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Smoky Bars Are Garbage and Ruin Drinking

Smoky Bars Are Garbage and Ruin Drinking

During the holidays many of us will journey to far-flung hometowns to share meals with our families, and drink regrettable Jack-and-Cokes with our high-school classmates at townie dives. If, like me, you hail from one of the 14 states that still permit smoking in bars (real cigarettes, not those undetectable Juuls), you’ll need to accommodate […]

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Get Off Your Phone: A Restaurant Owner’s Bill of Rights

Get Off Your Phone: A Restaurant Owner’s Bill of Rights

I was recently greeting people at one of my restaurant spaces when a young woman walked into the shared communal space with her head down, her smart phone guiding her. She was more fixated on the small celluloid device in her hand than the environment around her. “Hi! How are you today?” I asked her. […]

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What Really Happens at a Army Ball

What Really Happens at a Army Ball

Coffee grounds. Everclear. Blue Gatorade. Spurs. No, this isn’t the beginning of a crude joke! These are all things you may find in the traditional army grog bowl. Intrigued? Here’s a bit more. The Navy lays claim to the grog, which originally referred to a drink of water and rum.

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