Weekend reads: New Jersey diner serves local food, a huge beer festival and more
WHEN the readers of Edible Jersey magazine gave the owners of a South Jersey diner a Local Hero Award, I added the restaurant to my list of places to try. But when friends came back from a visit there, excited about the everyday use of local products, I called for reservations.Of course they don’t take reservations at Vincentown Diner: It’s a real diner. In typical diner fashion, they seat you fast, serve you faster and get you out the door — a little too full, chilled by the blasting air-conditioning and slightly dizzy from the experience. But it’s the updated attitude on the plates that makes it a destination.
It turns out that one of the most successful grocers around by some measures isn't really in it for the money.The Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC), the largest consumer-owned single-store coop by sales in the U.S., had $39.4 million in sales during its last fiscal year, raking in more than $6,500 per square foot annually. "Anyone would salivate at that," says Ann Herpel, a general coordinator at PSFC. In our recent story on Trader Joe's we noted that the successful Monrovia, Calif.-based chain outdoes it competition with an average of $1,750 in sales per square foot, more than double those of Whole Foods (WFMI, Fortune 500).