First McDonald’s becomes Certified Green Restaurant®
BETHESDA, MD – The first McDonald’s, located here at River Rd., earned a sustainability certification from the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) as a Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant®. It earned 95.78 GreenPoints® in the environmental categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals and pollution, and disposables. It also eliminated use of Styrofoam and began a full scale recycling program. Additionally it added 100 percent LED lighting, high efficiency pre-rinse sprayer and hand sink aerators, Energy Star equipment, Metro Cards to encourage greater use of public transportation, and also removed paper towels from its public restrooms.
French food and wine event tomorrow in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN – Bon & Oak presents the Tour De France Wine & Food Event tomorrow from 7 to 10 p.m. with fine French kosher wines from classic Champagnes to the latest Bordeaux, paired with passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet with carving stations. It takes place at 26 Bridge in Dumbo, Brooklyn, catered by Heavenly Events & Catering, with a dessert by French pastry chef Rachel Lalou and fine French wines and cognac. Tickets are $125 per person, or 15 percent off with code: GKRF15. Contact Sarah Kauffman for special group discounts today at 516-306-0629 or go to info @bonandoak.com.
The Pantry at Avenue N expands to Pantry 2.0
RUMFORD, RI – The Pantry at Avenue N re-opens Wednesday, December 13, as the expanded Pantry 2.0.
Nick, Tracy and The Avenue N Family will offer an “all-out community market seven days a week, working with local farmers, makers, growers and fishermen. The five year-old establishment will become “a hyper-local market,” declares co-owner Tracy Rabar.
Hotels are changing as 2018 approaches
A panel of hotel industry “insiders’ predicts changes ahead this coming year. They include Tina Edmundson, global brand officer, Marriott International; Bjorn Hanson, clinical professor, NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, John Vanderslice, global head, luxury & lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide, and Guy Langford and Marcello Gasdia, Deloitte LP travel, hospitality & services group. They predict resort fees will become more common at urban properties; turndown service will end; hotel rooms will be more ‘connected’ with mobile app controls; the check-in desk will fade away; brands will appeal to customer values; wellness will become major; and experiences and activities will play a major role – think walking tours, bike riding, culinary classes, etc. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20171208/REAL_ESTATE/171209888/seven-ways-hotels-are-expected-to-change-in-2018-adding-resort-fees-internet-of-things-and-even-politics-into-the-mix
BOSTON – Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group plans a new restaurant in Wellesley, MA this coming Spring, its first suburban site, at 583 Washington St.
“Our decision to explore a suburban adaptation of our brand in Wellesley is a recipe of our strong brand recognition here in Boston, our team’s Boston-based presence, and a desire by our guests to have our signature “America’s Steakhouse” experience in their backyard,” says Michael Feighery, CEO & President of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.
“Many of our guests at our Atlantic Wharf and Back Bay locations live in residential communities such as Wellesley and often express that they are looking for upscale dining options close to home. We are excited to deliver an iteration of our brand that will serve as the perfect destination for Sunday suppers, mid-week dinners, and local lunch dining for both business and pleasure in Wellesley, in addition to the special occasion environment that we are known for.”
Smith & Wollensky partnered with an esteemed lineup of Greater Boston area collaborators to create the new restaurant space, the company says. The restaurant will be designed by renowned Boston-based restaurant architect designer, Peter Niemitz of Niemitz Design Group, a long-time partner of Smith & Wollensky Group in producing several new restaurant and renovations projects across the country with the team. Construction Management & Builders, Inc. (CM&B) will build the restaurant and has been a leader in providing construction management services in the Northeast for over 25 years, with a focus on hospitality, restaurant and retail projects. Hospitality experts, Stys Hospitality Initiative (SHI), will lead the project management, with a seasoned senior team that brings more than 20 years each of architectural, engineering, construction and project management experience.
Southern Tier Brewing adds open-air beer garden in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH – Southern Tier Brewing Company recently added a 7,000 sq. ft. open-air beer garden in this city’s North Shore neighborhood. The brewery, based in Lakewood, NY, is expanding its footprint here with the new 30-seat, 30-tap bar with 60 more seats under an all-season rooftop leading into the large, landscaped open-air beer garden. The beers, named “Pittsburgh Brew’d,” are exclusive to the city and match a menu of pub fare. They are distributed by Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. in the city and its environs.
City Winery officially opens in Boston’s North Station area
BOSTON – City Winery officially opened in Boston last week with a functioning winery, restaurant, musical event venue and private function capabilities.
Kershaw plans new bar and grill in One Seaport
BOSTON – Restaurateur Tom Kershaw plans a new Seaport District restaurant, his second, called 75 on Courthouse Square-Seaport. It will be the largest of his three “75” restaurants, anchoring the three-level, mixed-use complex with retail, dining, entertainment and more than 830 residential units. Adjacent to the Moakley Courthouse, the 7,000 sq. ft. restaurant will seat 250 guests and offer event space as well, and will offer a menu with a broad selection of items including numerous seafood dishes. Opening is scheduled for mid-December.
Hearth ‘n Kettle celebrates 20th anniversary
WEYMOUTH, MA – It’s 20 years since Hearth ‘n Kettle opened its first unit here. Through Nov. 20th, the chain is offering 20 percent of entire dinner checks with the purchase of one beverage per person from 4 p.m. to closing. On Wednesdays – Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 – spend $25 or more and receive a free gift card worth $5 to $100.
What’s next for Dunkin’ Brands?
RANDOLPH, MA – Dunkin’ Brands’ stock rose some eight percent this week, says Boston Business Journal, raising the question of whether JAB Holding, a European investment company, is looking to buy the Canton, MA-based chain. In 2016, JAB bought Panera Bread for a reported $7.2 million.
Greenbuild gets ready for Boston conference
BOSTON – Greenbuild Expo comes to Boston Nov. 6-10 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with a host of programs on sustainability, green building design, architecture and more. Visit www.greenbuildexpo.com for full schedule.