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Worry for Me and S&G

August 31, 2014 | Frank Bonanno

My wife can’t read restaurant reviews–not about our restaurants, not about other folks’ places. She says it hurts too much–the praise is never high enough, even the most minor criticism, too sharp. So Jacqueline will scan a review, get the gist of whether it’s good or bad, then walk away. How she can step away
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The Most Important Person in the Dining Room

May 18, 2014 | Frank Bonanno

I’m reading through the training manual for Salt & Grinder, and I like the following section. It’s reminiscent of the Danny Meyers School of Thought–whose book, by the way, is required reading for all of our employees. “E X P E C T A T I O N S ‘Who is the most important person
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In Praise of the Late Diner

April 26, 2014 | Frank Bonanno

(I wrote the following piece for Andra Zepplin, editor of Eater Denver, linked at the bottom of the page. Liked the way it turned out, wanted to post it here.) End-of-summer afternoon, hot as Death. We haven’t had a single guest in Bones for over an hour, and just as we lock the lunch doors
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Eat the Skin, It’s Delicious

January 25, 2014 | Frank Bonanno

Last summer Chris McNeal and a small camera crew descended on my home.  We taped over windows and moved furniture around, then invited some of my favorite professionals to cook, barbecue, eat, and drink like crazy.We even managed to capture some of it on film. Then, McNeal and his crew (Paul Kubala and Mitchell Alexander),
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