implementing a county-wide mask mandate. Click here for that part of the story.

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Delicacy or disgusting? London restaurant has stuffed duck neck on menu https://bbveggie.com/delicacy-or-disgusting-london-restaurant-has-stuffed-duck-neck-on-menu/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:07:20 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/delicacy-or-disgusting-london-restaurant-has-stuffed-duck-neck-on-menu/

In the post-COVID era, the world is awakening to a new reality, especially when it comes to food. People are more and more aware of what they are eating and are trying to reduce their meat consumption. It’s not only healthier for us in terms of food, but it makes sense given concerns about climate change. If you are one of that category of people who are considering switching to a plant-based or vegan diet, this might be what you need to read today. A London restaurant called Westerns Laundry made headlines after a photo of one of its dishes went viral. The restaurant serves a duck neck stuffed with lentils and turnips. Take a look at the image here:

(Also Read: 13 Weirdest Ways To Serve Food Across The World That Will Shock You)

Westerns Laundry is an organic seafood restaurant, and it focuses on “advocating for regenerative producers”. The dish in question was the stuffed duck neck, served with turnips and lentils as mentioned in its new menu. All of the bird’s beak and eyes were intact as can be seen in the photo, unlike the usual duck dishes.

The restaurant revealed that the idea behind the dish was to use every part of the animal in the cooking process. “We love to honor the lives of the animals we cook with by using all of their parts. Too much waste is created in our industry by buying valuable cuts and throwing the rest of the animal out,” the caption read. publication.

Twitter users were shocked to read the strange duck neck dish. Some said it was actually delicious while others didn’t want to eat a bite of it. “Yum” said one user while another said: “A Gascon favorite.” Another disagreed, “No, that’s too much,” in the comments section of the post.

Take a look at other reactions on Twitter:

(Read also: Food controversies of 2021: 7 shocking incidents that rocked the internet)

The stuffed duck neck isn’t the only dish to shock Internet users in the recent past. Recently a woman in the UK was shocked to find a fried chicken head in her KFC meal. She was disgusted and left a two star review for the fast food giant, after which they responded to her as well. Click here to read more about the story.

]]> San Antonio restaurant makes USA Today’s 10 Best New Restaurants list https://bbveggie.com/san-antonio-restaurant-makes-usa-todays-10-best-new-restaurants-list/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:13:15 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/san-antonio-restaurant-makes-usa-todays-10-best-new-restaurants-list/

SAN ANTONIO –A San Antonio restaurant makes a name for itself after landing on USA Today’s 10 Best New Restaurants list.

Best Quality Daughter, located in the historic Pearl District, rated no. 9 on the list and was the only restaurant in Texas to secure a seat.

“We did it, all of you! We’re officially one of AMERICA’s 10 Best New Restaurants! THANKS to everyone who voted for us and to everyone who has supported us since our opening, ”the restaurant said in a Facebook post.

Best Quality Daughter serves Asian-American cuisine with family-style dishes such as cashew chicken, salt and pepper shrimp, and kung pao cauliflower, according to its website.

The place also has other bites like super garlic noodles, fried rice with curried shrimp, and impossible potstickers.

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Best Quality Daughter was opened in November 2020 by chefs Jennifer Dobbertin and Quealy Watson.

In 2018, Dobbertin, wishing to address the scarcity of Asian-American female chefs in South Texas, developed a new concept through a series of pop-up dinners called Best Quality Daughter with fellow chef Anne Ng and the artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk, ”the restaurant’s website said.

These pop-ups eventually turned into a physical location for Dobbertin and Watson.

You can visit Best Quality Daughter at 602 Avenue A.

To learn more about other restaurants on USA Today’s list, click here.

Copyright 2022 by KSAT – All rights reserved.

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Restaurant Week returns to Champaign County at the end of January https://bbveggie.com/restaurant-week-returns-to-champaign-county-at-the-end-of-january/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:10:25 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/restaurant-week-returns-to-champaign-county-at-the-end-of-january/

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Restaurant Week, a 9-day celebration of local cuisine in Champaign County, returns from January 28 to February 5. The celebration will feature restaurants and food trucks, serving Filipino, Indian, Cambodian, Thai, Laotian, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, Zambian, vegetarian, vegans, soul food, farm-to-table and standard American dishes. Many restaurants will continue to offer take-out food for those who also want to dine at home.

Here is how it works:

  1. FIND A RESTAURANT – Search the restaurants below and view their menus.
  2. DINNER ON SITE or TAKE AWAY – Book early or go out anytime during restaurant opening hours from January 28 to February 5, 2022. Want to eat at home? Look for restaurants offering take out!
  3. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE – Share your photos and your experience with #CCRestaurantWeek for a chance to win a $ 100 gift card at the restaurant of your choice in Champaign County
  4. EAT OFTEN – With so many restaurants in our community, you can broaden your horizons and find many new favorites.
  5. TIP GENERALLY – As our hospitality industry recovers, please tip the hard-working staff in these tough times. BE NICE!

To learn more about participating restaurants, including Everyday Kitchen at Lodgic in Champaign, check out Visit Champaign County online.

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Record-breaking 1 million restaurant and hotel workers quit in November https://bbveggie.com/record-breaking-1-million-restaurant-and-hotel-workers-quit-in-november/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:03:07 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/record-breaking-1-million-restaurant-and-hotel-workers-quit-in-november/
  • Amid labor shortages and the Great Resignation, new data shows a record number of Americans quit their jobs in November.
  • Departures in leisure and hospitality, generally a low-wage sector, led the way, with more than a million departures in November.
  • But hiring remains robust, suggesting that a wage shortage is pushing workers to find new opportunities.

In November, 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs – and 1 million of them are restaurant and hotel workers.

This is a record number of dropouts in a month overall, as well as a new record for the restaurant and hospitality industry. But in a month when vacancies fell and hiring remained strong, 1 in 16 recreation and hospitality workers in the United States – 6.4% of the workforce industry – acted with his feet and walked away.

The latest release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Job Openings and Turnover Survey (JOLTS) shows the quit and hiring situation as of November 2021. In total, about 3 , 0% of the total workforce has quit. As noted above, in leisure and hospitality this figure was roughly double.

This sharp split in the quit rate in the low-wage restaurant and hospitality industry – coupled with many job openings and strong hires – suggests the economy may be grappling with a shortage of jobs. wages rather than a labor shortage.

“A lot of workers in these low-wage industries seem to be leaving their jobs for greener pastures, where they can earn higher wages,” Nick Bunker, director of economic research at Indeed, told Insider.

Indeed, leisure and hospitality remains the lowest-paid industry tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an average hourly wage of $ 19.20 in November 2021.

“It’s no wonder that workers are leaving the leisure and hospitality industry in droves,” Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and chairman of advocacy group One Fair Wage, said in a statement to Insider. “The last two years of this horrific pandemic have been more than a difficult time for restaurant and hospitality workers – especially tip workers who struggle with wages below $ 2.13 an hour at the federal level. ”

As employers struggled to hire in the post-vaccination era, wages in recreation and hospitality soared during the pandemic, taking them to $ 19.20 from $ 16.90 just before the outbreak. pandemic. Incidentally, rising wages have helped companies hire and retain workers amid reports of a labor shortage.

As the chart above shows, the average hourly earnings of leisure and hospitality workers increased 13.6% between February 2020, just before the pandemic, and November 2021. Earnings of private sector workers in the whole only increased by 8.8% during this period.

But even higher wages may not be enough to keep workers, with resignations hitting these records.

“It’s time for employers to realize that it’s frontline workers like us who keep the doors open – and if they want us to continue showing ourselves, they need to respect us, protect us and pay us what we deserve, “McDonald’s employee Maribel Cornejo. and leader of the fight for $ 15 in Houston, Texas, said in a statement to Insider.

The number of people hired in the leisure and hospitality industry still exceeds the number of workers who quit. However, according to Bunker, low-wage workers could take advantage of their new position and switch jobs, which could also mean that as long as the jobs these workers leave behind aren’t paid better, the industry could stay in. peril.

“If the industry is to survive, it must raise wages and pay tip workers a living wage, plus tips,” Jayaraman said.

Bunker noted that the number of openings in the sector has shrunk a bit and hiring has remained strong, indicating that it may be a little easier to hire in the anecdotal field short of workers. . It is not clear whether low-wage workers will continue to hold their position as more people return to the workforce and demand potentially declines.

But, for now, according to Bunker, many people – “especially in low-wage industries” – see a lot of demand for their services.

“They’re using that demand as a bargaining chip,” Bunker said, “and they’re taking advantage of it – taking new jobs and, for many of them, getting much higher wages.”

]]> 86% of restaurants and bars awaiting COVID-19 relief could close, IRC says https://bbveggie.com/86-of-restaurants-and-bars-awaiting-covid-19-relief-could-close-irc-says/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 20:33:31 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/86-of-restaurants-and-bars-awaiting-covid-19-relief-could-close-irc-says/

A catering group urges Congress to act, saying more than 86% of independent restaurants and bars that have not received COVID-19 financial assistance are at risk of closing.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition wrote an open letter to Congress earlier this month. The letter was signed by more than 3,300 restaurants and bars in the 50 states. In addition, more than 5,000 people from the restaurant and bar community, including vendors, have signed the letter.

The coalition is calling on Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which has provided $ 28.6 billion in aid to more than 100,000 restaurants. However, the IRC said 177,000 applicants are still awaiting funding.

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“Many of these restaurants and bars have been in debt for 21 months and cannot suffer a further drop in income,” the IRC said in a press release.

Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public policy at the National Restaurant Association, said the industry needed at least $ 40 billion to fund the nearly 200,000 applicants who did not receive grants.

“Congress has come home and the restaurants and bars in his neighborhood are going bankrupt,” said Erika Polmar, executive director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

While most restaurants in the United States are open unrestricted and often bustling, owners enter their second winter of the coronavirus pandemic worried about what to expect: They are pressed by labor shortages and skyrocketing food costs and the omicron variant is looming.

RELATED: McDonald’s launches exercise bikes for restaurant customers in China

“I am extremely worried. I never felt like I came out of the woods,” said Caroline Glover, chef and owner of Restaurant Annette in suburban Denver in Aurora.

The rapid spread of omicron is already hitting industry in the United States and elsewhere. According to the IRC, more than 90,000 restaurants and bars have closed since the start of the pandemic. Nearly one in five restaurant owners (18.3%) said their credit score was below 570 during the pandemic, according to the IRC, with many of those operators no longer able to take loans.

Glover, Colorado, is worried about renewed restrictions if infections increase. For now, business is back, with its dining room at full capacity – up from a 50% cap last year – and four greenhouses outside booked well in advance.

RELATED: Restaurants charge extra fees to try to bounce back from COVID-19 pandemic

But recruitment remains a challenge. In a recent survey of 3,000 American restaurateurs, 77% said they did not have enough workers to meet demand, according to the National Restaurant Association, an industry trade group.

U.S. restaurant and bar sales reached about $ 73.7 billion in November, up 37% from the same month last year, according to preliminary data from the US Census Bureau. But that was in part due to higher menu prices as restaurants try to account for inflation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.

]]> 2 popular Oakmont restaurants now have a new owner, The Chelsea Grille, which will become a Mexican restaurant https://bbveggie.com/2-popular-oakmont-restaurants-now-have-a-new-owner-the-chelsea-grille-which-will-become-a-mexican-restaurant/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 00:20:20 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/2-popular-oakmont-restaurants-now-have-a-new-owner-the-chelsea-grille-which-will-become-a-mexican-restaurant/

The end of the year also became the end of an era as two beloved Oakmont restaurants were sold.

Hoffstot’s Cafe Monaco and The Chelsea Grille, both located along Allegheny Avenue, were purchased by Oakmont resident and entrepreneur John Keefe.

Keefe has three other restaurants in Oakmont – The Lot at Edgewater, Pub at 333 and Carnivores.

He pledges to keep the same Hoffstot, while The Chelsea Grille will be transformed into a Mexican restaurant.

Chelsea’s last day was Friday. The renovations are due to start on Monday.

Both were founded by the late Danny Monaco, a legendary entrepreneur. Monaco and his brother Tom started the business in 1971, taking over Oakmont Hoffstot’s restaurant and showcasing their grandmother’s Italian recipes.

They then opened Café Monaco, a smaller restaurant with a different menu, right next door. In 1990, the brothers renovated the spaces, creating Hoffstot’s Cafe Monaco, which continues to offer Italian specialties, as well as a bar and catering menu.

Danny Monaco bought what would become The Cheslea Grille in 1992 from John & Lillian Vescio. The building, a short walk from Hoffstot’s, had been a hotel-restaurant with several owners for many years.

Monaco died of complications from covid on January 17. He was 75 years old.

“Change was inevitable after Dan Monaco passed away,” said Jennie Wilson, floor manager for Hoffstot, former bartender and Chelsea manager. “I think it’s sad. The restaurant had been there for 29-30 years, and a lot of people loved it. Many employees had worked there for many years.

“It’s a traditional Monegasque family restaurant.”

That meant meticulous attention to detail and customer service, according to the new owner.

No one from the Monegasque family could be located on Friday afternoon.

New owner praises tradition

Keefe said he had the utmost respect for the Monegasque family and that both restaurants were functioning well even during the pandemic.

Their acquisition began months ago with sales closing on December 27 and 28.

“These are two great places with a great tradition,” Keefe said. “Hoffstot will stay Hoffstot. … I was very lucky to have so many professional employees. These people have been here for years. They really know how to handle it and they’re good at it, especially (Hoffstot Executive Chef) Brian Leri.

“These places have been strong. Oakmont is a big city. These places stay busy all the time.

“The biggest problem is finding enough employees.”

Most Chelsea Grille staff will go to Hoffstot as its opening hours will increase from Sunday.

Employees also have opportunities at Keefe’s other restaurants during the renovation.

It is not known when the new restaurant will open or what it will be called.

“It’s taking so long to get things in now because of covid,” Keefe said. “The items we order, (like) flooring, chairs, tables, refrigeration, kitchen equipment, take longer to get in. They are going to be considerably renovated.

“We want to give them another food option that is really not in this city, which will be the Mexican route. We can’t wait to build it. I look forward to the challenge of building this new place and carrying on the Hoffstot tradition.

More employee perspective

Wilson’s husband Donnie served as a sous chef at the Chelsea Grille for about 23 years. One of the iconic dishes was Chicken Chelsea – a chicken breast dipped in batter, sautéed and topped with crabmeat and jumbo shrimp.

Chelsea was led by Chief Executive John Fraser from opening day until several months ago, when he left to continue other work; Max Maloney of Penn Hills has taken over the reins.

Maloney worked at Hoffstot for just over two years before moving to Chelsea and studying with Fraser.

“If you had a question, he had an answer,” Maloney said. “So knowledgeable. He had his own style of food and was not afraid to take charge. I am happy with the time I have spent here and with all that I have learned. I feel like I’ve only been here for a short time, a nod to Chelsea Grille existence. I am just honored.

“I learned with Danny (Monaco). I learned with the chefs here, the culinary team. The dynamism they show is incredible. The team that I have around me today, the very last day and everything, helps me take the load off. Together we’ve created something special, even for a quick glimpse of what it might be, and here’s to get going.

Maloney was assisted on Friday night by chef Reynold Fernandes, who worked at Chelsea for more than three years.

“I made some great friends,” Fernandes said. “The people I’ve learned from, everyone has a different experience. I learn from it. A little sad for the restaurant, but something new is coming up so I’m happy with it.

Fernandes said he would be involved with the new restaurant “here and there” while working at his own catering business in Arnold.

Patrons’ point of view

Oakmont resident Bill Keller lives about a block from Chelsea Grille. He has been coming to eat and drink for years and was one of the first Friday night customers.

“I hope we don’t lose some of the privacy of the place,” Keller said. “It’s a comfortable place. It seems that everyone who comes here is very comfortable. Obviously, the bartenders are one of the main reasons we come.

Angela and Mike Gallagher from Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood have been celebrating New Years Eve in Chelsea for at least 18 years. It has become a tradition for them and their son, Mikey. The family also had confirmations and other celebrations at the restaurant.

“We come here to support Danny and his family,” said Angela Gallaher. “It’s sad to see that this is going away.”

Mike Gallagher said they always had great food and great service at The Grille.

They were served on her last night by Shannon Scott of Penn Hills. She is the longest-serving active waitress in the place with over 11 years of customer support.

“It was an adventure,” Scott said. “Chelsea and Hoffstot’s are like one big family. It’s the first job I have ever loved and it’s a great place to work.

Scott said Monaco’s passing was a huge loss for everyone, and she is grateful to continue working with her friends into the New Year.

“It’s not the same as it was before covid,” she said. “It’s the end of an era, but we can’t wait and have a new owner. A great guy who has been honest with us and I think he will make a difference, looking forward to a new chapter.

Michael DiVittorio is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Mongolian barbecue closes after 28 years, along with other Bay Area restaurant closings in December https://bbveggie.com/mongolian-barbecue-closes-after-28-years-along-with-other-bay-area-restaurant-closings-in-december/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:09:17 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/mongolian-barbecue-closes-after-28-years-along-with-other-bay-area-restaurant-closings-in-december/ As part of our ongoing reporting on local restaurant closures, here is a list of establishments in the Bay Area that have closed or will close by the end of December 2021 (one establishment closes January 1). Notable shutters include Hong Kong-style Richmond District Restaurant, Ken Kee Cafe, Santa Clara’s El Camino Mongolian BBQ, and Lafayette Millie’s Kitchen Breakfast Mainstay. See the list of November closures here.

Santa Clara’s Favorite Mongolian barbecue El Camino closed on December 15 after a period of several decades. SFGATE first reported the shutdown (SFGATE and The San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently.) Owners John and Sunny Seo cited the financial slowdown from the pandemic as the reason for the shutdown. The couple are considering returning to their native South Korea and are hoping someone else will reopen the facility. The restaurant had been around since 1993, but traded hands several times before the Seos took it over in 2005. The barbecue spot was known for its noodle bowls and crispy spring rolls.

Richmond neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco Ken Kee Cafe will close permanently on December 31. The owners have posted a sign advising customers of the closure. Diners frequented the restaurant for its Hong Kong-style comfort food, like baked rice and noodle dishes with pork chops and beef.

]]> Iconic Dutchman Creek Marina and Restaurant Burns Fire https://bbveggie.com/iconic-dutchman-creek-marina-and-restaurant-burns-fire/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 18:01:36 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/iconic-dutchman-creek-marina-and-restaurant-burns-fire/

A restaurant that has been a Midland icon for more than 50 years was destroyed in an early morning fire on Tuesday, according to the Fairfield County Fire Department.

The marina and Dutchman Creek restaurant on Wateree Lake have burned down, fire chief Jason Pope told The State.

“The building is gone,” Poe said of the lakeside restaurant on River Road in Winnsboro.

The restaurant was empty when firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported, according to Pope.

A Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputy alerted firefighters to the blaze and firefighters were on the scene around 4:15 a.m., Pope said.

The MP was responding to a movement or a burglar alarm that had been triggered about an hour earlier, according to Pope.

When firefighters arrived, the restaurant fire was fully involved, and there were strong flames throughout the building, according to fire departments.

With the help of the city of Winnsboro’s ladder truck, it took the 20 firefighters on site about two hours to bring the blaze under control, Pope said. It was around 8 a.m. when the fire was completely out.

At the time, the restaurant was “totally destroyed,” Pope said.

Due to the extensive damage to the building, authorities were unable to determine the cause of the fire, or where in the restaurant it started, according to Pope.

There was no sign of arson, Pope said. Any further investigation into the fire would be conducted by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office or an insurance company, according to the fire chief.

“Dutchman’s has been an icon of Wateree Lake since 1964, when ‘Old Man Taylor’ first opened,” the restaurant’s website says.

Over the years the restaurant has evolved as ownership changed. This includes being ‘reinstated’ in 2014 when the restaurant was expanded and updated under current owner Nora Martin.

Messages left for Martin were not immediately returned.

“His vision made Dutchman the number one hotspot on Lake Wateree,” the website says.

The restaurant’s menu included several options, such as pizzas, wings, burgers, and hot dogs to accompany seafood dinners. It had a positive Yelp score.

There was also a full bar, as well as a 20-seat outdoor beer bar, several big-screen TVs and the SS Dutchman Pontoon stage for shows and DJs, according to the website.

News of the fire sparked a surge of support on social media, including a Facebook post that had nearly 200 comments and more than 300 reactions.

“Dutchman’s and Nora have been a staple in our family every time we are at Wateree Lake. It is a huge loss to the community. My thoughts and prayers are with Nora and her entire team,” said one person.

Another said: “This is such sad news. RIP Dutchman Creek. Prayers for Nora.

“It breaks my heart. As a child growing up on this lake, this place is a home away from home. You are in our prayers Nora !! another person said in the message.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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