Archive for Valentine’sDay SmartBlogs

Hopefully, the “hearts and flowers” of Valentine’s Day will spread to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. After all, Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest holiday observances in the U.S. and presents a chance for politicians to mark the day with gifts for their colleagues. Instead of cacti or bitter chocolate, perhaps an offer of legislation for immigration or tax reform would be in order.[…] Continue Reading »

Not everyone greets Valentine’s Day with romantic plans, but the lucky in love and the die-hard romantics plan to spend more on the holiday this year than they have since the National Retail Federation began compiling such statistics a decade ago. In addition to flowers, candy and other gifts, nearly half will celebrate with an evening out.[…] Continue Reading »

Every week, Restaurant SmartBrief editors scour the Internet for the breaking news and best-practices stories that restaurant owners and managers need to make their businesses smarter. However, every week, hundreds of fascinating food, beverage and restaurant stories don’t make the cut. Here are a few of my favorite stories from the past week that didn’t make the newsletter:

Dining out is part of the Valentine’s Day celebration plan for nearly 90% of respondents to a national OpenTable survey released this week, and restaurants are getting ready to celebrate love with special meals, from heart-shaped pizzas for a cause at Boston’s and just because at Papa John’s, to fine dining at restaurants like The Modern in New York City, where couples lucky enough to snag a first-seating reservation on Sunday can also sign up for private tours of the attached Museum of Modern Art.[…] Continue Reading »

Every week, Restaurant SmartBrief editors scour the Internet for the breaking news and best-practices stories that restaurant owners and managers need to make their businesses smarter. However, every week, hundreds of fascinating food, beverage and restaurant stories don’t make the cut. Here are a few of my favorite stories from the past week that didn’t make the newsletter: