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Food News: Bar Pop-Ups Offer More Opportunities to Support Mixology Workers

Plus, Bistro Provence is no more and Bistro 555 is here.

By Timothy Malcolm September 15, 2020

The vinegar and rye at Julep.

Image: Julie Soefer

Patio bar pop-ups are becoming all the rage as the next pivot to help bars during the Covid-19 pandemic. The trend really took off when Lucille's began hosting local bars at its patio, with proceeds going to its attached nonprofit Lucille's 1913, which distributes meals to hospitality workers in need.

Since then, other restaurants have joined in, with many supporting Lucille's 1913. One Fifth Mediterranean's bar pop-up series started September 2 and continues this Wednesday with Johnny's Gold Brick, while B.B. Lemon on Washington Avenue is getting involved and supporting Lucille's, hosting its first pop-up Wednesday with Julep bartenders slinging drinks on its patio. That event runs 6–10 p.m. Five specialty cocktails will be available, and DJ G-Funk will be spinning tunes.

Speaking of pivots, Genevieve Guy's remade Bistro Provence, called Bistro 555, opened over the weekend. The restaurant broadens the focus of Guy's French cooking, offering a limited menu (five starters, five entrées, five desserts) that touches on a variety of dishes reflecting current eating trends in France. The interior of the restaurant also underwent a major change with totally new paint (white shiplap and teal are now in), new concrete floors, light fixtures, and art and ceiling fans. Bistro 555 is open at 13616 Memorial Dr for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and dinner Saturday. Visit bistro-555.com.

Latin Restaurant Weeks is here. The second annual celebration of Latin-owned restaurants and Latin chefs and food-and-drink workers will run from September 20 to October 4; participating eateries include Andes Cafe, Latin Bites, and Tony's Tex-Mex, which will be offering prix-fixe menu options, plus specialty dishes with all prices ranging between $15 and $50. Plus, LRW is hosting a virtual cooking demonstration and virtual cocktail-making demonstration. For more information, visit latinrestaurantweeks.com.

Looking for pre-made foods to celebrate Rosh Hashanah? Local Foods is offering a to-go menu that includes lamb supreme cholent with green beans and potatoes; honey-roasted za'atar chicken with dried stone fruit; beef tzimmes with forest mushrooms and root vegetables; Moroccan-spiced carrots; kale butternut squash salad; and baklava honey cheesecake, among other items. Order by 3 p.m. Wednesday, and pick up between Friday and Sunday.

Mexican Independence Day is Wednesday, and as usual, Hugo's and Caracol are set for the party. Go to either restaurant from 4–9 p.m. Wednesday, and get half-off the Greatest Margarita Ever Sold (using Gran Centenario añejo tequila and 25-year-old Grand Marnier), meaning it's a $14.50 value.

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