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The Week in Review

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Independent restaurateurs seek same-day coronavirus testing and results for restaurant workers. River Oaks sous chef creates art for the canvas and the plate, and Erling’s closes for COVID, but plans to reopen on Friday. All that, and more, are below.
 
 
Independent restaurants ask Health Department for same-day employee testing
 

Small restaurants say they want their voices heard by the Shelby County Health Department when it comes to decisions that affect their business; send letter to director, Alisa Haushalter.

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Subscribers only Tour de LaForce: River Oaks sous chef makes art on canvas and plate
 

Sous chef Emily LaForce had many jobs before she found her home in the kitchen at River Oaks, but through them all, she’s always had a paintbrush in her hand.

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Cocozza closes for a week after COVID-19 exposure
 

Cocozza American Italian on South Main is the latest restaurant to close after an asymptomatic employee tested positive for COVID-19; it will reopen Aug. 4.

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Erling's closes for COVID; plans to reopen July 31
 

Erling Jensen: The Restaurant closed on Saturday, July 25, because of COVID-19 exposure, but employees are being tested and the plan is to reopen on Friday, July 31, and have some outdoor seating.

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New health directive puts restaurants on notice; could close most places on Beale
 

New Health Department directive has a few new rules for full-service restaurants and allows a check of food versus alcohol sales.

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St. Louis Church's annual Hole in One has a new name, and it's drive-thru only
 

The Hole in One is the Hole in None for 2020

St. Louis Church’s annual golf competition and festival was canceled (thanks, COVID), but some of the event's most popular food items will be available during a three-day drive-thru that starts Sunday.

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How do you upset three local celebs at one time? Take favorite dish off menu
 

Chicken tenders are off the menu at Houston’s and some folks are determined to find out why – and more importantly, to get them back.

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Most diners give information, but some resistant to contact tracing
 

Most diners are complying with Health Directive 8 and giving their names and numbers at restaurants, but Jiminy Cricket! Some just won’t do it.

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