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Restaurants seem to be opening en masse again on the Peninsula with the promise of California’s return to full capacity on June 15.

Among the newcomers are two buzzy bars that also serve quality food, including Palo Alto French restaurant Zola’s sister cocktail bar, plus the latest sit-down restaurant from the brothers who run the popular Los Carnalitos truck in Redwood City.

Read on for more on each opening.

A third Mexico City restaurant from the Los Carnalitos family

The two brothers who run Los Carnalitos, the Mexico City street food favorite with outposts in Redwood City and Hayward, have

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Chef Chi Hang Ngai, also known as Chef Ken, is finally opening up his own proper restaurant in San Francisco.

Ngai has worked at Sushi Ran in Sausalito for 10 years and more recently spent five years at Kusakabe, both jobs under chef Mitsunori Kusakabe, before striking out on his own with his new restaurant, Ken, on Divisadero.

It hasn’t been a straight route to opening, however. 

“Right after I told my chef that I decided to open my restaurant, [it was] not even a week and then the city, everything just shut down,” Ngai said of his decision to

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For this week’s restaurant and bar news roundup, we have restaurants opening in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Cortez plus lots of dining deals and events information. Let’s begin with a cafe coming to The Landings.

The Lily Cafe to open in Sarasota

A new breakfast and lunch cafe is coming to south Sarasota from the same Naples-based group that plans to open a restaurant and bar in the University Town Center area.

The restaurant, called The Lily Cafe, will open in Sarasota’s The Landings plaza at U.S. 41 and Proctor Road next to Publix. The 2,900-square-foot eatery, scheduled to open

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When W.A. Frost & Co. (374 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, wafrost.com) reopens on April 22, there will be a new chef, new menu and new decor.

Executive chef Peter Drinan came to St. Paul by way of Brooklyn and Buenos Aires, where he founded several restaurants.

“We came for Christmas and decided to stay,” he said. “Even amid a pandemic, there’s so much to love about the Twin Cities — and in particular, the food scene here.”

Drinan has created a new menu, but said he’s kept some of the traditional favorites.

The restaurant, which has added large

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As we inch closer to shade-and-shorts weather, expect more restaurants to open their doors. Many restaurateurs have been in a holding pattern, hibernating through winter until warmer weather and the vaccination rate rises before they cut the grand opening ribbon. We’re getting there. Nearly 13% of Washington state residents are fully vaccinated, with the number expected to spike in the coming weeks with more vaccines on the way. Other signs that we’re headed in the right direction: Starting on March 22, Gov. Jay Inslee will allow restaurants to increase seating capacity from 25% to 50%, and hosts can seat

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Asheville’s food scene has always generated plenty of news, though COVID-19 seems to have accelerated a flurry of changes. 

More than two dozen restaurants and bars have closed in Asheville in the past year. It’s not all bad news, however, and some businesses have moved in to fill the gaps. 

Recent closures

But first, some bad news: High Test Deli and Sweet Shop on Coxe Avenue has closed. The restaurant served stacked roast beef and provolone sandwiches, BLTs, tuna salad sandwiches, classic Reubens, Italians and clubs.

It was one of the few places you could find a good Chicago

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