Customers flocked to Denny's restaurants Tuesday to take advantage of a free Grand Slam breakfast advertised during the Super Bowl. The promotion appears to have succeeded in its goal of reacquainting customers with the decades-old restaurant chain.
Battered by the economy, restaurants are reaching out to customers with special deals and extra effort. "You need to hug the customer," one restaurateur said. Del Posto, in the Chelsea neighborhood, offers a 20-course meal that once cost $250 for $175.
February is National Cherry Month, in honor of George Washington, who famously liked cherries but never chopped down a cherry tree. A recipe for pork with cherry sauce is one of several that are included.