In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

Oct 30, 2014

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural Islamization. Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen ...

Oct 9, 2014

Skylark returns to TSE after eight-year buyout hiatus

Skylark Co., operator of the Bamiyan and Jonathan’s restaurant chains, returned to the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section Thursday, eight years after going private in a management buyout. Skylark shares were launched at ¥1,200 apiece, the same as its initial public offering price. The ...

Old toilets become London cafes

Oct 9, 2014

Old toilets become London cafes

With spiraling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential gold mines, the city’s forgotten spaces — including 19th-century public toilets — are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Many Victorian urinals remained abandoned for decades after World War II. But ...

Oct 1, 2014

Osaka bans street touts in Umeda, Dotonbori districts

A new ordinance banning street touts who lure customers into restaurants and bars, often by promising them discounts and then charging exorbitant sums of money, went into effect in designated areas of the city of Osaka on Wednesday. While there are already strict regulations ...