Vermilion: Health food restaurant, beer garden to replace former Burger King | Business

The Pavilion Grill owners will be leasing a former Burger King building at 4855 Liberty Ave. to start a health food restaurant and beer garden in Vermilion.

The plot, which sits at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Vermilion Road, is a little over two acres and is owned by Linwood Park Company.

The Burger King, previously slated for demolition, will be renovated by Joe Jesko and Jeremy Crawford, with the city planning a walk-through of the building to inform them of permits needed for the renovation, according to Mayor Jim Forthofer.

Forthofer said during a Sept. 28 Vermilion City Council meeting that the food will be “healthy and hearty” and the restaurant will be named 3-Bs, Bites, Buns and Bowls.

As for next spring, Forthofer said the business partners will plan to open the beer garden on the property.

“It will overlook Romps, the Lagoons, the (Vermilion) river and

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Philly Restaurants Offer Free Meals to Poll Workers on Election Day

In a typical election year, Philadelphia faces shortages of poll workers, the people who dedicate their time on Election Day to sit at a polling place for 14 hours and guide voters through the process. This year, the shortages are worse because most repeat poll workers are retirees above the age of 60, who are now encouraged to stay home since they’re at higher risk of COVID-19 complications. Instead, younger Philadelphians need to step up to the task, and Mission Taqueria co-owner Daniel McLaughlin is offering an incentive: He’s organizing restaurants to deliver free meals to poll workers on November 3.

“If incentivizing people with a free lunch adds enough cool factor to this civic duty, then hey, we’ll make 300,000 burritos if that’s what it takes,” McLaughlin said in a press release. “I’m even prouder to be part of an industry with friends who not only care as much

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The 69th annual Greek Food and Pastry Sale begins Thursday | Food & Cooking

While the church has been built, the pastry sale continues and is still very successful.

Now the proceeds are disbursed among several charities and nonprofits supported by the church. They also help supply emergency kits for the homeless, provide coats for a coat drive, support our military troops, inform people about human trafficking and help families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The women say their pastries are the best because they cook with a lot of love.

The women said the pastries will be great for the holidays and can be frozen or refrigerated.

The pastries go; everyone is encouraged to come early.

Entrees include Chicken Riganato, Greek baked chicken; Moussaka, beef and eggplant casserole; Dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice; Souvlaki, skewered marinated pork tenderloin; Spanakopita, spinach with feta cheese in filo pastry; and Grilled Chicken Greek Salad. Dinners will be served with sides and bread. Dinners

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New and old local restaurants are casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic

Golden Corral pic courtesy Google maps

IDAHO FALLS – Losing everything and starting over seems to be a recurring theme for Jacob and Senessa Tiffany of Idaho Falls.

They opened Kiwi Loco at 3198 South 25th East in March after a year-long remodel project. Everything was going great for several weeks until the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting eastern Idaho.

The Tiffanys did everything they could to stay afloat, but lack of customers and drastic price increases for supplies made it difficult to stay open.

“We were paying $30 for a box of gloves. Then all this hit and we were paying $150,” Senessa says. “It turned into a nightmare.”

The new business ultimately became a casualty of the outbreak and closed for the last time on Aug. 31 after five months of business.

We spoke to Senessa as they were opening in March. She told us about the wildfire that

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Filipino Food Truck Carabao Express Opens New Austin Restaurant

Filipino food truck Carabao Express opened a new physical fast-casual restaurant in Austin. The new Filipino comfort food restaurant is found on 2309 West Parmer Lane near Tech Ridge in the far north Austin area as of Saturday, September 19. It offers both to-go and delivery services, as well as patio dining.



a bunch of food sitting on top of a wooden table: An adobo dish from Carabao Express


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An adobo dish from Carabao Express

Founders and co-owners Nick Saunders and Coleen Saunders (who is Filipino) are behind the restaurant. “The whole Filipino food movement was exploding,” says Nick Saunders, “and we really felt that Filipino food was underrepresented in Austin.” Thus, they wanted to open a restaurant that served fast-casual affordable Filipino fare — “Think Panda Express, but with Filipino food,” explains Saunders.

On deck at Carabao are a la carte dishes and combination meals with bases such as rice (including garlic) or pancit noodles, along with entrees ranging from chicken adobo, lechon

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot easing Chicago restrictions on indoor bars, restaurants, fitness class sizes | State and Regional

These establishments have drawn particular focus from the city as spots where coronavirus spreads, with Lightfoot repeatedly saying lower inhibitions as patrons drink can cause them to become lax about maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

Bars were allowed to serve some people inside when the city moved to phase four of its reopening framework in late June when new cases were around 167 per day. But in mid-July, as virus cases spiked to around 233 per day, Lightfoot rolled that back and restricted those taverns to outdoors only.

As of Monday, Chicago’s average daily case count for the past week sat at 299, according to the city’s coronavirus dashboard website, a 28% increase over the number at which the mayor opted to close taverns to inside service and put other stricter rules in place two months ago.

With Chicago weather getting dodgier deeper into autumn, the city’s hundreds of

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Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:FRGI) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $135.55 Million

Analysts predict that Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:FRGI) will post sales of $135.55 million for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have provided estimates for Fiesta Restaurant Group’s earnings. The highest sales estimate is $136.00 million and the lowest is $135.11 million. Fiesta Restaurant Group reported sales of $164.25 million in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 17.5%. The firm is expected to issue its next earnings report on Tuesday, November 3rd.

On average, analysts expect that Fiesta Restaurant Group will report full-year sales of $549.88 million for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $547.30 million to $552.47 million. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will report sales of $595.51 million, with estimates ranging from $585.02 million to $606.00 million. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of

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Pee Dee restaurant owner food sales increase during pandemic

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) – Missy’s Café is a soul food restaurant located on N Coit Street in Downtown Florence. Owner Susan “Missy” Gillespie has served the Florence area for the last 7 years and says she never imagined running a food business during a pandemic.

“I was a little worried because I was like Lord, Jesus, you know after I start seeing everything and stuff like that, but then it was just something that I had to do. I just had to throw my gloves on, put my face mask on and do what I gotta do,” Gillespie says.

Gillespie says in order to keep food on her families tables and her staff’s, she decided to knock down the wall and open a window in the front of the café so customers can make and receive their orders.

“Once I opened up the window it seemed like everybody just flooded

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Durango restaurant owner serves food for thought, with side of diplomacy

In 1984, when Ya Ling Yen came to the United States from her home country of Taiwan, she had no idea that in five years she would own a Chinese restaurant in Durango.

Yen came to America to attend a master’s program at the University of Texas in Austin. She had studied political science as an undergraduate in Taiwan and had dreams of becoming a diplomat.

“Since I was growing up, I wanted to be in public service,” Yen said.

In 1987, Yen visited Durango on a fishing trip and worked that summer at May Palace. She liked it so much she came back the next summer. Then, in 1989, the owner called her and asked if she wanted to buy the restaurant.

Yen left her master’s program with one semester to go and moved to Durango on March 23, 1989, to run May Palace Restaurant. April 1 was her

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Peruvian comfort food restaurant opening in Elgin at former Veranda Grill location | Business



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Javier Uriarte, Owner and head chef of Ratio. Image from Ratio Facebook page. 


Chef Javier Uriarte is sharing his Peruvian heritage with the Midlands through the opening of his restaurant, Ratio.

Born in Peru, Uriarte moved to the United States when he was 14-years-old where he spent his teenage years in Maryland. He began working in the fast food industry where he quickly moved up the ladder. “When I worked, I always did everything with pride, even though I didn’t see myself becoming a chef,” he said.

Uriarte said the variety of food shocked him when he first moved to the U.S. “It was so strange when I came here, it was a culture shock,” he said. According to Uriarte, having any sort of meal on the table in his home country was considered a blessing, so experiencing the vast options in the U.S. was a new concept to soak

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