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LGD— The Avenue Pub makes Thrillist's 33 Best Beer Bars in America this week. [Thrillist]

NOLA— The Times-Pic reports that Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) has officially kicked off Louisiana's first ever oyster shell recycling program with restaurants including Peche, Luke, Felix's, Acme and Bourbon House "expected to provide about 25 to 30 tons of shells per week" for reef restoration . A million dollar grant from Shell should keep the program, which is FREE for restaurants, running for the next 3 years. []

NOLA— File this one under PHEW: Making liquor donations to charities is now legal in Louisiana, reports Todd A. Price, as House Bill 1036 has been passed, making fundraiser planning a lot easier for many local nonprofits who rely on manufacturer's booze donations for their events. []

NOLA— Aunt Sally's Pralines, a New Orleans treasure since 1935, has been added to SoFab's National Culinary Heritage Register, which identifies businesses that are at least 60 years old and have contributed significantly to the development of the American foodways. [Eaterwire]

NOLA— Save the date as Louisiana Restaurant Association's We Live To Eat restaurant week returns September 8-14, which as Sarah Baird points out, is perfect "if you're looking for some fancy dining on the cheap." [Gambit]

Peche, now participating in the oyster shell recycle program [Photo: Brasted]