Starbucks Closes for Training, Dunkin' Hopes to Benefit; Late-Night Eating Not Good for You

Every Starbucks location in the country will be closed from 5:30 to 8:30 this evening, and Dunkin’ Donuts is sure to reap the benefits by offering small espresso drinks for 99 cents. [Snack]

Though restaurants seem to be recession-proof, consumers’ budgets and diets are not. Soaring food prices — milk costs 36 percent more now than it did a year ago — have some New Yorkers changing their grocery habits and eating out less. [NYDN]

Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a proposal yesterday to give 1,000 new licenses to street vendors who will sell produce items in neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and heart disease. [Metro NY]

Though research is not yet conclusive, eating late at night is pretty much going to make you fat. [NYT]

The key to successful tapas or small-plate meals at restaurants is to achieve an equilibrium of respect between restaurant and diner. Actually, that’s the key to any successful meal. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Whether it’s to reduce their carbon footprint or just because of the economy, two fine-food importers are leaving the U.S. market. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]