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Posts pertaining to first-person perspectives from restaurants.

Year in ReviewLondon

A Year Behind the Scenes at Rochelle Canteen

Over the autumn, we handed a pair of disposable cameras to the team at Rochelle Canteen for them to document…


Restaurant DiariesLondon

“We’ve Done It Once, We’ll Do It Again.” Ombra’s Mitshel Ibrahim Reflects on a Wild October and Lockdown 2.0

For restaurants, October was one of the most challenging months in a year that has affected every part of the…


Restaurant DiariesNew York

For Restaurants (and Parents), a Year of Purgatory

In May, Sakura Yagi, the chief operating officer of T.I.C. Japanese Restaurant Group, wrote about the heartbreaking sacrifice she made…


The Road BackSan FranciscoNapa

On Reclosing and Reopening a Restaurant Again

Tamer Hamawi is the owner of Gran Electrica in Napa, Calif., as well as Colonie, Gran Electrica, and Pips in…


Restaurant DiariesSan Francisco

On Comfort Food and Black Excellence

Geoff Davis is the executive chef of True Laurel in San Francisco. He’s planning on opening a creative wine bar,…


The Road BackHouston

I Thought The Pandemic Would Kill My Restaurant, But It’s Only Made It Stronger

As part of an ongoing series hoping to explore the experiences of restaurant owners and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic…


Behind the LineHouston

Around a Table: My Hopes For These Historic Times

Chef-owner Chris Williams opened Lucille’s restaurant in Houston in 2012 with his brother, Ben.  The restaurant is named for his…


Restaurant DiariesSan Francisco

On San Francisco’s Black-Owned Restaurants, COVID-19, and the First American Pandemic

Nikki Cooper is the second-generation owner of  San Francisco’s first legacy business, Two Jack’s Nik’s Place, a family-owned staple of…


Behind the LineAtlanta

If Systemic Racism Is The Immovable Object, Then Now Is The Time To Be The Unstoppable Force

Deborah VanTrece is the chef and owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta. ***** This time, it’s going…


Behind the LineLondon

In The Food Industry, The Odds Have Always Been Stacked Against Black People

Growing up with a stoutly Jamaican and Caribbean family who were sure to ingratiate us with island food and culture…


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