NIBBLES 4-28-17

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Taj Boston offering Sunday Brunch on the rooftop

BOSTON – The Rooftop at the Taj Boston with its covered terrace and views of Boston Common and the Public Garden, will complement Sunday Brunch and Chef Gurminder Gidda’s broad menu of traditional favorites and specials such as Chicken and Waffles, sushi, dim sum and more. The brunch is $89 per person and includes a glass of rosé wine. Children (ages four to 12) are $39, while youngsters under four are free.

 

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Is fast casual the future?

BOSTON – We asked that question of Chef Jody Adams recently and she feels it is. Her fast casual Greek concept, Saloniki, is poised for growth with several units now open and more to come, she discloses. She went into the segment with partners who, she recalls, told her “come on, have fun!” Expect the fun to continue with additional units, Adams says.

 

Batali’s first restaurant closing in NY

NEW YORK – Mario Batali’s first restaurant, Po, which he opened in 2000 with Steven Crane and later left, is closing, thanks to a 120 percent rent increase. The real story, however, which some publications have buried in their reports, is what Batali points out when asked about the closure. He calls it a “sign of the times” and points to rising costs, tougher legislation on labor, and customer “ambiguity” over tipping policies. Those issues, he’s quoted as saying, will lead to a closing of possibly 15 to 20 percent of freestanding establishments in the city in the next several years. And that’s a sad story.

 

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