Screen time: TVs bring in the bucks

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it pays off to have a blockbuster A/V system. See how a high-tech remodel has helped Hooters become a destination for sports lovers.

This week’s 5 head-spinning moments: Customers turn stupid

The customer isn't always right. Sometimes the consumer isn’t even sane, as events of the past week attest.

Now that every other venue offers big screen TVs and half-price beers, it’s crucial to start building a loyal customer base early through strategic promotions. And there’s still time to snag sports fans, as football fever really heats up with preseason August games.

The Tilted Kilt brings its motto “A cold beer never looked so good” to life with Hooters-esque servers in short plaid kilts, matching halters and midriff-baring blouses.

Leather recliners, HD TV and plenty of beer. Sound like the ultimate man-cave? Add handcrafted American food, trend-forward design and a bevy of smiling waitresses and you’ve got the ultimate neighborhood watering hole, a.k.a. Brick House Tavern + Tap.

“Breastaurant” Twin Peaks is a casual-dining concept that offers a varied menu complemented by cold beers.

A loud note of disharmony could be heard within the restaurant industry this week, particularly among its Italian combatants.

Reports and speculation about possible restaurant deals merits a look at where M&A lawyers might be making their money next week.

Some of the industry’s most interesting developments weren’t the big headline-grabbers. But any savvy restaurateur wouldn’t want to miss these developments.

This week: restaurant critics without expense accounts, getting rid of tips and getting better service, Hooters comes out as feminist and dressing up the dress jacket.

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