It’s February, and even though most of us have abandoned our resolution to adopt healthier eating habits, the long-term outlook suggests that Americans are actually moving in that direction. Three stories this week — a study showing that calorie bombs have declined in popularity, a movement toward smaller portions and a discussion about what exactly “fresh” means today — stand as evidence that dining patterns are evolving. And speaking of evolution, Gordon Ramsay is reinventing his flagship London spot and rolling out two new casual eateries in Las Vegas, and a San Francisco icon is closing to make room for a new concept.
• Diners want healthful alternatives. A recent study by the Hudson Group suggests that sales of gut-busting burgers are declining as more consumers opt for healthier alternatives. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
• Restaurants trim portion sizes. Between consumer demand and looming menu labeling regulations, more restaurants are trimming portions and boosting healthier items. (The New York Times)
• An icon closes. San Francisco’s iconic Fog City Diner, once at the cutting edge, is closing to make way for a new concept. (Inside Scoop SF/San Francisco Chronicle)
• How fresh is fresh? The definition of fresh has been watered down by one too many restaurant chain claims. (Slate)
• Gordon Ramsay to revamp flagship. Always on the move, the celebrity chef is temporarily closing his London flagship for a makeover and opening two new casual concepts in Las Vegas. (Bon Appetit)