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A big risk in cowboy town pays off

A big risk in cowboy town pays off

One day while working in the media/marketing sector, Suzanne Tarbet  picked her head up from her computer, looked around the charming community of Redmond, Ore., and thought, “What if?” “I’d spent my entire career in media and marketing management helping my clients perfect their own brand. And I’d always dreamed of creating a brand for myself,” she says. With  no time like the present to strike out on a new venture, the foodie with a trained eye for color, fabric,…

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Glasshalfull toasts a smooth finish

Glasshalfull toasts a smooth finish

The financial crisis of 2007/2008 was just getting started as James Wald of North Carolina swung open the doors to his new wine bar & restaurant, Glasshalfull. He admits the timing could have been better. “It wasn’t the best time to start a business,” Wald says. “And I’m not sure how good of a job we did that first year.” But by playing the cards they were dealt, he and his staff played offered creative options to diners feeling the…

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Revolutionary War heroism & American fare

Revolutionary War heroism & American fare

The limestone walls of the Olde Bryan Inn protect a story, a cuisine, and an attitude of American goodness and heroism that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Beneath the rough timbers supporting the ceiling, diners sip from ale cups and cut into steaks from a menu that is a modern interpretation of Revolutionary fare, says longtime manager Robin Kelsey. “We serve Revolutionary cuisine,” says Kelsey, a fixture in the 40-year-old restaurant for 25 years. “Our restaurant is named for…

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Social House to open in Vermont

Social House to open in Vermont

A Manhattan couple who honed their craft at a 3-star Michelin restaurant in the Big Apple, is poised to carve out their American dream as first-time restaurant owners in Vermont. Debbie and Luis Pazos, longtime restauranteurs at the famous French restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, will open Social House Restaurant in Manchester Center this June. And while it’s no small step from the Manhattan life, with dinners served at 2:30 AM, to the tall pines and chilly peaks…

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Big fish in Saratoga Springs

Big fish in Saratoga Springs

Paul McCullough started out in hospitality as a very small fish. “I was 19 when I went to work as a runner for the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group,” says McCullough, partner in thriving Saratoga Springs restaurant, 15 Church. “Eventually I moved up to back waiter, then to assistant, and then to captain in three-person teams,” he says. “What an experience! I worked for 15 years learning the ropes of a premier and cutting-edge restaurant group created by a man I…

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Uncorking a great business plan in Jamaica

Uncorking a great business plan in Jamaica

One summer evening while sipping wine with friends in Jamaica, Anna Kay von Dueszeln and her pals hit upon the idea to open their own wine and cheese shop. “Our idea, which sounded really good over wine, was to dabble in wine and cheese,” Anna Kay says. “This was about 10 years ago when we first discussed the idea, and my only experience at the time in the hospitality business was that I liked wine and cheese!” But backed by…

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Italian cuisine served with love

Italian cuisine served with love

Some traditions never get old. Fine steaks, veal chops, and Dover sole prepared tableside are just some of the traditional Abruzzi cuisine items attracting patrons to the charming La Locanda Ristorante Italiano in Pennsylvania since 1997. Eighty percent of the customer base is repeat business, says La Locanda Ristorante partner Franco Stefanatto. “Every year we’re increasing our revenue by 2.5 to 3 percent,” Stefanatto adds. In this week’s Q&A interview with Boxerbrand blog Recipe for Success, Stefanatto offers insights into…

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Bermuda getaway takes a page from Mark Twain

Bermuda getaway takes a page from Mark Twain

Up the steps of the Rosedon Hotel’s wide, welcoming veranda of the type enjoyed by Mark Twain in his day, awaits a 40-room boutique property that began humbly as a bed and breakfast in the 1950s before emerging as a world-class destination. “My grandmother Elizabeth Kitson bought the main house in the 1950s and turned it into a bed and breakfast,” says Lee Petty, co-owner and creative director. “It grew from there.” The property was managed by generations of Elizabeth…

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Insurance pros bet on wine and wedding biz

Insurance pros bet on wine and wedding biz

Five years ago, Cheryl and Gene Long gave up their desk jobs in the insurance business to create something really beautiful. On a rolling tract of land, dotted with barns and adorned with the ruins of an old stone chapel, the couple envisioned a wine-tasting room in an old cow-milking barn for him, and a wedding and party venue centered around the chapel and old horse stables for her. “The two ideas paired well together,” says Cheryl Long, as Sassafras…

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From life among the stars to the snow peaks of Aspen

From life among the stars to the snow peaks of Aspen

Chef Tiziano Gortan worked for years among the stars— both the Michelin stars, which ranked at least two restaurants where he cooked, as well one in Ireland, owned by a quiet band of rock stars who went by the name of … U-2! In his travels, the Italian native earned his chops working for the only 3-star Michelin restaurant in Milan before jetting off to Dublin to work as a pastry chef in in Dublin’s Clarence Hotel, where the world-renowned…

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