Bottle Service Is Back, Baby; Upscale Restos Do Fast Food

Jason Wang of Xi'an Famous Foods and Jonel Picioane of the Ridgewood Pork Store and the Sunnyside Meat Market are examples of second generations in food families taking their businesses into the 21st century. [NY Times]

Au Bon Pain has announced a redesign to stores and a menu expansion that will include create-your-own-salad stations and value offerings, like a small soup and half sandwich for $6.99. [Nation's Restaurant News]

Bottle service is back with bars like Gunbar, Goldbar, and 1OAK promoting the ostentatious service like it's 2007 again. [NY Post]

The number of illnesses attributed to rare strains of E. coli bacteria -- like the case in Germany -- increased last year in the U.S. [NY Times]

Upscale restaurants around the city are offering 30-minute business-lunch options, from ordering through dessert. [Wall Street Journal]

The USDA is encouraging nonprofit organizations to spread the word about the Summer Food Service Program, which feeds around 3 million kids each year. [Reuters]

A preservationist in Greenwich Village has clashed with the owner of Panchito's Mexican Restaurant, who painted over the "Fat Black Pussycat Theatre" sign above his door. [NY Times]

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