The Daily Rail: Some Cafes & Bars are Going ‘Screen Free’

RESTAURANT MEMES: How We Like Our Coffee, The Queen, Roseanne Barr-ed, and More!

It’s Monday, so it means another batch of restaurant memes. Share these with guests as social media fodder or with your staff to commiserate and laugh. In this week’s batch: dealing with spring allergies, the 13 colonies “strike back,” going into work “look tired” and more!


How Many Grapes are Inside Your Bottle of Wine?

Here’s a fun take on the “how many marbles are in the jar” game. Do you know how many grapes go into making one bottle of wine? In general, anywhere between 600-800 individual grapes, aka about 10 clusters. For context, a bag of grapes at your local supermarket contains about 3-4 clusters of grapes. 

Job Makers or Takers?

Like the revisal of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreign workers, the Department of Homeland Security's plan to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule is part of the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on what it sees as abuse of immigration loopholes. Closing those loopholes is supposed to protect American workers, but many experts think that rescinding the International Entrepreneur Rule will ultimately do the opposite. In fact, immigrant entrepreneurs have played a major role in the American startup scene and continue to do so. According to a 2016 report, 44 of 87 startups valued at $1+ billion were (co-)founded by immigrants, creating an average of 760 jobs per company in the process.

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Deaf-Owned Mozzeria Pizza

Deaf Americans are highly unemployed or underemployed because of a variety of reasons stemming from a language barrier. That’s just fueled these two deaf-restaurateurs to open their own pizzeria and flourishing. And now they’re going nation-wide. Check out their amazing story here.


Why it matters to you: Batali allegedly groped fans while posing for photos.

The allegations keep pouring and pouring in for Mr. Batali these days. It feels like once a week a new story or allegation or criminal charge is added to the Mario Batali scandals.

In today’s installment, we have several women alleging that Batali groped them while posing for pictures. A Boston woman said she was groped at a bar last year. She says he suggested they take selfies together, while very intoxicated, and touched her in all of the no-no areas. She provided the photos to Eater which they then described as “shockingly uncomfortable.” At this point, we are not surprised one bit.

This situation sucks. Plain and simple. It sucks. When we think we are starting to get past new allegations and new developments more and more just keep coming in. It is truly abhorrent how many people he victimized and how many more employees will lose their livelihoods due to his actions while abusing his fame and power. All we can say is we hope there isn’t more out there for everyone’s sake. This is also a good time for self-reflection and make sure you’re doing everything to make your staff and guests feel same from predators, be they in your staff or another guest.



Why it matters to you: Some cafes & bars are going “screen-free” in an effort to get people interacting more.

When was the last time you walked into a café and saw people interacting with each other? Was the last time around 2006 before smart phones were around? Most likely. It has become utterly grotesque how much we rely on these little pocket computer-phones, and some cafes and restaurants are fighting back in their spaces.

One café in Brooklyn has a hard rule against anything that has or requires a keyboard. The owner will straight up kick people out for laptops, but says phones or iPads are okay and less distracting. Then There’s also a bar in Petaluma, CAthat has banished cellphones altogether, saying, “…they negatively affect the social aspect of being in a bar and the general feeling of the place.”

We love our phones just as much as the next guy, but are these owners on to something? What if people went to bars or cafes and were forced to interact with each other instead of diving nose deep into their devices?While the extroverts will adapt pretty quickly, this might be a personal hell for your introverted guests. Like with anything, you’ll want to gauge the risk-reward of possibly alienating some guests with the overall atmosphere you’re looking to create. There’s no right/wrong way here, but it’s always good to keep the repercussions (both good & bad) in mind when making big culture changes.