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EatBeat: Briefs on Mellow Mushroom, Houston’s, Johnson & Wales

July 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mellow Mushroom, a pizza chain, is slated to take over the old Kona Grill space on Okeechobee Boulevard at CityPlace in the fall. The West Palm location will be its second in Palm Beach County; the first is in Delray Beach on U.S. 1.

Mellow Mushroom began in Georgia as a college pizza joint near Georgia Tech, and expanded into several states. Though franchised, each Mellow Mushroom is independently owned. …

Rumor has it that Houston’s will build a restaurant in the expansion of Jupiter’s Riverwalk at Indiantown Road and U.S. 1. We’ve been unable to confirm so far, and whether this unit will be under the brand’s new name Hillstone. The parent company, Hillstone, is based in Beverly Hills, Calif., and runs a number of other restaurants, including Gulfstream, Palm Beach Grill, Woodmont Grill, East Hampton Grill and Rutherford Grill.

Over the last three years, the company changed the names of a number of Houston restaurants. While the company spokespeople said it was a strategy to re-brand and keep current in their regional markets, others in the industry saw the move as a way to avoid federal menu/nutrition labeling laws for companies with more than 20 restaurants in their group. …

Johnson & Wales University, the culinary school based in Providence, R.I., is teaming with New Orleans’ Tulane University School of Medicine to create a culinary health curriculum. The plan brings together students in both culinary and medicine to focus on how nutrition and diet impact health. The study course begins this fall at Tulane. Plans are to integrate the course into J&W’s curriculum at its main campus in Providence, then take it to its other campuses, including North Miami’s.



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  • 1 Scott Simmons // Jul 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I noticed the Houston’s in Atlanta had Hillstone plates, etc. Hadn’t noticed that before at Palm Beach Grill or at Houston’s in Boca.

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