In late July, Peterson Harter, feeling burned out, shut down his San Francisco sandwich pop-up Sandy’s for a weekend.

That one weekend turned into three as he slipped into a deep depression. His couch felt like a pool of quicksand, pulling him into a dark place where something as simple as brushing his teeth or picking up a phone call from his best friend felt insurmountable. The weight of the last year-plus — the pandemic capsizing all sense of normalcy, losing his restaurant job, throwing himself into baking bread 18 hours a day to survive — collapsed on him.

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This story is part of Heads of the Table, our celebration of 12 restaurants, people, and organizations that led the industry through the pandemic and beyond. Meet all the winners here.

The human experience is a varied one. But this past year has been one of a shared struggle that has tied all of us together in grief, anxiety, and clarity. The pandemic brought to light many things for me, most revolving around the idea of service—what it has meant for me and what it means to my city, my state, and my country.

As the co-chef and co-owner

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We don’t think we’re alone in noticing that it’s getting harder and harder to tell if a restaurant or bar is temporarily closed or has left us for good. 

This is not a new problem during the pandemic — since March 2020, when the boards went up and cobwebs began to gather on sleeping businesses, we have all had to put on detective hats and do our best to determine if a place is “closed closed” or simply “closed for now.” 

Occasionally, a business is mistakenly left for dead, thanks to a ghosted space, frozen social media accounts, broken

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CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Just about every major holiday has one thing in common: Chain restaurants offering freebies and deals to get you into the drive-through or at the counter at some point during the holiday period. Labor Day is one of the biggest, and we’ve put together a handy run-down of what to get and where to find it.

Note: Some deals may not be available at every location of the

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Discover a world of Asian flavors in Pearland where you can explore authentic Filipino, Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and other international cuisines, including unexpected combinations. There are spicy curries, rich soups, loaded sushi rolls, fusion egg rolls, local seafood, teas and much more. Plan your journey with this list, and go to Visit Pearland to find more great Asian restaurants to enjoy!

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The massive Dragon Platter at Boiling Dragon in Pearland comes with two pounds each of snow crab and shrimp, plus corn, sausage and potatoes all doused with housemade garlic butter. Photo courtesy of Boiling Dragon.

Boiling

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Two restaurants closed for serious health violations during Fort Worth’s restaurant inspections for Aug. 22-28.

King Wok at 1229 Woodhaven Blvd. was closed due to roaches, flies and general poor sanitation on Aug. 26.

Pizza Patron at 301 NW 28th St. closed Aug. 27 for serious health violations, due to waste water back-up at hand-washing sinks in the kitchen area, although the score recorded in the report was a 7.

Out of the 80 inspections, none of the restaurants scored over 30. One perfect score was Branch & Bird, located at 640 Taylor St. on the 12th floor.

In

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