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Charlie Palmer's Hotel Delayed, America's Drunkest Cities

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IMPORTANT RESEARCH—Based on data such as death rates from alcoholic liver disease, frequency of binge-drinking and DUI stats, Men's Health has determined the Drunkest Cities in the United States. The city to hold that distinction is Fresno, CA, with Reno, Austin, St. Louis and San Antonio also warranting spots in the Top 10. On the other hand, Boston was determined the least drunk. [USA Today]

LAS VEGAS—Given the state of the economy, chef Charlie Palmer has put the (temporary) brakes on his boutique Vegas hotel, which was supposed to break ground this year: "The Las Vegas City Council decided Wednesday to allow the developer to delay construction for at least two years on the 426-room, non-gaming hotel — and possibly as long as four years." [LVS]

ATLANTA—According to Bret Thron, Shaun Doty—the chef-owner of Shaun's in Atlanta—is the latest big-name chef to hop on the burger bandwagon. What's more Doty has signed two leases: "He said he is still working out details, including the name, for what he hopes will become a restaurant chain, but he plans to open the first unit in April and the second in September 2010." [NRN]

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