Austin reigns as smoked-meat capital: Central Texas cleans up in Texas Monthly list of best barbecue restaurants

Austin reigns as smoked-meat capital: Central Texas cleans up in Texas Monthly list of best barbecue restaurants

In Texas, talking barbecue is a cherished pastime — and it’s a big business — so the latest accounting of the state’s most-talented pitmasters released Monday by Texas Monthly should give fans of smoked meat something to chew on. Aaron Franklin’s east-side eatery was bumped out of the top spot, although it didn’t fall far, and overall the capital city was highly lauded. A record seven Austin restaurants made the cut — up from five the last time Texas Monthly compiled the list in 2014, and…






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Church’s Chicken expanding in six states

Church's Chicken expanding in six states

Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken says it’s planning to expand in six states. Church’s Chicken said it’s signed a “multi-year, development deal with Goalz Restaurant Group LLC to develop 20 Church’s Chicken restaurants per year in six states.” The expansion includes Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. “This development deal will substantially grow the number of guests who can enjoy our signature quality food and great chicken experiences,” said Tony Moralejo,…






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City Council Rejects 20,603 Q Deal Petition Signatures on Questionable Grounds

City Council Rejects 20,603 Q Deal Petition Signatures on Questionable Grounds

Democracy died once again in Cleveland Monday, and this time more than a few seemed to mourn its passing. Several city councilmen cried foul after City Council rejected 20,603 signatures presented Monday morning, signatures for a petition seeking a referendum on a city ordinance that will commit future tax revenue to an enormous upgrade at Quicken Loans Arena.

At a noon Committee of the Whole meeting, Councilman Mike Polensek, who voted against the deal and who was one of its most vocal opponents, argued that in rejecting the signatures, council had gone beyond the issue of support of or opposition to the deal itself; they were entering territory that called into question the city charter, to say nothing of certain foundational principles of American democracy.…






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Pick ‘n Save parent Kroger’s price deflation woes could be nearing an end

Pick 'n Save parent Kroger’s price deflation woes could be nearing an end

Food price deflation, one of the biggest factors limiting sales and profits for Kroger Co. and others in the supermarket business, is finally showing signs of fading away. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) executives told analysts and investors last week that they didn’t experience the food price deflation during the first quarter that has plagued the industry for more than a year. “The grocery business continued to improve with food categories delivering the strongest quarterly comp sales performance…






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Pratt Industries opens new Atlanta recycling facility

Pratt Industries opens new Atlanta recycling facility

Conyers, Ga.-based Pratt Industries has opened a new recycling facility on Atlanta’s westside, the industry publication Waste Today reports. The 80,000-square-foot facility in the Fulton Industrial corridor replaces a smaller facility in East Point that the company opened in 2007. The facility can recycle various grades of paper, plastic, and metal, as well as other materials. “Pratt and the Atlanta market have grown together since the company chose Conyers as its corporate headquarters more…






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Former Rackspace CEO heads to Windy City for new job

Former Rackspace CEO heads to Windy City for new job

The former CEO of Rackspace Hosting Inc. is now leading a technology company that sells cloud-based property management software to commercial clients after taking the reins from its founder. Taylor Rhodes is the new CEO of SMS Assist LLC, a high-growth technology startup based in Chicago with hundreds of employees. Rhodes’ talent was noted by SMS Assist board member Christopher Dawe, who is also co-leader of the venture and growth equity team at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. “Taylor’s background…






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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Advocates Full Marijuana Legalization, Taxation

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Advocates Full Marijuana Legalization, Taxation

Ohio Supreme Court William O’Neill, long the bench’s liberal voice and a current candidate for the governor’s seat in 2018, has staked a vocal claim in favor of full-on marijuana legalization in the state.

The Associated Press covered the justice’s recent speech, wherein O’Neill confronted the most recent presidential election and the various national trends surrounding marijuana.…






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