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Chipotle is Not Fast Food, City Planners Say

Plus, endless champagne at the ‘train, and more top dining news

80 Boston College Students Fall Ill After Eating At Chipotle Restaurant Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images

THE CHAINS — In preparation for an October hearing date for a proposal to open a Chipotle location in the Garden District, city planners have granted the restaurant chain’s request to be considered a “standard restaurant,” rather than a fast food restaurant. Arguments for the zoning designation included the seasonality of its menus; plans for a smaller dining area, recessed patio, and “halo illumination;” condiments at the tables rather than at a condiment bar; among other things. The zoning designation means that this location could sell alcohol. [UPTOWN MESSENGER]

BOOZE NEWS — The Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel has “endless” Champagne for Friday lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). [via press release]

THE CHAINS — Starbucks baristas are bracing for a too-early pumpkin spice latte season. [EATER]

READING LISTMichael Twitty examines the forgotten history of black chefs in this excerpt from his book, The Cooking Gene. [EATER]

READING LIST —Laura Shapiro’s new book, What She Ate, examines what six famous women ate: Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, Helen Gurley Brown. Susan Stamberg interviews the author. [NPR]

CELEBRITY CHEFS — Actress Carrie Preston of The Good Wife recalls that time she was on a sitcom with Emeril Lagasse. The show, Emeril, which lasted just seven episodes in 2001, was once called “a thudding half-hour of broad nonsense” by the L.A. Times. [TVLINE]

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