- Operators in the D.C. area worry the opening of mega complex the Wharf — a $2 billion destination with almost two dozen restaurants, bars, and cafes — will strain an already dire labor market with the 900 hospitality industry jobs it will need to fill.
- A Quartz piece today argues that Whole Foods will always be for the “aspirational class,” no matter how deeply Amazon cuts the prices.
- According to a new report in the Guardian, the chocolate industry is driving deforestation in West Africa. Traders who sell to chocolate giants like Mars, Mondelez (which owns Oreos among others), and Nestlé mix illegal “dirty” cocoa beans grown in protected areas with approved beans. The companies say they are working to eradicate the illegal beans from the supply chain.
- Just a reminder that a lot of restaurant industry work (even in Canada!) is hard, unfair, and illegal.
- Two different women on two different days gave birth in the same Burger King parking lot while en route to two different hospitals. One was stuck in traffic so long she had to pull over. The other just went into labor too quickly.
- Taco Bell’s newest dish trial: black rice bowls with fried avocado.
- Alan Richman profiles Nobu owner and New York restaurant world veteran Drew Nieporent. Nieporent has opened 40 restaurants in 32 years and currently co-owns five: three Nobus, Tribeca Grill, and Batard. A father of two, he’s also somehow still married, even though he admitted to only changing a diaper once.
Can D.C. Handle 900 More Restaurant Jobs?
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By Amy McCarthy