Starbucks Slumps On; Does Bourdain Appearance Augur Doom?

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• Bad news in Starbucks annual report: Sales are down 5 percent this year; they won't rebound next year; and competition from McDonald's is rough. [WSJ]

• Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations filmed at Sophie's last weekend, but bloggers worry his appearance there means the venue will close. [EV Grieve via Eater]

• The New York inspector general will investigate whether Governor Paterson put any pressure on the State Liquor Authority when it came to renewing Cipriani's licenses. [NYP]

• The makers of Bailey's liqueur hired JWT ad agency to combat people's tendency to leave bottles in the back of cabinets, "half-drunk and forgotten." [WSJ]