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Dairy Joy’s Seasonal Reopening Means Spring Is Really Here, Snow or Not

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Plus, Viale is testing weekday lunch on Tuesdays, and more news

Dairy Joy soft serve
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Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Sign of Spring

Yesterday’s sprinkling of snow be damned, spring is here, and the re-openings of seasonal businesses have really begun, including soft serve destination Dairy Joy (331 North Ave., Weston), which opened for the season on March 26. As Boston Globe correspondent Kara Baskin puts it: “For so many of us who live west of Boston, spring means a cash-only hot dog and soft serve at Dairy Joy in Weston.” (But remember her warning: “There are no bathrooms; parents of small children, go before you leave or risk a walk in the woods.”) Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New Weekday Lunch Option

Viale (502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) opened in late 2014 and has been serving up great Italy-meets-New-England food in Central Square ever since, not to mention a hearty weekend brunch with dishes like duck egg carbonara, breakfast pizza, and French toast sticks. Starting today, April 3, the team is testing the weekday lunch waters by starting up a Tuesday lunch series with wood-grilled pizza, pasta, toast, salad, and more, along with tea-infused spritzy cocktails, beer, wine, and bubbly non-alcoholic options. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 5 p.m.

Bogged Down

The Massachusetts cranberry industry could face a hit as cranberries are one of over 100 United States goods that will face retaliation tariffs in China, starting this week. China has recently been a booming market for the cranberry industry, explains the Boston Business Journal, whereas the industry’s potential for domestic growth is limited. Massachusetts is second only to Wisconsin in United States cranberry production, and thanks to the tariffs, they could both begin to get edged out of China by Quebec, which has a growing cranberry industry.

You Can Take the ‘Donuts’ out of Dunkin’, but...

Loyal Dunkies fans won’t stay away, despite design and menu changes — and even the name change being tested at a few locations, just plain Dunkin’. takes a look at how fans are reacting to the ongoing evolution of Dunkin’ Donuts, as it tries to turn itself more into Starbucks, rolling out offerings like nitro cold brew on tap.

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