April 2013

Could tip pool lawsuits doom the restaurant gratuity system?

April 10, 2013
Could tip pool lawsuits doom the restaurant gratuity system?

Since it was reported that Doc Crow’s is being sued by a pair of former servers claiming the restaurant forced servers to fund a general tip pool, I’ve talked to several restaurant operators about that specific practice. All said tip pooling is rarely a problem since 99.9 percent of servers willingly share tips with coworkers who help […]

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Straws extra: For first time in 40 years, Brown-Forman will sell you Old Forester by the barrel … literally

April 10, 2013
Straws extra: For first time in 40 years, Brown-Forman will sell you Old Forester by the barrel … literally

For the first time in 40 years, Brown-Forman is selling entire barrels of its iconic Old Forester bourbon to customers who’d like to have, say, 220 bottles labeled as their very own. Cost: $7,500. Pricey, right? But divided by 220, that’s about $34 a bottle, which is a bit below shelf price for premium bourbon. […]

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An artisan butcher shop and a great cafeteria: Louisville needs ‘em, Nashville’s got ‘em

April 10, 2013
An artisan butcher shop and a great cafeteria: Louisville needs ‘em, Nashville’s got ‘em

Arnold’s Country Kitchen is the last place I expected a food writer to suggest for a recent lunch meeting in Nashville. The 30-year-old cafeteria is humble and homely and in a downtown location some might find a bit sketchy past sundown. But unlike any cafeteria in the U.S., it’s a 2008 James Beard Award winner, American […]

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