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Cheers! British pubs to stay open late for World Cup

Chances are thirsty England fans will need to drown their sorrows instead of celebrate -- but at least the pubs will be open for them during the World Cup finals in Brazil. The British government made a u-turn on Monday and announced that it would extend famously strict last orders so that bars and pubs can screen England's matches.

Toronto committee approves food truck rules; bylaw goes to council for approval

TORONTO - A Toronto committee has approved regulations that could double food truck operations in the city and be in effect by the summer if city council passes a new bylaw. The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that food trucks be at least 50 metres from a restaurant and at least 30 metres from school property. Ice cream trucks are to operate temporarily on residential streets, and stationary food carts are to operate on some city sidewalks. The annual fees for a vendor would cost over $5,000, including the vendor permit and parking fees.

Toronto committee approves food truck rules; bylaw goes to council for approval

TORONTO - A Toronto committee has approved regulations that could double food truck operations in the city and be in effect by the summer if city council passes a new bylaw. The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that food trucks be at least 50 metres from a restaurant and at least 30 metres from school property. Ice cream trucks are to operate temporarily on residential streets, and stationary food carts are to operate on some city sidewalks. The annual fees for a vendor would cost over $5,000, including the vendor permit and parking fees.

British pubs should open late for World Cup

British pubs should stay open late to screen matches in the upcoming football World Cup finals in Brazil, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. "I have ordered a rethink on pub opening times for England's World Cup games -- will consult with pub trade, police and councils," Cameron wrote on his Twitter account. The British Beer and Pubs Association (BBPA) had asked the interior ministry to push back closing time from 11.00pm to 01.00am to take account of the time difference for England's opening game against Italy on June 14.

In Greece, recovery starts with fast food and coffee

Graphics artist and part-time barmaid, Mariza Papasmiria struggled for years juggling her two jobs, working seven days a week for 1,600 euros ($2,200) a month. Then she decided to open a snack bar in Athens, one of thousands of Greeks making the jump onto the fast food bandwagon in the midst of the economic crisis gripping the country. With the economy having contracted by a quarter since the country fell into recession in 2008 and incomes down by nearly a third, it may not seem like the most auspicious times to open a snack bar.

Food trucks face challenges in reaching hungry Mexicans

Mexico City, Dec 2 (EFE).- The number of food trucks on Mexico City's streets is growing, but the fledgling industry faces challenges from regulators and the gangs that control the streets of the capital. Food trucks are viewed as a better option for those looking to get a quick bite than traditional food vendors, but operators of the vehicles have been unable to obtain permits from local officials, who have not created specific licenses for the new businesses.

U.S. diners plan even fewer restaurant visits next year: survey

(Reuters) - U.S. diners, who have been cutting back on restaurant visits, plan to eat out even less frequently in 2014, according to a new survey from consultancy AlixPartners. For the first time in the five years that AlixPartners has conducted the survey, participants said the No. 1 reason for dining out less was the desire to eat healthier. That answer just edged out the need to trim personal spending.

Israeli restaurant owner offers 50 per cent discount to diners who turn off phones

ABU GHOSH, Israel - A restaurant owner in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem says he is on a mission to save culinary culture by making diners a simple offer: Turn off your cellphone and get a 50 per cent discount. Jawdat Ibrahim says smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He hopes the generous discount will bring back a more innocent time when going to a restaurant was about companionship, conversation and appreciating the food, rather than surfing, texting or talking to the office.

McDonald's adding another window to speed up drive-thru service

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's has an idea for speeding up service at the drive-thru: add another window. Under the current set up, customers place their orders, then drive up to a window where they pick up their food. The fast-food chain says it's testing a "Fast Forward Drive-Thru" that lets customers drive to a third stop if their orders aren't ready. McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb says the Fast Forward Drive-Thru will be featured in new and renovated restaurants starting next year.

Will digital restaurant menus get you to spend more?

By Mitch Lipka (Reuters) - Businessman Mitch Goldstone planned to shell out about $40 at the Red Square restaurant in Las Vegas before heading to a show, but he ended up spending four times that amount because of the alluring pictures of food and drinks on an electronic menu.
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