Restaurants skip required nutrition info; officials choose not to care (Los Angeles Times)
Is California’s menu labeling law still in effect if it’s not being enforced? State health officials say they’re waiting for the federal rules. Meanwhile, some chains say they don’t have to comply. The result: Consumers are back in the dark about calorie counts on restaurant menus.

—Lisa Jennings

Bitter winter limits the offerings of spring (The New York Times)
Chefs are adjusting menus to compensate for a smaller bounty of spring produce.

—Marcella Veneziale

Rita’s Italian Ice offers 30 years of free ice for 30th anniversary (Press release)
The frozen-treat chain turns 30 years old next month and plans to celebrate with a major offer to one sweepstakes winner: free signature Italian ice for 30 years. Secret codes needed to enter the sweepstakes can be obtained by visiting any of Trevose, Pa.-based Rita’s 600 locations through May 18. The brand also is celebrating with a new flavor of Italian ice, Wild Berry, and with the limited-time Milkshake of the Month flavor, Rita’s Birthday Cake.

—Mark Brandau

BJ's tells story of beer with Hoppy Scotsman video (BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse)
Telling a menu item's story can enhance its value in the eyes of customers, particularly with beverages. BJ's responds with a video about the Hoppy Scotsman, the latest beer in its European Collaboration line.

—Bret Thorn

Federal indictment alleges U.S. Rep. Grimm hid $1 million in restaurant sales, wages (CNN) 
Federal prosecutors allege U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm failed to report more than $1 million in sales and wages at the Manhattan-based Healthalicious brand he once ran, using unreported cash to pay workers "off the books" to "evade taxes and keep more money for himself.” Grimm (R-N.Y.) pleaded not guilty on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., to 20 counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, hiring unauthorized aliens and perjury.

—Ron Ruggless