Welcome to the weekend! Now’s the time to settle into a laid-back rhythm and catch up on all this week’s food news on the web. Here are the high-level highlights of the food stories we’ve been reading this week.
- According to market research firm NPD Group, restaurants have declined by 2 percent in the past year, with independent eateries being the hardest hit. [FN Dish]
- This week brought the sad news that the groundbreaking indie food magazine Lucky Peach would be closing. Here’s an inside look into why things fell apart. [New York Times]
- Cool upcycling idea alert! Save your citrus peels to make a fresh-smelling, all-natural kitchen cleaner. [Healthyish]
- A new San Francisco Bay Area coffee shop, 1951 Coffee, is staffed entirely by refugees. [Fast Company]
- Permanent pop-up restaurants may sound like a contradiction, but in large, expensive cities, they’re coming increasingly popular. [Wall Street Journal; subscription required]
- Chef Rick Bayless, the country’s preeminent Mexican food authority, talks about the challenge of avoiding cultural appropriation and reflects on the 10 dishes that made his career. [First We Feast]