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Weekend Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

+ Only after one year in operation,  Locol’s original Uptown Oakland location has shuttered. Initial reports indicate that chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi are planning moving the current burgers and fast food menu to their other Locol bakery and pizza location in West Oakland.

+ Fast on the tail of cat cafes: rat cafes. You heard that right – at the SF Dungeon, the tourist attraction is offering a popup cafe where customers can get museum admission along with tea, coffee, and pastry – and rats!

They’re not letting any old rodent wander in off the street, either. According to a press release, Rattie Ratz, a Californian organisation “dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of domestic pet rats” is providing the animals.

+ 16.4 million. That’s the number of grown US adults who thinks chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Agriculture illiteracy is real:

When one team of researchers interviewed fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at an urban California high school, they found that more than half of them didn’t know pickles were cucumbers, or that onions and lettuce were plants. Four in 10 didn’t know that hamburgers came from cows. And 3 in 10 didn’t know that cheese is made from milk.

Have you sent a fax to Chipotle to place your order? Photo: ITU Pictures

+ Fortune’s latest coverage of technology’s unsurprising impact on restaurants ended with one very surprising factoid: Chipotle still keeps fax machines in its restaurants because office workers regularly use them to place big group orders.

+ If you enjoy ordering the Catch of the Day at your local restaurant, will you also enjoy dining on fish you have to catch? 

This Japan-based restaurant chain will open a three-floor spot in Chelsea where patrons on the first two floors can purchase bait and toss a line into a tank stocked with about 10 types of fish, according to DNAinfo. Once their prey has been captured, diners hand their fish off to the staff who will prepare it to their liking, including grilled, deep-fried or turned into sushi.


+ Millennial parents have a new food delivery option for their high-tech babies: chef-made, organic meals…complete with superfoods.

+ New to us: David Chang’s new Nike-collaboration kicks at the intersection of food, skateboarding and sneakers. Like other celebrity shoes, you’ll need a nice wallet to get these sneakers which will retail at $110.

+ Hipster gentrification means in lieu of local bodegas, artists are building Fauxdegas. Unlike cheap bodegas, this re-make of the corner store in felt can be purchased for the unusual price of $500,000.

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