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Chipotle offers BOGO special for teachers

Chipotle offers BOGO special for teachers

ATLANTA -- Chipotle Mexican Grill is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day by offering buy-one-get-one menu items for educators.

On Tuesday, May 7, a teacher who shows a valid school ID at any U.S. Chipotle restaurant will receive a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos when they buy another menu item.

The promotion is available from 4 p.m. to close.

"We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food. This means going beyond our commitment to better food from more sustainable ingredients and working hard to engrain our restaurants in the communities that they serve," Chipotle communications director Chris Arnold said in a statement. "Connecting with educators and other key community groups is part of who we are, and we're always happy when our work makes an impact upon the communities where we operate."

Anchorman 2 takes over iconic Manuel's Tavern

Anchorman 2 takes over iconic Manuel's Tavern

ATLANTA -- Manuel's Tavern shut down to the public Wednesday, yielding to a movie crew shooting Anchorman 2.

The sequel to the 70s-based movie bused in a couple of dozen extras, clad in comically dated clothes and hairstyles. Actor Paul Rudd was spotted entering the tavern's back door early Wednesday afternoon, along with David Koechner. A publicist for the movie said the shoot would conclude Wednesday.

Brian Maloof, general manager of Manuel's, wrote on the tavern's Facebook page "it
does feel odd. The setting of the movie is New York so all our Atlanta
pennants are down and have been replaced with NY teams."

Manuel's was opened in 1956 by Manuel Maloof, who went on to become DeKalb County CEO.  The tavern is thick with dark wood and vintage decorations.  

Manuel's Tavern to go smoke-free

Manuel's Tavern to go smoke-free

ATLANTA -- The owner of Manuel's Tavern in Virginia-Highland fought hard in 2005 when state officials were considering a ban on indoor smoking at restaurants.

Now, the watering hole established in 1956 is opting to go smoke-free.

Manuel's owner Brian Maloof and other business owners initially feared business would suffer if smoking was banned.

"We opposed it," Maloof told WABE. "I was down there myself speaking out against it -- an individual business rights to make a decision on their own. And the legislature came to that decision."

But there has been a shift in public opinion, Maloof said. Business is suffering because of Manuel's smoking policy, he added.

"I know definitely in January of 2014, we'll be 100 percent smoke-free," he said.

10th & Piedmont hosts award-winning Oscar party

10th & Piedmont hosts award-winning Oscar party

Midtown Restaurant Brings the Red Carpet to Atlanta with Food and Drink Specials

On Sunday, February 24, 10th & Piedmont in Midtown is hosting a party in honor of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. To celebrate, the restaurant is playing the famous awards show on a jumbo screen and offering plenty of food and drink specials to “suit” the occasion. Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests can enjoy the following specials:

·         Les Misérables French onion soup with house-made croutons and Swiss cheese ($6.50)

Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

ATLANTA - The term "gastropub" was coined in the UK in the 90s, marrying the terms "gastronomy" and "pub" (or "publick house" for you completists). The idea was geared toward freshening traditional pub food and creating cuisine that was more adventurist and creative, but that was not unattainable.

In Atlanta, gastropubs have surfaced and crafted a niche for themselves that have attracted some of the world's elite chefs. New gastropubs are showing up with regularity across the area, but if you want to cut your teeth, here's a selection of some of Atlanta's gastropubs.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Restaurant uses 'touchless forks' to fight flu

Restaurant uses 'touchless forks' to fight flu

ATLANTA -- In a flu season, some places become the front line against germs. Churches, schools, and offices are a flow of people. Some of them are spreading the flu virus. Restaurants add shared flatware, drinking glasses, and table tops to the challenge.

"I'm a little bit neurotic," Chip Joyner, owner of The Real Chow Baby, said. "From the time I walk into any place, I don't touch the door handles." He is a self-proclaimed germaphobe. "Anything that people touch has to be sanitized."

Customers at the stir fry restaurant on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta say it's exactly what they want from a restaurant owner in the middle of a flu epidemic. "They're aware of what's going on and they are trying to prevent other people from getting sick, customer Jose Moreira said.