| Oct 22, 2014
| 9:28 AM
As of this month, I have been the Tribune's restaurant critic for 25 years. A quarter-century.
When I filed my first Tribune review, the best restaurant in the area was Le Francais, although a 2-year-old restaurant called Charlie Trotter's was gathering...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 2:07 PM
In January 1990, when the dreary and declining Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was opening to the world, McDonald's arrived as a symbol of American prosperity and freedom. Long lines of Russians, used to stores with empty shelves, were stunned by the...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Timing is everything.
When Apple Pay made splashy headlines with its debut on Monday, news was breaking on another retail front.
Another cyber security breach was being investigated, this time at Staples.
Already, more than a hundred million...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Six of Illinois' biggest companies hold a combined $100 billion in profits overseas, a strategy that keeps those earnings from being subject to U.S. corporate income taxes.
The tax-trimming move by those and 44 other U.S. companies with global...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 11:57 AM
During November, the 97 locally owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants in Hampton Roads will donate a portion of sales of Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meals to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.
| Oct 28, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Perhaps you may have heard that an Illinois gubernatorial candidate on the campaign trail decided to order a hot dog with ketchup, and everyone freaked out.
I read this on Twitter Tuesday afternoon and my palm slapped my forehead so hard it left an...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 1:44 PM
VIRGINIA BEACH — The squadron responsible for training and qualifying air and maintenance crews for the Navy's newest fighter jet is the reincarnation of a fighter squadron once based at Naval Air Station Oceana.
The Strike Fighter Squadron 101...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 1:59 PM
A franchise association is again speaking out against an opinion issued by the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel in July, asking that he disclose how he concluded that franchisers should be considered joint employers in labor disputes at...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 6:35 AM
Starbucks' early relaunch of its popular pumpkin spice latte drink failed to heat up business at its U.S. cafes, disappointing Wall Street and sending the company's shares lower.
The world's biggest coffee chain said late Thursday that a 1 percent...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Some of the fastest-growing fast-food chains aren't slinging artery-clogging cheeseburgers or cooking up calorie-packed fried chicken.
Instead, diners can order Brussels sprouts salads and kale smoothies, served with the same speed as In-N-Out or Burger...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Shake Shack threw open its doors at the corner of Ohio and Rush streets on Tuesday, and threw off a bit of its mystique.
Now I love a good meal more than most and I'll cop to having made a detour to stand in line to pay a premium for the highly regarded...