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Space Coast tourism on way to record year, despite pandemic

Sep. 26, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — When the year began, Brevard County’s tourism chief was cautiously optimistic about a comeback for his industry locally. But he never expected to see how strong the recovery has become. Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director Peter...

Alabama café customers learn Black history while ordering

Sep. 26, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Catrice Hixon named her new Opelika coffee shop Melanin Café, and she wants people to understand the significance of it. “Melanin is the pigmentation in everybody’s skin,” she said. “The difference with that is the amount of melanin. It’s...

Virginia native gave up politics for catering, restaurant

Sep. 25, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Catherine Elliott gave up politics for pots, pans and plates. Now, she has a “Real Good Restaurant” serving crab cakes and hushpuppies — about 400 miles from the sea. Elliott, 56, has made a career out of catering. She’s...

Titans and Hall of Famers to honor the late Bum Phillips

Sep. 24, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

The late Bum Phillips, a Texas coaching legend who worked wearing a cowboy hat, is being honored by the team he led to two AFC championship game appearances. In Tennessee, a quarter-century after the franchise left Texas for Music City. The...

Judge orders restaurant to cease operations in mask dispute

Sep. 24, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A Jackson County judge has ordered a suburban Kansas City restaurant to shut down in the wake of its owner’s continued defiance of a mask mandate intended to fight the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this month, Judge James Kanatazar ordered...

Diner reopens months after owner was jailed over virus rules

Sep. 22, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The doors at a western Michigan restaurant were open before sunrise as the owner welcomed diners for the first time since she spent four nights in jail for ignoring orders related to COVID-19. Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland had been...

McDonald's begins phasing out plastic toys in Happy Meals

Sep. 21, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

McDonald’s plans to "drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. The burger giant said Tuesday it’s working with toy companies to develop new ideas, such as three-dimensional cardboard superheroes kids can build or board games with...

Restaurant's answer to staff shortages: Robot servers

Sep. 19, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut restaurant is taking an unorthodox approach to addressing staff shortages: robot servers to serve meals. The operator of the New London location of the Shaking Crab told The Day that the ocean-themed restaurant will use regular...

Macon Mall overhaul plans include amphitheater

Sep. 19, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A developer and the Macon-Bibb County government say they will work together to revitalize a languishing mall in middle Georgia. Macon-Bibb Mayor Lester Miller announced the $100 million plan Wednesday. Local media report it includes a 10,000-seat...

Virginia cafe a finalist in U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards

Sep. 18, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Victoria Kidd said she is always humbled when thinking about the reputation that her Hideaway Cafe has earned since opening its doors in downtown Winchester in 2015. That reputation, she said, has always been one of inclusivity and service. And...