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Eat Freaky Fries and Drink Frozen Mudslides Today (and More Updates)

New food at South Station, a growing Quincy dining scene, and other news bites

Freaky fries at The Automatic
Freaky fries at The Automatic
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

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

Opening Alert

A new option for commuters: British grab-and-go chain Pret a Manger has opened a small location in the former Cheeseboy space inside South Station. This is the seventh Boston location; most are around the downtown area. The South Station Pret is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends.

America Runs on Dunkin’ and Absolutely Nothing Else

If you own a coffee shop that is not Dunkin’ Donuts, don’t try to use the phrase “runs on” in your slogan, even if it’s just written on your window in washable marker. You’ll get a cease and desist.

Culinary Renaissance

South Shore Living examines Quincy’s “culinary renaissance.” Particularly in Quincy Center, new restaurants are popping up seemingly every day, and more are on the horizon, including Belfry Hall and the Pour Yard. Just last week, Italian Cafe Gelato debuted.

The Shutter

Pizza King, a Lawrence restaurant that has been open for over 50 years, will close on July 2, reports Boston Restaurant Talk. And no, the owners “will NOT be sharing any recipes.”

One Thing You Should Eat Today

Cambridge has seen a few openings lately that are just pure fun, whether it’s the Roxy’s Central/A4cade collaboration (Arcade games! Cocktails in unique glassware! Grilled cheese!) or a place like The Automatic, full of funky comfort food, throwback drinks, and the combined legacies of the OG East Coast Grill and the dearly departed B-Side Lounge. Because it’s important to have fun — and to eat great food — head to The Automatic (50 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge) today and snag an order of freaky fries: salty, crispy perfection embellished with bone marrow, parmesan, and “meat debris” (think Steak-umm, but in a good way.) Need more? Add on nori chicken skewers and a frozen mudslide because you deserve this.

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The Automatic

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