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Husband-wife trading duo bets big on sake's future in U.S.

Food & Drink Feb 4, 2019

Husband-wife trading duo bets big on sake's future in U.S.

When Yumiko Munekyo was a vice president at Nomura Holdings Inc. in 2011, she would take clients to upscale sushi spots around Manhattan. They'd invariably order junmai daiginjō, the highest grade of sake and also usually the priciest, but not always the most interesting ...

Shake Shack experiments with automated order kiosks in U.S.

Food & Drink Oct 14, 2017

Shake Shack experiments with automated order kiosks in U.S.

Beloved burger chain Shake Shack recently announced plans to use automated kiosks in lieu of employees to take orders at its new Astor Place location in New York. The news rather awkwardly coincided with the announcement that the chain's founder, Danny Meyer, has raised $200 ...

When it comes to restaurants, people steal the darndest things

Food & Drink Jun 10, 2017

When it comes to restaurants, people steal the darndest things

Since time immemorial, silverware has found a way to walk out of dining rooms. But the golden age of modern restaurant theft occurred in the early 2000s. That's when, as chefs became celebrities and dining out became high theater, well-designed restaurants turned regular customers into ...