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Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee Stacey Roberson

In our latest edition of Lunch Break, Stacey Roberson shares her favorite — and dream — dining destinations and tells us what’s for lunch. A senior account executive in Los Angeles, Stacey will happily raise a chocolate martini or a glass of bubbly with you or meet you at Melisse in Santa Monica for a meal to remember; just don’t ask her for a bite of her salted chocolates. 

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To join Stacey and her colleagues, apply to take a seat at our table at http://www.opentable.com/careers/.

Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee Greg Comishock

At OpenTable, we power great dining experiences worldwide. We work hard, we play hard — and we eat well. Quite possibly more than employees of any other company, we’re asked about our favorite restaurants and food obsessions. In that vein, then, we’re pleased to introduce Lunch Break. Every few weeks, you’ll meet another OpenTable employee and discover some of their dining habits — and learn their answers to one of life’s eternal questions: “What’s for lunch?” Up this week is Greg Comishock, a restaurant operations specialist who works out of our New York offices. A regular at Becco, Greg hearts hummus and wants no part of what he refers to as “diner scrapple.”

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To apply to take a seat at our table at http://www.opentable.com/careers/.

#DigOutDineOut Boston Is Happening Now: Support Boston Restaurants

Dupe DigOutDineOutIf you live in the Boston area, you already know that more than eight feet of snow have fallen on the city and surrounding towns. In fact, according to an article in the Boston Globe, it is the second snowiest winter on record. On top of that, severely frigid temperatures have gripped the region. All of this means that the snow still lingers on sidewalks and in streets, public transportation remains somewhat snarled, and parking spots have become as scarce as a bottle of 23-year-old family reserve Pappy Van Winkle — which has been bad news for your favorite restaurants.

The good news is that they have joined together to entice diners to support #DigOutDineOut! From special offers, such as $25 unlimited sushi at Empire to $2 tacos and $5 glasses of wine at Granary Tavern, plus on-site extras at many establishments, we can guarantee you’ll be treated like a VIP if you frequent a restaurant in the region during the #DigOutDineOut campaign.

#DigOutDineOut is the brainchild of Kevin Long, executive chef and partner at Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire, GEM, Red Lantern). “These historic storms have walloped Boston and buried us in snow, but we are hardy New Englanders,” said Long. “We all may compete, but we also band together to support each other in times of need. We are all in this together, and these deals are a great way for us all to start to bounce back.”

Some of the hottest restaurants have been hit the hardest due to their locations. At Coppa, where a three-hour wait for walk-ins isn’t unusual, they had a successful Valentine’s Day, buoyed by locals who took advantage of last-minute cancellations, but now, says general manager Gina-Marie Ciccotelli, “We are definitely back to always having open tables. It’s a huge hit.” The staff at the South End restaurant, she notes, are very happy to be at work, “But they’re not making money, so it’s so hard on them, too. Everybody in here — it’s their career. This is their liveliehood. They’re here, and they’re ready to serve.” For diners who do come to Coppa, Ciccotelli and her staff are ready to show their appreciation in ways big and small, one of which is a one-of-its-kind, four-course pasta flight for $45 per person.

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Now Open: February Restaurant Week Reservations

February-RW-blogFebruary brings another month of dining for less in some of our favorite  destinations. Reservations fill up fast; consider yourselves warned!

* Hudson Restaurant Week has $13+ lunches and $25+ dinners through February 6. Reserve now.

* Napa Valley Restaurant Month invites you to sip, sup, and savor on $14-$30 lunches + $24-$50 dinners through February 28. Reserve now.

* Chicago Restaurant Week allows you to choose the finest of the Windy City with $22 lunches + $33/$44 dinners through February 12. Reserve now.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week serves up tasty three-course $15 lunches + $20 + $30 dinners, February 15-28. Reserve now.

* New York City Restaurant Week brings you the best of the boroughs with three-course $25 lunches + $38 dinners, February 16-March 6. Reserve now.

* 502 Restaurant Week comes to Louisville, Kentucky, with extra-special $50.20 dinners for one or two, February 18-March 4. Reserve now.

* Denver Restaurant Week wants to give your tastebuds a treat with $30 dinners at the Mile High City’s finest restaurants, February 20 to March 1. Reserve now.

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