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4.01.2008

GREEN APPROACH TO RESTAURANTS MAKES SENSE

"We have a 200-pound person driving a 4,000-pound car to get a quarter-pound hamburger." Ted Turner.

Ted's Montana Grill, founded by Ted Turner and George McKerrow (LongHorn Steakhouse founder) uses recyclable menus, paper straws, biodegradeable corn-starch to-go cups* and all natural meats, including bison. Many of us remember when "Ted and Jane" started their bison ranch up the road from us a number of years back.

Now, Ted Turner, who drives a Prius, says that the solar investment he made on his Tallahassee restaurant was a sound investment. Speaking at the Georgia Restaurant Association and Green FoodService Alliance meeting in Atlanta, Ted said that going green was spurred by the solar rebates he received that "tipped the scales" in favor of using solar technology. Installed last June as the first Tallahassee restaurant with solar panels, they should begin to provide a payback within the next three years. The 44 panels installed on the upper roof and the 22 panels on the patio provide about five per cent of the restaurant's energy needs.

*Biodegradable "to-go" products are available locally at the Green Living Center from BioPlastics Supply. See this post on Green Food Tallahassee for more information.

1 comments:

I liked Ted's until the last time I went and I had awful service and they also wouldn't bring us any of those yummy rolls!

Also, love your site, as I have lived in Tally for a while now and have grown quite fond of it. Thanks for all the cool links on that other page.

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