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Day: May 12, 2021

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Much like other businesses around the state, spring for the region’s restaurant industry has been a time of renewal, thanks to the positive strides made to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Even with restrictions in operations — seated service only limited to parties of six, a 90-minute limit and no dance floors — the rapid rise in vaccinations means more people are dining out.

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association estimated back in September that 20% of restaurants shuttered due to the pandemic, a number that’s undoubtedly grown since.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic loosens its grip on the Merrimack Valley

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Openings & Announcements 

Central Texas barbecue has arrived in Clintonville thanks to chef Brad Harkrider, aka Hank. Harkrider’s new venture, Hank’s Texas BBQ, opens Wednesday, May 12, at 2941 N. High St., replacing Old Skool. The chef-owner, a Texas native, was previously executive chef at J. Liu Restaurant & Bar. The menu features starters such as fried green tomatoes, brisket nachos and corn cakes. Meat options include brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken and sausage. Cocktails, beer and wine will also be available. You can check out the menu here

Urban Chophouse, Chris Corso’s latest restaurant concept

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When Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin was small, she roamed her parents’ restaurant on Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, Texas, cadging French fries from the diners. Her mom, Nancy Collet, was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the city on the arm of an American serviceman she later divorced. Collet cooked in the kitchen of Golden Wok, one of San Antonio’s oldest Chinese restaurants, before taking a job as a cocktail waitress and marrying a restaurant manager, Jim Dobbertin, Jennifer’s dad. In the 1980s, the couple opened an American-style diner, the Conglomeration. The menu ran to burgers, fried catfish, hush puppies. Collet

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DENVER — The service industry continues to struggle to bring workers back through the door. While many blame continuing unemployment benefits, others say a shift in the workforce dynamic since COVID-19 has caused new challenges.

Patrick Dizon is the general manager at Comida Restaurant in The Stanley Marketplace, but this year, he has taken on many new roles.

“I’m a bartender, server, busser, line cook, head pastry chef, dishwasher,” Dizon said. “All of it.”

All of those roles remain unfilled as the restaurant seeks new employees. The company is posting numerous positions on social media and hiring websites in an

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Electrolytes are minerals such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium. They are present in tissue, blood, and other bodily fluids and are critical for nerve and muscle function, blood pressure regulation, and hydration. Some drinks are naturally rich in electrolytes, while others undergo special formulation to provide electrolytes.

The term electrolyte refers to the fact that electrolytes are substances with an electrical charge. Many bodily functions rely on a small electric current, which electrolytes provide.

Most people can maintain a healthy electrolyte balance with a diet of food and drinks rich in electrolytes. Other people, such as high-performing athletes and people

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The perfect summer drink doesn’t exi—

Before we could even finish that sentence, Starbucks entered the chat to present its latest menu addition: the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino. Released on May 11 for a limited time, the brand-new drink evokes memories of long days spent at fairs and festivals by combining a coffee-based funnel cake-flavored Frappuccino with layers of strawberry puree and whipped cream. And oh yes, you better believed it’s topped with a sprinkling of crunchy funnel cake pieces covered in powdered sugar. This is quite the upgrade from the Starbucks secret menu’s unofficial funnel cake blended beverage, if

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