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Eight Ways to Insure Your Restaurant Outlasts the Recession

 
Keri Russell floats on cloud nine as Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple look on. Photo Credit: Alan Markfield : Waitress

Keri Russell floats on cloud nine as Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple look on. (Alan Markfield, Waitress)

Clarksville, TN – I owned a delicatessen once so I know how hard the restaurant business is. Creating the atmosphere for success with a restaurant is extremely difficult.

Ask the number of restaurant owners who go out of business every year and you’ll see what I mean.

As a consumer, here are eight of the things I think make the difference in my returning or not to a restaurant. «Read the rest of this article»

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Eight Ways to Insure That Your Restaurant Outlasts the Recession

 
Keri Russell floats on cloud nine as Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple look on. Photo Credit: Alan Markfield : Waitress

Keri Russell floats on cloud nine as Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple look on. Photo Credit: Alan Markfield, Waitress

I owned a delicatessen once so I know how hard the restaurant business is. Creating the atmosphere for success with a restaurant is extremely difficult. Ask the number of restaurant owners who go out of business every year and you’ll see what I mean.

As a consumer, here are eight of the things I think make the difference in my returning or not to a restaurant:

  1. Getting to know your customers. This seems like a no brainer, of course. The restaurants that become our favorites are the ones where the management comes to your table to make sure you are happy with the food. They come often enough that they get to know your name if you eat there often. They hire wait staff who does the same. The waiters greet you warmly and see to it that you have what you want the way you want it. «Read the rest of this article»
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“An Evening with the Artists” to showcase Heidi Hopkins and Winnie Bagley

 

An Evening With the Artists will showcase the work of Heidi Hopkins and Winnie Bagley, along with selections from numerous other area artists, at Silke’s Old World Breads, Bakery and Cafe from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11.  Silke’s is located at 1214A College Street.

Silke’s, one of the city’s treasures and pleasures, is more than a place for superb food, pastries and breads; it is a also a gallery displaying the paintings, photography, pottery and other items created by artists from Clarksville and its surrounding community.

In addition to the comfortable main dining area, there is a small gallery room that can comfortably accommodate 16-20 diners, and another table for 6-8 people just inside the main entrance. Each of these comfortable areas is overflowing with art to be be enjoyed and savored just as much as the food pouring forth from Silke’s kitchens.

The public is invited to meet the creators of the new works now displayed at Silke’s.

 


New York Pizza Depot (NYPD): It’s an authentic slice!

 

“The Name Says It All!” …Joe Nazar , owner/operator, NYPD

Fresh and hot from the oven!No conveyor belt oven here! Fresh ingredients, dough and sauce are made fresh in-store, hand tossed and baked daily in a brick oven to insure that authentic New York City pizzeria taste. Posters depict views of the legendary Gotham City  including the Empire State Building, the NYC skyline at night, Lady Liberty, the World Trade Center Towers, New York harbor and of course, pizza by the slice! Add a lively Italian personality in the kitchen, and all these things  mark New York Pizza Depot on Fort Campbell Boulevard as outside the cookie-cutter pizza chain operation.

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Like the Phoenix, Tandoor rises anew!

 

The much anticipated return of a unique face brightens Clarksville’s dining universe. Taste sensations and delights once again beckon the sophisticated diner!

With a hushed whish of the doors, Clarksville regained a unique and genuine jewel of sophisticated dining with the return of the Indian cuisine specialty eatery, Tandoor Indian Restaurant.

“Tandoor,” as frequent diners have come to call this subdued palace of taste delights, is now located at 2868 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Hampton Station. New to Tandoor is its Lunch Buffet, offering colorful dishes of Indian cuisine.

The buffet line from the left

Temptation is the new $6.99 lunch buffet at the “new” Tandoor

In January, 2008, owner Nasir Hakeem, announced his plans to rebuild the popular restaurant, a plan that has now come to fruition with the Grand Opening July 1st of the new Tandoor. Fans of the popular eatery were lining up, waiting for the doors to open. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tandoor to re-open, bringing back the taste of India’s cuisine

 

Tandoor LogoCumin. Coriander. Tumeric. Cardamon. Red fennel. Red chilies. Clove. Tamarind. The essential spices of Indian Cuisine. Tandoor, the essence of cuisine from India, is returning to Clarksville with a grand opening slated for July 1 at a new location in Hampton Plaza at 2868 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. Tandoor was considered to be one of the most romantic dining spots in the city, and owner Nasir Hakeem plans to keep the romance in the new location.

The original Tandoor was destroyed by fire In November, 2008, but Nasir stated then that he intended to rebuild. That’s happening, but at a new location. Some items for the original location were saved: the ornate hand-carved screen from India you see as you enter the restaurant is just one example.

The new Tandoor is very similar to the former dining spot. Sweep aside a soft straw curtain and customers can tuck themselves into six booths with traditional floor seating, accented by colorfully embroidered pillows in satins, silks and cotton. Another four booths offer conventional seating, and center tables accommodate still more diners. The walls are colored a gentle peach, warm and inviting. Cut clay lamps diffuse the lighting for a soft but exotic effect. Wall hangings include small mirrored tiles, hand-carved wall pieces, and paintings. The restaurant can seat up to 80 people. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Step into The Looking Glass (4.5 stars)

 

 

Restaurant Review

Tumble into The Looking Glass and let your senses savor its unique decor and often exotic cuisine.

Melt-in-your-mouth coconut shrimp, butterflied shrimp dipped in a coconut batter and lightly deep fried to golden crispness Coconut-pecan chicken, which was in fact two boneless, skinless chicken breasts dipped in a batter with coconut and chopped pecans, again deep fried to a golden crispness

 

This Warfield Boulevard restaurant is housed in a small modern plaza that could be Anywhere, USA, but that’s this eatery’s only resemblance to the rest of the region. Step inside The Looking Glass and whirl into the whimsical, a colorful kaleidescope of mismatched chairs of all shapes and sizes, unique tables, sheer tablecloths and eccentric dolls garnished with tulle and feathers perched on mini-columns, set and ready to eavesdrop on your conversation over dinner. Frosted ornaments spill from the ceilings in random patterns. One wall of glass with a quiet table for two is highlighted by a pair of stained glass hangings of lush wisteria; another is tucked beneath a wedding-like garland of illusion veiling and white ornaments. Hand-painted chairs with gentle messages grace still another table. A deep leather couch invites one to linger over morning coffee and pastry. It’s craft and class pulled from a Lewis Carroll collection of magical stories.

 

Our Server Tiffyalena arrives with tall cool peach iced teas
Our server Tiffyalena arrives with tall cool peach iced teas

My companion and I decided to sample a variety of foods. Our sweet and unsweet peach teas (mine with a slice of lemon) were rich and refreshing, the ultimate sip-able on a hot afternoon as we browsed the menu. Choices. Choices. We sampled “leftover” breakfast pizza squares that could easily have become dinner. We were both tempted by the asparagus soup, a creamy concoction served in a bowl on a plate surrounded by a dozen slices of the bread of our choice: sourdough slices for me, French bread for my companion. The soup was thick, hearty and delicious, but could have benefited from the inclusion of chucks of asparagus (so speaks the asparagus fiend). I can never get enough asparagus. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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