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Beer Drama and More Updates to Start the Week

Kick off Monday morning with some mini news bites

An interior photo of Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Back Bay
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Back Bay
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Temporary Shutter

Back Bay’s Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar (271 Dartmouth St.) is currently closed for construction “due to base-building structural issues.” Expect it to reopen, refreshed, in early 2017. Meanwhile, check out the team’s newest restaurant, Ruka, inside the Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing (505 Washington St.), serving up a menu inspired by Peruvian cuisine, including Peruvian-Japanese and Peruvian-Chinese fusion, known as nikkei and chifa respectively.

Beer Here

BostInno delves into the backstory of a nasty Twitter spat that erupted earlier this month between Hopsters founder Lee Cooper, Craft Beer Cellar co-founder Suzanne Schalow, and others. Read the article to see how the leak of an internal Craft Beer Cellar “Do Not Sell” list is the tip of an alleged iceberg of unhappy franchisees, and see the response on Craft Beer Cellar’s blog.

The Year in Dining

Our big sibling Eater.com takes a look at 2016 through the lens of food, giving overviews of the year’s dining developments in each city that is home to an Eater site. “This year, empire-builders kept on building, hot dining neighborhoods kept sprouting up further and further out from typical downtown centers, and there was plenty of noise to be made about Instagram-abetted trends like poke, rainbow food, tricked-out milkshakes, and fish cone ice cream,” writes Hillary Dixler.

Meanwhile, in Maine

Eater.com also declares the brand new Purple House in North Yarmouth, Maine to be the “quintessential 2016 opening.” The tiny restaurant, located inside a purple house 30 minutes north of Portland, features wood-fired Montreal bagels and Roman-style pizza, other daytime fare, and eventually special dinners that seat a dozen or so.

And in Providence

Say hello to Fortnight, a new “casual, experimental wine bar” and workers’ cooperative at 79 Dorrance St. in Providence. While the focus is on wine and beer, the small food menu is driven by a desire to eliminate food waste as much as possible by serving “foods that get better with time — pickles and brines, braises, rillettes, smokes.”

Video Interlude

Saturday Night Live shows the world a “real Dunkin’ Donuts customer,” portrayed by Casey Affleck:

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Craft Beer Cellar

2801 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 962-7870 Visit Website

Purple House

378 Walnut Hill Rd., North Yarmouth, Maine 04097

Fortnight (Providence)

79 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903 (401) 572-3355 Visit Website

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar (Back Bay)

271 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 617 369 5609

Hopsters (Newton)

292 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459 (617) 584-1492 Visit Website

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