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Athens Restaurants Adapt to Cheap Food Trend

ATHENS, Ga. – A new restaurant has just opened downtown. Its owners say they hope to preserve what they call the spirit of Athens. In recent years, many other restaurants and stores have closed. Restaurants that have closed recently include NONA, Preserve, Square One, Hip Pops, Brixx, Ten Pins Tavern, Tin Drum, Goodie Two Shoes, East West Bistro, the Cafe on Prince and Paul’s Bar-B-Q. Prices at both NONA and East West Bistro ranged from 11 to 30 dollars per entree. Most restaurants in Downtown Athens are listed on Yelp…

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East West owner takes valuables from restaurant, disappears

By Abby Jessen The owner of East West Bistro in Downtown Athens disappeared last week, taking everything of value from the restaurant. The items taken are worth more than 9 thousand dollars. “He just disappeared,” remarks previous owner Renee Middleton. The restaurant has been closed since owner Joe Yan ran out of town taking coolers, liquor, computers and all other valuables from the restaurant. Middleton claims Yan still owes money to both her and the landlord, both of whom were surprised at his disappearance because he has made every payment for…

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Local restaurants cook with insects

By: Jordan Mecca Entomophagy is the human consumption of insects and arachnids as food. A common practice across the globe, it has yet to become popular in the Western world – until now. One U.S. trend of 2015 is the use of cricket flour as a food supplement. Cricket flour as well as roasted crickets and chapulines were recently provided to some local Athens restaurants and chocolatiers. Their task is to make a unique dish for the “Insects, Sustainable Foods, and You” banquet on Thursday. One of those restaurants is Condor Chocolates. The…

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No Friend Eats Alone on Thanksgiving Thanks to One Man

Reporter: Emily Curl Jack Ansley is the owner of Jack’s restaurant in Braselton. He has owned this place for seven years- and the customers have become more like family. We all have our own Thanksgiving traditions, but Jack has a pretty unique that includes twenty-five of his closest customers. Jack jokes that he feeds “the lazy and the hungry.” He noticed that some of his favorite customers did not have anywhere to go during the Holidays, so he opened up his restaurant to provide a free meals to his friends….

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