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  • Ticketing systems changing the restaurant reservations game

    Ticketing systems changing the restaurant reservations game
    At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out.
  • Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu

    Restaurant review: Next's 'Trio' menu
    After 10 iterations in which Next has looked outward, creating menus inspired by cuisine from turn-of-the-century Paris, street food from Thailand and the gastronomic wonders of El Bulli chef Ferran Adria, the shape-shifting Next has adopted an inward...

    Boomerang, a cherry liqueur with depth

     Boomerang, a cherry liqueur with depth
    Approachable. That's the idea behind Boomerang, the new cherry liqueur developed by Micah Melton, beverage director at The Aviary, Grant Achatz's high-concept cocktail kitchen. That's not to say the spirit isn't complex. It is. Boomerang features an...

    Lincoln Park restaurant L2O turning into Intro, ticketed restaurant with rotating chefs

    Lincoln Park restaurant L2O turning into Intro, ticketed restaurant with rotating chefs
    UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for Intro's first dinner series.  Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has partnered with former L2O chef Matthew Kirkley to open Intro, a restaurant/school concept with ticketed dinners prepared by rotating...

    Google's Brian Fitzpatrick says he's got just the ticket for Alinea

    Google's Brian Fitzpatrick says he's got just the ticket for Alinea
    Brian Fitzpatrick, Google's first Chicago-based engineer and a leader in the company's work on censorship and government surveillance, is leaving the Internet giant to join chef Grant Achatz and business partner Nick Kokonas, the team behind Alinea,...