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Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away, catch up with friends over chili fries, or sip wine in the fresh air of an outdoor patio, here are some award-winning Best of Austin bars for your vibe. research.

Best booze blast in the past: Nickel City

Nickel City proves that some pleasures are best kept simple. Voted best dive bar by Austin Chronicle readers in 2022, this retro East Austin bar offers a relaxed drinking experience compared to the wildness of Sixth Street. Consider Nickel City for its American-style food truck offerings, ranging from Chili Cheese Fries to Coney Dogs, and an extensive drinks menu including local drafts, mixed drinks, Boilermakers and playful limited-run specialty cocktails like the All My Exes Live in Texas, made with Longbranch bourbon, Dr Pepper reduction, and Bittercube Cherry Bark vanilla bitters. Reader Tyler Lofgren sums it up: “Good vibes and good drinks.”

More dive bars worth your penny: Back Lot, Barfly’s, The Grackle, Lala’s Little Nugget


Photo by John Anderson

Best Tropical Oasis: Tiki Tatsu-ya

Austin Chronicle readers voted Tatsu Aikawa’s upscale Tiki Bar as Austin’s Best Cocktail Bar in 2022. Opening Fall 2021, this two-story island-themed paradise pays homage to Tiki culture with a retro menu inspired by Trader Vic’s and Don the Surfing Wave. Says reader Danny Riha, “[Tiki Tatsu-ya] feels like a fully immersive adult Disneyland where you’ve abandoned ship Boredom and been stranded on a fantasy mystery island. It’s crazy how detail-oriented and interactive it is.

More cocktail bars we like: Drink.Well, Here nor There, Roosevelt Room, Whisler’s


Best New Beer Bar: Burnet Go To

Beer bars – do you remember them? They were like mainstream media aggregators of the craft beer industry of the early 2010s, keeping only the most interesting foggy beers and sweet stouts all under one roof! Now everyone mostly flocks to the source of the action, the Brewery Tavern, out of sheer convenience. But Burnet Go To changes the narrative from exploratory booze back to the well-constructed beer wall, bringing lagers and hard-to-reach ales by brands like Southern Heights, ABGB and Family Business to North Austin. They’re also keen to show frequent football games (with sound!), and they have great interior lighting and an all-day cafe to boot.

More beer bars to tap into: Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches, Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery, Craft Pride, Crown & Anchor Pub, Draft House Pub & Brewery


Best neighborhood bar that never gets too crowded: The Aristocrat

Photo by Zeke Barbaro

Looking for a bar to take your mom to? A discreet first date? Cheap drinks without sacrificing ambiance? A place where you’re unlikely to see anyone you know on the weekends? Rare is the bar that encompasses all of these moods and more, but the Aristocrat delivers on its promise. Off the beaten path in a huge lot on Burnet that has housed the iconic Poodle Dog Lounge for nearly 50 years, the Aristocrat offers spotless mood lighting, comfortable cabins, two generally accessible pool tables, plenty of seating outside and a food truck parked outside. Devoid of everything that makes bars less noisy – pretentiousness, crowds, no parking – the Aristocrat offers the ineffable atmosphere that one seeks, no doubt, in every dive bar: comfort, fun, escape.

More bars with a story: Driskill Bar, Dumont’s Down Low, Little Longhorn Saloon, Scholz Garten


Best Baby Sister Bar: Little Drinks Lounge

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It takes a bit of moxie to open a business in the middle of a global pandemic, but the co-owners of hangout zone Eastside Drinks Lounge have teamed up with longtime bar maven Sabrina Brochu to do just that in 2021. The team’s combined decades of experience and determination has spawned a winning formula in what they call “Drinks’ little sister,” tucked away beneath the Davis SoCo apartments. Baby sis echoes her brother’s laid-back vibe but with a dash of girl gang energy, serving up creative cocktails, affordable beers and tasty pizzas to a laid-back Southern crowd who call it a home away from home. at their home.

More neighborhood bars: Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, G&S Lounge, Kinda Tropical, Skylark Lounge


Best place to watch the game: Haymaker

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For a neighborhood pub with a relaxed atmosphere and live sports coverage, look no further than Haymaker, voted Austin’s best sports bar by Austin Chronicle readers in 2018, 2019 and 2022. Grab a cold one from their wide range of local beers and sample one of their regionally inspired sandwiches. Reader Rebecca Row keeps her Haymaker recommendation short and sweet: “Putin.”

More sports bars to dive into: Black Sheep Lodge, Lavaca Street Bar, Little Woodrow’s, The Tavern


Best bar if you’re feeling frisky: Cheer Up Charlies

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Austin’s unofficial queer community hub, Cheer Up Charlies is the place the Chronicle readers go there when they’re feeling in love, having continually voted the laid-back Red River club the best singles bar since 2018 and the best LGBTQIA club since 2016. From vegan mixed drinks to kombucha on tap, there’s something for everyone the likes at Cheer Up Charlies. Reader Lani Oglewood says, “No one is ever made comfortable here…unless they make someone else feel uncomfortable.”

More gay community hangouts: Highland Lounge, Iron Bear, Neon Grotto, Oilcan Harry’s, Rain on 4th


Best excuse for a drink: Loro

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What do you get when the minds behind Uchi and Franklin Barbecue join forces? Loro, an Asian smokehouse and bar on par with its famous parent restaurants. Voted Best Happy Hour by readers in 2021 and 2022, Loro invites you to treat yourself to guilty pleasures like sake and brisket tostadas at a not-so-guilty price on weekdays from 2-5 p.m. Reader Sarah Pendley says, “You can’t go wrong with Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole’s love child.”

More bars with the best happy hours: Honey Moon Spirit Lounge, Sin, Salty Sow, Uchi, Uchiko


Photo by John Anderson

Best bops, burgers and bops: Casino el Camino

Voted Best Jukebox in Austin 25 times by the Chronicle readers, Casino el Camino is a Sixth Street staple, not just for its killer music selection, but also for its burgers. Indeed, no less than Guy Fieri christened the dive bar as having “the best burger in town”. Unpretentious and enduring, Casino is a rare thing: a bar on Dirty Sixth where the locals actually go. Reader Heather White said it all: “All hail jukebox king CASINO EL CAMINO!

More bars with Jukebox Bangers: Barfly’s, Buddy’s Place, Deep Eddy Cabaret, The Golden Goose


Best meeting place around natural wine: LoLo

Tucked away in the former Gypsy Lounge building nestled next to the Vegas Hotel, this Eastside hangout — Austin’s first-ever natural wine bar and bottle shop — has provided ideal informal cool since opening in early 2020. Choose between a huge outdoor patio and a cozy indoor space, warmed by light wood and luminous globes. Along with natural, long-lasting pours, the menu includes beers, spritzes, and hearty snacks like a crispy baguette or canned fish. Find food pop-ups and frequent DJs, including Survive’s Kyle Dixon, spinning in the take-out bottle corner. Parking and occasional celebrity sightings don’t hurt either.

More wine bars: Aviary Wine & Kitchen, House Wine, June’s All Day, Wanderlust Wine Co.

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Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber dine at her Malibu restaurant Cafe Habana https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/cindy-crawford-and-husband-rande-gerber-dine-at-her-malibu-restaurant-cafe-habana/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:34:40 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/cindy-crawford-and-husband-rande-gerber-dine-at-her-malibu-restaurant-cafe-habana/

Meaningful Beauty founder Cindy Crawford and her second husband, Rande Gerber, dined at her Malibu restaurant, Café Habana, on Wednesday night.

For her date night, the 56-year-old 90s supermodel was dressed in a simple black blouse tucked into faded gray skinny jeans and black sandals.

Cindy’s 60-year-old husband – who also co-owns Nate’n Al’s in Beverly Hills – teamed up with original owner Sean Meenan to open the Cuban restaurant in the Malibu Lumberyard in 2010.

A romantic date! Meaningful Beauty founder Cindy Crawford and her second husband, Rande Gerber, dined at her Malibu restaurant, Café Habana, on Wednesday night.

Crawford and Gerber celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on May 29, and she exclaimed, “Another year together. I couldn’t have chosen a better partner – through it all, I’m grateful for your strength, loyalty and playfulness.

On Monday, The Spirit Business announced that Casamigos – co-founded by Rande, two-time Oscar winner George Clooney and property developer Mike Meldman – has won the 2022 Supreme Brand Champion title.

In 2013, the trio founded the tequila and mezcal company – which is distilled in Jalisco, Mexico – but they sold it to Diageo in a deal worth up to $1 billion. dollars four years later.

“When you have the best product, the best marketing is word of mouth. That’s why Casamigos has become such a big hit around the world,” the Long Island native explained to The Spirit Business.

Dressed casually: The 90s model, 56, was dressed in a simple black blouse tucked into faded gray skinny jeans and black sandals

Dressed casually: The 90s model, 56, was dressed in a simple black blouse tucked into faded gray skinny jeans and black sandals

Boss man: Cindy's 60-year-old husband - who is also co-owner of Nate'n Al's in Beverly Hills - teamed up with original owner Sean Meenan to open the Cuban restaurant in the Malibu Lumberyard in 2010

Boss man: Cindy’s 60-year-old husband – who is also co-owner of Nate’n Al’s in Beverly Hills – teamed up with original owner Sean Meenan to open the Cuban restaurant in the Malibu Lumberyard in 2010

Crawford and Gerber celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on May 29, and she exclaimed, “Another year together.  I couldn't have chosen a better partner - through it all, I'm grateful for your strength, loyalty and playfulness' (pictured June 12)

Crawford and Gerber celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on May 29, and she exclaimed, “Another year together. I couldn’t have chosen a better partner – through it all, I’m grateful for your strength, loyalty and playfulness’ (pictured June 12)

“Casamigos is brought to you by those who drink it. It’s not a celebrity brand. We did it to drink, not to build a business. People appreciate the authenticity of our story. George, Mike and I created it, own it, drink it, run the business and live the lifestyle.

“We are just three guys who know what we love and want to share it, one of us happens to be a celebrity. The many awards and accolades Casamigos has received are the result of the spirit itself .

On July 2, Rande and the Friends Reunion guest star will celebrate the 23rd birthday of their son Presley Walker, a self-proclaimed “entrepreneur” who laser-erased his “misunderstood” face tattoo last year.

The couple’s daughter Kaia Jordan – who is dating Elvis star Austin Butler – just landed a recurring role as a manicurist called Mitzi on Tate Taylor’s 10-episode comedy series Mrs. American Pie for Apple TV+.

'Thanks!'  On Monday, The Spirit Business reported that Casamigos - co-founded by Rande, two-time Oscar winner George Clooney and property developer Mike Meldman - had won the brand's Supreme Champion title for 2022.

‘Thanks!’ On Monday, The Spirit Business reported that Casamigos – co-founded by Rande, two-time Oscar winner George Clooney and property developer Mike Meldman – had won the brand’s Supreme Champion title for 2022.

‘When you have the best product, the best marketing is word of mouth’: In 2013 the trio founded the tequila and mezcal company – which is distilled in Jalisco, Mexico – but they sold it to Diageo in deal worth up to B$1 just four years later

The Long Island native explained to The Spirit Business:

The Long Island native explained to The Spirit Business: “It’s not a celebrity brand. We did it to drink, not to start a business. People appreciate the authenticity of our story. George, Mike and I created it, own it, drink it, run the business and live the lifestyle. We’re just three guys who know what we like and want to share it, one of us happens to be being a celebrity The many awards and accolades that Casamigos has received are the result of the spirit itself.

‘Damn moly!’ exclaimed the 20-year-old DNA model on June 13.

“Humbled to be able to work alongside some of my crying (happy) heroes!”

Mrs. American Pie – based on Juliet McDaniel’s 2018 novel – also stars Carol Burnett, Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig, Ricky Martin, Allison Janney, Josh Lucas, Leslie Bibb and Mindy Cohn.

'The next level is up!'  On July 2, Rande and the Friends Reunion guest star will celebrate the 23rd birthday of their son Presley Walker, a

‘The next level is up!’ On July 2, Rande and the Friends Reunion guest star will celebrate the 23rd birthday of their son Presley Walker, a self-proclaimed ‘entrepreneur’ who laser-erased his ‘misunderstood’ face tattoo last year (pictured June 14)

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Cindy’s mini-me: The couple’s daughter Kaia Jordan – who is dating Elvis star Austin Butler – has just landed a recurring role as a manicurist called Mitzi on Tate Taylor’s 10-episode comedy series Mrs. American Pie for Apple TV+ (pictured May 25)

The 20-year-old DNA model exclaimed on June 13:

The 20-year-old DNA model exclaimed on June 13, “Holy moly!” Humbled to get to work alongside some of my crying (happy) heroes!’

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Houston Diversión Bar Named One of America’s Best Bars for 2022 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-diversion-bar-named-one-of-americas-best-bars-for-2022/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:34:13 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-diversion-bar-named-one-of-americas-best-bars-for-2022/ 1of2 Diversión is an intimate new bar from Kirby’s Steven E. Salazar. The 32-seat bar serves cocktails with handmade syrups, infusions, …]]>

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DerivationThe Kirby Group’s intimate 32-seat cocktail bar is one of 25 bars included in Esquire magazine’s list of 2022 Best Bars in America.

Opened in January 2021 at 7202 Long Point in Spring Branch, the bar is a sister concept to Degust, the tasting menu restaurant also from the Kirby Group (Wooster’s Garden, Heights Biergarten, Holman Draft Hall).

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Esquire praised Diversión for its experimental cocktail program led by Culinary Director Steven E. Salazar. “The low-slung brick building is a bar kitchen, filled with more flasks and equipment than a Pfizer lab,” Esquire wrote.

Diversión is an intimate new bar from Kirby's Steven E. Salazar.  The 32-seat bar serves cocktails with handmade syrups, infusions, tinctures, preserves, ferments and vinegars.

Diversión is an intimate new bar from Kirby’s Steven E. Salazar. The 32-seat bar serves cocktails with handmade syrups, infusions, tinctures, preserves, ferments and vinegars.

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Last year, the magazine named Degust one of its Best New Restaurants in America for 2021.

Diversión was the only bar in Houston on the new Esquire list, and one of only two bars in Texas included. Tiki Tatsu-ya, the trendy Austin tiki bar from the Ramen Tatsu-ya team, was also named to the list of Best New Bars of 2022.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him topical tips at greg.morago@chron.com. Listen to him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.

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Nobu vs. Matsuhisa Restaurants: What’s the Biggest Difference? https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/nobu-vs-matsuhisa-restaurants-whats-the-biggest-difference/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:31:00 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/nobu-vs-matsuhisa-restaurants-whats-the-biggest-difference/

According to Forbes, Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants adhere to Nobu’s philosophy of excellence by focusing 50% on exceptional service and 50% on food quality. Both play with Peruvian influences like seafood ceviches and tiraditos, a thinly sliced ​​raw fish similar to sashimi or carpaccio de crudo. The restaurants also incorporate local flavors into their seasonal dishes and specialties and offer exceptional drink lists.

The concepts differ in mood and approach. “Matsuhisa restaurants are different from Nobu restaurants in that they are smaller, more intimate and more upscale, but the concept of the food, the blend between Japanese and Latin American cuisine, is the same,” explains Nobu Matsuhisa at Forbes. So essentially Matsuhisa’s restaurants are upscale and more formal, with a sense of exclusivity reminiscent of a private club. Nobu restaurants, meanwhile, are open and bright, with visible kitchens and sushi counters buzzing with chefs and guests.

Chef Nobu’s signature creations feature on both menus, but are arranged and served differently. Nobu’s beginnings in Peru are rooted in his technique and culinary creativity. “It’s not Nikkei or fusion,” he insists to Forbes. “It’s Nobu style. That means the food is still Japanese but with ingredients and styles from Peru like cilantro, jalapeno peppers and ceviche. But I wouldn’t call it fusion.” Chef Nobu Matsuhisa says, “Restaurants and hotels that bear my name, Nobu, are considered high-end, but they are not exclusive. I want Nobu to bring smiles to the faces of our customers with the bite of food, to give them a place to relax, enjoy good conversation, a good meal, and walk away happy,” via Nobu Hotels.

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Houston tops Texas as best place for vegans in new report https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-tops-texas-as-best-place-for-vegans-in-new-report/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:45:04 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-tops-texas-as-best-place-for-vegans-in-new-report/

Houston made the top 10 in a new survey of the best cities in the US where it’s best to be vegan, coming in at No. 6 on the list, making it the best city in Texas, ahead of Austin, Dallas , San Antonio and Fort Worth.

The survey conducted by the Meal Delivery Experts team aimed to find out which cities have the most vegan food options. They compiled the 20 most populous cities in the United States, then used TripAdvisor data to count the number of restaurants or eating places in each city that offered at least one vegan option.

New York is No. 1, blowing everyone away with 1,464 restaurants or places to eat offering vegan options – more than double the number of any other city on the list.

#2: Los Angeles takes second place, with 705 restaurants or food outlets offering vegan options. Los Angeles has among the widest variety of cuisines, including Korean, Ethiopian, and Thai vegan cuisine.

No. 3: Chicago, with 489 restaurants or places to eat that offer vegan options, which is a surprise since Chicago is such a big meat city, although the city is best known for its deep pizzas and many restaurants of Chicago now offers a vegan alternative.

Houston earned its No. 6 ranking thanks to its total of 312 restaurants. Diners have a range of options, from dedicated vegan restaurants like Verdine and Mo’ Better Brews to vegan fine-dining options like Theodore Rex and Le Jardinier, the restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with sister establishments in New York and Miami that each hold a Michelin star. The city’s Indian and Pakistani restaurants offer plenty of vegan dishes – think Chef Anita Jaisinghani’s Meatless Mondays in Pondicherry for example.

Whether motivated by health, environmental or ethical reasons, the number of vegans in the United States is growing rapidly, reaching new heights in 2022. One in ten Americans, or 10%, now consider themselves vegan or vegetarian.

The dollars are there too, with a plant industry worth over $7 billion in the United States in 2022.

The milk substitutes market is valued at over $3 billion in 2022, and the meat substitutes market is valued at over $1 billion in 2022.

Austin was the only other city in Texas to make the top 10, ranking 8th with 286 restaurants.

Dallas was No. 12, with 209 restaurants that were vegan or offered vegan options, followed by San Antonio at No. 13, with 202 vegan or vegetarian establishments.

Fort Worth came last, with 68 restaurants or food places offering at least one vegan option, despite Fort Worth’s vibrant vegan scene with places like Pizza Verde, Zonk Burger, Mariachi’s Dine-In. Fort Worth is also home to Texas’ most famous vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner.

The full list, by ranking:

  1. New York – 1464
  2. Los Angeles-705
  3. Chicago-489
  4. San Francisco – 467
  5. San Diego – 385
  6. Houston-312
  7. Seattle-309
  8. Austin-286
  9. Denver-261
  10. Philadelphia – 258
  11. Phoenix – 234
  12. Dallas – 209
  13. San Antonio – 202
  14. Charlotte, North Carolina – 176
  15. Jacksonville, Florida – 140
  16. Indianapolis-140
  17. Columbus, Ohio – 137
  18. San Jose – 80
  19. Oklahoma City – 80
  20. Fort Worth – 68
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Workforce Development Can Help Find Summer Jobs – Austin Daily Herald https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/workforce-development-can-help-find-summer-jobs-austin-daily-herald/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:50:00 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/workforce-development-can-help-find-summer-jobs-austin-daily-herald/

Michael Postma

Workforce development area manager

School is out and summer is finally here. The students are thrilled to have completed another year of school and look forward to the freedom that summer provides. For many teens, that freedom involves summer jobs to earn disposable income. Summer work for teens has been a tradition for Americans for decades, but the number of teens entering the workforce has steadily declined over the years. According to Oriane Casale, deputy director of DEED, only 53.5% of young people aged 16 to 19 were in the labor market at the end of 2021. The good news for the 46.5% of unemployed adolescents, the Minnesota’s currently tight labor market provides them with an abundance of opportunities. These jobs pay higher wages and offer more flexibility than ever before.

Some of the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic were those related to services. Restaurants, retail and hospitality have all seen an exodus of adult job seekers. As Americans’ appetite for travel and entertainment grows after two years of the pandemic, teens are poised to step in to fill those gaps. Restaurants, local retail store owners and entertainment venues are actively recruiting college students to handle their summer crowds. They’re ready to work around family vacations, sports practices, and group practices so teens can stay engaged in their favorite activities while working part-time.

At WDI, we have a variety of programs aimed at helping youth with barriers gain first-hand experience that can only come from your first job. In Rice and Mower counties, we have Workforce Academies where students learn soft skills employers need, such as punctuality, reliability and how to handle conflict in the workplace. work. After this week-long training, they are placed on community job sites like city parks and schools where they are paid to help with seasonal maintenance.

Across our 10-county region, WDI works with employers who are willing to welcome youth into WDI-paid work experiences. Our youth career planners place participants enrolled in these work experiences with local companies that provide supervision and workspace, while WDI pays their salaries through grants. This is a great partnership that allows young people to build confidence in their abilities, while connecting them with their local employers. Many employers hire these young people to continue working after the work experience is over.

In Olmsted and Rice County, WDI operates a Youthbuild program that allows students at alternative learning centers to earn course credit and earn hourly pay to serve on our Youthbuild construction teams. These students build picnic tables, sheds, planters, whatever their schools or communities need. This experience gives these students the confidence to pursue a business career after graduation.

In summary, if you are a teenager or have one in your life, today is a great day to explore work opportunities for this summer. Local businesses are eager to discuss their opportunities with you. If you would like assistance with your job search or would like to learn more about the WDI programs listed above, email us at (800) 543-5627 or hello@wdimn.org.

WDI is a private, nonprofit organization that provides employment and training services to job seekers and employers throughout Southeast Minnesota. WDI has offices in each of the 10 counties in our region: Goodhue, Wabasha, Houston, Fillmore, Olmsted, Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Rice and Dodge. Please contact us: www.workforcedevelopmentinc.org.

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S’poreans witness armed robbery at JB restaurant, victims allegedly slashed in broad daylight – Mothership.SG https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/sporeans-witness-armed-robbery-at-jb-restaurant-victims-allegedly-slashed-in-broad-daylight-mothership-sg/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 13:51:24 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/sporeans-witness-armed-robbery-at-jb-restaurant-victims-allegedly-slashed-in-broad-daylight-mothership-sg/

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On their recent trip to Johor Bahru, a group of Singaporeans arranged to meet some Malaysian friends there.

What they didn’t expect was to come across an armed robbery at knifepoint.

Despite the apparent danger, however, one of them bravely ran into the restaurant to help an injured man.

Theft in broad daylight at the JB restaurant

According to Facebook user Yijie, the daytime robbery occurred between about 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on June 8, 2022 at Monet, a restaurant in Mount Austin.

Mount Austin is about a 25 minute drive from the Woodlands checkpoint.

Six men holding machetes reportedly rushed into a private room in the restaurant, Yijie said, calling on those with leads or relevant dashcam recordings to get in touch with him.

The Facebook user, who appears to work at the restaurant, said a reward would be given.

A press release issued by Polis Daerah Johor Bahru Selatan on June 9 says they are tracking down four male suspects to help with an investigation into an armed robbery with machetes, with injuries.

Image via Polis Daerah Johor Bahru Selatan Facebook page.

Image via Polis Daerah Johor Bahru Selatan Facebook page.

Their report claimed the suspects were tall and thin and wore black masks that only showed their eyes and mouths, adding that the vehicle they were using was a silver Toyota Estima car.

He also revealed that the three victims were between 26 and 29 years old and that the four items seized included three Rolex watches.

Photo by 匯辰V-Time Watch on Facebook.
Photo by 匯辰V-Time Watch on Facebook.
Photo by 匯辰V-Time Watch on Facebook.

Two lacerated men

Talk to Shin Min Daily News (SMDN)the boss of an online watch store, V-Time Watch, surnamed Cai, 27, revealed that the victims were his employees.

They were meeting with a buyer to complete a transaction involving two Rolex watches.

After concluding negotiations with the client, the latter chose to carry out the transaction at the Monet restaurant.

Cai said the security of the place seemed “not bad” and since it was broad daylight, they didn’t think it was a bad idea.

He sent two employees and a male bodyguard to the scene to complete the transaction.

Unexpectedly, shortly after the trio entered the room, four masked men wielding knives burst through the back door and began attacking one of the employees and the bodyguard.

The commotion in the room startled other diners and restaurant staff, causing everyone to scatter in an attempt to escape.

The thief allegedly made a reservation for a birthday surprise

Cai said the thief, who allegedly posed as a customer and a datuk, paid a deposit of RM5,000 (about S$1,576) for the watches.

This “datuk” would then have made the restaurant reservation and said it was for a friend’s surprise birthday.

The reservation included a private room and a menu worth RM5,000 (about S$1,576).

Cai revealed the text conversation between the restaurant and the “datuk” where they repeatedly asserted that money is not an issue as long as the environment is comfortable as they will discuss business.

Cai said when his employees told him the room was empty upon arriving at the scene, he began to become suspicious.

Unfortunately, by the time Cai was able to get to the restaurant, the incident had happened.

He shared that previously they had two or three customers who chose strange meeting points.

In response, Cai and his team changed their meeting place and did not get out of the car during the transaction.

They usually do such transactions in the watch store, but sometimes have customers requesting to do so in a restaurant.

They suffered a total loss of RM500,000 (approximately S$157,643) that day, including the two Rolex watches brought in for the transaction and the Rolex watch worn by the male employee.

They also lost a gold ring.

A Singaporean rushed to help the injured

Among the diners at the restaurant was a 56-year-old Singaporean named Yang You Ren (transliteration from Chinese).

He revealed that he traveled to Johor Bahru with four friends on Tuesday that week.

On the day of the incident, the five of them had planned to meet four Malaysian friends and another Singaporean friend for a meal.

Yang was returning to the restaurant after smoking outside when he saw everyone running out of the restaurant, he said.

After hearing about what had happened from one of the waiters, he walked into the room and saw an injured man who said his money had been taken.

Yang noticed that her arm had been cut so deeply that the bone could be seen.

He then helped the man out of the restaurant.

Yang then asked the restaurant staff for napkins to cover the man’s wound as he sat down to wait.

Upon learning from the man that his companion had also been injured, Yang went back into the room to take a look and noticed that the other man’s black jacket was soaked in blood.

Since Yang and his friends had other appointments to keep, he passed on his contact number to the restaurant and left, hoping the two men’s injuries weren’t too serious, he said.

According SMDNYang initially assumed a fire had started after seeing customers rushing in and hearing a waiter talking about a fire.

So he had rushed into the restaurant with a fire extinguisher, thinking he could help put out a small fire.

He eventually realized it was a robbery, but felt the fire extinguisher might still be useful in tackling thieves and didn’t back down.

He revealed that his friends who were there were worried about him and scolded him for being so reckless.

They only discovered that night that there were six thieves, which inevitably scared them.

Yang said he would have come in to help anyway, adding that those who were unaware could stay outside to help and that since he was aware, he could not feign ignorance.

Employee’s injury required nearly 100 stitches

Cai said his employee received nearly 100 stitches after suffering nerve damage from the attack.

Although his condition is currently stable, he is unable to move his fingers and will need to undergo physiotherapy for his recovery.

According to Cai, business continues as usual for the company.

Due to the nature of online commerce which requires them to interact with unknown customers, they will increase security awareness to ensure the safety of their employees, he added.

Cai also posted on Facebook asking for witnesses or dash cam footage from the thieves, and will reward those leads accordingly.

Three minute flight

cai said SMDN that the flight lasted less than three minutes.

He shared that after the thieves broke into the room, an employee was slashed twice in the right arm and the bodyguard was stabbed in the back.

The thieves then threatened to cut off the victims’ heads if they moved and ordered them to lie on the ground.

Then, the robbers not only took his employee’s bag, but also made him remove the Rolex watch he was wearing before fleeing.

When Cai arrived at the scene, he saw Yang helping his employee but did not have time to verify his identity before transporting the injured man to the hospital.

Best images via 宜杰 and 匯辰V-Time Watch on Facebook.

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Small businesses face a ‘summer of uncertainty’ https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/small-businesses-face-a-summer-of-uncertainty/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:06:21 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/small-businesses-face-a-summer-of-uncertainty/

NEW YORK – Small businesses that rely on outside crowds and spendthrift tourists don’t know what to expect this summer.

Consumers likely have a lot of pent-up demand after more than two years of the pandemic. But they also face significant financial headwinds from the highest inflation in decades. And COVID-19 remains an imminent presence.

The US Travel Association, an industry trade group, expects money spent on travel – excluding business travel – in the United States to reach a total of $726 billion in 2022, up 3% from 2021 and slightly above pre-pandemic levels. Many Americans seem ready to spend what is left of their savings in the event of a pandemic.

But inflation could throw a wrench in their plans. Higher prices make daily living more expensive, which could leave less money for discretionary spending. Gasoline prices are up more than 60% from a year ago and hotel rooms and plane tickets are also more expensive, putting pressure on travel budgets.

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Memorial Day weekend could offer a glimpse of how the summer will unfold. According to the Transportation Security Administration, an average of 2.23 million people per day passed through US airport checkpoints during the five-day Thursday-Monday holiday period. That was 9% lower than the same five days in 2019, but up 24% from the same days last year.

Businesses are also struggling with inflation – raw materials and finished goods are more expensive and workers are demanding higher wages. Owners have been forced to increase prices or reduce certain services.

“It’s been a summer of uncertainty,” said Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council advocacy group. “Inflation is a major concern and is linked to the increased costs small businesses are seeing from their own vendors and suppliers. There is a tight labor market. It’s a tough mix.

Jack Morey’s family has owned and operated Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, three boardwalk amusement parks along the waterfront in The Wildwoods, New Jersey, for two generations. Morey said the past two years have been devastating for his businesses, due to COVID-19 closures and restrictions and understaffing.

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This year the restrictions were lifted and Morey was able to fully staff again. But salary costs and all other expenses are “through the roof”, so he had to raise prices. Morey isn’t sure if his base of mostly working-class families will return to the parks as they face higher prices for everything from groceries to gasoline. But he hopes for the best.

“Are people going to come back? I think they will. I know they will come first for the beaches,” he said. “What will happen with inflation and gas, nobody knows. I’m cautiously optimistic – we’ll find out when we find out.

The higher cost of gasoline and other items means a growing divide between wealthy tourists and the middle or working class. At the Mansion House Inn on Martha’s Vineyard, rooms are booked at pre-pandemic prices, with most of the summer sold out. Owner Susan Goldstein said her clientele appreciates being able to drive to the vineyard instead of flying somewhere, despite rising gas prices.

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But Goldstein said people aren’t booking as far in advance as they used to.

“There’s a lot of last-minute action,” she said. “People are waiting to see what the world offers.”

A labor shortage is also putting pressure on many small businesses this summer. To staff her two Cinnaholic vegan cinnamon roll bakeries in Tennessee, Holly Roe had to raise salaries and hire many more teenagers.

Before the pandemic, Roe’s staff was 80% over the age of 18 and 20% under. Now the ratio has completely changed.

“For most of them, it’s their first job, but it’s been interesting. They’re eager to work, excited and want to impress,” said Roe, whose stores are in Knoxville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood Amusement Park.

Hiring more teenagers is a national trend. According to data from Gusto, a payroll, benefits and human resources provider, teenagers made up 9.3% of new hires in April 2022, compared to 7.7% in April 2021 and 2% in April 2019. During Meanwhile, the share of hires aged 25 to 54 fell to 62.9% in April from 75.3% in April 2021.

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Some companies are still concerned about the lingering threat of COVID-19 cases. Samuel Clark’s business, Broadway Crew, a promotional staffing agency and street crew that promotes Broadway shows, relies heavily on face-to-face interaction with tourists in Times Square. Although her business has recovered since Broadway reopened, it’s not been smooth sailing. Shows are still temporarily closed due to COVID-19 cases.

“It’s a clear and present existential threat – we’re seeing events and shows shutting down and having a week off,” he said.

Meanwhile, Clark has had to raise salaries, but his staff are strained by higher living expenses. “For hourly workers, rent is up 25% year over year,” he said. “These guys have no room for error in their budgets. It’s heartbreaking for me.

Still, Clark says he has hope for the summer as Asia eases restrictions, hopefully bringing an influx of international tourists. Yet in April, outbound visits remained 43% below 2019 levels, according to the US Travel Association. Travel from Asia is still down 71% due to restrictions in some countries.

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For Austin Ray, owner of Von Elrod’s Beer Hall and Kitchen in Nashville, summer means an influx of crowds, many from the Nashville Sounds minor league ballpark next door. The minor league season was canceled in 2020, so times were tough. But sales have rebounded in 2021 as the restaurant has a large outdoor patio and baseball has returned. As the crowds return, Ray’s costs have skyrocketed. It plans a menu overhaul that will increase prices by 7% to 10% across the board.

Retaining workers remains a challenge, requiring “more time and more money”, he said.

Yet, after weathering the pandemic for more than two years, he believes his business can handle it too.

“I feel like we can go through anything, because we’ve come this far,” he said.

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How restaurants are becoming more sustainable, from reusing petroleum to ditching single-use plastic https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/how-restaurants-are-becoming-more-sustainable-from-reusing-petroleum-to-ditching-single-use-plastic/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:47:02 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/how-restaurants-are-becoming-more-sustainable-from-reusing-petroleum-to-ditching-single-use-plastic/

When you sit down at a restaurant, your stomach rumbles with anticipation as you wait for your order. Once you arrive, you enjoy your meal. And after finishing, the waiter collects whatever is left and throws it in the trash.

Customers don’t give much thought to the waste of the restaurant industry. But behind the scenes, the amount of waste sent to landfills is not negligible. According to the USDA, the restaurant industry loses $162 billion a year due to food waste. There is also waste from polystyrene food packaging, single-use plastic cups and cutlery, and much more.

With such massive losses, the restaurant industry must find ways to solve its waste problem. Fortunately, some entrepreneurs are already finding ways to make a difference. Here’s how the restaurant industry is taking small steps towards a more sustainable future.

3 ways the restaurant industry is becoming more sustainable

1. Use technology to get the most out of frying oil

Photo: FreshFry

The restaurant industry uses a plot of oil. In fact, frying oil is a high cost; restaurants and commercial fryers spend $80 billion there every year.

While there are ways restaurants can extend the life of frying oil, it doesn’t take long for it to start affecting taste. But Jeremiah Chapman, CEO and co-founder of FreshFry, has found a solution.

In an episode of good togetherChapman explains how his tech startup has created recycled, bio-based FreshFry pods from agricultural food waste that reduce total frying oil costs by an average of 25% and require no equipment or moving hot oil.

“The way we’re trying to approach it is correct, your oil is in the back of your restaurant – it will either go the right way or the wrong way. The right way is to sell it in quality foods. The wrong way is to throw it away because it’s disgusting,” he says. “So what FreshFry is trying to accomplish here is to preserve your oil long enough for it to be sold in quality food.”

For more on how Chapman is changing the restaurant industry for the better, listen to the latest episode of good together here.

2. Ditch single-use plastic for sustainable options

Photo: AirCarbon

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food waste and packaging make up 45% of waste sent to landfills in the United States. But AirCarbon, which was founded after 10 years of research, is trying to make a difference.

While AirCarbon looks and feels like plastic, straws, forks and knives are made using a process that occurs naturally in the ocean. First, microorganisms use air and greenhouse gases to make an energy storage material called PHB. Then this PHB is made into pellets which are melted into food packaging items.

The cool thing is that while AirCarbon products are reusable, they are also compostable and biodegradable both on land and in water. Shake Shack is already using AirCarbon in some locations and hopefully other restaurants will also start using this environmentally friendly technology.

In our 2022 Sustainability Trends Report, we shared restaurants that are incorporating plant-based options into their menus more than ever before. It’s not just at fast food outlets, like Burger King and McDonald’s. Smaller restaurants are also seeing the benefits of including planet-friendly offerings.

While vegan and vegetarian options have always been easy to find in big cities (check out all the options in Chicago, Austin, Denver, and Atlanta), restaurants in smaller areas have historically offered limited menus. But zoom in on some of the least vegan states in the country and you’ll be surprised to find that “green” meals are becoming easier to order there.

Take Iowa, for example. The state came in at number 42 out of 50, but there are plenty of examples of restaurants offering planet-friendly dishes: Reds Alehouse in North Liberty offers a Vegan Sesame Noodle Bowl with Gardein Chick’n, an Impossible Burger with dairy-free cheese. and mayo, and a vegan tamale. Then there’s Family Table in Decorah, which offers vegan pancakes, meatless chicken strips, and dairy-free nacho fries, and Cruz’s Cafe in Cedar Rapids, which offers a full vegan breakfast menu.

The restaurant industry still has a long way to go. But if more institutions follow suit and embrace some of these lasting changes, the world will be a much better place.


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]]> Alumni of “MasterChef”, Grubhub teams up for a virtual restaurant https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/alumni-of-masterchef-grubhub-teams-up-for-a-virtual-restaurant/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 20:45:01 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/alumni-of-masterchef-grubhub-teams-up-for-a-virtual-restaurant/

New meal delivery service from Grubhub brings recipes from “MasterChef” alumni to the doorsteps of more than 20 markets in the United States

MasterChef Table is a virtual delivery-only restaurant, also known as the “ghost kitchen”, featuring recipes from four former FOX reality TV contestants: Kelsey Murphy, Dorian Hunter, Gerron Hurt and Michael Silverstein . The menu features 11 dishes, including a Maple Spicy Bacon Fried Chicken Sandwich and Nashville Hot Shrimp Tacos.

“The dishes we create on ‘MasterChef’ are loved by a few legendary judges, but as a chef, I always want as many people as possible to experience my culinary creations,” said Kelsey Murphy, winner of MasterChef Season 11.

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Grubhub said in a press release that the service is offered in more than 20 markets, although it has so far only named Alexandria, Virginia; Boston; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City; North Hollywood, CA, and Washington, DC

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Here are the dishes on offer:

  • Kelsey Murphy: Spicy Maple Bacon Fried Chicken Sandwich; Shrimp elote on skewer
  • Dorian Hunter: Down South Quesadilla; Buffalo Bangin Chicken Fries; Italian Hoagie Burger (The Dorian Burger)
  • Gerron Hurt: southern coleslaw; Nashville Hot Mac n’ Cheese; Nashville Spicy Shrimp Tacos
  • Michael Silverstein: Steakhouse Wedge for lovers of loaded blue cheese; Texan fajitas smothered in cheese; Triple Stacked Burger Smash

You can visit the MasterChef Table website to see if delivery service is offered in your area.

“MasterChef,” starring celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aarón Sánchez and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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