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The Final Season of ‘Parts Unknown’ Will Premiere at Next Month’s Tribeca TV Festival

Plus, Snoop Dogg is releasing a cookbook in October, and more food news

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  • The final season of Parts Unknown, the award-winning CNN travel show hosted by late chef Anthony Bourdain, has an official premiere date. Episode 1 of Season 12 will make its debut at this year’s Tribeca TV Festival, on September 22 at 7:30 p.m., reports Vulture. This season’s first installment, which takes place in Kenya, was the only new episode to wrap in production before Bourdain’s death on June 8.
  • DogHouse Hotel & Brewery, the forthcoming hotel from the celebrity beer makers at BrewDog, will open to the public in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, August 27, per Food & Wine. The project is ambitious, as the BrewDog team wants it to be perceived as a sort of Disneyland for beer geeks.
  • Food Insider’s latest fixation is the pizza burrito. While “pizza burrito” sounds awfully exciting, isn’t this really just a calzone?
  • Media icon Oprah Winfrey is taking a page out of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s playbook with her new line of packaged foods: She’s hawking a frozen pizza with cauliflower crust, reports CBS 3 in Philadelphia.
  • The total number of restaurants in the United States has fallen by one percent this year, per data from Nation’s Restaurant News. Chain restaurant numbers were stable, but independent restaurants reportedly fell by two percent. “The restaurant unit declines we captured in our spring 2018 census are reflective of the sluggish restaurant traffic the industry has been experiencing over the last several years,” industry analyst Annie Roberts tells NRN. “It takes a lot of resources and capital to withstand tougher times.”
  • And, finally, San Francisco restaurants are being targeted by an extortion operation, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Someone is emailing individual chefs and restaurateurs, posing as a public relations agent who has been hired by their competitors to spread smear campaigns about their restaurants, and offering to instead distribute positive press in exchange for cash.