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Openings and closures


Late last month, a popular Dallas-based pizzeria chain flipped its last pie in the Austin area. Shuttering officially on May 23, Cane Rosso had been serving Neapolitan-style pizzas, as well as salads, pasta, and cocktails from its South Austin spot since 2016. When it opened, the Austin-based operation gained notoriety for unique menu items like a barbecue pizza pie featuring brisket from

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Crook’s Corner, a cornerstone in Southern food and an early spark in the creation of the Triangle’s modern dining scene, has closed.

The icon of seasonal, Southern dishes, torch-bearer of shrimp and grits and Chapel Hill mainstay announced the closing Wednesday in an email.

“With an incredibly heavy heart I must share the news that we are closing,” the restaurant wrote in an email. “The position we find ourselves in, exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis is no longer tenable.”

Crook’s began as a Franklin Street fish market in the 1940s. But in 1982, chef Bill Neal and Gene Hamer opened

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New art inside Vinbero.

Kali and Kris Kelnero sat with Strom Peterson at a table outside the Vinbero wine bar in the former Cheesemonger’s Table space in downtown Edmonds. I noticed a sign that gave me hope they’d soon be open. I circled back and was able to speak with Kali on the forward momentum of this new venture.

The Kelneros, owner of craft cocktail bar Kelnero, took over the Cheesemonger’s Table space from Peterson and wife Maria Montalvo, and have been working to transform it into Vinbero.

Turns out they are “sort of open,” Kali Kelnero said. Limited hours

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ASHEVILLE – The S&W Market, Asheville’s first food hall, has announced plans to open to the public June 16 at 11:30 a.m. The collection of independent restaurants and beverage purveyors takes over the iconic S&W Building at 56 Patton Ave.

Built in 1929, the historic downtown building was designed by architect Douglas Ellington and remains a showcase of classic art deco beauty and intricate architectural details. In 2017, the building was purchased by Ellington’s two nephews, Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, of Ellington Realty Group.

Five-time James Beard Award nominee Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani Restaurant Group is the project’s culinary

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Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling some infant rice cereal sold nationwide because samples of the product showed excessive levels of arsenic. The baby food maker also says it will stop selling the product over worries it won’t be able to comply with federal limits on levels of arsenic and other toxic substances that are called heavy metals.

The recall came after testing found samples contained more than the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic set by the Food and Drug Administration last year. 

“Exposure to elevated levels of naturally occurring inorganic arsenic can pose a health hazard to young children,”

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LAYTON — A Layton food truck will receive a new look, just days after it was vandalized with anti-Asian, racist messages.

The owners of the Yum Yum Food Truck, Brevin Pierce and his father Ben, shared images on Facebook of what the vehicle will look like after it is “wrapped” at Identity Graphx.

On Wednesday evening, the vintage, black food truck sat parked in a garage at Gorilla Shine in Layton. Maria Rivera, owner of the detail shop at Gorilla Shine, did a final walk-through with Brevin to show him everything they deep cleaned that day.

The detail

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