How to Open a Top-Tier Restaurant in a Pandemic? Rethink Everything

CHICAGO — The chef de cuisine was looking up mask prices online as the team at Ever discussed how to approach guests entering the new restaurant. Under normal circumstances this would not be an issue. These customers would be paying at least $285 a head to be transported by peerless hospitality and the creativity of…

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A Close Look at a Fashion Supply Chain Is Not Pretty

A new report on factories in Malaysia that create products for Brooks Brothers, Levi’s, LL Bean and others examines the high prices workers pay for their jobs. ImageThe Pen Apparel factory in Penang, Malaysia.Credit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times; Google Street View TAL Apparel is one of the most powerful companies in the global…

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The Pandemic Could End the Age of Midpriced Dining

MELBOURNE, Australia — When Victor Liong reopened his restaurant on AC/DC Lane in Melbourne’s city center in June, after months of a coronavirus shutdown order, he carefully considered his options. Since its opening in 2013, Lee Ho Fook had been a restaurant that could cater to just about any occasion. You could stop in at…

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In the Hamptons, the Architectural Equivalent of an Old Sports Car

Restoring an old house can be a lot like restoring a vintage car: Plans that sound straightforward at the outset are often anything but, and one change inevitably leads to other, unanticipated changes. Matthew Ammirati, the owner of the vintage-automobile-focused Bridgehampton Motoring Club — someone who finds few things more satisfying than restoring down-at-the-heels Porsches…

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Cancer, Religion and a ‘Good’ Death

When I first met my patient, three years ago, he was about my age chronologically, but caught in an eternal childhood intellectually. It may have been something he was born with, or an injury at birth that deprived his brain of oxygen for too long — I could never find out. But the man staring…

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Longer, Slower, Farther: Savoring the Prospects of Future Travels

Beth Warren, a middle school history teacher in Lookout Mountain, Ga., had been looking forward to a much-anticipated trip this summer to Egypt, a country she vowed to show her husband and friends after her first visit several years ago. She was deep into organizing the trip with High End Journeys when the pandemic struck,…

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Why It’s Good to Be Old, Even in a Pandemic

Eight out of every 10 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic reported in the United States have happened to adults 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So you could be forgiven for concluding this is a lousy time to be over 65. But at age 68, much to my surprise,…

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How to Stop Biting Your Nails

“Learn to resist the urge,” says Tara S. Peris, an associate professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is co-director of the Child O.C.D., Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program. Psychiatrists consider nail biting a “body focused repetitive behavior,” along with things like hair pulling and skin picking.…

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