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The Automat: A look back at the future of dining – CBS News

A look back at the future of dining sunday-morning November 21, 2021 / 9:41 AM / CBS News

The Automat:

It seemed like magic: A restaurant without waiters.

The interior of Horn & Hardart’s last remaining Automat, on 42nd Street in New York City.  R. Krubner/ClassicStock/Getty Images

Instead, walls of shiny glass and chrome doors, which opened to reveal comfort foods to match Mom’s cooking. “Pies, pies, pies. Yes, the pies were fabulous!’ said Broadway legend Chita Rivera. Correspondent Mo Rocca asked, “Had you ever seen anything like this?”

Source: The Automat: A look back at the future of dining – CBS News

10 Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Charleston | Condé Nast Traveler

When you want a view that’s as inspired as your drink.

By Paul Oswell, May 19, 2021

Courtesy Charleston Harbor Fish House Bridge Bar/Facebook

Charleston is mostly a town of highs, figuratively and, in the case of its rooftop bar scene, literally.

And it makes sense: where better to soak in that balmy Charleston weather and those unparalleled church spire views than atop one of the city’s many swanky hotels?

You don’t have to be downtown to catch that sweet Southern breeze, either: the watery outskirts of the city yield plenty of options. So get climbing—this is a city whose charms are best experienced from on high. These are the best rooftop bars in Charleston.

Click the link to read our complete Charleston city guide.

Source: 10 Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Charleston | Condé Nast Traveler

Are buffets a thing of the past? Reimagining ‘all-you-can-eat’ in a post-COVID world

It’s hard to imagine salad bars and shared serving spoons in our new normal.

April 23, 2021, 11:15 AM PDT / Source: TODAY, By Ronnie Koenig

When buffets return, customers can expect to see staff enforcing social distancing policies and cleaning and sanitizing common utensils for months, if not years to come, said Chapman.TODAY Illustration / Getty Images stock

As restaurants have pivoted to stay open during the pandemic, buffets are one of those things that are difficult to imagining continuing in a post-COVID world.

Shared spoons, salad bar sneeze guards and standing in line next to other hungry customers in order to pile your plate high seems in direct opposition to the safety measures we’ve all adopted surrounding food service.

On Wednesday, Fresh Acquisitions, the parent company that owns Old Country Buffet, filed for bankruptcy, illustrating just how difficult it has been for restaurants whose concept centers around a communal dining experience.

Source: Are buffets a thing of the past? Reimagining ‘all-you-can-eat’ in a post-COVID world

What Is Hospitality? The Current Answer Doesn’t Work. – The New York Times

The host-guest relationship puts all the onus on the server, particularly during the pandemic, and points to the dysfunction at the heart of the business.

Great hospitality is hard to describe, but it surrounds you. Here, a server in Washington D.C., in 1949, gave a diner time to decide on her order.Credit…Rae Russel/Getty Images

One of my last restaurant meals before the shutdowns started last year was at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco.

I waited on the street by a fishy-smelling puddle until I was waved toward a seat at the well-worn counter.

Crushed between two strangers on a wobbly stool, I happily ate as much fresh, sweet, cold Dungeness crab meat as I could.

Happily, because the server across the bar was making me feel comfortable and cared for, safe and unhurried, though I can’t say exactly how he did this.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/dining/restaurant-hospitality.html