Starbucks ends plastic straws

SEATTLE – Starbucks is getting rid of single-use plastic straws from its 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by making a straw-free lid and eliminating more than one billion plastic straws annually. It will be used for all ice coffee, tea and espresso beverages and is available in over 8,000 stores in the US and Canada including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam. The new lids will rollout in the US this fall, President and CEO Kevin Johnson says.

Cardullo’s opens a second unit in Boston’s Seaport

CAMBRIDGE – Cardullo’s Specialty Grocery, Deli and Wine Shop opens a second unit in Boston’s Seaport District at 99 Seaport Boulevard.

Bistro Pierre Lapin brings French fare to West Village

NEW YORK – A new option for French bistro cuisine opened this Spring in the city’s West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin, said to be named for Peter Rabbit, from Chef Harold Moore and partner Julia Grossman with a strong all-day French menu focus including liqueurs, French wines and spirits.

Former Boston chef opens unit in Austin, TX

AUSTIN, TX – Kristin Kish, whom Bostonians new as a colleague of Chef Barbara Lynch here several years ago, recently opened Arlo Grey in The Line Hotel, Austin, TX.

Wine dinner coming this week at Boston’s Meritage

BOSTON – At Meritage in Boston Harbor Hotel in the Seaport, a $175 pp Chablis Wine Dinner takes place July 20 at 7 p.m. with three courses and a special ‘finale’.