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New York City icon Serendipity3 reopens its doors after a major facelift

Photo courtesy of Serendipity3

New York City’s flagship location of Serendipity3 reopened Friday, after more than a year of renovations, redecorating and revamping of the menu.

The 65-year-old icon, famous for its over-the-top decor, celebrity following and signature “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate,” treated itself to a facelift—a procedure popular among residents in its Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood. But in freshening up the dining space, kitchen and menu, the restaurant preserved some of its best features.

Frozen hot chocolate

Frrrozen Hot Chocolate; photo courtesy of Serendipity3

The interior still has that whimsical, fantasy-world vibe, with vibrant modern touches pairing with classic elements. Tiffany lamps,

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Newline Community Cafe is open in Silver City, taking Velobahn’s place

Newline Community Cafe, the coffee shop operated in large part by students from the charter Escuela Verde next door, now is open to the public at 3618 W. Pierce St.

They’re pouring Colectivo coffee and making espresso drinks and tea in what was Velobahn Coffee & Cycle. Velobahn closed during the lockdown in 2020 and never reopened. 

The cafe also sells pastries by Colectivo’s Troubadour Bakery. Eventually, students will sell baked goods they make themselves in the school’s commercial kitchen, said adviser Cynthia Gonzalez.

MORE:Cafe as classroom: Escuela Verde students learn how to make espressos and run

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Things to do in Chicago: A Sun-Times readers’ guide to the city

With people getting out more now that more are vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions largely are lifted, we asked Sun-Times readers to tell us where they’d take someone visiting Chicago for the first time.

Hundreds of people responded, offering their collective take on a local’s guide to the city.

Everybody had at least a few must-sees to suggest. There were the expected downtown landmarks, of course, but also beloved spots across the city.

The “Amor y Comunidad” mural near 18th Street and South Loomis Street in Pilsen.
Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times

“1.) An old-school neighborhood tavern — I like Stanley’s at

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9 Bar Cafe in Jersey City: Authentic Italian Coffee in a Stylish Space

Rome-born and raised Stephania Cocozza, always had a vision for her own coffee shop. “A cozy place that was not a cookie-cutter cafe – traditional but with twentieth-century twists.” There should be fresh Italian pastries. The space is good for small and intimate gatherings – and the espresso drinks must be excellent. So after a twenty-year career working for big coffee companies, when she decided to open 9 Bar Cafe, the preparation was painstaking. It took Stephania a year to find a perfect spot, which ended up being at 18 Erie Street and later, 200 Greene Street in Jersey City,

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Village Inn, Bakers Square restaurants gobbled up by company that owns Famous Dave’s and Granite City

The company that owns Famous Dave’s and Granite City Food & Brewery announced that it is adding two more brands to its menu: Village Inn and Bakers Square.

The $13.5 million deal with VIBSQ, LLC, the parent company of Village Inn and Bakers Square, is expected to close on or near July 30, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Village Inn is a family restaurant concept with 21 company-owned restaurants and 114 franchised restaurants, including one in south Moorhead. (A Fargo location closed April 5 to make room for a new Chase Bank branch.)

The Moorhead restaurant,

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Huey Magoo’s brings its famous chicken tenders to a Florida city near you

Huey Magoo’s is coming to a city near you, if one or more aren’t already there.

The restaurant is bringing what it calls “America’s greatest chicken tenders” to several cities in the south, including several grand openings in 2021 throughout Florida.

Here’s what we know about the continued nationwide expansion of Huey Magoo’s into Florida and eight states. 

Huey Magoo’s is based in Florida

The central Florida-based franchise was co-founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens. The two met while playing golf at Ole Miss. 

“Ole Miss is where the Huey Magoo’s story began, and we couldn’t be

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