During the time they first became culturally significant and starting popping up all over Britain, public houses, later shortened simply to "pubs," were meant to be distinct from private homes and to serve as informal gathering places for everyone in the surrounding community. This concept is not lost on Taryne Dixon, general manager of Beacon Public House, the latest in a string of local restaurants that have glommed on to this idea. "It's a bit of a different animal than working at a stand-alone place, but what I love about working in a hotel restaurant is that it's the place where people really come to connect," says Dixon. "People from out of town get talking to locals, and before they know it our bar becomes their... More >>>