Landry's will launch Morton's Grille, a casual and less-pricey offshoot of its upscale Morton's the Steakhouse, in a community north of Houston next week. Casual spinoffs from high-end steakhouses are catching on with other brands -- Del Frisco's Restaurant Group opened the first Del Frisco's Grille in New York City in 2011, and the chain has since grown to six units.
Critics have been debating the rise of the chef's tasting menu in recent months, including a column that posited the idea that the concept turns chefs into tyrants who take away all customer choice. Here, five chefs weigh in on the issue. "To me, a tasting menu is an experience where a chef is really cooking for you. There should be a story behind it, a coherence to everything," said Atelier Crenn chef and owner Dominique Crenn.
In a survey, 2% of adults say they have already spent $1 to purchase a reusable cup from Starbucks, and 26% said they will "definitely" or "probably" buy one. Starbucks introduced the cup Jan. 3, and is offering 10-cent discounts on refills.
By October 2015, restaurants and other merchants that accept credit cards will be required to comply with Europay, MasterCard, and Visa standards or else assume the risks and costs of fraudulent purchases. The safer chip-and-pin system will replace magnetic strips, a change that may mean big investments for restaurant chains that will have to upgrade thousands of POS terminals.
New York State Supreme Court Judge Arthur F. Engoron sided with community activists and granted a temporary injunction to stop construction of a planned restaurant in Union Square Park, saying an upscale eatery falls outside the purpose of a park. Union Square Partnership and Mayor Bloomberg's administration plan to appeal the decision.