• In this photo taken Monday, July 27, 2015, Bob Donegan, president of Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants, stands below a Native American artwork in one of the company's restaurants in Seattle. After Seattle's new minimum wage law took effect last April 1, Ivar’s announced that it was jacking up its prices by about 21 percent, eliminating tipping as a routine procedure, and immediately paying all its hourly workers a $15 per hour. They began the new pay rate three years earlier than the law required. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

    SEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

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  • This 2014 photo released by Ashley Rodriguez shows a serving of raw oysters at Peche, a restaurant in New Orleans. Like many business travelers, Rodriguez researches restaurants and enjoys a good meal while on the road, whether she’s dining solo at the bar or catching a bite with others on business trips. (Ashley Rodriguez via AP)

    Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip

    NEW YORK (AP) — A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. But if you’re up for something beyond room service or hotel restaurants, a good meal out is one way to brighten up long days spent in meetings. Here are some strategies for dining out while traveling for work.