1. Bellying up to the salad bar
Microsoft Dining created a Salad Bar Happy Hour in order to reduce post-lunch waste, says Executive Chef Craig Tarrant. Every afternoon, the salad bar goes on sale for 25 cents an ounce at the end of lunchtime at Cafe 16 on the company’s Redmond, Wash., campus. It’s a win for Microsoft’s zero-waste program and a price break for salad fans.
2. A piece of the pie
Florentine, an upscale restaurant in Chicago’s JW Marriott Hotel, is trying to get more non-hotel guests in the door during lunch and early evening hours. Executive Chef Zachery Walrath offers free slices of pizza during the restaurant’s weekday pizza happy hour from 5-7 p.m., with the purchase of a boozy beverage.
3. Puppy love
Yappy Hour is the new Thursday night promotion at Cafe Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans. Neighbors are invited to bring their dogs for an extended happy hour that runs from 3-8 p.m. The pups get a full menu of their own while their owners are encouraged to try Dog Day Afternoon—a $5 cocktail created especially for the weekly event. It's made with sparkling wine, fruit liqueurs, lime, pineapple juice and bitters. Special bar bites are also available for $3 to $6.
4. Happiness is a sushi roll
Sushi is the happy-hour hook at Delux in Phoenix, a restaurant that specializes in burgers and sushi. From Monday through Friday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Delux holds its Sushi Happy Hour, offering sushi rolls for $3.50 to $8, depending on variety. For late-night customers, the restaurant runs what it calls a Reverse Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to midnight.