Bun Lai Forages For Pesto

by Brian Slattery | May 29, 2017 10:35 am | Comments (4)

Brian Slattery Photo On the side of a quiet road, chef Bun Lai explained that Japanese knotweed, brought to the United States first as an ornamental plant, has spread to become one of the country’s more tenacious invasive species. It breaks roads and streets. Its roots extend deep into the soil, and if you leave just a little piece behind, it returns. “It’s like a horror movie,” he said.

To bring it under control, Lai suggested a formidable adversary: us.

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New “Freddy” Assumes Clean-Up Mission

by Markeshia Ricks | May 25, 2017 8:02 am | Comments (4)

Markeshia Ricks Photo Sultan Stallings had been in New Haven only a few weeks when he heard about the historical Freddy Fixer Parade and the fictional character who has inspired the black community to clean up since 1962. Stallings, who’s in the process of opening a series of Dixwell Avenue businesses, had an epiphany: “I’m Freddy Fixer reincarnated.”

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Jazz Meets Bayou Burger At New Spot

by Lucy Gellman | May 19, 2017 12:06 pm | Comments (2)

Chef Joseph Williams scrutinized a bowl of ground beef, sprinkling it with dried parsley, chopped white onions and peppers, a secret red seasoning that turned the mixture light pink. He pressed and juggled the patty between both palms, spinning it like a thick round of pizza dough with a snap of his left wrist. Then he indented it with his thumb and placed it on a smoking grill.

Flames sprang up around the Cajun burger, and it broke a glistening sweat.

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“Don’t Show Up To My Establishment”

by Christopher Peak | May 10, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (52)

Christopher Peak PhotoA businesswoman won permission to open a new lounge and eatery in Westville — then heatedly told a neighboring family they don’t have permission to step inside the doors.

“Don’t show up to my establishment,” Disha Joy Monsanto, the applicant, snapped at neighborhood activist Thea Buxbaum, who sought to prevent her from winning zoning approval to open her restaurant. “I don’t want you there! You’re not wanted there!”

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