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Costs Eat Up Revenue In Restaurant Business

DINING: Wage Increases Cited; Responses Include Job CutsOverall labor costs continue to increase in California.

Growing Revenue Feeds Urban Plates’ Appetite for Expansion

DINING: Capital Facility Is Expected to Fund 25 More Locations

While some local fast-casual restaurants owners may be scratching their heads trying to keep cost downs as the minimum wage continues to go up, Saad Nadhir, co-founder of San Diego-based Urban Plates, isn’t too worried.

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Add Notre Dame to JMI’s Winning Record

MARKETING: Boutique Firm Does Multimedia, Innovation

Earlier this year, when the University of Notre Dame was looking to hire a company that could help with its unique marketing and multimedia initiatives, the Indiana-based university didn’t tap major players in the collegiate world like IMG College or Learfield.

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GDM Dials In Some Diverse Venues

Gaslamp District Media, a San Diego-based marketing, events and promotional agency, has been tapped to work with Music Box concert venue and event space. Its first collaborative event took place in early October by way of the West Coast Oktoberfest. That event was held in more than 55,000 square feet of space in Little Italy and featured live musical acts, an array of street food vendors and themed contests, among other activities and entertainment.

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Airport Has $12B Economic Impact On Region

The San Diego International Airport creates nearly $12 billion in economic impact for the region annually, according to a study conducted by the airport.

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Imperfect Produce Comes to Kearny Mesa

San Diegans are digging the "ugly" fruits and vegetables.

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Jamul Casino Names New President

Mary Cheeks was named new president and general manager of the property.

S.D.'s Azul Hospitality Group to Open Luxury Hotel in 2019

The 162-room, seven-floor Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel will be converted from the Army-Navy YMCA building in downtown San Diego.

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Cannabis Market Keeps Growing Its Product Line

For those interested in testing the CBD and THC waters past smoking a joint or vaping, the San Diego cannabis market continues to expand with offerings that run the gamut from libations to caffeinated drinks to munchies — no pun intended.

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Trademark Dispute Can Put a Good Name at Risk

BREWING: Growth Puts Emphasis on Brands, Names

When Elvin Lai, co-founder of San Diego-based Abnormal Beer Co., had a chance conversation with Nick Floyd, co-owner of Indiana-based 3 Floyds Brewing Co., in 2017 during the Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston, he thought the trademark misunderstanding between them had been resolved.

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Casino Amenities Aim to Win Over Younger Visitors

Can modern, swanky interior designs help put millennials in front of those slot machines?

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Gov. Brown Sees Big Beer Advantage in Free Glasses

Early September, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed breweries to give up to five cases of free branded glassware to bars or other beer retailers. According to Brown, this freebie would give an “unfair advantage” to large beer manufacturers, as the little guys probably don’t have the funds to do the same.

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Airport Authority Hires Domenico D’Ambrosio as VP of Marketing

Previously, D’Ambrosio worked at Verizon as market president, where he oversaw sales and operations for 14 states.

Boxing Club Brings Exposure, Fitness and Style To Retail Space in Mixed-Use

Artem Sharoshkin wanted something dramatic and different for The Boxing Club in downtown San Diego.

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Short-Term Rentals Are Fighting Back for Their Place in Tourism Sector

TOURISM: Hotels Say Level Playing Field Needed; Rental Cos. Try Referendum

In 2017, San Diego was the second highest ranked city in California for Airbnb with 537,000 guest arrivals, totaling a $100 million in host income, according to the company.