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Marlay House among best Irish pubs in U.S.


DECATUR, Ga. -- One metro Atlanta pub made Gayot.com's list of top 10 Irish pubs in the United States for 2014.

The Marlay House, 429 West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur, had the luck of the Irish and made the cut.

"The Marlay House is a classic pub gathering place and a home-away-from-home for Irish ex-pats in Decatur, Ga. Dark woods, low lighting and intimate subspaces create an interesting atmosphere," Gayot.com writes.

See the full list at the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all


COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Google Fiber is not a sure thing for College Park after all.

City officials say they prematurely announced on Tuesday that the south Fulton County city was selected for the high-speed Internet service. College Park and eight metro Atlanta cities are still in the running for Google Fiber.

Google Fiber delivers Internet speeds of one gigabit per second -- up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Other cities being eyed by Google are Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna. Google is expected to make an announcement by the end of 2014.

10 best foodie restaurants in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- USA TODAY's Katie Kelly Bell has compiled a list of metro Atlanta's 10 best restaurants for foodies.

10. Greenwood's on Green Street -- Opened in 1986, this Roswell restaurant is a
temple of traditional Southern food, taking pride in using local produce and serving an entirely homemade menu. Mains include meatloaf, chicken pot pie, pork chop and fried chicken, but no visit to the South would be complete without ordering a veggie plate and Greenwood's is the place to do it. You'll have to choose between seasonal selections and collard greens, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes and cheese grits. Save room for one of Greenwood's legendary from-scratch pies -- we suggest the apple.

1 dead, 1 hurt in Ellenwood double shooting

ELLENWOOD, Ga. -- A man was shot to death and a woman was shot and wounded inside a home in the 3200 block of Rockmill Drive in Ellenwood Wednesday night.

According to DeKalb County Police Sgt. Rod Bryant, someone from inside the house called 911 at about 8:00 p.m., saying there had been a shooting.  

When police arrived, Sgt. Bryant said, the man who was shot was already dead.  The woman who was shot was taken Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta.  Her condition was not immediately known.

Sgt. Bryant said there were three children in the home who witnessed the shooting.  All three are okay.  He said the incident was "isolated to inside the home," but he said he would not be able to disclose any details about the incident until, perhaps, Thursday.  He said detectives do not believe anyone else was involved.

Chipotle may get rid of guacamole

DENVER -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is cautioning that factors beyond the company's control -- the weather in particular -- may prompt the removal of guacamole from its menu.

Denver-based Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados daily to make its guacamole to serve at its locations, including 22 in metro Atlanta.

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The company noted higher prices of some ingredients could force the company to increase what it charges for its menu, or it could just do away with some portions of the menu.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients," the company says in its annual report.

Bond set at $50K for principal arrested in sex sting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A judge set a $50,000 bond for the elementary school principal arrested during a child predator sting.

Dr. John McGill, the principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, was one of 14 people arrested in DeKalb County over the weekend. He bonded out of jail Tuesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said those arrested traveled from all parts of Northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex.

McGill didn't say a word as detectives led him into the courthouse. McGill's wife sat silently in the back row as the charges were read.