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New on the Menu: Beer & Vinyl and other restaurant innovations

A look at creative offerings from Café Cortina, Kato, Oak at Fourteenth, Public Display of Affection and Tennessee Beer Works

Restaurant dining rooms are reopening in much of the country, but the innovation continues with companies like Tennessee Beer Works in Nashville teaming with a record label to deliver vinyl and beer.

Fine-dining restaurant Kato in Los Angeles can’t do its tasting menus at the moment, so it’s selling its version of chirashi in boxes for takeout or delivery.

In Boulder, Colo., Oak at Fourteenth is doing a month-long Asian-inspired pop-up with brisket buns, General Tso’s pork shoulder and grilled Japanese eggplant with Szechuan oil.

Public Display of Affection is a new restaurant that has opened in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the middle of the pandemic, which means its patio is set up for social distancing. Patio-dining’s not allowed yet in New York City, but guests can get dishes like confit chicken wings for takeout or delivery.

Dining rooms are opening cautiously in Michigan, and in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich., Café Cortina is celebrating by grilling stuffed Hungarian pepper straight out of its garden.

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