Batch Gastropub Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Calls Out Three Restaurants

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Any ice left for the cocktails?
Brickell's Batch Gastropub has taken the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to a whole new level.

Not only did Batch partner Kevin Danilo accept the challenge, which dares people to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads or donate $100 to ALS support and research, but he went a step further by recruiting his entire team to take the challenge. Not only has Danilo pledged to donate $20 for each Batch employee that joins the team challenge, he's taking it one step further by challenging other Miami area restaurants to join in the hope of causing a chain reaction of charitable giving in South Florida.

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Former Giorgio Rapicavoli Protégé and Taperia Raca Chef Ryan Harrison Snipes on Twitter

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Happier times. Giorgio Rapicavoli, former chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison, and co-owner Alex Casanova.
Former Taperia Raca chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison took to Twitter last night, lashing out at his former boss and Eating House owner Giorgio Rapicavoli after Harrison left the MiMo tapas joint earlier this month.

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Feuding Seasalt and Pepper Owners Close to Buyout Deal

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Seasalt and Pepper on Northwest River Drive
The feuding owners of Seasalt and Pepper have nearly reached a deal where real estate developer Carlos Miranda would buy out nightclub designer Stephane Dupoux's half of the business for an undisclosed sum.

According to state corporation documents filed in late April, Miranda made a request to remove Dupoux's name from Seasalt and Pepper LLC, which manages the posh riverside restaurant. Dupoux would remain a partner in the restaurant's holding company, but would officially be out of its day-to-day operations, which he said has been the case since he was forced out earlier this year.

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Former Seasalt and Pepper Manager, DJ Sue Posh Restaurant

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Things are getting messy at Seasalt.
A handful of former Seasalt and Pepper employees are suing the riverside hotspot saying they were unjustly fired when tensions arose between partners Carlos Miranda and Stephane Dupoux.

Former assistant manager Christophe Chalange filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on June 2 alleging Seasalt broke a six-month contract and hasn't paid him since he was he laid off in early March.

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Miami Shores Couple to Village: Let Us Grow Our Vegetable Garden

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Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts are fighting city hall.
For 21 years, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll have lived in a modest three-bedroom house in Miami Shores, a quiet village of about 10,000 residents with well-maintained houses and well-manicured lawns. There, the married couple grew vegetables on their front lawn for nearly two decades.

Ricketts, a retired architect, tells Short Order that she planted the garden, a combination of both edible produce and nonedible florals, to maintain a healthy lifestyle. "Look at the condition of the food we're buying now. The only way we can be sure of what we eat is to grow it ourselves.You can't get any more local than eating vegetables from your front yard."

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Seasalt and Pepper Owners, Investors Battle for Control of Riverside Hot Spot

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The scene at Seasalt and Pepper is about to get a bit more heated.
The honeymoon on the Miami River seems to be coming to a bitter end.

Seasalt and Pepper co-owner Stephane Dupoux has sued partner Carlos Miranda along with investors in Miami-Dade County court alleging he was stripped of his management roles and barred from the restaurant's bank accounts, according to court documents.

At the same time, Seasalt is also embroiled in a legal battle with its investors. The restaurant alleges that its initial success pushed investors to drastically alter the terms on a nearly $3 million loan in hopes of clawing back more money along with an ownership stake in the celebrity-laden riverside restaurant.

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Miami Fast Food Workers: New Website Asks "Are You Robbed on the Job?"

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Protesters converge on a Miami McDonald's to demand better wages.
Fast food workers across America as getting tired of the vast difference between the salaries of the corporate bigwigs and their meager earnings. The difference, by the way, is astounding.

According to a Nerdwallet report, if broken down into an hourly wage, the CEO of McDonald's would earn $9,247 every 60 seconds. Compare that to the average hourly wage of an employee in his ranks, which is $7.73.

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Miami Fast-Food Workers to Protest at Miami McDonald's for Fair Wages

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McDonald's workers protest for better wages.
Last week, McDonald's workers in New York, California, and Michigan filed class-action lawsuits against the fast-food giant. They claim Mickey D's "illegally underpaid employees by erasing hours from their time cards, not paying overtime, and ordering them to work off the clock," according to the New York Times.

The combined lawsuits demand that McDonald's, which earned nearly $5.6 billion in profits in 2013, pay back the stolen wages and stop its illegal theft of workers' pay.

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Burger King and Ronald McDonald vs. Workers in Rap Battle on South Beach

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The clown and the king join forces against their own employees.
Tomorrow afternoon, two rivals in the fast food world will get together for one day in a battle that pits greedy corporate giants against the workers of America.

For one day only, Ronald McDonald and Burger King will team up in a rap battle against two of their own employees. At stake: a fair working wage and dignity.

It all goes down near the McDonald's at 400 Lincoln Road in South Beach on Thursday, December 5 at 4 p.m.

No, you're not going slightly nutso here. The rap battle of the fast food giants is Miami Beach's answer to the mass strikes and protests scheduled across the country tomorrow as fast food workers take to the streets to demand a fair wage for the jobs they do. Employees from McDonald's, Miami-based Burger King, and other fast food chains are asking for an increase in their hourly wage to $15 and the right to unionize.

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Kitchen Kreative: Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins (Photos)

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Oh my, what a pretty flower.
At the inaugural Kitchen Kreative last night, guests indulged in ten courses and ten cocktails.

Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House took over the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. They kicked off the new, local cooking competition.

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