The gastropub formula—showcasing uncommon beer and other adult beverages, supported by menus that blow typical bar food out of the water—seems to be a winning combination for operators and customers....More
Even restaurants with savvy sommeliers pay attention to the Ultimate Wine Challenge, which announced its 2012 winners last week. Yes, it’s a contest where wineries pay to participate ($95 per entry). But the blind judging format—the 14-member panel includes five Masters of Wine and two Master Sommeliers—ensures the results are on the up and up.
The phrase “party all night” will take on new resonance if the people behind Hangover Heaven have their way. The company treats the alcohol-induced hangovers of late-night revelers and gets them back in the game in an hour or less, courtesy of an IV drip administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The upshot: Late-night bar business could become a lot more lucrative for restaurant owners in certain markets....More