Restaurateur Bans Kids Under Six; Bad Dining Companions; Restaurants and the Norm Factor; Star Wars Veggies; In-N-Out on the Menu at The French Laundry

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* A restaurateur in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, has banned children under the age of six from his establishment. If this restaurant were in Park Slope, Brooklyn, there’d be a bounty on his head by now. [WTAE]

* Hanna Raskin writes that Mark Bittman is wrong about restaurants, citing, among other things, the Norm factor. [Seattle Weekly]

* How do Thomas Keller and his staff celebrate 17 years of business at The French Laundry? With In-N-Out burgers, of course. [Eater]

* Do you want your kids to eat more veggies? Take them to this sushi restaurant, where vegetables are served shaped like Star Wars characters. [That’s Nerdalicious!]

* Save our environment by eating invasive fish. [NPR]

* Dine like a local when you’re in Europe. [JustLuxe]

* Restaurants are good, but movies made about them usually are not. [Financial Times]

* Forget bad service. Bad dining companions can ruin any meal. Here’s five to avoid. [Houston Press]

* Traveling to France this summer? Eater rounds up the nation’s 25 three-star Michelin restaurants. [Eater]

* The size of your dinner fork may correlate to your waist size — but not in the way you think. [MSNBC]

* Bobby Flay has a racehorse, and she’s quite good. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

* A Voce Madison sommelier Ian Toogood says that diners are spending more on wine. Fox would prefer it if you didn’t interpret this as a sign of economic recovery. [Fox Business]

* Pop-ups aren’t a gimmick. They’re a revolution. [Wharf]

* More children were inadvertently served booze at a restaurant (a restaurant that is not on the OpenTable network, by the by). [KWGN]

* Restaurant gardens aren’t just good for chefs and diners — they’re a source of employment for new farmers. [Civil Eats]


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