Diners Gone Wild; Trends from the NRA; Soylent Green vs. Soylent + More News

Soylent-GreenDining news from around the world and the web…

* What diners want. Emerging trends at the National Restaurant Association show, revealed. [Crain’s]

* Soylent green is people. But Soylent is a sustainable soy product that could be the key to ending world hunger. [Business Week]

* Desserts that should be deserted. One pastry chef shares five sweets she’d rather not see again. [Phoenix New Times]

* How rude! Boston restaurateurs dish on the diners they’d like to 86. [Boston GlobeContinue Reading

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q1 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the first quarter of 2013.

“During the first quarter of 2013, the reservation-taking industry in the U.S. was slightly down year-over-year,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable.  “Denver and the San Francisco Bay area saw a slight lift, but a number of major metropolitan areas that we track – especially Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia – experienced a notable headwind during the first quarter.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation. Continue Reading

What It Takes to Work in Hospitality; Paper-free Checks Fight Credit Card Theft + More

Fools rush in — to the hotel minibar.

Dining news from around the world and the web…

* And then there were none. The Village Voice‘s sole restaurant critic exits stage left. [NY Times]

* Nevermind the minibar. In-room dining at the hottest hotels is getting less expensive. [Business Week]

* Think thin. That doesn’t really work, but try these five tips for staying slim while dining out. [Fox News]

* C’mon, get happy! If you want to work in restaurants, you’d better enjoy pleasing people. [Metro.us]

* Paper-free checks vex thieves. A new digital payment system can reduce credit card theft at restaurants. [USA TodayContinue Reading

OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Spots in the U.S.

As we look forward to warm summer days and balmy nights, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Winning restaurants, which include Geoffrey’s Restaurant in Malibu, California, Latitudes in Key West, Florida, and Plumeria Beach House in Kahala, Hawaii, are located in 15 states and the nation’s capital. California restaurants swept close to half the spots on the list with 42 winning restaurants. The island state of Hawaii followed with 20 top outdoor dining restaurants, and Florida was not far behind with 16 honorees. Arizona restaurants claimed five spots on the list and New York took three spots. Missouri, Rhode Island, and Texas each have two winners. Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. are also represented.

American fare was extremely popular, as were seafood and regional cuisines, including Hawaiian and Californian.

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