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The Biggest Openings, Controversies, and Outdoor Dining Updates This Week

From the Editor: Everything you missed in food news last week

Looking at the interior of Noble Rot Soho towards the front door, with banquettes lined with tablecloths and wine glasses
The new location of trendy London restaurant Noble Rot
Noble Rot Soho [Official Photo]

This post originally appeared on September 19, 2020 in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

I’m just going to get straight to the news this week, since it’s been a long one. Just as a forever reminder: Vote, get a flu shot, fill out the census, and maybe treat yourself to a restaurant meal, to-go or outside, as a reward for getting through another week in 2020.

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Openings: A new location of upscale New York bakery Mah Ze Dahr and an artificial turf-lined rooftop bar called Hi-Lawn, in D.C.; Cat-Su Sando, a delivery-only operation selling Japanese sandwiches, skewers, and pancakes, in Chicago; an Austin location of Australian cafe Two Hands; The Third Door, a speakeasy-themed cocktail bar built for socially distanced times in a former gas station, outside of Atlanta; Tyger, a pan-Asian restaurant from the team behind Chinese Tuxedo, in New York; Ken’s Ramen in Los Angeles; and Noble Rot Soho, the follow up to one of London’s coolest restaurants.

Closures: Mission Chinese and Fedora in NYC; the original location of Easy Tiger in Austin; Rogue brewery’s 20 year-old Pearl Public House location in Portland; Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego; and Southport Lanes and Fat Willy’s Rib Shack in Chicago.

Vegas bars will reopen on Sunday, Texas restaurants expand to 75 percent capacity on Monday, and Nashville restaurants and bars went back to 50 percent capacity last night.

— Powerful restaurateurs in San Francisco are trying to pool money from their brethren to sue the state to allow them to open for indoor dining already.

— New York restaurants can now add a 10 percent COVID-19 surcharge to diner checks.

— The ultimate guide to outdoor dining in New York and San Francisco.

— LA’s historic Pacific Dining Car is auctioning everything off as it moves the business online for the time being.

— Chef Iliana Regan’s memoir Burn the Place could become a TV series.

— A new third-party delivery app focused on passing on the fees to consumers instead of restaurants launched in Seattle.

— A new podcast explores celeb chef Adam Perry Lang’s role as Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime personal chef.

— And finally, some highlights from Snack Week on Eater: How ‘90s diet food Snackwell’s looked like pleasure but tasted like denial; what 5th graders are snacking on in 2020; an ode to simple snack emporium; the new American Girl Doll Courtney is perfect in every way and so are her snacks; Sno-Caps are for some reason hated even though they are without a doubt the best movie candy; and everything to know about Mexican, Turkish, and Chinese snacks.

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