From manager to owner: Restaurant baron gives Davis a hand in buying Martini

(Author’s note: Yes, this is two stories in a row about Martini Italian Bistro, and I don’t normally do such things. But I just learned this chapter of the restaurant’s change of ownership last night–while actually at Martini–and thought it too good to pass up. Call it a warm and fuzzy for the holiday.) Jim […]

Martini Italian Bistro’s Gruver mixes up win in GQ national cocktail contest

Gary Gruver likes bartending contests, and they like him. For the second time since 2009, Gruver, who tends bar at Martini Italian Bistro (4021 Summit Plaza Drive), has notched a category victory in a nationwide cocktail contest sponsored by GQ magazine and Bombay Sapphire Gin. Two years ago, his Sapphire Rio (a combination of gin, […]

Govt. not working: Yum! Brands pitch to accept food stamps blindly refused by USDA

Health advocates are happy about this week’s USDA refusal to allow Yum! Brands restaurants to accept food stamps (technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) in four eastern U.S. states, and I agree with them. Nutritionally speaking, fast-food such as that sold by KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is not the […]

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