The former Burton menswear premises at Middlegate, Penrith, is set to become an Eastern European food shop.

Extensive work is under way at the site, which is being turned into a new outlet for Polish grocery franchise, Food Plus, ahead of its opening at the end of this month.

Warren Ryan, of Penrith, who owns the business, already has the Food Plus store across the road, as well as shops in Kendal and Dumfries.

He said: “I really need the space. I’ve been looking for somewhere for the last two years and so when it became available, I leapt at

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COURTESY CHEF LISA BROOKS
Charlotte-based executive chef Lisa Brooks kicks off Joy of the Feast culinary tour July 13 in Atlanta. The tour closes Aug. 26-27 in Charlotte.

Chef Lisa Brooks is hitting the road.

The Charlotte-based executive chef and CEO of Heart & Soul personal chef services kicks off her first culinary tour, “Joy of the Feast” on July 13 in Atlanta. The 12-stop tour runs through August, concluding with two pop-up dinners on Aug. 26 and 27 in Charlotte. Guests will find out the location 24

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Kung pao chicken, General Tso’s chicken, pad thai, sushi, banh mi, chicken tikka masala — dishes that are rooted in Asia and the Asian diaspora are now firmly a part of America’s multicultural cuisine. But how did that come to be the case?

“Asian American food is as complicated and diverse as Asian American people because the category itself, Asian American, is very broad,” said Robert Ji-Song Ku, associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. “It’s hard to generalize about Asian Americans and how different cuisines become mainstream because they really all had different processes and

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