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Spinning Plates

Spinning Plates is a 2012 documentary, well worth seeing, about three very different restaurants. (The tagline is “It’s not what you cook. It’s why.”) It’s now available online via Netflix. The hour-and-a-half film shows the ambition and intensity, but also the financial, emotional, and even health concerns as the restaurateurs grown their establishments.

Review: The SweetSpot Bakehouse

Located on the west side of town, at 1185 West Main Street, the SweetSpot Bakehouse in a small, unassuming bakery. It bills itself as a ‘small-town bakery,’ and so it is. That’s its charm and advantage: it does one thing (baked goods) very well, some things well (coffee, tea), and a few others (all-day breakfast)…

Catching Up with the SweetSpot

I’ve reviewed the SweetSpot previously, and here are a few quick remarks about the new menu and remodeling of their location at 226 West Whitewater Street. I’ve not yet reviewed the SweetSpot Bakehouse, on the other side of town at 1185 West Main St, Whitewater. Remodel (and Menu Changes It Brings).  The remodel adds a…

Friday Poll: End of Tipping at Restaurants?

Tipping at Restaurants? View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday I posted a story about a restaurateur who was ending tipping at his establishments, because he thought this more equitable to all his employees: Under the current gratuity system, not everyone at a restaurant is getting a fair shake. Waiters at full-service New York restaurants can expect…

The End of Tipping?

View image | gettyimages.com I’m not sure what to make of this, but New York restaurateur Danny Meyer contends that ending tipping at his establishments is the right decision: Big news out of Manhattan: Dining out is about to get turned on its head. Union Square Hospitality Group, the force behind some of New York’s…

Whitewater’s Advantage Over Copenhagen, Home to One of the Finest Restaurants on Earth

In Copenhagen (population 583,000), a famous chef (René Redzepi) plans to close temporarily his famous restaurant (Noma) and turn part of it into an urban farm: Foraging superstar and chef René Redzepi is closing his famed Copenhagen restaurant Noma, which has been named the best restaurant in the world multiple times. According to the New York…

Are Automats Restaurants?

There’s a story over at the New York Times about a new business in San Francisco, Eatsa, that’s like an old-fashioned automat: “[a]t this restaurant, customers order, pay and receive their food and never interact with a person.” See, Restaurant of the Future? Service With an Impersonal Touch @ NYT. (The story’s somewhat puzzling because reporter Claire…

How Many Visits for a Restaurant Review?

How many trips should a reviewer make before publishing a review?  I think at least two, if not three.(Exceptions would apply when one is revisiting an establishment that one has reviewed previously, or when one is traveling and a second visit is impractical.) One can review after one evening, but a single, first-visit review just doesn’t seem…