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    Down with ugly downspouts: up with rain chains
    Rain Chain Direct product reviewFor centuries the Japanese have used their roofs as a source of water collection by guiding water down chained metal shapes into a storage container. (The call it ‘kusari doi’) You can even use an...
  • Burger 21's first NYS venue announces an August 25 opening
    Burger 21's first NYS venue announces an August 25 opening
    The official opening date for the Burger 21 chain's first New York State location was officially revealed on Thursday. It's 11 a.m. Monday (August 25) at 622 New Loudon Road in the Albany suburb of Latham. The first 100 guests will receive...
  • Darden Restaurants deals off its 706-unit Red Lobster chain
    Darden Restaurants deals off its 706-unit Red Lobster chain
    Struggling Darden Restaurants Inc. has become lobster-free. The Orlando-based corporation today announced completion of a nearly $2.1 billion sale of its 706-unit Red Lobster casual dining brand to Golden Gate Capital. Red Lobster restaurants in...
  • Nick JOnas drops first solo single
    Nick Jonas drops first solo single, 'Chains'
    Nick Jonas dropped his debut solo single entitled, “Chains”, on Thursday, July 24. This definitely has a much different sound than the Jonas Brothers bubble gum pop feel. The sound of "Chains" borders on a R&B/soul feel...
  • Carrolls, world's largest Burger King franchisee, adding 21 NYS venues
    Carrolls, world's largest Burger King franchisee, adding 21 NYS venues
    Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. is one the largest Burger King franchise holder in the world. On Thursday, it announced it is planning to get even bigger.The company has entered into an agreement with the Kessler Group Inc. to acquire 21 restaurant...
  • Taco Bell drops Lorena Garcia items, adds 'Cantina Power'
    Taco Bell drops Lorena Garcia items, adds 'Cantina Power'
    Taco Bell is backing away from thinking "celebrity chef," instead thinking "Cantina Power." That's the title of a new menu change the fast-food chain today announced it will roll out next week.It will replace the current ...
  • Buffalo icon Louie's Texas Red Hots expanding to a sixth location
    Buffalo icon Louie's Texas Red Hots expanding to a sixth location
    Louie's Texas Red Hots is expanding its footprint in the Buffalo market. The company's newest location will be at Elmwood Avenue and West Utica Street.That will bring to six the number of venues the regional chain occupies. The existing...
  • TGI Fridays introduces an 'Endless Appetizers' promotion
    TGI Fridays introduces an 'Endless Appetizers' promotion
    The casual dining chain competition is getting to look more and more like a high-stakes poker game. Raise. Raise again. Raise yet again. All in!The 900 TGI Fridays venues on Monday topped all their competiters' discount deals on Monday when...
  • Jimmy John's gourmet sandwiches moving into the Capital Region
    Jimmy John's gourmet sandwiches moving into the Capital Region
    The Jimmy John's gourmet sandwich chain that has vdenues in 10 Upstate New York markets is about to move into the Capital Region. A Jimmy John's is under construction as part of a sprawling Route 9 project that recently saw the opening of...
  • Subway switching all venues to an all-Keurig coffee service
    Subway switching all venues to an all-Keurig coffee service
    If you like Keurig coffee and you like Subway, you'll be happy to read this Tuesday announcement from the fast-food giant. The sandwich chain is about to make that brand available at all of its Upstate New York venues as well as all other of...
  • World of Beer's 2nd New York State location due in Guilderland
    World of Beer's 2nd New York State location due in Guilderland
    There seems to be a beer-centric tavern on every other street corner in Albany County. Well, get ready for one more, and this one is no buddy system startup.The rapidly growing World of Beer tavern chain today announced the official opening date...
  • Taco Bell to introduce the Quesarito mash-up on Monday
    Taco Bell to introduce its 'Quesarito' mash-up on Monday
    I don't recall hearing an outcry demanding a mash-up between a burrito and a quesadilla, but the folks at Taco Bell must be hearing voices.The fast-food chain has announced it will roll out its Quesarito on Monday, bringing to an end...
  • Arthur Treacher's fish-and-chips comeback targeting Rochester
    Arthur Treacher's fish-and-chips comeback targeting Rochester
    Arthur Treacher seems to be making a comeback. Not THE Arthur Ttreacher, of course. The English character actor passed away back in 1975 on Long Island. However, decades ago he had licenses his name to a fish-and-chips restaurant chain. It...
  • Chain steakhouse in line to replace old independent Niagara steakhouse
    Chain steakhouse in line to replace old independent Niagara steakhouse
    The Town of Niagara appears destined to get a chain steakhouse as the successor to the old John’s Flaming Hearth Restaurant.Town officials will conduct a public informational meeting this Tuesday to discuss plans for a Military Road plaza...
  • Take out, eat in ... your employer's dining room
    Take out, eat in ... your employer's dining room
    An interesting scene ripe for comment: I dropped in at P.F. Chang's at the Colonie Center mall in suburban Colonie for an early dinner and saw an employee making himself comfy in a corner booth where he was obliviously scarfing down a takeout...