Owner-Named Restaurants Have Old-Fashioned Appeal; The Food Network: Real Convicts Can Cook

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P*Ong and Shopsin's are just a few eponymous restaurants where you can find a hands-on owner who gives character to the place. [NYT]

Los Angeles City Council members have voted to ban smoking at farmers' markets just like at beaches and parks. [LA Times via Eater]

Danny Meyer has compiled a cocktail book for Williams-Sonoma called Mix Shake Stir, Cocktails for Cooks, with recipes from Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, and Tabla. [Grub Street]
Related: Danny Meyer and Williams-Sonoma Create Cocktail Mixes

The Food Network will debut a reality show in October about former prison inmate cum chef Jeff Henderson and the six troubled teens he'll try to rehabilitate with catering training. Knives and troubled youths, always a good idea. [Official release]