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CARIE KARAVAS: MEN, FLAWS, & MENOPAUSE FT. SPECIAL GUEST ERIC HAFT- March 11th, 2023 (Delray Beach Playhouse- Delray Beach)

Originally posted on July 11th, 2022.

* CARIE KARAVAS: MEN, FLAWS, & MENOPAUSE FT. SPECIAL GUEST ERIC HAFT.

Tickets Just Went On Sale!

Trust Jeff Eats on this one, Carie Karavas and Eric Haft are two of the funniest comedians currently working the comedy club/convention/casino/theater circuit!

DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!


CARIE KARAVAS: MEN, FLAWS, & MENOPAUSE FT. SPECIAL GUEST ERIC HAFT

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023 @ 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th St. Delray Beach, FL 33444
Box Office: (561) 272-1281 Ext. 5
Tickets: delraybeachplayhouse.com (CABARET SEATING: ALL TICKETS $45)

From delraybeachplayhouse.com

CARIE KARAVAS is a tough, street smart, and wisecracking stand-up comic that has been taking the New York City comedy club scene by storm and the national club scene as well. Her tough exterior along with her hard-hitting style of delivery keeps her audiences constantly on guard for big laughs. She is extremely versatile with her style and is adaptable to any audience. She is a definite crowd pleaser and a complement to any show. She has appeared on Comedy Central, New Joke City and has been featured at the world famous Montreal Comedy Festival, Mohegan Sun, Las Vegas. Carie has also appeared on the Kevin can wait Show on CBS.

ERIC HAFT
Born and raised in New York, has appeared in such classic venues as The Borgata in Atlantic City, Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and is a regular touring act with The LI Comedy Festival. He has also appeared with Kevin James, Kevin Meaney and Rob Schneider as well as many other top Comedians throughout the country.

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The Spinners- Round the Block And Back Again/ Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 (Kings Point Golf And Country Club- Delray Beach)

Posted on January 25th, 2023 · Delray Beach Music/Events/Other · No Comments »

* The Spinners- Round the Block And Back Again.

Just picked-up 2 tickets…

The Spinners – Round The Block And Back Again

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 (8pm)

Kings Point Golf And Country Club
7000 Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida 33446
Tickets: kingspointdelray.com
Box Office- (561) 499-3335

$26.00 Residents/$32.00 Non-Residents

From kingspointdelray.com:

The Spinners are one of the most enduring groups in R&B history with a towering legacy that spans six decades in which they created the lush, smooth sound of Philadelphia Soul. They have 6 Grammy nominations to their name, 18 platinum and gold records and even a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! Their songs, speaking of romance and heartbreak, include such fabulous hits as Working My Way Back To You, I’ll Be Around, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, Then Came You and The Rubberband Man.

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Exclusive Online Presale: Stars Of The Sixties/ March 30th, 2023 (Barbara B. Performing Arts Hall- Fort Myers)

Posted on January 25th, 2023 · American Fast Food Music/Events/Other · 1 Comment »

* Exclusive Online Presale: Stars Of The Sixties.

Tickets Just Went On Sale:

$49.93 – $81.88

poprockdoowopp.com (Presale Code: STARS)
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Terrific lineup! Don’t miss this show!

Stars Of The Sixties

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Pkwy
Fort Myers FL 33919
Phone: (239) 481-4849

TICKETS:

$49.93 – $81.88

poprockdoowopp.com (Presale Code: STARS)
bbmannpah.com (Presale Code: STARS)

Ticket Sales To General Public: January 27th, 2023 (10am)

From bbmannpah.com:

March 30th, 2023

Stars of the 60s return to Fort Myers – it’s like THREE CONCERTS in one night with an all-new line-up of hit-makers from the greatest era of rock and roll! In the entire history of rock and roll, only 9 bands have charted more hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 than The Grass Roots. The band charted 29 singles, 13 of which went gold. Hits include “Midnight Confessions”, “Temptation Eyes”, “I’d Wait a Million Years”, “Live for Today”, and dozens more. Joining them will be The Association who have earned six gold and three platinum discs along with seven Grammy Award nominations. Hits include “Windy”, “Along Comes Mary”, and “Everything That Touches You”. Plus. The Cyrkle, (“Red Rubber Ball,” “Turn Down Day”) reunited with their original lead singer after 50 years. Don’t miss this one-night-only reunion.

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Bobby Nathan Band

Posted on January 25th, 2023 · Music/Events/Other · No Comments »

* Bobby Nathan Band.

A recent e-mail received by jeffeats.com.

Jeff,
We need a really good local BAND that can play 50’s-80’s hits for our 50th Wedding Anniversary Party.
We will be having something like 150 friends and relatives for the party at our country club in Delray Beach in June, 2023.
We’d really appreciate your help!
Thanks,
Marc & Jane Gottlieb

_______________________

Marc & Jane,

Congratulations,

Check-out the Bobby Nathan Band, (bobbynathanband.com)

Best Wishes,

Jeff Eats

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Win A $20 Lu Garden Gift Card (Orlando)

Posted on January 25th, 2023 · Chinese Contests Deals Orlando · 22 Comments »

This contest started on 1/25/23. This contest has a winner.

* Win A $20 Lu Garden Gift Card.

Jeff Eats got a $20 Lu Garden Gift Card to give to one of you guys!

The game- the first 20 “reader-comments” received – will be entered in a “blind hat pick”! You can submit as many comments as you’d like but- Please, only 1- reader comment – per day…play fair!

The $20 Gift Card is good at Lu Garden, 6700 Conroy Windermere Road, Orlando 32835, 407-522-8688.

Check menu/prices/info at lugardenorlando.com.

Posted on August 22nd, 2022

***** Lu Garden, 6700 Conroy Windermere Road, Orlando, Florida 32835, 407-522-8688.

Got a real good Chinese joint for you guys to checkout, Lu Garden in Orlando.

Simple tale to tell, last night Jeff Eats, Mrs. Jeff Eats, Daughter Jeff Eats and Son Jeff Eats “discovered” Lu Garden and the joint’s food killed! Indoor booth/table seating/small handful of outdoor tables, reasonably priced Brooklyn Jewish American Chinese Food circa 1957/Authentic Real Chinese Food menu, open Sunday 12pm-11pm/Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm/Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am.

Let’s wrap-up Lu Garden by saying- if the joint was a whole lot closer to Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats’ Boca Raton abode- we would be real steady customers.

You guys can check menu/prices/info at lugardenorlando.com.

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VOICES OF CLASSIC SOUL AND RAYDIO FEATURING ARNELL CARMICHAEL/ March 23rd, 2023 (Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino- Hallandale Beach)

Originally posted on October 25, 2022.

* VOICES OF CLASSIC SOUL AND RAYDIO FEATURING ARNELL CARMICHAEL.

TICKETS JUST WENT ON SALE!

Guaranteed- You’ll know the words to every song!

Don’t Miss This Show!

VOICES OF CLASSIC SOUL AND RAYDIO FEATURING ARNELL CARMICHAEL

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023, (7PM)

Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
901 Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009

Tickets Online: ($35-$75) seasidemusicmgmt.com

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Jimmy Williamson and Friends/ Friday, February 24th, 2023 (Sunset Grill @ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek- Coconut Creek)

Posted on January 24th, 2023 · American Coconut Creek Music/Events/Other · No Comments »

* Jimmy Williamson and Friends.

Simple tale to tell you guys…

Jimmy Williamson and Friends is an outrageously talented group of musicians-who cover Soul, R&B, Jazz, Fusion, Standard, Show Tunes, Rock and more. If you’re into artists such as Frank Sinatra, Gino Vannelli, The Spinners, Bobby Caldwell, Al Jarreau, Marvin Gaye, The Righteous Brothers, Billy Paul, Player, Firefall, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Orleans, Toto, Wild Cherry and Hall & Oates- then you gotta- go see the group on Friday, February 24th, 2023 (9pm-1am- free/no cover charge) at the Sunset Grill located in: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073, (954) 977-6700.

From seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com
Sunset Grill

Located right outside Smoke-Free Pavilion, you’ll find a casual, outdoor smoke-free dining experience under the cover of our traditional Chickee. Indulge in handcrafted drinks, fresh seafood and juicy burgers, all while playing Slots & live Table Games or watching your favorite sports.

Check menu/ prices/ info at seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com.

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Win A $25 The Grille on Congress Gift Card (Boca Raton)

Posted on January 24th, 2023 · American Boca Raton Contests Deals · 29 Comments »

This contest started on 1/24/23. This contest has a winner.

* Win A $25 The Grille on Congress Gift Card.

Jeff Eats got a $25 The Grille on Congress gift card to give to one of you guys!

The game- the first 25 “reader-comments” received – will be entered in a “blind hat pick”! You can submit as many comments as you’d like but- Please, only 1- reader comment – per day…play fair!

The $25 Gift Card is good at The Grille on Congress, 5101 Congress Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33487, (561) 912-9800.

Check menu/prices/info at thegrilleoncongress.com.

Posted on June 19th, 2011.

***** The Grille on Congress, 5101 Congress Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33487, (561) 912-9800.

“Out of sight, out of mind.”

The Grille on Congress is a real good-casual-reasonably priced “American-Style” restaurant, located in the back of one of the worst layed-out strip centers probably ever built. Trust me on this…make sure, your GPS system is working- if you haven’t been there before.

Way back when…not exactly sure when, I ate in this joint a handful of times. Suffice it to say, its crap location, actually made me forget that it even existed. Anyway…friends. Harvey and Judy “picked” The Grille on Congress last night, refreshing my memory.

Now, let’s talk about the joint…separate bar area, upscale wood interior…like I said before, casual, really good food and reasonable prices. You can check menu/prices/photos at www.thegrilleoncongress.com.

Last night I got to “sample”– bbq ribs ($24), asian glazed salmon ($23), New York strip steak (16oz-$30), baked stuff shrimp ($24)–entrees came with a salad and two sides.
Everything was absolutely delicious. A special shout-out to the “biscuits” that promptly arrive when seated—sensational. To be perfectly honest with you, 1-maybe-2 of those suckers with butter—and this joint will have you hooked, before your salad or entree hits the table.

For those of you too lazy to check The Grille’s online menu—the joint has meat/chicken/seafood eaters covered. You will definitely find something to eat with entrees running $15-$30…so nobody is gonna need a second job to pay the bill.

As a point of reference, if joints like Houston’s, J. Alexander’s, J. Mark’s are your style…then, you will really enjoy The Grille on Congress.

The Grill on Congress is open Monday-Friday 11:30am-9pm, Saturday 5pm-9pm, closed on Sunday.

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After M&A Moves, FAT Brands Finds Next Act

Posted on January 23rd, 2023 · American Music/Events/Other Stocks · 3 Comments »

* After M&A Moves, FAT Brands Finds Next Act.

Just keeping you guys in the loop…

From qsrmagazine.com:

January 23, 2023


FAT Brands opened a record 125 restaurants in 2022.

After M&A Moves, FAT Brands Finds Next Act.

The multi-brand company is focused on reducing debt through organic growth, selling its manufacturing business, and spinning off parts of Twin Peaks.
WEB EXCLUSIVES | JANUARY 20, 2023 | BEN COLEY
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FAT Brands opened a record 125 restaurants in 2022.
For FAT Brands, 2022 was an organic growth story.

The multi-brand company, owner of 17 concepts, opened a record 125 restaurants last year, and that’s despite supply chain, permitting, and equipment delays. If not for those obstacles, the parent concept could’ve reached upward of 135–140 debuts. Still, 125 is an “off-the-charts number,” CEO Andy Wiederhorn says. He attributes the success to heavy investments in new store opening teams, training teams, and more construction/design personnel.

In 2023, the goal is to reach 175 openings and continue to chip away at the pipeline filled with 1,000-plus locations. As Wiederhorn explains, the sooner these restaurants are open, the sooner FAT Brands can earn royalties. It will go a long way in paying off debt from the company’s busy M&A activity in 2020 and 2021.

“We’re often talked about having a fair amount of debt because we borrowed a billion dollars to make acquisitions in 2020 and 2021,” Wiederhorn says. “And so we look somewhat levered. The more those new stores get open, the higher our EBITDA becomes and it naturally delevers. It’s not borrowing any more money. It just brings that ratio down. If we get the restaurants open and make the royalties, it helps drive that delevering effect.”

During the pandemic, FAT Brands first purchased Johnny Rockets for $25 million in September 2020. The following year, it bought Global Franchise Group (Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, Hot Dog on a Stick, and Pretzelmaker) for $442.5 million, Twin Peaks for $300 million, Fazoli’s for $130 million, and Native Grill & Wings for $20 million.

Wiederhorn says 2022 was mostly spent digesting these purchases, although it did buy Nestlé Toll House Café to convert locations to Great American Cookies. Thus far, 30 units have changed, with 30–50 more to go. FAT Brands also looked into Wetzel’s Pretzels (acquired by MTY Food Group for $207 million) and Freshii (acquired by Foodtastic for $54.5 million).

Part of that digestion process was developing structure. Two brand presidents run FAT Brands’ quick-service categories because there are so many units. There are also leaders for fast casual, casual dining, polished casual, and the manufacturing business. Wiederhorn meets with the executives multiple times per week to make sure everyone is aligned with what’s ahead.

Wiederhorn says franchisees are FAT Brands’ true customers, so building communication with them is important as well. Last summer in Las Vegas, the company held a convention where all 2,300 restaurants were represented by roughly 800 operators. It was the first time all brands had been together in one place.

“It really let the franchisees realize how big the organization is and how they can get support from each other or from different parts of our business,” Wiederhorn says. “They may have been in one brand and it’s all they’ve ever known is one brand. But when they see that, hey, there’s resources everywhere here to help you, that helps us keep our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in their lives and how we can accelerate the growth and just stay in touch. And I think that was really productive.”

Similarly, 2023 won’t be a big acquisition year either. Wiederhorn wants to be thoughtful about paying back borrowed funds from the past couple of years. He has three ways of doing this. The first one is just getting more stores open.

“That pipeline of 1,000 stores, it’s worth about $60 million more a year in royalties and EBITDA, so we’d go from $90 million to $150 million,” Wiederhorn says. “If I wanted to buy $60 million in EBITDA, I’d have to go spend $600 million to buy a brand at 10 times to get that. So I don’t want to borrow another $600 million when I can just get it for free by focusing on getting these stores open.”

The second venture is potentially selling its manufacturing business. The factory, which makes cookie dough and pretzel mix, operates at just one-third capacity but accounts for about $15 million of the chain’s $90 million annual EBITDA. Wiederhorn estimates that if the factory were to reach 70 percent capacity, that $15 million could increase to $30 million to $35 million, which would allow FAT Brands to sell the factory for around $400 million. That would wipe away almost half of the company’s debt.

To ramp up capacity, FAT Brands may serve as a third-party manufacturer for other companies or acquire other chains to drive factory production. That’s why the company showed interest in Mrs. Fields and Wetzel’s Pretzels—they both require dough. The idea would’ve been to grab royalty streams and also manufacturing profit.

A third scenario involves bolstering Twin Peaks. The company would then sell part of the business or move toward an IPO.

Out of all FAT Brands’ chains, the sports bar is the only one that hasn’t been fully integrated in terms of accounting, legal, HR, and other departments. That’s because it’s just a different business, Wiederhorn says. No other chain in the group comes close to Twin Peaks’ 49 percent alcohol mix. Under FAT Brands, the chain grew from 80 to 95 units in one year, and there are plans to build another 20 in 2023. New stores are seeing AUV north of $6 million, and some in Florida are earning between $9 million and $12 million.

Wiederhorn also says it’s likely that FAT Brands will acquire another chain to convert those locations into Twin Peaks. If the brand reaches 150 to 170 units, that could bring $60 million to $75 million in EBITDA, making the chain worth around $1 billion, Wiederhorn says.

“I want to delever and pay back some of the money we spent on acquisitions,” the CEO says. “And I think if I execute on those three strategies, it makes more sense than just buying another brand.”

FAT Brands will still be part of the M&A market. The move just has to be strategic. Something in which the company can get multiple benefits instead of just dropping a brand into the portfolio, Wiederhorn says. There’s no desire to own 50 or 100 chains, but if it makes sense—like a sandwich, coffee, or salad concept—and there are synergies, FAT Brands isn’t going to ignore the opportunity. Wiederhorn would much rather do that than create a new brand. He’s also not interested in turnarounds that take “10 times the energy.” He would choose to pay 10x earnings for a brand “with wind at its back and growth.”

“Essentially, we have become a publicly traded private equity restaurant,” Wiederhorn says. “I think we’ll evaluate the public markets and how much credit we get for the acquisitions we’ve made and earnings we deliver and the gains if we sell a brand or sell an asset and how that works. And then there may be holes that open up in our portfolio.”

“ … We want to support our franchise partners and drop a thriving brand into our system,” he adds.

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Win A $10 Wingstop Gift Card

Posted on January 23rd, 2023 · American Contests Deals Fast Food · 14 Comments »

This contest started on 1/23/23. This contest has a winner.

* Win A $10 Wingstop Gift Card.

Jeff Eats got a $10 Wingstop Gift Card to give to one of you guys!

The game- the first 10 reader-comments” received – will be entered in a “blind hat pick”! You can submit as many comments as you’d like but- Please, only 1- reader comment – per day…play fair!

The $10 Gift Card is good at any of Wingstop’s 109 Florida locations.

Check menu/prices/locations/info at wingstop.com.

Posted on January 24th, 2011

***** Wingstop, 4570 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073, (954) 935-9464.

Wingstop is a “national” WING chain. For our purposes, there are currently 7 South Florida locations. You can check www.wingstop.com for menu/prices/locations.

Wingstop is a real-easy concept to comprehend… non breaded wings, breaded boneless wings, breaded white meat chicken strips…9 flavors…handful of sides.

A recent outing had me trying—breaded wings/breaded strips/boneless wings/french fries…hawaiian, teriyaki, garlic parmesan flavors. Loved all of the offerings/flavors. Also really enjoyed the fresh hand cut french fries. From what I can tell, everthing is made to order…the stuff came out of the kitchen piping hot.

If you like wings and fries, you’ll like this joint.

Like I said, there are 7 joints in our area, so check Wingstop’s website for a close-by location and its hours.