July2008


Subway cracks down on cell phones

Posted on July 29th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

I saw this on consumerist.com, and I was quite amused.


Restaurants Skimming Their Servers Tips

Posted on July 25th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

By Federal Law restaurants can pay servers as little as $2.13 an hour. Our tips are supposed to bring those wages up to minimum wage and at a good restaurant well beyond that. But, lets face the facts here. Most servers are barely making it. They mostly work at diners and low priced restaurants and are hoping to just get a 10% tip and are lucky if they get a 15%-20% tip. Like me most people leave the tip on the charge slip and just add it to the total bill at the end of the meal. But, if you do this your server may not see that total tip.

I first caught wind of this when I was reading my local paper the Plain Dealer this past Sunday. A chain here called Yours Truly has apparently started charging their servers … Read More »


Los Angeles to ban fast food restaurants for a year

Posted on July 25th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Under the guise of protecting people from themselves, the city of Los Angeles has decided to ban new fast food restaurants for a period of 1 year in a 32 square mile area.

So what is a fast food restaurant according to the city of Los Angeles?

The city defines fast-food restaurants as those that sell food to eat there or to take out and have a limited menu, items prepared in advance or heated quickly, no table orders and disposable wrapping or containers.

That’s right, if you don’t finish your food the city of Los Angeles would prefer that you throw it away instead of having a snack the next day. Preposterous? We think so.

The city does seem to have some numbers which support its case and we would certainly agree with some of them. For example, they say that south LA … Read More »


The 5 Worst Drinks In America

Posted on July 23rd, by Foodio54 in General. 2 comments

Today I’m going to illuminate you on 5 drinks that you may have thought were bad….but had no idea they were this bad. Almost all of these drinks are worse for you than any sandwich you can order at McDonalds and what’s worse is that most people don’t consider these that bad. If you thought that Latte you were drinking was a “Skinny Latte” you might just find out that it has more fat in it than a Big Mac. So We’re going to start out this list with an American favorite Starbucks.

Runner Up

Starbucks Venti 2% Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

660 Calories

22g fat (14 g saturated)

95 g Sugar

Any drink with this long of a name is bound to be bad for you. If it takes you two minutes to order your drink it will take you 2 hours to work it … Read More »


5 Ways To Save Money While Dining Out

Posted on July 17th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Lets face it. Cash can be tight right now. Gas prices are ridiculous and wages aren’t matching inflation. Here are 5 ways you can save some cash when you decide to go out for dinner.

1. Order Water For Your Drink

No one will think that you’re cheap if you order a water. They’ll just think that you’re health conscious.

Cash saved: $1.99 – $3.50

2. Is This Bread Free?

Outback, Olive Garden, Long Horn and a host of other restaurants will give you free bread [which is usually delicious] before your meal. Take advantage of this and skip the appetizers and just keep asking for more bread! Oh yeah, This also works at Mexican restaurants with the chips & salsa

Cash Saved: $5.00 – $7.00

3. Go To A Fast-Casual Restaurant

You don’t always have to go to a restaurant that you’re being waited on … Read More »


Trans Fats under attack

Posted on July 16th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Look out all you New York unhealthy Trans Fats.

Restaurants must remove artificial trans fats from all menu items by July 1.

When first implemented last year, the Health Department ban applied only to fry oils and spreads. It now will also include baked goods, frozen foods, cannoli and doughnuts.

Foods served in original, sealed packaging – such as candy and crackers – are exempt.

The Health Department says that, as of last month, about 98 percent of inspected restaurants were in compliance.

Some food chains and cooking oil manufacturers also have reduced saturated fat by 20 to 35 percent in certain fried foods.

We’ve been talking about this subject for a while so it’s nice to see that it’s actually coming along.


Interesting stats about the 600 closed Starbucks locations

Posted on July 16th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. 1 Comment

We do enjoy looking at Starbucks data, and when we found out that 600 stores would be closing we were curious, why these stores? So now that the list of the first 50 store closings are available (we found this on consumerist.com), we can look to see if there are any similarities between the closed stores.

Our hypothesis was that over saturation of Starbucks was to blame, and we expected to see that locations that had a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks were being phased out. We did find one gem like that, but overall we found that the Starbucks locations that are closing are actually much less likely to be close to another one.

Before getting into the data, we noticed this perfect example of Starbucks ridiculousness.

8017 W. Florissant Avenue, Jennings, MO 63136 (closing)
8007 W. Florissant Avenue, Jennings, MO … Read More »


5 Greatest Restaurant Rivalries

Posted on July 14th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Everybody loves a good rivalry. They can bring out the best -and worst in people. Sports rivalries are usually what come to mind and here in Ohio everyone loves to hate Ann Arbor [for obvious reasons]. But, what about the greatest restaurant rivalries. Some of these you may have heard of and others may be new to you. We’re going to weigh and measure both restaurants and give our official Nod to the winner. So without further adieu….Are you ready to ruummbbllllleeeee!?

#1 McDonalds Vs. Burger King

This is perhaps the best known of all of the restaurant rivalries. These two fast-food behemoths both offer similar menu items and have similar prices. They also both have semi-creepy mascots. So which one is the real “Burger King”? Well, as far as sales go Ronald has been beating The King like a red headed … Read More »


New spotlight feature – Restaurants at Night

Posted on July 11th, by Foodio54 in Development, General. No Comments

One thing that we want to explore more is showing our data more graphically. Our first idea along these lines was what if at night only the restaurants in our database turned on their lights? What would that look like from space?

And the new Restaurants at Night feature was born.

After we got it to show all restaurants, we thought it would be interesting to see some of the larger national chains. As we do enjoy comparing McDonald’s and Starbucks if you look at the night maps of McDonald’s and the night maps of Starbucks you can really see how McDonalds is more evenly spread throughout the country while Starbucks has the tendandcy to clump its stores in urban areas.

If you would like to see a different chain we can probably accomodate that, however we can’t do this on the fly … Read More »


Dining Out Survival Guide For Parents

Posted on July 10th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

After the first tenuous weeks/months of becoming a new parent eventually you are going to want to go out to eat again. These tips are by no means inclusive, but can make going out a much easier and enjoyable process.

Tip #1

Go Out Often

The best thing that you can do is go out often. The more you go out the more comfortable your children will be with the way they should behave while they’re out with you. They will understand better where your boundaries are and you will be more capable of being in charge and asserting yourself with your children. All in all the more you go out the more fun you will have especially in the long run.

Tip #2

Plan ahead

You really can’t be too prepared for anything. But, at worst you don’t want to be completely unprepared and scrambling … Read More »





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