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Brad Blum is in the midst of trying to turn around a struggling Italian chain by tapping into Americans' penchant for the freshness and simplicity of authentic recipes. Sound familiar? It should. Blum made a name for himself at Darden Restaurants, where...
We're still more than a year out from next year's race for governor and other key down ballot races — such as that of House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon of Winter Park — but the region's deep corporate pockets are already putting their...
The restaurant industry is rough enough. It's even rougher when your primary business is real estate during a monster recession. Steve Kodsi found out the hard way last week when he closed two restaurants he operated in the bottom of one of his...
There was the assault on trans-fats. A new law requiring calorie counts on menus. A county in California that banned toys in too-fatty kids' meals. And now there's a war on sodium. It's no wonder the food industry is hurrying to outrun the increasingly...
Walt Disney World is hooked on the discount drug. This week marked the return of its "buy four nights, get three free" promotion at some of its hotels. And Disney revealed this week that guests can earn a free theme park ticket next year by...
When it comes to spending big money on national elections, the rhetoric goes, corporations are about to walk through the swinging saloon doors of a new era in campaign finance with their checkbook holsters packed and ready for a Wild West-like shootout....
Orlando Arts BlogClarence Otis Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, has received a prestigious national award for his company’s support of the performing arts, including a $5 million commitment to the Dr. Phillips Performing...
Orlando Theater BlogHere are some interesting stories you might have missed from my Orlando Arts Blog: Jaron Lanier, virtual-reality guru, composes for Bach Festival Society Darden CEO Clarence Otis Jr. honored for his support of local arts Orlando Philharmonic, Susana...
Scott MaxwellCollectively, they control tens of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in tax money, a sports franchise — and one very famous mouse. They are the region's power players. And today we unveil the Top 10 in our rundown of "The 25 Most Powerful...
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"Disagreeable." That was the word one state senator used to describe two members of Florida's Public Service Commission who are being booted from the board. Among the things these two members disagreed with: Jacking up your rates and cozying up with...
The Bottom Line - Beth Kassab on Business» Orlando Sentinel – The Bottom Line – Beth Kassab on BusinessFor those who are unfamiliar with Tavistock Cup, one of its hallmark traits is an extremely strict dress code. No one gets in without wearing either red for Isleworth or blue for Lake Nona. This is not a request. It's more like an order. Most folks even...
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