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Indie operators cook up 'classy' new revenue booster


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.

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