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Red Star's Bar Revamp; Trinket to Launch Dinner Service

DOWNTOWN— Hotel Monaco's Red Star Tavern has just completed an interior revamp that sees the addition of 40 seats in its bar area, plus a new bar menu featuring drinks made tableside and "veggie cocktails," aka boozy drinks using fresh vegetable juices. The new bar menus launch next week, and to celebrate, the Red Star will offer "throwback" menu pricing all during happy hour: From May 5 through 10, expect $3 food specials, $3 beer and wine, and $5 cocktail specials. More information here. [EaterWire]

SOUTHEAST— SE's charming brunch spot Trinket plans to launch dinner service by the end of May: According to owner Gina Helvie, dinners with launch alongside the upcoming Hawthorne Evening Market on Saturday nights, with plans to expand to Thursday through Sunday service "over time." The menu promises to "mimic Trinket's brunch menu, sticking to proper, classic American favorites." [EaterWire]

NEW YORK CITY— Curious what former Castagna chef Matt Lightner is up to in NYC? Eater National has a cinematic, 60 look at the current spring tasting menu at Atera, featuring 24 small plates unfolding over the course of a minute. (Take note: "46 seconds in, there is a most beautiful specimen of duck.") Meanwhile, Eater NY's Ryan Sutton investigates how much you can expect to spend with all varieties of supplements, wine pairings, and more. [-EN-]

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