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Luke of Luke’s Lobster Wants a Lobster Emoji (and More Updates)

Monthly doughnuts at Bar Mezzana, a new food option at Fenway Park, and other news bites

Crab, lobster, and shrimp rolls at Luke’s Lobster
Crab, lobster, and shrimp rolls at Luke’s Lobster

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

Does the World Need a Lobster Emoji?

Luke’s Lobster founder Luke Holden thinks so. There’s a petition, of course.

Maria Menounos Is Feeding Fenway Park

Maria Menounos — journalist, Medford native, WWE wrestler, and a bunch of other titles — has opened a concession stand (in partnership with Aramark) called Maria’s Greek Kitchen on Yawkey Way at Fenway Park; it debuted on Monday. It’s a bit of a trip down memory lane for Menounos, who used to sell sausages at a cart outside the park. Maria’s Greek Kitchen features gyros, hummus plates, kabobs, and more.

The Shutter

Fomu’s temporary but longish-term Newbury Street pop-up closed earlier this week (previous reports had pinned the closing date at the end of 2017.) Not to worry — the vegan ice cream company still has permanent locations in Allston, Jamaica, and the South End, and it does wholesale business with a number of shops around the area.

Pop-up Alert

Bar Mezzana pastry chef Christina Larson is beginning a monthly doughnut pop-up at the South End restaurant (360 Harrison Ave., Boston) later this month. Dubbed Basic Batch Donuts, the event takes place on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or while supplies last), beginning on September 16. For the first event, flavors will include Girl Scout Cookie (salted caramel, chocolate, and coconut), Glutes With the Fur (gluten-free chocolate cake doughnut with classic glaze and shredded coconut), Italiano (espresso, mascarpone, chocolate, and rum caramel), and more. Doughnuts are $3.50 to $4, and the first 20 customers will get a free doughnut hole while waiting in line.

Food vs. Storm

WBUR explores how a major storm could be extraordinarily problematic for New England’s food supply, thanks to the Chelsea flood zone location of the New England Produce Center, which helps get produce to nearly eight million people in the area (and parts of Canada).

Bostonians Are Apparently Below-Average Tippers

So says data compiled by Square Inc., as the Boston Business Journal reports. While the national average for tipping rang in at 16.4%, Boston was below average at 15.5%...but at least above Hawaii, where tippers average 14.8%.

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Luke's Lobster (Back Bay)

75 Exeter St., Boston, MA 02116 (857) 350-4626 Visit Website

Bar Mezzana

360 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 (617) 530-1770 Visit Website

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