Restaurants

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Waiter Kyle Hanson arrived for his shift at Kazoku and was in for a rough night. The restaurant was understaffed and despite his best efforts, service was terribly slow. Makenzie and and Steven Shultz were two of the diners there and they had to wait 20 minutes for water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for their meals. It was their anniversary dinner.

You’d think this would mean a lousy tip for poor Kyle, but the Shultz’s decided that it was the perfect time to try and put themselves in his shoes, which was easy to do since they’d once worked waiting tables. They realized that he’d likely be getting bad tips all night even though it wasn’t his fault so they payed it forward. The tip they left on their $66.65 meal was $100.

They posted a picture on their facebook page, along with their hope that it would remind everyone to not judge each other so harshly and to try and see things from the other side.

See an interview with the Shultz’s and the waiter after the break…

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Staying healthy and eating right is important, but sometimes, people get a little too nit picky. Case in point: a small Chinese restaurant in San Francisco named SO shut down for a day because customers were hassling the owner about his food. Eater revealed that one employee mentioned that the owner shut down because one dining party had refused to pay their bill because their food was “too spicy.” Another customer cursed out the owner, as well.

“He needed to cool off,” says the employee of the owner. “He was frustrated and stressed out, and he’s the cook, so we can’t run the restaurant without him. We closed up early, and he put up the sign.”

SO is back up and running, but was the sign too much? Or do you understand his frustration?

(via FoodBeast)

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You may have never thought to infuse bacon, caramel and bourbon into a milkshake, but I bet now that you know it exists, you’re heading to Red Robin for dinner. The chain announced that they will be offering a Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake which will include Jim Beam’s maple bourbon, caramel, bacon bits, vanilla ice cream, and a strip of candied bacon as a stirrer. If you want to try one of these sinful concoctions, you have until November 2nd when this limited time item will disappear.

(USA Today via Consumerist)

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It might be a little hard to believe, but Pac-Man is getting his own restaurant. We don’t know much about the restaurant, which is going to be called Level 257, other than the following description: “Introducing a unique dining, entertainment & social experience inspired by PAC-MAN.

The restaurant is slated to open next year, and it will be located in the suburb of Schaumburg, just outside of Chicago. It will feature 40,000 square feet of space with a 300-seat suite, as well as cocktail lounges and a 16-lane bowling alley. Hopefully, they will have some old-school Pac-Man arcade games for diners to play too.

(Eater via Technabob)

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The first Denny’s in Manhattan is opening this Friday and besides swank decor, they’re offering craft cocktails. No, seriously. The location’s owner, Rahul Marwah, told Good Morning America that they wanted to serve the higher-end clientele in the Financial District nearby. To that end, they put together the $300 Grand Cru Slam. It includes the infamous Grand Slam entree for 2 and a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne. Let’s not forget that the price tag also includes a high-five from the bartender.

(via Eater)

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Here’s one for all you cat lovers who also love pizza. I’m thinking that’s a Venn diagram with a lot of overlap. There’s a webseries running for Japanese Pizza Huts that shows the day-to-day antics of its cat employees. Yes, cats make the pizza and face all the inherent challenges of the task.

Check out some of the videos after the break…

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Having just seen what’s on the menu at Brutus in Montreal, I may be booking a trip very, very soon.

This new place of your bacon dreams is the brainchild of Anthoni Jodoin, who understands that bacon really is the food of the gods and found a way to work it into everything. The food, the drinks, the donuts. Everything.

The menu boasts dishes like Jägermeister poutine, a 100% bacon sausage hot dog, bacon sushi (which is not raw bacon, I promise) and Brisures de Bacon or chocolate bacon cookies.

All I know is, I want to live there.

Head after the break to see a selection of these masterpieces.

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Want to sing your heart out in style? Then plan a trip to The Highball karaoke bar in Austin, Texas. The bar has been closed for renovations for 18 months, but it’s finally re-opening this weekend and it sounds more amazing than ever. They’ll have events, karaoke, cocktails, and snacks—but the best part of The Highball sounds like it’s the themed rooms. They have seven tricked out rooms celebrating themes such as the Super Mario Bros., Twin Peaks, and Jem and the Holograms. I don’t even like karaoke, and I want to go here.

Check out more photos of the incredible rooms after the break.

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Upon witnessing a horribly rude hotel manager, John Cleese was inspired to create the series Fawlty Towers which featured Cleese as the horribly rude hotel owner, Basil Fawlty. The show only aired for two seasons in 1975 and 1979, but now you can return to the series thanks to Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience. This interactive dinner theater has Basil Fawlty along with his wife Sybil, and Manuel, the Spanish waiter, all serving your meal with typical Fawlty rudeness.

See more pictures after the break.

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There’ already a bar in Brooklyn with a TARDIS bathroom, but there’s a whole restaurant themed to everyone’s favorite Time Lord hidden in upstate New York. Redditor jacquelinesarah said the following about her visit to The Pandorica in Beacon, New York:

I spent the day in the quiet little artist town of Beacon, NY and passed a restaurant called “Pandorica” as I walked down the main street. I smiled to myself but didn’t think much of it. On the way back, I looked inside and saw the giant mural of the exploding TARDIS. Of course, I then ran in and started talking to the owner (dressed head to toe in TARDIS blue). She took me around the entire restaurant pointing out every tiny detail, from the sunflowers on the tables to the “fish fingers” (aka french toast sticks) and custard on the dessert menu. I told her that I’ll be moving to London this autumn (the mecca, really) and she replied that she’s actually from there. It made a lot of sense seeing how much British influence is in the food–they do an afternoon tea that looks lovely.

Seems like the perfect place for Whovians to stop for a bite to eat.

See more pictures after the break.

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