Chew on this: Restaurants hope tax refunds lure guests

Chew on this: Restaurants hope tax refunds lure guests

With April 15 approaching, restaurant operators hope tax refunds will bring back some customers. Meanwhile, small plates and family-style service continue to prevail over the traditional entrée. Soft drink sales again declined last year, a report finds. Some chefs in New York are taking legal action to protect signature dishes. And kosher food is getting more upscale treatments.

Restaurants hope tax refunds lure guests. The refunds could help offset rising gas prices and payroll tax increases, bringing back some diners. (Consumer Nation/CNBC [2])

Backlash against entrées rages on. Small plates, shared courses and family-style service have been encroaching on the entrée. (Eater [3])

Soda sales fizzle in 2012. The declines come amid heavy attention on soda's role in obesity and related health problems. (Associated Press/Cleveland Plain Dealer [4])

Chefs cry copycat. While some New York chefs say copying dishes is a form of flattery, others are taking legal measures. (New York Post [5])

Kosher food goes gourmet. Interest in kosher products is surging among chefs and non-Jews. (Christian Science Monitor [6])