Former NBA Player Sues Restaurant for Discrimination

He shoots! He… sues? Former NBA player Joe Barry Carroll is suing the Tavern at Phipps in Atlanta, Georgia with the argument that he and his associate were victims of a discriminatory restaurant policy.

Carroll and his associate Joseph Shaw were escorted out of the upscale bar in August of 2006 when they refused to give up their seats to white women. The restaurant claims they were merely enforcing a “good manners” policy that has been implemented at the restaurant for over 20 years. The bar tender who was serving Carroll at the time claims that there were no other men at the bar. When the two refused to give up their seats, the two were escorted out of the restaurant by security.

Carroll’s attorney Jefferey Bramlett alleges that after interviewing current and former staff of the bar, the restaurant encourages behavior that is discriminatory towards African Americans such as slow-serving blacks during hectic times and systematically limiting the number of black staffers

(via Yahoo! Sports)


Fair Famous ‘Chicken Charlie’ Looking To Open Restaurant in OC or SD


Fair Food Stand Owner and Entrepreneur Charlie Boghosian, AKA Chicken Charlie, told FOODBEAST exclusively about his current search for an appropriate retail space for his first brick-and-mortar restaurant. That’s right Southern Californians, imagine all the totally fried Oreos and Klondike Bars you want, anytime of the year.

Orange County-ites and San Diegans (/glass case of emotion), where should the first Chicken Charlie’s restaurant come to fruition? Main Street Huntington Beach? The Gaslamp District?

Chicken Charlie released 4 new items at the San Diego and Orange County Fair including FryBQ Ribs (Deep-Fried BBQ Ribs), Totally Fried Cool Aid, Fried Thin Mints and Totally Fried Browines. Chicken Charlie serves approximately 3,000 customers a day at the OC Fair, otherwise known as 3,000 diets broken.


Chicken Charlie also told FOODBEAST of plans to launch a home fryer appliance of similar novelty to the George Foreman Grill (estimated price around 75 dollars). And lastly don’t be surprised if you see a Chicken Charlie Recipe Book down the line to be sold with his collection of rubs, marinades and sauces. Charlie’s Spicy BBQ sauce is our favorite, and we want to see FryBQ in Orange County real soon.

Any California residents have a chance to try any of Chicken Charlie’s Fair Food? Which were your favorite?



Applebee’s Launches New Menu Items – Stacked, Stuffed & Topped

Applebees 2011 New Entrees Stacked Stuffed Topped Dishes

Casual Dining Chain Applebee’s is launching a new menu platform this week entitled Stacked, Stuffed & Topped which includes new steak, pasta and salad offerings. The new menu items start at $9.99.  The newest items include the Florentine Topped House Sirloin, Chicken Parmesan Stack, Stuffed Meatballs & Mozzarella Scoops Appetizer and the Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad. These menu items join the already existing Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettucini (pictured below).

Applebee’s has been consistently revamping its menu, with representatives claiming that more than 80 percent of its menu has been updated or improved in the last 18 months. The chain also released their New Summer Cocktails recently.

Applebee's Provolone Stuffed Meatballs
Applebee's Provolone Stuffed Meatballs
Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad &  Stuffed Meatballs & Mozzarella Scoops
Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad & Stuffed Meatballs & Mozzarella Scoops
Applebee's Chicken Parmesan Stack &  Florentine Topped House Sirloin
Chicken Parmesan Stack & Florentine Topped House Sirloin



Applebee’s Launches New Summer Cocktails

Applebees Berry Sangria

On the first day of Summer (today!), officials from Applebees told us about their new Summer Cocktail lineup available at more than 1800 locations. They include the following:

Berry Sangria (pictured above) – Sutter Home® Cabernet, DeKuyper Razzmatazz®, orange and cranberry juices and fresh-squeezed orange and lime.

Lemon Drop Martini (picture below) – Absolut Citron® vodka shaken with tangy lemon and rimmed with sugar.

Flavored Mojitos – (Strawberry Mojito pictured below with Applebee’s Perfect Margarita and Red Apple Sangria) – Cruzan® rum muddled with fresh mint, lime juice and sugar served over ice and topped with club soda, available in regular, strawberry, wildberry and mango flavors.

Raspberry Meltdown Margarita (not pictured) – Sauza® Gold tequila mixed with Applebee’s margarita mix and blended with ice and topped with a meltdown floater of DeKuyper Razzmatazz liqueur.

Applebees Lemon Drop Martini Drink Cocktail

Applesbees Perfect Margarita - Strawberry Mojito - Red Apple Sangria Cocktail Drink

Fast Food

Dairy Queen’s Largest Grill & Chill Opens in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia DQ Grill & Chill

Dairy Queen, which boasts over 5,900 stores in the United States, has opened its largest Grill and Chill store to date in Saudi Arabia as part of five-year, 32-location expansion plan. The first Grill and Chill Operations in the US were opened in 2001 and include the traditional soft-serve offerings in addition to expanded food offerings including: Chicken Strip Baskets, Grillburgers and a Breakfast Menu.

The world’s largest Grill and Chill will have seating capacity for 240 people and encompasses 7,500 square feet. Dairy Queen has been active with expansion in the Middle East, now boasting locations in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.


Sizzler’s US Operations Return To California

New Sizzler Logo

Officials from Sizzler USA reported today that controls of its US operations were coming back to Culver City, CA.

Its management entity successfully acquired the US interests from Australia’s Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), which had owned both Sizzler’s US and International operations since 2005. Terms of the sale, which excludes the international operations, were not disclosed.

Sizzler USA currently owns or franchises 178 restaurants in the US and Puerto Rico and was originally founded in Culver City in 1958. The ownership group includes the current Chief Executive Kerry Kramp and Jim Collins, who originally purchased Sizzler from its founder Del Johnson in 1967.

Since Kramp has joined Sizzler in 2008 the company has closed underperforming units, and been at the forefront of the chain’s same store sale increases.  He has been crucial in the restaurant’s rebranding efforts both inside, and outside the store.

Could this new leadership and renewed focus bring back the Sizzler brand name?

Kerry Kramp CEO Sizzler Salad Bar

A shot of Kramp inside a newly remodeled Sizzler’s unit.

New Sizzler Concept Exterior

An exterior shot of a newly remodeled Sizzler’s unit.



Video: Sinkhole Swallows Sonic

It seems as if the Earth is just as hungry as anyone with an appetite as it swallowed a Sonic Burger Restaurant on Saturday. Due to some rain and rusty pipes, a sinkhole opened up in this tiny town of Cleveland, Ga. to swallow their entire Sonic Drive-In. Sonic manager Tammy Moore estimates the sinkhole measures to about 200 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 20 feet deep. The other bad news is that the employees are out of the job. Although they have been offered transfer positions, the only other Sonic Drive-In is two hours away in Tennessee and none of the staff will make the move since it’s so far away. Poor Sonic Georgia. I might have to grab some grub from there today just for some support.