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Stop Stealing Things From Restaurants (and More Updates)

A Providence restaurant embraces its destination status, Eater can now receive encrypted tips, and other news bites

Pagu’s signage and a whole pig
Pagu’s signage, before some jerk stole the “G.”

Welcome back to Morning Briefing, an almost-daily round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Stuff People Steal

Don’t be a jerk. Don’t steal things from restaurants. Did you steal the letter “G” from Pagu’s signage? The custom-made letter “G” (in a custom-made font, too) that was gifted to the restaurant by the millworking company behind some of the restaurant’s other design aspects? The letter “G” that mimics the curly tail of the pug, the restaurant’s mascot? C’mon. Bring it back. While you’re at it, bring back the pug-shaped door stopper, too.

There’s a New Butcher Shop in Town

After a bit of a preview this week, Walden Local Meat Co. — a four-year-old meat share program — will officially debut its first brick-and-mortar retail shop tomorrow, November 3, at 316 Shawmut Ave. in Boston’s South End. The whole animal butcher shop will also sell a variety of dry goods, spices, and cookbooks. Coming soon: wine and beer, as well as butchering and cooking classes.

Skiing and Drinking

What’s that? It’s going to be 70 degrees in Boston today? No matter: Ski season is coming. Check out the Globe’s guide to the boozy options at some New England ski resorts, including the Matterhorn Ski Bar, a “lively, mountain town watering hole” by Sunday River; Doc Ponds, a “hip pub” in Stowe from the folks behind the acclaimed Hen of the Wood restaurants; and more. Find some other ski town dining and drinking options in our sister site Curbed Ski’s 2016 guide. (Curbed Ski is no longer being updated, but you can check out some of the site’s greatest hits on the homepage.)

Providence Updates

One of New England’s essential restaurants, North, has moved from its five-year-old tiny space in a “weird residential area” of Providence (3 Luongo Memorial Sq.) to a bigger and more conveniently located space, right inside downtown’s Dean Hotel (122 Fountain St.) provides a peek inside the new space. (As for the old space, the team plans to open a simpler, more neighborhood-oriented restaurant there — which was the intention for North in its early days — within the next few months.)

In other Providence news, a Kickstarter campaign is underway to help fund a project by Eat Drink RI called West Park Food Hall. A food hall is “the cooler, older cousin of the food court,” notes the campaign, and this one will feature “multiple small restaurants, community seating, an expansive bar, and a rooftop deck.” There will also be a brewery, roastery, and space for other food and beverage production. Plus: a large parking lot. Kickstarter campaigns are “all or nothing,” so the team must reach its goal of $119,000 by noon on November 15 or get nothing. As of press time, the campaign is at $23,280 with 172 backers.

How to Securely, Anonymously Contact Eater

For general news tips, you can always reach us by email, but if a situation requires a more secure method of communication, Eater has a couple of new options. We’re now accepting tips via the encrypted Signal app, and we can also receive documents and messages through SecureDrop. Read on for details.

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310 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 945-9290 Visit Website


122 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02903 (401) 421-1100 Visit Website

Walden Local Meat Co.

316 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118 Visit Website