Clearwater Beach has a new crypto-themed restaurant with “Dogedog” hot dogs

The hanging art inside a new bistro on Clearwater Beach depicts rocket ships, bitcoin symbols, quotes from Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and colorful illustrations of the dog meme from dogecoin.

The unique decor has a purpose, said Ricardo Varona. It’s meant to get customers talking about cryptocurrencies, or digital money on a decentralized platform called the blockchain, said Varona, the owner of Crypto Street Restaurant.

The restaurant on the ground level of the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at 309 Coronado Drive had its grand opening earlier this month. It occupies a space formerly held by Cousins Maine Lobster.

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Hotel Laguna’s refreshed restaurant, Larsen, is open for business

Mayor Bob Whalen used a pair of giant scissors to cut a ribbon at Hotel Laguna’s front doors on Oct. 12 alongside Laguna Beach Co. CEO Mohammad Honarkar, Councilmember Peter Blake, Orange County Sup. Lisa Bartlett, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), and Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Seal Beach). Photo by Daniel Langhorne

Hotel Laguna’s restaurant and lobby reopened with a fresh look on Tuesday after being shuttered for nearly four years.

Mayor Bob Whalen used a pair of giant scissors to cut a ribbon at the hotel’s front doors alongside Laguna Beach Co. CEO Mohammad Honarkar. The Laguna Beach City Council

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Innisfree Hotels mandates COVID vaccine for hotel, restaurant staff

Innisfree Hotels — one of the biggest employers on Pensacola Beach — has announced it will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees.

In an announcement Wednesday, the company said all employees will be required to receive their first shot by Sept. 15 and to be fully vaccinated a month later.

“After researching the data and talking to professionals in the medical field and the business field, we feel like it was the best thing for us to do to protect the integrity of the employees and our guests,” Innisfree CEO and President Ted Ent told the News Journal.

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Hotel Laguna could reopen restaurant and lobby soon

Laguna Beach residents and visitors may soon be able to return to one of the city’s iconic coastal landmarks, as city officials reaffirmed their intent to have the lobby and restaurant at the Hotel Laguna reopen in short order.

Marc Wiener, the city’s community development director, indicated during a report to the Laguna Beach City Council that he hoped that the restaurant could reopen to the public by the end of August.

“Hotel Laguna is a jewel of Laguna Beach, and we are incredibly excited to be reopening its doors to the community as an updated and refreshed new gathering

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