How Much Noise Should We Put Up With In NYC Parks?

“A Parks Dept. spokesperson said that so far this year they’ve logged 209 service requests regarding noise-related issues. They could not immediately provide information on how many (if any) summonses have been issued for noise violations in parks.”

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Polish baker inks lease deals for first US locations, plans 50 stores in New York

“Just Baked, a Polish bakery chain being rebranded for an entrance to the U.S. market, has signed two Manhattan leases ahead of a bold plan to open 50 stores in New York, signposting a direct challenger to French bakery Maison Kayser.”

The two bakeries, which will sell a range of sandwiches, coffee and pastries, are set to open in a 1,400-square-foot Tribeca storefront at 88 West Broadway, and into another location at Westfield’s Oculus downtown.

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Cosme Restaurant Chef Daniela Soto-Innes on Being a Young Boss in the Kitchen

Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 10.26.06 AM.pngCosme, 35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

“Chef Daniela Soto-Innes got her start in kitchens by lying about her age. She started working at restaurants at the age of 14, never revealing how young she really was. At age 23 she moved to New York City to open Cosme. Within two years of the restaurant’s opening, she was named the James Beard Rising Chef of the Year, and Cosme landed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. She is now a partner at the restaurant, as well as at the team’s latest space, Atla. Here, she shares how she gets it all done.

I wake up around 7 or 8 a.m., and I do some kind of workout, whether running or cycling or yoga. After that, I go to work, and I kiss everyone on the cheek right when I come in to both of the restaurants. At Cosme I’m like the psychologist. Everybody wants to talk to me and tell me what happened while I was away, tell me which ovens broke. I always do service at Cosme at night. But that’s it, that’s all I do. It passes by very fast. I wish there were five more hours between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.”

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Fresh foods continue to drive in-store sales, report notes

“Fresh foods are driving 49% of dollar growth across fast-moving consumer goods categories at retail, according to a report from Nielsen. In all, fresh and perishable foods account for $177 billion in sales.

Although e-commerce sales continue to grow, Nielsen says companies looking for immediate growth opportunities shouldn’t ignore the perimeter of their stores, noting fresh and perishable foods generated sales nearly 14 times as high as all online food and beverage sales this year. The report suggests supermarkets looking to grow their fresh sales should look beyond a category-specific approach and take a more holistic view that leverages opportunities across the produce, bakery, deli and meat departments.”

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Nestle planting seeds in new frozen food brands

“Nestle S.A. will invest in Outsiders Pizza Co. and Wildscape while giving them time to make their mark in the frozen food category. The two brands are examples of new innovation models called “internal incubators” by Nestle.

“What we try to do there is to reproduce what start-up companies would do but benefitting from the scale and the strength of Nestle,” said Laurent Freixe, executive vice-president of Nestle S.A., on June 13 at the Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess Global Consumer Conference in Paris.”

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The Restaurant Inspector: Rising Grades, Fainting Owners

“New York’s inspectors have long been capable of showing up unannounced, recording violations and, if necessary, shutting down a kitchen. But in 2010, they acquired a new dimension of power: the ability to assign letter grades (printed on placards that must be visible from the street) and to post their findings in an online database where anyone can scrutinize a restaurant’s inspection history. Restaurateurs complained bitterly about the “scarlet letters,” and what they saw as punitive enforcement aimed at raising money for the city.

 

Eight years on, that furor has cooled. The number of restaurants with an A grade rose to 93 percent in April, from 81 percent in that first year. Yet many restaurateurs still feel aggrieved about the rating system; they talk of the health inspectors as arbitrary, unjust — and frightening enough to send an owner to the hospital with a panic attack.

As it turns out, the man in beige who precipitated that crisis is a pleasant, even-keeled individual named Fayick Suleman, who lives in the Bronx with his wife and two children, and — like the letter-grading system — is celebrating his eighth anniversary at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.”

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31 Terrific Places for Breakfast in Manhattan

“Atla serves breakfast until 1 p.m., but dropping by in the morning is a quieter scenario. The chilaquiles are the move, and diners are likely to be surrounded by food writers who can’t stop frequenting the place.”

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