Fun Dining vs. Fine Dining; Restaurant in Spain Shutters, Thousands Mourn; An Ode to Outdoor Dining; Celeb-Owned Restaurants; Stopping Table Squatting

Amateur Gourmet Adam Roberts enjoys a post-meal stroll with partner Craig Johnson.

* Fun dining is the new fine dining. To steal a line from Trading Places, can’t we have both? [GrubStreet NY]

* Some restaurant in Spain closed. People are upset. [The Guardian]

* 10 signs that the next sign you’ll see on your fave restaurant will be “Going Out of Business.” []

* Unhappy campers. Lingering, or squatting, at a table for too long in a crowded restaurant creates a sticky situation for everyone. [CHOW]

* Stars! They’re just like us! They own restaurants. Well, not like me. I don’t own any restaurants and I don’t think anyone else at OpenTable does. [MSNBC]

* Even when no one really knows they do. [TODAY]

* Speaking of stars, this celebrity-magnet restaurant has merited its very own blind item. Guess away. [BlindGossip]

* The City of Angels transports blogger to the city of elves. Amateur Gourmet (and future Angeleno) Adam Roberts waxes poetic on the joys of dining al fresco in LA. [Epicurious]

* Can a chef get — and stay — slim? And, if so, is she a hypocrite for serving up fatty foods? [Salon]

* Does a food porn party lead to a food orgy? The author doesn’t say. [The Awl]

* Move over, gluten-free dining. Kid-free dining and vacationing are taking off. [Washington Post]

* Why is the restaurant business different from any other? Maybe it’s not. [Boston Herald]

* What’s better than four ways to save on dining out? Five! [USA Today]

* What do two very different restaurants share? The common goal of staying in business, of course. [The Daily Journal]

* What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless you’re a bad tipper. That news travels! []

* Where the wild things are. That would be Alaska. And if you’re there, you can eat them. [Eatocracy]

* Plan ahead, foodies. Some sustenance-centric happenings around the U.S. [Epicurious]

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