Indie operators cook up 'classy' new revenue booster

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Amid an economic downturn that has consumers cutting back on dining out, many independent restaurants are looking to boost revenue by adding something new to their menus: cooking classes.

Ola, a Nuevo Latino-style restaurant in the South Beach area of Miami, began offering cooking and cocktail-making classes about a year ago when management noticed a drop-off in corporate dining, said Rosemary Staltare, media marketing director for Ola.

"We created the progr

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