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Friends and coworkers share remembrances of Anthony Bourdain, plus more food news to start your day

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Lindsay Lohan Is Now a TV Club Boss

Over the last few years, former movie star Lindsay Lohan has been carving out a new life for herself as a clubstaurant owner in Mykonos, Greece. And now, the world will finally get to see LiLo flex her muscles as nightlife boss in a new MTV series called Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. In a new trailer for the show, Lohan explains, “People always have given me much trouble for going to clubs, so why don’t I just open my own?”

It sounds a bit like Vanderpump Rules meets the beach hotel episodes of Saved by the Bell. According to MTV, “Viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the shots with her handpicked team of young and ambitious VIP hosts who will have to do whatever it takes to secure Lohan’s name as the definition of vacation luxury.”

The new show is being produced by Bunim/Murray, the same company that created The Real World and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club premieres on January 8.

Remembering a food media icon

On a very different note, GQ’s latest issue includes a long look back at the life of Anthony Bourdain in the form of quotes from friends, family members, food writers, and coworkers. Here’s Bourdain’s longtime producer Lydia Tenaglia on a moment in Vietnam shooting A Cook’s Tour, when everything finally clicked with Tony on-screen:

He came alive, because those frames of reference were starting to pop. His sudden inclination was to turn and share that with us. You could sense this excitement, like, ‘Holy crap, I’m actually on the ground in a location that I have studied, that I know, that I have references to.” You know, Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness, Graham Greene, the Vietnam War. He was percolating with an excitement that was very genuine.

The GQ oral history also includes quotes from chef Jeremiah Tower, writer/editor Peter Meehan, and Bourdain’s frequent traveling companion Eric Ripert.

And in other news...

  • Starbucks’s plan to become China’s favorite coffee chain may be thwarted by the rise of a company called Luckin Coffee, which has opened more than 1,500 stores since last January. [Bloomberg]
  • Next year, 13 mini Kroger stores will open inside of Walgreens locations near Cincinnati, offering a limited selection of groceries. These new outposts will be called “Kroger Express.” [WSJ]
  • Today in brand insanity: Actor Nick Offerman recently appeared at a Chicago Blackhawks game painted like a bronze statute, while slowly sipping Lagavulin whiskey. [The Takeout]
  • Burning question: If you order a dish, and it does not land on your table as it was described on the menu, can you sue the restaurant? Loyola Law School professor Bryan Hull has some answers: “Unless the bill is over $50, credit cardholders do not have a statutory right to contest the charge. However, a card issuer might have a policy allowing the bill to be disputed, and so a phone call to find out would be appropriate.” The law scholar also notes, “At the end of the day, probably the easiest and most tempting thing to do would be to write a bad Yelp review of the establishment.” [Kiplinger]
  • New York Times restaurant critic Ligaya Mishan is the subject of a new Munchies profile. “It’s really important to me that people know there are human beings at these restaurants, and that the food they’re making has this journey behind it,” Mishan says. “It’s not just food on your plate — whatever transaction is happening, more is going on.” [Munchies]
  • And finally, here’s a handy tool that tells you which casserole to bring to a Midwestern potluck:

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