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Can Chicago’s Independent Coffee Shops Bounce Back? Cafes Cut Hours As They Struggle

CHICAGO — Some cafes that have long served as neighborhood gathering spots are being forced to reduce their hours, close locations or raise prices to stay afloat amid ongoing pandemic and economic challenges.

Some are facing shortages of ingredients or have seen fewer customers since COVID-19 hit, while others struggle to hire enough employees to staff the cafe.

“It’s like we’re losing public spaces,” said Soren Spicknall, a cafe lover from South Pullman. “Cafes are so social, and it’s interesting to see a lot of folks, like myself, experiencing work days that have become more atomized and more individual because

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An appetizer idea book inspired by wedding cocktail hours

“Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99).
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For wedding photographers Kiera and Cole Stipovich of Concord, some of their favorite moments to capture are during the cocktail hour. That’s when the bride and groom begin to relax, says Kiera. Snapping also the wonderful collection of hors d’oeuvres served inspired the pair to write the “Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99). The chunky, short hardcover reflects the Stipovichs’s career photographing weddings and their roots and passion for cooking. “We both come from families that are food obsessed,” says Kiera, who previously ran a

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Taco Bell’s 4th of July Hours 2021: Is It Open or Closed?

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Taco Bell 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July! Are you wanting to grab a bean burrito or crispy taco at Taco Bell? Whether you just need a little extra food to give you some energy as you make it from one celebration to the next, or if you simply prefer having your entire Independence Day meal catered by Taco Bell, you may be wondering if Taco Bell is open on July 4th, 2021. We have good news. Most locations are expected to be open today.


Most Taco Bell Locations Are Open for Independence Day 2021, But Hours Can

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Are McDonald’s & Burger King Open July 4th? Specials & Hours

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Happy 4th of July! If you’re looking for a quick meal for Independence Day 2021, then you might be wanting to grab something from McDonald’s or Burger King. But are the stores open today? Some are, but not all. Read on for more details.


McDonald’s Hours Vary Because Most Stores Are Franchise-Owned

The good news is that most McDonald’s locations will be open for the 4th of July holiday. However, those restaurant hours may vary by location, since most locations are franchise-owned. This means that restaurants can determine their own holiday hours.

To determine the hours of the McDonald’s

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