Restaurant industry newcomers should look out for common pitfalls when starting up a concept. The brown spirits revival continues, but vodka-based drinks still hold cache with customers. Sweetgreen’s cofounders discuss the growing fast-casual salad chain. Groupon is challenging online restaurant reservation services by adding a bookings feature. And historic New Orleans restaurant Brennan’s closed after a family dispute.

7 reasons aspiring restaurateurs get burned. Play it smart and avoid these traps. (Forbes)

Vodka reigns supreme. Brown spirits are still enjoying a revival in restaurant bars, but don't overlook the renewed potential of vodka-based drinks. (CNBC)

For Sweetgreen cofounders, business is in the family. Nathaniel Ru, Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman discuss the growing fast-casual salad concept. (The New York Times)

Groupon adds restaurant bookings. The daily deals site is challenging online reservation services like OpenTable. (Bloomberg)

Historic New Orleans restaurant Brennan's closes. The restaurant was evicted from the property in a family dispute. (Times-Picayune)